A couple of years ago, Josiah Brooks (Jazza) released an app called Arty Games that generates random ideas for illustrators. I’ve used it for a few drawings in the past, which was a great way to battle creative block when I wanted to draw something, but couldn’t come up with any ideas.
I recently decided to do a daily art challenge that incorporates a new idea each day from the app using Procreate on the iPad Pro. Each day I drew a randomly generated character idea and then finally placed them in an environment as dictated from Arty Games.
Day 1: A grumpy goblin smoking a joint with a robot arm.
Day 2: A jolly elf who has had too much coffee.
Day 3: A murderous kindergartener with glasses who is afraid of their own shadow.
Day 4: An evil robot from the future who can control time and is wearing large gloves.
Day 5: A porcupine who is stitched up like Frankenstein’s monster who is holding a key.
Day 6: A celestial cow who needs batteries to survive and is wearing leather shoes.
Day 7: A sparkly dragon who is wearing an oversized shirt.
Day 8: A pine tree forest filled with tombstones.
Day 9: Coloring the characters.
This personal challenge was a lot of fun and pushed me to draw things that I would never normally draw on my own. Coloring was probably the biggest challenge for me as it’s not my strong suit. You can watch the entire process in this time lapse video:
Overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out and I’m glad I was able to finish it before I hand over my iPad Pro to get the screen replaced. The corner of the screen has a dead spot when using the Apple Pencil, which is incredibly annoying, so hopefully I’ll be back to drawing soon.