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1. 6 Nov 2019 13:48


Years ago we had a more robust group of contributing artist. The challenges were fun and fairly continuous. It has been yeas since the gauntlet was thrown and anyone stepped up to pick it up.

I intend to resurrect that old spirit of fun competition. This is going to be reboot challenge #1. For this one I challenge anyone to re-make one of their first few drawings. Everyone grows from each work on here, even if it's just a little. That growth can be fairly evident when a work is redone.

When you submit your entry, please include both the old and new work. It will be fun to see the improvements. I will submit mine tomorrow when I get a minute to start a drawing. This gives everyone some fair warning. I should probably set a due date tomorrow too.

2. 7 Nov 2019 13:50


Okay. I promised an example and due date. As tradition dictates, the winner of this challenge will issue the next one. The due date for submissions will be December 1st.

Here's my example;

3. 7 Nov 2019 17:34


Here's another example:


4. 13 Nov 2019 00:01


Hello everyone! I know I haven't been on here for very long, but I've been wanted to do a challenge for a while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! Here are my yellow roses!

By the by.... how do I get the small picture and link thing?

5. 13 Nov 2019 00:02


Oh, nevermind! Sorry!

6. 14 Nov 2019 19:04


This is a great idea for a challenge, bugoy! Haven't dropped by in a great while but would like to take the opportunity to wish to all older TD fellow contributors a wonderful automn and to keep up the great work!

7. 18 Nov 2019 19:45


Wow.... (waves at Shanley!)

(and picks up a glove Bugoy seems to have left here... turning it over thoughtfully.....
....wondering how to clone self......)

I do like it, and totally agree that it's valuable. Fun, too.

Friendly greetings, Cherryis!


8. 1 Dec 2019 23:58


Let's see if I even remember how to do this--

Old one -- a study after a museum piece from the late 1950's (not properly titled because it was part of a guessing game here in ThinkDraw back in 2009... guess the title yourself or read the comments under its original posting to find it!)

New one (titled to fit in current showcase theme of Camera ... "Vignette")

Commentary on this challenge--
Back when I did the old picture, my 14th, there weren't as many palettes.... Flowers Fruit Gothic & Animals (what an outcry there was against using parts of critters at first! ...and wl love a lot of the effecthat a lovely lesson it offered in "seeing" those "parts" as just pixels!)

There was no transparency in any of the elements back then, so I used Flowers just because I was comfortable with it. Flowers was the very first palette, relatively coarse. (Generally, Rachel doesn't use it for printing Mugs or Greeting cards because it doesn't enlarge crisply.) But I still love its effects, especially the whimsy of using it for portraits. No, you'll never get hyper-realism with it, but it encourages abstraction. And that's how I handled the first piece here.

For Bugoy's challenge I wanted to see if I could use transparency to capture the feeling of bands of color passing through each other..... which is what the original painting did!

I chose Beads, our first palette with transparency, but imo the outcome is NOT satisfactory..... between the limitations in shapes and rotations I wound up having to treat it much as I had done it Flowers..... tweaking it significantly just to get any feeling of overall balance and linear flow.

Ah well..... Space palette next?

Thanks for the excuse to play, folks!


9. 2 Dec 2019 00:20


....pffffft...... typos typos..... I know better than to post without double-triple checking, but I wanted to get it in while it was still Dec 1 by ThinkDraw's clock!

>>and wl love a lot of the effecthat a lovely lesson it offered in "seeing" those "parts" as just pixels!<<
.....should read.....
>>and what a lovely lesson it offered in "seeing" those "parts" as just pixels!<<

>>much as I had done it Flowers<<
- t + n =
>>much as I had done in Flowers<<

10. 2 Dec 2019 12:54


This is a tough one. Cherryis and Qsilv both did great work. The objective was to revisit an old work and gain some insight. Both have achieved that.

I appreciate the fact that Qsilv completed hers back when the palettes were more limited. Reworking it to match the original intent resonates with me. It also came in just under the deadline. Because of the rework to match the transparent feel, I'm declaring Qsilv to be the winner of the 1st reboot challenge. The next one is all yours.


11. 8 Dec 2019 17:46


Whoa..... I really need to pay attention here!

Thanks, Bugoy..... (I think).... ;>

A quick scroll through the most recent 3 pages of the Gallery shows at least a full dozen reasonably active folks here.......

...let's see if we can bribe.... er.... blackmail ...ummm... no, wait.... encourage! THAT'S the word I was looking for..... ENCOURAGE 'em into playing along.......

Since we only used half a page, and I like the idea of building on this original premise, I'm going to CONTINUE USING these pages, with THIS THREAD TITLE --- *CHALLENGE REBOOT*

However, the challenge itself changes.....

I would like to see what each of YOU come up with when experimenting with

I'll come in to check & comment along the way, but the Transparency challenge ends in 3 weeks... Sunday Dec 29.

Please remember these are CHALLENGES to see what we can do... NOT COMPETITION AT ALL ....there is no "better than" ranking... whoever holds the 'baton' gets to make up a creative challenge, silly or serious, decide how long to run it, and state who gets to run the next one!

12. 9 Dec 2019 14:18


Agreed, Qsilv.
Though I didn't come out and say it directly, you are correct. This isn't about "better than", it's usually at the whims of the one issuing the challenge. That's why I said yours just resonated with me more and why I picked you to win the challenge. It's just whatever the issuer feels at the time. There is a winner, but it is a more capricious selection process. I'm sorry for not being clear when I tried to resurrect this idea. I should have explained the spirit of the "competition" better.

I also plan on taking on this challenge and bribe... cajole... encourage everyone to join us too.

13. 16 Dec 2019 19:05


Wow! This was an interesting challenge. Thanks Qsilv!
I did some mangoes using the transparent pieces in beads. (I know the stems aren't made with the transparent pieces... but I couldn't get anything small enough...)

14. 18 Dec 2019 14:28


Did the transparent to smooth out the ocean to have a nice clean fade and transition.

15. 23 Dec 2019 08:15


Hey Bugoy, Q, & Co— This is totally unexpected and really good to see! No time to study it just now but wanted to put in an encouraging word, and let you know I'll be back when I can. Keep it up. Bye for now.

16. 2 Jan 2020 16:33


Hello! I'm understand that I'm way past the dead line but I would still like to enter in a painting for this challenge -

17. 2 Jan 2020 23:08


Yayyyyy.... several of you got brave and tried this.... and I love 'em!

No worries at all about including opaque bits..... my challenge was to EXPERIMENT with TRANSPARENCY (not merely to limit yourselves to using transparent PIECES).... forgive me for not stating that more clearly.

Cherryis -- your built up layers are sooo rich.... and the stems' delicacy is a powerful contrast to emphasize the mangoes' mass....

littlebean -- you've achieved one of the subtlest gradations I've seen in waterscapes here without resorting to the painfully laborious trick of spending hours upon hours maneuvering edges pixel by pixel....

LAUR -- you are always welcome to enter challenges late! Half the time those of us who run them are late ourselves... (ahem) ...and I'm truly delighted with yours. It absolutely glows!

Eve777 -- you may not have quite understood the challenge, but your comment on Cherryis' Mangoes caught my do lots of your pictures, frankly...... and I started laughing, realizing how often work in the Space palette utilizes its fine line pieces to create transparency by "hatching" and "stippling".

So I'm taking the liberty of displaying your "Fish" as a prime example.... the area around that eye is magic!

KliaMia -- your "Tree Trimmings" uses that same technique to evoke their shimmering surfaces AND the feeling that we're seeing part of the silvery-blue bauble *through* the red glass globe --voila... transparency!

ArtisZen -- you nailed it a whole different way.... the underwater effect with atmospheric cloudiness..... translucency ...and contrast enhances the effect (in this situation, sharp focus bubbles and sharp edged plants in the foreground)

Thanks so much ....oh... yeah.... AND.....


...the baton passes to...... Cherryis! Have fun with it!



18. 3 Jan 2020 18:00


Thanks for the opportunity Qsilv!!! I really loved how you commented on everyone's work and gave us all a wonderful challenge in the first place. It looks like we all had a ton of fun with it!!

So I guess that leads me to the next challenge!! Drum roll please...
COLOR! The challenge I'm handing out to all of you is to create a piece using the wrong (Is that the right choice of words?) colors. For example, if you want to create a lion, instead of going for the typical golden browns and tans for the coloring, switch things up a bit! Go for a neon pink or a mint green lion instead!

Better swish, but remember the most important thing...have fun!!

19. 3 Jan 2020 18:03


Oh dear, it looks like I forgot to put down a date for you all. Sorry!

Anyways, I think we'll give this one another three weeks and set the date for January 24.

20. 9 Jan 2020 13:36


Purple Scottish Fold playing with flowers.
My feeble attempt. LOL!