Drawing Lab Challenge

So, you've found yourself a copy of Carla Sonheim's 'Drawing lab for mixed media artists: 52 creative exercises to make drawing fun', but you're finding the task of actually doing the exercises daunting?

Join us. Every week one of the exercises is set and together we tackle the challenge. We aren't doing the exercises in order, so you can join in any time.

The details
  • Every Friday for four weeks I will be choosing an exercise from the book, 'Drawing lab: 52 creative exercises to make drawing fun'. We will have a week to complete it (but late work is always accepted, RL can be evil, I know).
  • On the fifth week, there will be no exercise set, that week being used to either catch up, or complete a finished work directly related or inspired by one of the exercises.
  • The following week will then start up a new cycle of four exercises over four weeks followed by catch up week.  This pattern will continue until we either run out of exercises, or steam (though wouldn't it be great to complete them all????).
  • All that you need is a copy of 'Drawing lab: 52 creative exercises to make drawing fun', access to the internet, a variety of art materials, and determination to have fun.
  • I will be issuing the weekly challenge by Lab number (exercise number in the book) and page number only in order to protect the author's copyright, so you will need a copy of the book.
  • When you've completed the exercise, either post a link to your creation on the weekly challenge post and/or load it up to the Flickr group


items in Drawing Lab "flickr" More in Drawing Lab "flickr" pool
  • Some of the exercises are specific in a way that might not be possible for everyone, eg. a visit to the zoo, or drawing a pet, etc. I'm thinking that as long as we follow the spirit of the exercise, then an alternative version of the assignment is totally acceptable, eg. couldn't visit the zoo, but the exercise required drawing moving animals, so the artist drew people in the street, or kids, or a bird that flew into their backyard; didn't own a pet, so the artist drew their children, next door neighbour, a plant moving in the wind.
  • I'm also a big believer in following inspiration and using everything I create. So if you get inspired by an exercise and want to create a grand masterpiece, go for it! If you want to bend an exercise to an idea that has suddenly reared up and thwapped you across the head, do it! It's great to have a finished piece of work that you can hang on the wall, exhibit, or give as a birthday pressie. This is the reason for the fifth week. Time to review the ideas generated from the previous four weeks and polish them up.
So, would you like to join us? We'd love your company. I think we all work better with a cheering squad. Comment here so I know who is daring enough and we can meet each other.

The challengers (so far)

Bodhi Chicklet
Deborah Dugan 
Jenna B.
Kristin Dudish
Purple Spirit
WhiteViolet Art

The challenges (so far)

Challenge #1 - Friday 1 Oct - Lab 1 - Results
Challenge #2 - Friday 8 Oct - Lab 26 - Results
Challenge #3 - Friday 15 Oct - Lab 36 - Results
Challenge #4 - Friday 22 Oct - Lab 33 - Results
Catch up #1 - Results
Challenge #5 - Friday 5 Nov - Lab 19   - Results
Challenge #6 - Friday 13 Nov - Lab 51 - Results
Challenge #7 - Friday 19 Nov - Lab 8 - Results
Challenge #8 - Friday 26 Nov - Lab 41 - Results

Have at it!

Best wishes,
(I dare ya)


  1. thanks for stopping by muy blog,its always wonderful to meet other artists from around the world,I'm just a bit of a dabbler myself ,will have to have a look for this book i think

  2. Hello, hello! I would love to join this challenge. I bought a copy of Drawing Lab about 2 months ago and love it! Thanks for organizing these challenges - it's just what I needed to get me focused on working through the labs. - Patty

  3. Ooh, I'm excited to find this. I've been working my way slowly through this book, just randomly selecting pages, so would love to work with a group.

  4. This is interesting. I'm going to buy a copy of the book today. Hopefully, they have some in stock.

  5. After reading this post yesterday, I went out and buy a copy of this book. So now please count me in ! :-D

  6. Hi, Pavinee and Wrightstuff :D

    You're in. I hope you have fun :D

    (in the middle of the night)

  7. oh this looks like fun. I've ordered the book so I hope it will arrive one day in the future :)Once it gets here I will be back. Takes about 10days to arrive:(

  8. Are you still doing the weekly exercizes? I just got the book yesterday?

  9. Hey, Jen. yes, we are indeed. I've just moved blogs. You can find the challenge over at my new blog, Gumnut Inspirations - http://inspired.gumnut.net
    The latest challenge can be found here - http://inspired.gumnut.net/2011/01/drawing-lab-challenge-12/

    I hope to see you there.

    (up late)