TCC Activity Archive


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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!

Most of 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!

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

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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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2014 submissions





2015 submissions

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: November 1-30, 2014

November Prompt: PERSPECTIVE


welcome

Welcome members of The Crayon Club to November'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 topic of Perspective.

Perspective is what allows us to portray a three-dimensional world on a flat canvas, giving the viewer a sense of depth or distance in our artwork. We live in a 3D world, and having perspective in our art lets the viewer immediately make sense of the composition and connect with it. It can be used creatively to turn an ordinary scene into a dramatic one simply by shifting the angle of perspective. Think of a bird looking down at a person below, or an ant looking up at an apple. A mountain in the distance looks very different than standing at the base of it, or the summit of it.

There are two common methods of rendering depth: one-point perspective, or two-point perspective. One-point has one vanishing point on the horizon line, and two-point has- you guessed it, two vanishing points on the horizon line. :) There is also a less common three-point, but that's getting a bit complicated :P

The grids below are available to help you complete your perspective activity, or there are many other variations that exist on the web.
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You can submit your activity or send any questions to Marsh by clicking here.



the tasks

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


  1. Overhead: draw a character/object/landscape from a top-down perspective. This can be drawn looking directly over your subject, or a high vantage point at an angle, anything where the camera is looking down below.
  2. Underneath: draw a character/object/landscape where the camera is somewhere below your subject. We should feel the illusion that we're looking up in the picture. c:
  3. Foreshortening: draw a character with some amount of foreshortening. Are they reaching out to grab something? Running toward you? Time to put on those 3D glasses ;)
  4. Distance: pick two or more subjects to draw, either in an environment or by themselves. Draw one/some closeup, and the other(s) behind it far away. This exercise focuses on creating depth and size distortion in relation to distance.
  5. Fisheye: a tricky twist on perspective, try drawing a character or scene with the distorion of a fisheye lense.
  6. Make a Tutorial: If you have knowledge about perspective 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 here.


Other information

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

These activities will end on midnight November 30th (NST) and another prompt will be introduced for the month of December.

Any tutorials made will be added to the resource database after the activity finishes.

Member Submissions

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Original activity duration: December 1-31, 2014

December Prompt: EMOTIONS


welcome

Welcome members of The Crayon Club to December'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 topic of Emotions.

Emotions are what takes a flat, boring character, and breathes life into them- giving them a way to communicate their character and state of mind as something we can understand.

This month we will be working on drawing different emotions, and how they change the face and body language of a character.

You can submit your activity or send any questions to Marsh by clicking here.



the tasks

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


  1. Faces: Choose at least 4 emotions listed below and draw head shots of each.
  2. Full body: Draw a full body picture of one emotion listed below. Try to have the whole character express your chosen emotion, rather than just the face.
  3. Make a Tutorial: If you have knowledge about emotions 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 here.

Emotion list
  • happiness
  • sadness
  • anger
  • laughter
  • shock
  • confusion
  • tired
  • bored
  • sarcastic
  • embarrassed
  • annoyed


other information

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

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

Any tutorials made will be added to the resource database after the activity finishes.

Member Submissions

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Original activity duration: January 1-31, 2015

January Prompt: ART RESOLUTIONS


welcome

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

This month we will focus on the theme of Art Resolutions.

This prompt is aimed to get your art resolutions off to a running start :D Pick one area you'd like to improve this year, and make your first attempt!

Often we want to get better with our art, but don't know where to start. Isolating one area of art can make the challenge less daunting. The best way to practice is not to worry about the final results; just draw for the sake of practice.

These entries aren't meant to be your best looking piece! This month is an opportunity for exploration, and we all have to make many "ugly" drawings in order to get better and create a beautiful one. It would be great to catalog all your research this month and present what you learned visually.

You can submit your activity or send any questions to Marsh by clicking here.



the tasks

Your task this month is to choose a topic you want to improve in your art, and focus on that when you complete one (or both if you'd like!) of the activities listed below.
When submitting your entry, please list the topic you chose.

  1. Practice session: Practice your chosen topic anyway you'd like! Depending on the topic, you could make a collage of practice sketches and notes you've taken, or create one refined piece.
    • Examples:
    • Topic: canine anatomy, mainly legs/paws.
      Entry: a collage of leg/paw drawings, done from image studies or imagination.
    • Topic: color theory.
      Entry: a scene drawn multiple times with a cool vs. warm color palette, or various speedpaints of different subjects, learning how colors interact.
    • Topic: composition.
      Entry: choose a subject and background as your scene, and practice arranging the composition differently to learn what looks better.
  2. The Redraw: Pick an old drawing (~2 years or less) and redraw it while focusing on improving the topic you chose! A great way to complete this activity is to do some practice studies in your improvement topic, then approach your redraw.

If you're not sure yet what you want to improve on, here are some topics to explore:
  • anatomy
  • shading
  • color theory
  • composition
  • drawing from life
  • drawing everyday (you could make a composition of simple daily sketches for the whole month!)
  • using a new medium (i.e. oil paint, watercolor, charcoal)
  • portraits or landscapes (whatever you're less experienced in)


other information

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

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

Any tutorials made will be added to the resource database after the activity finishes.

Member Submissions

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Original activity duration: February 1-28, 2015

February Prompt: Art Style Impressions

Welcome

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

This month we will explore various popular Art Styles.

There is an endless variety of art styles in the world, but throughout history there have been famous eras of art, such as the renaissance, impressionism, or abstract period.

This month you will get to emulate an art style, or famous artist's style, of your choosing. More information is in the tasks section below. This activity will be a fun "neopets" version of famous art. For example, you could draw Fyora in the style of Picasso, or Kiko Lake in an impressionist style.


You can submit your activity or send any questions to Marsh by clicking here.



The tasks

  1. Art style: choose an art style in which you base your artwork on.
    Some examples include:
    • impressionism
    • realism
    • abstract
    • surrealism
    • cubism
    • and many more~ c:
  2. Artist style: choose a famous artist and create a drawing in their style.
    *note:- I'm sure some of us (myself included) have a favorite artist from a popular art site or blog who's style they would choose for this prompt. However to avoid potential plagiarism issues, let's stick to artists that can be found in art history books, or are at least widely known to the public. :3 (If you aren't sure about an artist, shoot me a mail and I'll check it ^^)
    Some examples include:
    • Vincent van Gogh
    • Claude Monet
    • Leonardo da Vinci
    • Pablo Picasso
    • Norman Rockwell
    • Andy Warhol
    • Alphonse Mucha
    • and many more~ c:



Other information

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

These activities will end on midnight February 28th (NST) and another prompt will be introduced for the month of March.

Any tutorials made will be added to the resource database after the activity finishes.

Art Submission Gallery

Original activity duration: March 1-31, 2015

March Prompt: Interaction

Welcome

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

This month we will explore the topic of Character Interaction.

Time to pack some action into those portraits! Character interaction can add interest and dynamic movement to a drawing. You can think of it as showing a snapshot of a movie storyline. As soon as you put two characters in a scene, some kind of interaction is happening. Are they friends or enemies? Siblings or strangers? Two characters arguing, dancing, surprising the other etc… these are all examples of character interaction.

Character interaction can also be with an object. For example, imagine a drawing of a xweetok sitting in a kitchen next to a baking supplies. This provides some context into the character's interests, but it's a tad boring. Now add "interaction". The xweetok stirring ingredients in a bowl, and slips on spilled food, sending the bowl and it's contents into the air. BAM, your character is now interacting with an object *fanfare* :D


You can submit your activity or send any questions to Marsh by clicking here.



The tasks

  • For this month's activity, your task is to draw a character interacting with someone (or something)! You can use your own character or any neopet as the main subject.


Other information

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

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

Any tutorials made will be added to the resource database after the activity finishes.

Art Submission Gallery

Original activity duration: April 1-30, 2015

April Prompt: Time

Welcome

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

This month we will explore the topic of Time through art.

Time can change people and places quite a bit. Imagine a park that's brand new with bright paint and newly planted trees; fast forward 100 years to an abandoned area with weathered, rusty benches, and giant towering trees. Or the ever common example- a child to elderly person's facial transformation.


You can submit your activity or send any questions to Marsh by clicking here.



The tasks

  • For this month's activity, your task is to draw a character portrait, landscape scenery, or a combination of the two, in two different states of time. You can draw each version side by side or one above/below the other. You can be as creative as you want~ have fun!
    (note: if you draw a portrait, the ages you choose can be outside of your character's current age range! i.e. if you have a character in their 20s, you can experiment drawing how they might look in old age, etc.)


Other information

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

These activities will end on midnight April 30th (NST) and another prompt will be introduced for the month of May.

Any tutorials made will be added to the resource database after the activity finishes.

Art Submission Gallery

Original activity duration: May 1-31, 2015

May Prompt: Shapes

Welcome

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

This month we will explore the topic of Shapes.


Your prompt for this month is to choose one of 3 shape themes, either a circle, triangle, or 4 sided shapes (rectangle, diamond etc., anything with 4 sides!). Then compose your drawing using primarily that shape as a theme.


The tasks

  • You will build your picture using mainly your chosen shape (it's up to you how much of the picture is made up of your shape, feel free to be creative!)

    Examples: the 1st two pictures use nothing but one shape entirely to build the picture, while the 3rd picture uses the shape more loosely as a theme)
    ((IMAGE REMOVED))


Other information

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

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

Any tutorials made will be added to the resource database after the activity finishes.

Art Submission Gallery

Original activity duration: June 1-30, 2015

June Prompt: Texture

Welcome

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

This month we will explore the topic of Texture through art.

Texture can be used as a main way to identify or describe many objects. A smooth silk shirt vs. an itchy wool sweater. An animal with short or long fur, or scaly skin. A newly built house vs. an abandoned house with dirt and mold taking over. As artists we can depict what how something would feel by how we draw it. One art site describes texture as "the 'visual' feel of a two-dimensional work."


You can submit your activity or send any questions to Marsh by clicking here.



The tasks

  • Draw either a composition or a single object and focus on conveying the texture of the object(s).
  • Create a zentangle drawing. This is a more abstract task on texture but can be super fun :) Do an image search of "zentangle" if you are unfamiliar with the term.


Other information

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

These activities will end on midnight June 30th (NST) and another prompt will be introduced for the month of July.

Any tutorials made will be added to the resource database after the activity finishes.

Art Submission Gallery



Art Tutorials

Limited Palette by King (vixalope)

This is just my method for approaching limited palettes. There are many different ways to approach them, so don't limit yourself to this. See what works best for you! Also this won't show my coloring or drawing method; just my process of choosing colors and how I lay them down.

I keep my reference image and the palette I am using open on the same canvas so that I can look at them quickly.

(Character and reference art belong to Lost/pandalx.) I don't necessarily do my lines/sketch with a palette color when I first start out; I just use whatever color I feel like looking at while drawing. :^P

Once I'm satisfied with what I'm coloring, I can start interpreting my palette. This means choosing what colors I am going to use for what.

I always start with the base colors. You can see that I blocked in on the reference sheet which of the original colors I was planning to replace with palette colors. For this drawing, I just made decisions based on value. The white in the original design was replaced with the pale yellow of palette 58, while the dark purple was replaced with the dark blue, with everything else in between. This is a simple way to ensure that the colors can bring about a similar appearance as the original design, but feel free to experiment with choosing colors in a different way!

Fortunately, this design happened to have the same amount of colors as the palette I was using, so I didn't have to decide where I wanted to repeat colors. If you find yourself in that situation, think about how the original colors match up to your new palette. Try to keep a balance between the colors. If you already have a design that is mostly light, but you haven't decided on some of the smaller details, consider making them some of the darker colors to balance it out, or vice versa. Also consider warm versus cool tones in the same way.

After I choose the base colors, I assign shadow and highlight colors.

For this drawing, I just took the two colors that were on either side of the base color. For example, the bright blue got the pale yellow and the turquoise that it was in between. Again, you can change this up however you would like! It really only matters that you keep contrast in mind. This just seemed like the simplest method for this picture.

Now I can start laying my colors down onto my drawing.

At this point, I've changed the colors of the lines (using the darkest color of the palette), decided on my background color, and blocked in the base of whichever color will have the most visible. The rest is pretty straightforward after this.

Now I just add the based colors according to what I've decided upon.

I do the same as above, but now with the hgihlights and shadows. And that's it!

A few finishing touches, still using the palette colors, and my limited palette drawing is all done. :^)

Palette Walkthrough by Lost (pandalx)

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