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Welcome to The Crayon Club's archive of past activities! Here you can browse through all the retired activities that took place in the guild. The original instructions as well as a collage of submissions are all stored here!

The artwork sections in this archive are saved as a single screenshot of all the submissions for that activity, in order to preserve every member's entry (in case one gets deleted from an image host) and to save bandwidth for their image host. To view an original full-size submission you can go to that member's progress chart!

Please note that every activity on this page has ended and is no longer taking submissions.
For a list of current activities you can participate in, visit the Activities Arcade here!



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Original activity duration: July 1-30, 2014

July Prompt: COLOUR


welcome

Welcome members of The Crayon Club to our very first monthly activity! The guild aims to encourage its fellow members to practice and continually improve their artistic abilities. The focus of this month is colour (or 'color' ;D).

How do we use colour? It can be used to add contrast, depth, vibrancy, interest, atmosphere... the list goes on, and it is one of the artists most powerful tools. It's sometimes a tad easy to go overboard and try to shove as many different colours into a single artwork. But it's surprising just how much you can do with a limited palette.

the tasks

We present three different tasks as part of this month's colour activity:

  1. The Palette Challenge: Below you will find a wonderful little compilation of different palettes. The objective for this month is to draw/paint/make something using only the colours from a single palette. You may create as many drawings as you like to any colour palette of your choice, as long as each image only uses the colours of the chosen set. You can choose any palette from both the main selection and user made ones. Please include on the image which palette you chose (#) or neomail tje number upon submission.
  2. Submit your own! You also have the opportunity to submit your own colour palettes with combinations you find interesting or aesthetically pleasant and challenge fellow members to draw something exclusively with these colours. Have a particular drawing you've made that you like? Maybe you can select a few of the main colours from it, put them on a palette and observe how other artists will use them! The main requirement is to make a palette using only a limited number of colours (around 5-6, not the entire visible spectrum xD).
  3. Makes a tutorial! Lastly, if you feel you have some words of wisdom or tips that might help others improve how they choose and use colours, it would be fantastic to have that insight in the form of a tutorial! These tutorials will be featured both here and on the guild's front page. For more information regarding tutorial submissions, go here.



the rules

  • there are none go knock yourselves out?


other information

Participation of any shape or form, whether it be contributing to conversations regarding colour on the boards or submitting something into the palette gallery will allow you to earn the July prompt sticker!

The activity will end on July 31st (NST) and another one will be introduced for the month of August. Of course you may continue to practice using the palettes, but submissions will no longer be taken. It is probably a good idea to save the palette images if you want to continue using them in the future!

Any tutorials made will be placed onto the main guild website after the activity finishes.


The Palettes

main palettes



user made palettes

None yet!
Any user submitted galaxies will be allocated with a number (#101-#~) to make it easier to see which palettes the finished images used.

User Made Tutorials

The tutorials about color that were made for this month can be found in the tutorials section of the guild webpage here.


The Palette Challenge Gallery

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Original activity duration: August 1-30, 2014

August Prompt: BACKGROUNDS


welcome

Welcome members of The Crayon Club to August's monthly activity! The guild aims to encourage its fellow members to practice and continually improve their artistic abilities. The focus of this month is background.

Specifically, landscape based backgrounds that portray environments ranging from mysterious forest clearings to vast cityscapes. The different settings for backgrounds are endless but to make things even more complicated one also might need to take into account things like time of day, lighting, weather, atmosphere, composition, positioning... 'omg stahppp' you say, 'that's too much i don't even know how to draw a rock!' Well, we'll get into the specifics later, but for this month we're going to be doing a couple of exercises just to get everyone's background drawing abilities warmed up! Let's move on to the tasks!

the tasks

Here are the tasks for this month's challenge!

  1. The Background Redraw: Choose a Neopets background wearable and use it as the base/inspiration for your landscape piece. Don't copy the image though, that isn't the point of this exercise! We want you to take the environment it is presenting and give it your own twist. This means you can choose to whatever widthxheight ratio you wish, any orientation, colours... However, one thing you will realise when looking through these background wearables is the obvious empty foreground where your pet usually goes. Take this opportunity to create something for this area which complements and fits into the background. This can be a structure, a character, a single delicate flower housing a magical rainbow dewdrop... Sites like Dress to Impress and Jellyneo are good databases for wearables! Just look up background, browse through and take your pick. You may make as many drawings as you like~
  2. Makes a tutorial! For some of you background/landscape pros out there (and I know there are some!) who have any words of wisdom to share regarding the background process please make a tutorial! For more information regarding tutorial submissions, go here. They do not have to be comprehensive, even a compilation of progress shots with a bit of text will do!

Place all submissions (finished drawings, tutorials, WIPs...) on a petpage and neomail the link to Jax. If you're submitting a redraw please state the name of the background wearable you used as a base as I will be displaying them next to your finished piece! Shoot any questions you may have that way as well x3



other information

Participation of any shape or form, whether it be contributing to conversations regarding colour on the boards or submitting something into the palette gallery will allow you to earn the August prompt sticker!

The activity will end on August 31st (NST) and another one will be introduced for the month of September. Pictures submitted from past months will still be hosted on this page.

Any tutorials made will be placed onto the main guild website after the activity finishes.



August Background Gallery

user submissions

Original activity duration: September 1-30, 2014

September Prompt: CHARACTER DESIGN


welcome

Welcome members of The Crayon Club to September's monthly activity! The guild aims to encourage its fellow members to practice and continually improve their artistic abilities. The focus of this month is character design.

Character design is the magical process of bringing an idea to life. All your favorite movie or book characters went through extensive stages of brainstorming and tweaking to become something you can grow attached to. A crucial part of a good character is a well rounded design. This month we will focus on tasks that will improve our design ability, and possibly result in a brand new character! Below are activities we have available for you to work on this month.

How to submit your work: Place your work for this month's activity (finished drawings, tutorials, WIPs...) on a petpage and neomail the link to Marsh. You can mail any other questions about this month's activity there as well. c:



the tasks

Here are the tasks for this month's challenge! You can complete as many as you like c:

  1. Build a new character: this challenge is a four stage process that will help you flesh out a new character! You can spread the steps out to a week for each, or if you want to work faster it's up to you. The steps are:
    • Sketch: draft out some design concepts, exploring multiple forms and sizes for your character.
    • Refine: choose your favorite sketch or combine features from a few, and further develop your design, figuring out details, accessories, things that will make your character original.
    • Color: It's time to splash come color on it! Play around with color palettes for your design. You can try completely opposite palettes to get a different feel each time.
    • Finish: Make any final changes to finish up your design.
    While not necessary, it's encouraged that you submit some content from each stage you did in addition to the final design. The progress stages can often be just as rewarding as the final product. It provides helpful insight for other members to see how you went about things, and lets you show off all the behind the scenes work you did. c:
  2. Caricature: Pick a characteristic (or multiple features) of your character's design and exaggerate it! Caricatures are a fun way to add charm and emotion to a character drawing. It also gives you practice in creating more dynamic drawings.
  3. Stained Glass Window: For this challenge you will draw a stained glass window of your character. You could draw anything from a headshot of them to a full-body scene. This activity is mainly an exercise in minimalism and stylization. It focuses on breaking up the important parts of your character's design into shapes. The challenges of stained glass windows is to use lines in a way that sections off the scene in an appealing way. You can do an image search for stained glass animals (or human), or check out some of neo's stained glass items for inspiration!
    Also if you don't yet have any completed characters, you could make a stained glass image of a famous neopian character ;)
  4. Logo Design: This is a fun exercise which focuses on the core identity of your character. In marketing, logos are meant to get the company's purpose across to the viewer quickly, and in a small amount of space. We will be focusing on illustrating your character's essence of who they are in logo form. You can add their name or other text if you wish, or keep it strictly an image logo.
  5. Character Chart: Take this awesome chart, located HERE, and fill out as many fields as you'd like! (You do /not/ have to complete the entire chart, just choose which questions interest you!) These are awesome prompts that will get you thinking more in depth about your character. This is a /very/ long chart, so you can take the questions you answered and re-type them, or cut and paste the image of them next to what you drew.
  6. Make a tutorial! Are you a character making guru? Share some of your tricks and tips with the rest of the guild! If you know good methods for choosing a color palette, how to work with various types of anatomy, tips for one of these prompts, or anything else, feel free to put something together on a petpage. It can be as simple or complex as you want. For more information regarding tutorial submissions, go here.


other information

Participation of any shape or form, whether it be contributing to conversations regarding character design on the boards or submitting something into the this month's activity gallery will allow you to earn the September prompt sticker above!

The activity will end on midnight September 30th (NST) and another one will be introduced for the month of October.

Any tutorials made will be placed onto the main guild website after the activity finishes.



User Made Tutorials

The two tutorials that were made for this month can be found in the tutorials section of the guild webpage here, under "character design".



September Character Design Gallery

user submissions

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Original activity duration: October 1-31, 2014

October Prompt: VALUE


welcome

Welcome members of The Crayon Club to October's monthly activity! The guild aims to encourage its fellow members to practice and continually improve their artistic abilities.

This month we will be exploring the subject of Value. Tell the rainbow to take a hike, cause this month we're working with black and white ;D

To help us understand and focus on value alone, we'll be putting colors aside and working in grayscale for these prompts.

Value is a vital building block of art, and an important part of a good composition. Some argue value is even more important than color in a successful painting. Often times, part of the reason you like a certain piece of art is because it has appealing values that are well executed. Value can tell us many things at first glance: what is in the foreground/background, the focal point of a composition, the shape of an object in 3D space, etc.

As defined by an art site: Value refers to relative lightness and darkness and is perceived in terms of varying levels of contrast.

That's all fine and dandy, but what does it mean?? D:



Take the image above with color swatches. The circles are all very different from each other, but if we strip away the color by desaturating it, suddenly they all look mostly the same. This is because they are all at the same value range on a gradient of black to white. The image borrowed from a website below helps explain this:

Once you have established your values in a painting, adding in colors becomes much easier and usually has a nicer result.


The Tasks

Below are various exercises for this month's theme. Each of these have you experiment with different ranges of values, to help you gain control over it and train your eyes to think in value instead of color alone. Have fun with it!

For these prompts, your subject matter can be anything you want. You can draw a landscape, a portrait, a character in a scene, anything you want to experiment with. :)

You can complete simply one or as many prompts as you'd like, any amount will earn you the sticker ;)


  1. ALL the Greys!: Use the value chart above as a starting point for your painting. Try to span the full range, reaching all the way up to white and down to black, even if it's in small areas. (You can add any range of greys you want, the chart is just a guide to start with c: )
    • This prompt is mainly to practice painting in greyscale only. There are no range constraints like the next prompts, which become a bit more challenging. Examples for this are any black and white photography or painting! c:
  2. Muted: Draw something using mostly mid tones, with just specks of black or white. (The trick here is using black and white sparingly, but as the main "pop" in your picture that your eye will be drawn to as the focal points.)
    • Examples in paintings (drag to url bar):

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  3. Extremes: Make a piece of art using mostly the extremes of the value scale, with a small amount of mid tones. (An example would be a harsh lighting situation: a single spotlight shining on something in a closed room without any other ambient light.)
    • Examples in paintings (drag to url bar):

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  4. Darks: Have your painting use mostly dark/mid tones, and very little light tones. (This is called a "low-key" painting.)
    • Examples in paintings (drag to url bar):

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  5. Lights: Have your painting use mostly light/mid tones, and very little dark tones. (This is called a "high-key" painting.)
    • Examples in paintings (drag to url bar):

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  6. Change it up: If you already have a good handle on values, you can complete the above prompts in a few ways:
    • Paint using a monochromatic color palette
    • Paint using a dichromatic palette of complementary colors. (Example: light yellow for highlights, dark purple for shadows, light green/dark red, etc.)
    • Take one of your completed value activities and add full color to it. (This can be tricky with photoshop filters alone, you may have to manually paint over it.)
    • Instead of starting from the typical white canvas and adding darks, start with a totally black canvas and add whites!
  7. Make a Tutorial: If you have knowledge about values and want to share it, make a tutorial for other members! It can be as simple or complex as you want. For more information regarding tutorial submissions, go to the activities arcade at /~khosari.


NOTES: The image examples used above belong to their respective artists. I gathered these from search engines, and for some paintings I removed the color to how the values work for these prompts. I do not take credit for these pictures :)

other information

Participation of any shape or form, whether it be contributing to conversations regarding value on the boards or submitting something into the this month's activity gallery will allow you to earn the October prompt sticker above!

These activities will end on midnight October 31st (NST) and another prompt will be introduced for the month of November.

Any tutorials made will be placed onto the main guild website after the activity finishes.

Member Submissions

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Original activity duration: July 8-28, 2014

The Crayon Club Mascot Contest

Welcome

*The original prompt content was lost, but a summary of the event is below :)


Event hosted by: King (vixalope)

This contest was held to design the guild's new mascot! members had two weeks to create and submit a design. King and the Guild Council decided on the top 5 designs, and then the entire guild had one week to vote on their favorite.



Member Submissions




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