Week 1. Monster Girl Challenge. Harpy Video.

Every so often (like every five minutes or so) I get the itch to do something original.  With my restricted time and dedication to giving you all great colouring content, I can’t afford to do something big and time consuming. Then I remembered a little text file, saved to my desk top years ago, of a challenge I found sometime ago on DeviantArt.  It is called the ‘Thirty Day Monster Girl Challenge.

The List for the 30 Day Monster Girl Challenge. Anyone game to join me?


This challenge involves taking a series of prompts and producing a piece of art based on each one.  I’m afraid I do not know the name of the original creator of this challenge, only that it was posted on Tumblr and is still going strong today. Anyway as I have a strong background in character art (creating and drawing original characters) I decided this is exactly the kind of prompts I would enjoy.  And for added fun I decided I would film each one as I coloured it so that you could all see how I go about colouring my own work.  My weapon of choice  are my every beloved Inktense Pencils as I know them well enough to be able to colour my work fairly quickly to make this challenge manageable.

I wanted to keep all these finished monster girls together so I decided to paint each one in my current art journal.  For those who want to know this is a A5 (about 8 by 5 1/2 inches) sketch book marketed under the name ‘Holcroft Artists Travelling Journal’ in Australia but available on Amazon as ‘Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal’.  These sketchbooks have thinner, smooth paper with the amazing quality that Inktense does not seep through to the other side of the page. And as I like using both sides of a page these journals are a ‘must have marvel’ to me. Currently the Australian version of this sketch book is only available through Riot Art At the time of writing they sadly have this item marked as out of stock.  Amazon, on the other hand, has them in multiple colours (and prices-go figure) Purple Sketch book on Amazon.

My current orange book which will hold all of my monster girls and two I bought recently from the US .

I hope to post a new video every week or so around Wednesday. This series will not interfere with my regular colouring videos but will be included each week (hopefully) as a bonus video.  i hope you enjoy this little challenge with me.  Let me know if you join me in it. I would love to see your work.

I was thrilled to see the first challenge prompt was to draw a harpy.  As you may know my art muse is a harpy called Myra and I have drawn her a number of times in the past so, of course, I chose to draw her. This was lots of fun.  I loved the way her talon’s turned out.  They look larger then they should be because I wanted to give the impression that she was being viewed from ground level.  I don’t think it quite worked.  Also it was very hard to get any fine detail around her face.  I added the orange colour in the background the next morning off camera as I wanted to cover up all the white on the page and I felt it needed it.  I’m pretty happy with the results seeing as it took only a couple of hours in a sketch book.  Please click the link below to see the colouring of Myra on my YouTube channel. 🙂

Monster Girl Challenge Number 1: Harpy.


  1. Connie Mckeag

    Petra, I am just so in love with your work and with you! With all the garbage going on here in the US, your work is so inspirational. Continued success in all your endeavors.

    1. Samantha G.

      I really like her talons! They look like, if you give her any lip, she will take care of you right quick! I also recognize her face well enough, from the close-up you did in your sketch book. It is interesting to me how each of us can be so critical of our own work. I do it myself, with my own coloring. I think she looks really great!!

  2. Laura

    Lovely work! I would join you but I’m swamped right now!! Enjoy though, looks like tons of fun!

  3. Meg G

    I’m new to your site and I’m just blown away at your talents! You have me scrolling and reading your site and exploring breathtaking work, Miss Peta! Wow… Great job and thank you for getting me back into art! Having a new baby and starting over after 12 years (phew) I kinda lost MYSELF and the things in like to do. My interests went out the window for a bit… But I’m finding myself again and although I’m not a great artist myself – I do have a passion for art and I just LOVE your work! Your knowledge pours out of every piece! You rule

  4. Angela palomino

    Omg I’m so happy your doing this giveaway I’ve been looking for this kind of coloring pencils for days now many even weeks so what book I’m coloring in… about that I haven’t really got a book that I can color in. Most of the time I color in my own art and I really hope you pick me cus I’ve been looking for something as cool as your channel. Im sorry I wasn’t there for the beginning but I will be there for the end. ☺️


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