I’m very excited to tell you about a new Sktchy Challenge starting March 1, 2018: 30 Pages/30Days.
It’s an Art Journaling challenge. I’ve been asked to be one of the featured artists. I’ll even be live-streaming the creation of a journal page on March 13! Click here to register.
What is Sktchy?
Well, if you’ve been reading my blog at all you’ll know by now that Sktchy is a fantastic free app where people post photos of themselves along with permission for the artist members to sketch from those photos. These users are called Muses because their inspiration photos inspire the artists.
The artists using Sktchy then have permission to sketch and create art from the muses’ images. (Most users of sketch are both artists and muses. But there are some really inspiring muses who have made it their art to create amazing inspiration photos.)
Artists then post their images on the app where it can be viewed with the inspiration photo.
Artists own their artwork and you’ll also see Sktchy users posting their artwork on Instagram, Facebook, and their blogs. If you look at my Instagram feed you’ll see several portraits from my Sktchy experience cropping up in square cropped versions!
You can get the app by going to the AppStore in iTunes. Sorry, it’s only available on iOS devices—the iPhone and iPad.
UPDATE: I just learned from Sktchy that if you want to participate in this 30-day challenge as long as you can get email and are on Facebook you can get the challenge experience!
Why I Enjoy Sktchy
I started using Sktchy in the fall of 2016, but only did two sketches, couldn’t work out how to post (I’m not good with things on the phone), and left it until the end of the year when I got ill. At the beginning of 2017 I had bronchitis for weeks and couldn’t get out to sketch my friends at the zoo, or run errands and sketch all the people out and about (usually looking at their iPhones!).
I started using the app every day for the month of January 2017. It kept me sane! No more worrying about whether or not I could drag myself out to sketch. No more still life set ups. No more making Dick stay up past his bed-time while I shone a bright light on him and sketched him!
While I prefer to draw from life Sktchy has one thing I cannot get enough of: BEARDS. I love to sketch beards. I think that they are a marvel. And the Sktchy community is loaded with hundreds (thousands?) of guys growing facial hair like it is still the 1890s! And they are all good sports willing to put up photos of themselves with all sorts of angles on their beards.
The only thing that could possibly be better for someone like me is if there was an app that dropped off a live puppy everyday at lunch time so I could sketch that puppy.
Using Sktchy in January 2017 I had the best time I’ve ever had while sick!
I continued to use the app pretty much daily through the rest of the year, just because it was so much fun. It became a good way for me to unwind at the end of the day. Or a good way to get a sketch in if the rest of the day had gone south for whatever reason!
The other thing that Sktchy has is a wonderful community of artists of all skill levels working in every medium imaginable. (There’s even one artist who knits amazing portraits!)
What’s a Sktchy Challenge?
Every so often the creators of Sktchy organize a challenge. Last April they organized a 30 day challenge and I used that challenge as the basis for my 2017 International Fake Journal Month Journal.
Recently Sktchy has put together challenges where they invite a few artists to do demos during the challenge and provide daily drawing tips to the participants. Participation in these challenges costs $20. You can register for the 30 Pages/30 Days challenge which begins on March 1, 2018 here. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, February 26.
Participants will receive a daily email that contains a tip from one of the artists featured, a peak into the artist’s visual journal, and an inspiring prompt. Think of it as a way to get an extra dose of inspiration in your day.
Participants will also be able to join a private Facebook group to share and discuss their work. They are also encouraged to share their work on the app itself. If you already post on Sktchy all your community friends can see what you’re up to, and you’re sure to make new art friends as well.
By joining the challenge you also will be able to watch a live streaming event with each of the featured artists. During the live stream you’ll see me create a visual journal page spread, and I’ll be able to answer your questions while I work. (Participants who aren’t on Facebook will be able to see the the broadcast after it airs, so don’t worry, you don’t have to join Facebook if you don’t want to.)
Why Take a Sktchy Challenge?
I think the reason to take a Sktchy Challenge is obvious—it challenges you to strengthen your commitment to your drawing practice.
If the thousands of photos on Sktchy intimidate you, taking a challenge helps to focus you to make choices, get over the “abundance overwhelm,” and start stretching your creativity muscles.
The challenge will also introduce you to other artists who will provide encouragement to help you keep your commitment strong. You’ll be inspired by the way other artists interpret the challenge.
And of course who doesn’t like to watch artists create? I certainly do. You’ll get to see in real time how they make decisions to get something down on paper.
Is Sktchy Just Portraiture?
Most of what you’ll see on Sktchy is portraiture. Let’s face it, faces interest us as humans. The face is a big part how we meet, read, and understand others.
But there are also, wait for it, CHICKENS, and DOGS, and PIGEONS, and well, a couple other things that I don’t have any interest in, but which you might—all on Sktchy.
The fun thing about the challenge I’m involved with is that it’s about art journaling/visual journaling. So it’s about thinking about the page. If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I love thinking about the page.
Ready To Take the Challenge?
If all this sounds appealing, remember you need to sign up by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday February 26. Click on the link to go to the sign up page.
And if life is too full right now and you can’t do a challenge remember you can join Sktchy free at any time and start creating new art friendships, find inspiration, and have a source of wonderful reference photos.