My Drawcember Challenge

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December is almost here! And I am finally going to try to do a monthly challenge and actually try to follow through this time.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Drawcember, the word is a combination of draw and December. It’s a drawing challenge where you have to draw something every day in the month of December. Some other monthly challenges similar to this are:

  • Mermay: Draw a mermay every day in the month of May
  • Junicorn: Draw a unicorn every day in the month of June
  • Inktober: Draw something in ink or using lines in the month of October

I have attempted at some monthly challenges in the past but I’ve only managed to follow for a few days.

So for this December, I’m going to try to draw something every day! And here’s my own rules I’ve made for myself, each drawing must have/ be:

  • An object drawn realistically
  • Creative or meaningful in some way

I wanted to continue practising my realism and at the same time, I want to try to be more creative. Most of my drawings are all from references and photographs where I try to draw them as closely as the object as possible. I want to use this challenge to force myself to be more creative in my drawing.

Feel free to follow my Instagram for daily posts! I will also be posting weekly updates on my blog as well. You are also welcome to follow along or make your own rules and join the Drawcemeber challenge!


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9 Responses

  1. Thank you for this wonderful article, it is quite entertaining, I will definitely like to try out the challenge too, since I love drawing, I believe it going to be so much fun. Thanks for this article once again it was really nice, I will definitely share this site with my friends and family, I believe they would love to try out this lovely idea.

  2. Amazing. I have not heard of this, I wish I had read this post before the 1st of December, I could have already drawn 18 drawings for the month of December. Drawing is in my blood and being involved in a challenge like this, will not only improve my skills but also help me enjoy the fun and creativity.

    Since today is already 18 December, it means I will have like 14 Dracember at the end of this month :), the funny beggins  

  3. I have never heard the term drawcember challenge before until I read your post. I really find it very interesting about all the names and challenges associated with the month. I am really rooting for you to complete this challenge for the first. I would love to do this challenge but it’s seems we are already half way through December. 

    Maybe it’s best for me to wait and do the May challenge. That time I will be prepare and ready to go mentally as well. Thanks for sharing this post. It was very informative and I learnt something new. 

    1. Glad you liked the post! You can always come up with your own monthly challenge if waiting till May is too long for you 😀

  4. Hello Mary Li,

     That’s quite a creative idea as it encourages originality. Drawing everyday of the month has the tendency of developing the innate ability to draw in you and will sharpen one’s skill of drawing.

    The monthly challenges should I  think should be rewarded after inviting entries from artists which can be sold to lovers of artworks and the winner be rewarded.

  5. An interesting concept, Mary.  Challenging yourself to do a daily drawing certainly can get the juices moving well.  I checked out your drawings to date as well.  Very nice!  

    As a writer and poet, I tend to do writerly things rather than artist things.  A number of years ago, I challenged myself to doing stream-of-consciousness poetry every day based on throwing the I Ching and then writing a whole bunch of thoughts that arose from the thing.  This went on for a few years, I think.

    A lot of it was rubbish, but sometimes I’d get something that had a little bit of glimmer to it.

    The whole thing led to some interesting explorations of topics I had not considered up to that point.  Later, going back and refining some of the work I produced in my early morning sessions helped me clarify a lot of muddy thinking that I’ve been able to expand and develop in other work.  It’s way cool!

    1. Thankyou! yes i agree with you! some days I really didn’t like the drawings i did and some days I did like. I also explored drawing things out of my comfort zone. Once December is over, I will be going over some drawings i did to properly finish them up. 

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