This is the art challenge if you want to level up your figure drawing skills! The 2500 Drawing Challenge consist of drawing 1000 heads, 500 arms (including hands), 500 legs (including feet), 250 hands, and 250 feet. This video provides tips for how to complete the challenge, and the many benefits and skills you will gain by completing the challenge. Demo led by Teaching Artists Jordan McCracken-Foster and Cat Huang.
Join us in the Art Prof Discord and hang out in the #2500-challenge channel! Share your progress with others doing the challenge and get feedback and support. Add your progress to this Google spreadsheet too!
Tips for the 2500 Challenge
Spend about 5-10 minutes per drawing.
This is a general guide, the intent is not for you to obsess about whether you’re 20 seconds over or under the mark. If you’re at 15 minutes and still drawing that same head, move on and do better on the next one. If anyone is spending less than 5 minutes on a drawing, I really question how much you’re actually studying what you’re looking at.
Take regular breaks & stretch your wrist.
After every 20-30 minutes stretch out your wrist and hand. Study your own drawing mechanics. We all develop habits that are not good for us when drawing. Use no more pressure on your pencil than you would if you were petting a cat. Keep things gentle, and don’t over extend yourself.
By doing exercises that target the fingers, wrist, etc., it will limit your chances of developing arthritis or carpal tunnel. Squeezing a rubber stress ball will help. Also stretch your neck and back!
This challenge is not worth harming yourself
If you need to do fewer drawings a day or your wrist is gonna blow out, just listen to your body.
- 1000 heads
- 500 arms(includes hands)
- 500 legs (includes feet)
- 250 hands
- 250 feet
Timed Drawing Videos
- Drawing the Head & the Hands, Andrew Loomis
- Reference photos used in the video
- Humans of NY on Instagram
- Jordan’s Pinterest
- Muybridge Stills
- Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
- Library of Congress
- Art Prof Staff Portraits
- Art Prof Collection: Neck & Face
- Art Prof Collection: Hands
- Art Prof Collection: Feet
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