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Sunny
12-27-2011, 10:59 PM
I'm starting a thread on weekly challenges. The point is to participate each week. If you can't, you can't, but this is a great way to overcome artblock and whatnot.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT EACH WEEK HAS A DEADLINE!!! That means that you NEED TO TURN IT IN before or around the deadline for me to post it up here.

The challenges will not just be focused on anime, but improving your skills overall as an artist. Please let me know if you'd like to join in. I will post links to your recent challenge pictures as well, so you can see the progress you have made.

More than likely, we'll be focusing on digital art. However, that doesn't mean we won't do traditional.

If you have suggestions for themes, please let me know.

Also, the point is to grow! This isn't about being "good" or "not good," according to your taste. It's about growing at the level you are currently at.

DA GROUP: http://paintersforge.deviantart.com/


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Me - Anime Portrait (http://th02.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/028/8/c/for_nezmah_by_hoegoeshinseki-d4nyh9s.jpg) / Human Portrait (http://d.facdn.net/art/seraphimmoonshadow/1326607601.seraphimmoonshadow_mrugly.jpg) / My own "Starry Night" (http://d.facdn.net/art/seraphimmoonshadow/1326601298.seraphimmoonshadow_myownstarynight2.jpg )
ClockHand- Cottage Speedpaint (http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/65/speedpaint1.png)
Cloudy-chan- Cottage Speedpaint (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v380/selphia/ugcottage2.png)
Inksprout- Cottage Speedpaint (http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/004/9/6/hut_speedpaint_by_inksprout-d4lc22e.jpg)
spidergoth - Cottage Speedpaint (http://th08.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/001/1/c/cottage_speedpaint_by_isabellapiano-d4kzoph.png)
Cypress - Cottage Speedpaint (http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/6751/templesq.jpg)
Psiartist - Cottage Speedpaint (http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q195/PsiArtist/63b27cfa.jpg)
Leschwa - Human Portrait (http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2927/portrait2a.jpg)


CHALLENGES

1. SPEEDPAINT challenge, should focus on warm colors, such as yellows and oranges, offset by blues/greens/etc. You must spend at least an hour on this speedpaint, though you might spend more, according to your taste. The theme is a small cottage, surrounded by a closed off area. -closed-

2. This week's challenge will be to create a human portrait. The portrait should be either semi-realistic, or realistic. It should focus on one of these emotions: (a) disgusted, (b) bored, (c) brain freeze, (d) jealousy, or (e) panic. The subject should be a bust, though more of the body can be added according to taste. There is no particular style or lighting to emulate. This should be in FULL color. -closed-

3.This weeks challenge is on mood and expression. In other words, it should be a mood painting after the famous "Starry Night." It should focus on general shapes, lighting, and color. You can add a little town, if you wish, but the general theme should be very "Vincent Van Gogh." Please try to keep the general style in mind while creating this. For establishing a color palette, I would suggest looking at various night scenes to help you. -closed-

4. This week's challenge will be a super cute, fantasy anime girl! The picture should focus on a lot of clothing and design details. Any medium can be used. Picture should be NO LESS than thighs up. It should be in FULL color. -closed-

[COLOR="red"]5. This week's challenge is a little easier! The challenge will be to sketch ten faces in whatever medium you want. 5 of the sketches should be under two minutes. The others can be 2-5 minutes, depending on what you want to do. The deadline will be February 5th at 12:01 AM EST.




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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is a speedpaint? - a speedpaint is something that focuses on lighting, color, and shapes within a specified amount of time. When speedpaints come up, the time you will be "allowed" will be specified in the weekly challenge information.

What medium should I use? - This will be determined by the weekly challenge. If there is no information specified for this week on the medium, you may choose any medium you deem worthy.

Can I submit art at any time? - Yes, and no. Please only submit the current week's challenge. You may do so anytime between the time allotted.

What is paintersforge? - It's the DA group that you can feature your weekly challenges on.

Is this organized? - YES. Please recognize that I take this seriously, and I will expect you to do the same if you intend to participate.

Do I need to submit weekly? - Preferably, yes. But do you have to? No.

corastaur
12-27-2011, 11:56 PM
This could be fun, I'll join

Sunny
12-28-2011, 11:28 AM
Great! I'll add ya!

Here is my entry:

http://th05.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2011/362/d/7/cottage_speedpaint_by_hoegoeshinseki-d4khdkj.jpg

ClockHand
12-28-2011, 05:51 PM
what is speed paint?

Sunny
12-28-2011, 09:43 PM
A speedpaint is when you do something a specific set of time and generally don't go over that time. (An hour in this case.)

AlmanacnamedTime
12-28-2011, 10:45 PM
i'll do it. its not like i probably shouldnt.

ClockHand
12-28-2011, 10:53 PM
ic... I don't know... I would join I guess. I had to do speedpaint?

Cloudy
12-28-2011, 11:49 PM
alright ill try~

Slurpee
12-29-2011, 12:59 PM
Me too, im joining :)

Inksprout
12-29-2011, 07:49 PM
I'll...try...

Sunny
12-29-2011, 08:20 PM
Great to see you guys' participating!

I look forward to seein your guys' stuff.

spidergoth
12-29-2011, 11:31 PM
I'm still a newb but this looks like fun, can I join? I do need to work on my digital coloring alot anyway

CypressDahlia
12-31-2011, 07:44 AM
It's been so long since I did any kind of speedpaint

http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/6751/templesq.jpg

Slurpee
12-31-2011, 06:28 PM
Are speedpaints only sceneries?

Sunny
12-31-2011, 07:43 PM
No, not all speedpaints are sceneries. Like I said, there will be a wide variety of themes and subjects.

Cypress, I reallly like the textures you used on that. did you use a square brush or something? The composition is quite nice.

And spidergoth, of course you can join.

GunZet
12-31-2011, 08:18 PM
Call me when you get to character speed paints, I'll be waiting.

Slurpee
01-01-2012, 12:10 AM
But for this challenge are we specifically doing sceneries?

Sunny
01-01-2012, 10:25 AM
All the information about this one for this week is in the first post. :P

Gunzet, we'll be doing that soon.

ckyume
01-01-2012, 05:19 PM
All the information about this one for this week is in the first post. :P

Gunzet, we'll be doing that soon.

Needing a landscape/scenery painting tutorial please any link would help before I start :p

Sunny
01-01-2012, 08:09 PM
You can search DA or Google and do your own research. :) There are plenty online if you take the time to look.

Psiartist
01-02-2012, 10:18 PM
Feels like forever since I worked with perspective. Been doing only characters for too long I guess D:

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q195/PsiArtist/63b27cfa.jpg

canime4ever
01-02-2012, 11:10 PM
I'll give it a try :3

spidergoth
01-02-2012, 11:58 PM
Here's mine (still has a lot to learn cause I don't spend a lot of time with landscapes/backgrounds):
http://th08.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/001/1/c/cottage_speedpaint_by_isabellapiano-d4kzoph.png --cause its a very vertical picture ^^;

Sunny
01-03-2012, 09:59 PM
Psi - pretty cool! I like the perspective. The colors are a bit saturated, but I like the composition.

Spider - I like the sketchyness of it! The colors with the rocks are pretty cool, and I like how the color fades. It sort of reminds me of a children's book illustration.

Inksprout
01-04-2012, 09:39 PM
Here is my attempt -_-

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/004/9/6/hut_speedpaint_by_inksprout-d4lc22e.jpg

ClockHand
01-04-2012, 10:44 PM
quiet nice, how long did it took?


As this is for speedpaint, shouldn't we put a time limit for our stuffs?

Inksprout
01-04-2012, 10:53 PM
Thanks! I just stuck to the suggested one hour time frame. Could have spent a lot longer on it though, especially trying to make the grass and garden look better.

ClockHand
01-04-2012, 11:01 PM
one hour!!!!! FUCK!!!!

In one hours i can just make 10 lines, fuck!

GunZet
01-04-2012, 11:06 PM
Speedpainting is less about line, and more about creating defined shapes using larger brushes, value, and texture. If you get good at it, you should be able to jot down a clear idea of what you had in mind in an hour or less, and whatever time you have with that, you add in details.
But what it comes down to is capturing an idea, the feel of the piece.

Inksprout
01-04-2012, 11:17 PM
Clock it takes practice to speed paint, hence why you are doing it now XD

GunZet
01-04-2012, 11:20 PM
Oh man I remember when I first got into it. It's not as easy as it looks haha.

ClockHand
01-04-2012, 11:27 PM
Tomorrow I'm gonna do something.

Slurpee
01-05-2012, 12:17 PM
I really want to join this one, but i can' t do scenery..

ClockHand
01-05-2012, 01:28 PM
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/65/speedpaint1.png

fuck done, in one perfect hour.

GunZet
01-05-2012, 01:43 PM
Pretty sweet, Clock. Although you don't have to take one exact hour on speedpaints, usually anything under 3 hours is considered a speedpaint... that is, if you're painting and not drawing.
Anyways, I could see this needing a bit more contrast, especially deep inside the place, and some darker shadoooowww :V

Just thought I'd throw that out there, cause I like the balance lol.

tagYURIT
01-06-2012, 05:01 AM
I am not really good with colors and I can't do digital. .but I'll try. .o.O

Celestial-Fox
01-06-2012, 05:48 AM
Ooh, I really like Psi's.

I'd like to join, but I'm out of town for winter break and can't get back to my tablet for another week or so, if that's alright.

spidergoth
01-07-2012, 12:38 AM
Psi - pretty cool! I like the perspective. The colors are a bit saturated, but I like the composition.

Spider - I like the sketchyness of it! The colors with the rocks are pretty cool, and I like how the color fades. It sort of reminds me of a children's book illustration.

The sketchyness is due the fact that I inked the picture by hand and I did a lot of fast strokes so my shakey hands would ruin it too much ^^; the children's book-like coloring was intentional so yea!

Clockhand I like your old run down cottage, the vegetation seems impressionistic

Sunny
01-08-2012, 12:14 AM
You can join in at any time.

The new challenge has been posted!

Also, it doesn't matter if you consider yourself "good" or not. The point is to grow, at whatever level you're at and to push yourself.

ClockHand
01-08-2012, 04:06 PM
Do I have to do it on photoshop?

Slurpee
01-08-2012, 05:41 PM
I'm going to interpret semi realistic in the second challenge as animu :P

Cloudy
01-08-2012, 11:55 PM
oh man...I never do backgrounds and THIS is why -shudders-

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v380/selphia/ugcottage2.png

Sunny
01-09-2012, 12:46 AM
That house is cute, Cloudy!

And you can do it in whatever prog you feel comfy.

spidergoth
01-09-2012, 01:16 AM
I agree I think its cute too ^_^

Can we color it traditionally? I always do portraits with pencils.

Sunny
01-10-2012, 07:03 PM
It can be in whatever medium you like.

Bacon_Barbarian
01-10-2012, 07:50 PM
Just to be clear, any medium is allowed even though the group is called Paintersforge?

Leschwa
01-11-2012, 05:03 PM
Hi! :)
Is there a way to join the challenges? I would love to try it (but I'm not sure if I am able to draw every week but it would be a pretty good practice)

Sylux
01-11-2012, 06:39 PM
It's not really an official list, just draw something and post it here whenever you can. :)

Leschwa
01-11-2012, 06:44 PM
Fine :)
And the medium doesn't matter, right?
Yay! Can't wait to start *-*

Sylux
01-11-2012, 06:51 PM
Any medium you want! You maybe could even do it in clay @w@

Leschwa
01-11-2012, 06:57 PM
clay lol
So I'll draw with coffee or sand or something like that. Pencils are too ordinairy for us! Ò_ó9

Sylux
01-11-2012, 07:39 PM
Yeah, oh hey! Use Moon Sand :3
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MxQWRWfklyE/SOd0FRh3ufI/AAAAAAAAARg/6eXWoCaYC1U/s400/moonsand.jpg

Leschwa
01-11-2012, 10:42 PM
http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2927/portrait2a.jpg
Of course made with pure moon sand and she doesn't look realistic or semi-realistic but who cares? <3
Oh and she is jealous |'D

trilokcool3
01-12-2012, 12:10 AM
i am IN .....
SO HERE MY FIRST ENTRY.................
http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2012/01/trilokcool3-cottage.jpg?t=4f0e6a4a5d1eb.jpg

butternut
01-14-2012, 01:42 AM
Since i'm now all settled (err, almost) in college, i'll do it too. i'll start from the next one (though i could throw in the 2nd one considering there's still few hours left).

i have to add that it's my first time doing it.

spidergoth
01-14-2012, 02:40 AM
Not finished but I know I'm not going to finish it...maybe I'm lazy. As realistic as I can get at this point, it's supposed to be jealousy but my expressions fall flat. Anyway enough with my pessimistic ways
http://www.mangatutorials.com/file/pic/photo/2012/01/spidergoth-portrait-jpg_500.jpg

Matt
01-14-2012, 11:35 AM
Not finished but I know I'm not going to finish it...maybe I'm lazy. As realistic as I can get at this point, it's supposed to be jealousy but my expressions fall flat. Anyway enough with my pessimistic ways

Time to post Cedarseed's huge expression chart (http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs43/f/2010/143/7/0/Emotions_and_Facial_Expression_by_Cedarseed.jpg) again, I see.

Sunny
01-15-2012, 12:19 AM
Yea, any medium is allowed unless stated otherwise!

This is actually organized. :)

Please be sure to check for updates, guys.

There ARE deadlines. Please remember that.

Leschwa, that is really nice. I really like the hair.

Trilo, pretty cool, though that's not this week's project.

Spider, that's a great start!


http://d.facdn.net/art/seraphimmoonshadow/1326607601.seraphimmoonshadow_mrugly.jpg

Sunny
01-15-2012, 01:14 AM
http://d.facdn.net/art/seraphimmoonshadow/1326601298.seraphimmoonshadow_myownstarynight2.jpg

Bacon_Barbarian
01-15-2012, 12:00 PM
So how long is a "speedpaint" if you're drawing?

Sunny
01-15-2012, 04:53 PM
The current challenge is not a speedpaint. All information about the time frame is specified with the week's challenge on the front page, should we be doing a speedpaint. :)

Sunny
01-22-2012, 12:23 AM
It's sad to see no one participated last week. Well, this one is a cute anime girl! Don't forget to submit your entries soon!

ClockHand
01-22-2012, 12:30 AM
Man, I wanted to participate in the two last ones, but I was working on a canva. And now I have to draw a anime girl =/

Slurpee
01-22-2012, 06:07 PM
It's sad to see no one participated last week. Well, this one is a cute anime girl! Don't forget to submit your entries soon!

Probably because realistic put off anime drawers and makes them feel too challenged. In a way, thats a good thing.

CypressDahlia
01-23-2012, 02:12 AM
I haven't been able to drive myself to finish a single picture for a week now. sorry.

Sunny
01-25-2012, 11:55 AM
Clock: So just participate when you can. :)

Slurpee: Studying from life is a vital part of ANY artist's career. :) Many people might not understand that but if people want to get better at the arts, they need to understand things like proportion and value. It may be tough, yes, but it's not impossible and you'll grow a lot if you put forth the effort.

Cyp: *Patpat*

Sunny
01-29-2012, 03:04 PM
DERP. I forgot to post mine! http://th02.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/028/8/c/for_nezmah_by_hoegoeshinseki-d4nyh9s.jpg

Sunny
01-29-2012, 03:10 PM
5. This week's challenge is a little easier! The challenge will be to sketch ten faces in whatever medium you want. 5 of the sketches should be under two minutes. The others can be 2-5 minutes, depending on what you want to do. The deadline will be February 5th at 12:01 AM EST.

(Any style, btw!)

Cloudy
02-02-2012, 08:25 AM
well here are my faces...they are all under 2 minutes and alas all pretty terrible xD

was fun tho
http://i43.tinypic.com/bg2sgi.png

SuperKasey
02-04-2012, 02:56 PM
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/4045/wc1hi.jpg

Most of these are two minutes, needed a little more for the alien faces @.@

ClockHand
02-04-2012, 03:24 PM
red cross: more than 2 minutes
blue line: less than 2 minutes

It doesn't take time to do a face, what takes time is when you want it to have special features, maybe a mole or be fat.

http://th06.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2012/035/5/4/features_practice_by_efrierednihil-d4on3ey.jpg

Blue
02-05-2012, 04:21 AM
join me up pwease! :3

well next week...