As I am sure most of my friends here already know, I discovered, and began to participate in, Colored Pencil Magazine's monthly challenges.
Since March, I have participated in 6 challenges, shown below:
March: "Veiled" and April: "Wildflowers"
May: "Rocket" and July: "Lilac Roller"
And finally, November: "Apparition"
Quite happily, I was informed last week that my drawing, "Apparition", was selected as the winner of the "Beginner/Student" category for November!
I encourage anyone who is reading this journal entry, who has ever drawn, or wanted to draw, with colored pencils to look into these monthly challenges. The challenges are supported by sponsors, who base their amount of support on how active the participation is. It's a great opportunity to support other artists, and also get support from them. Also, it's enlightening to see how each interpretation of a single reference differs from the others (one of the reasons I also like the
You can learn about the current monthly challenge on their DA page:
and also by joining their Flickr group
. Each challenge must be at least 90% in Colored Pencils, and it must use the reference from that month in some way.
If you subscribe to Colored Pencil Magazine, look for my winning entry to be featured in the monthly challenge section in the January issue.