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.
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.
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. 🙂