Instagram #DTIYS Challenges

I’ve loved taking part in my Creative Coping Strategies campaign by using Weird Words, Crap Poems and Haiku Hope to show you all how silly, random and fun creativity can be.

But all of these projects have focussed on writing, when sometimes I want to spend time drawing with my best friend – my iPad.

I was struggling to come up with a way of linking CCS and digital art when I already create every image on this site. I needed a reason to draw, and preferably some inspiration to help me choose the subject matter too.

In the background I’ve been completing random training courses in Digital Illustratiom, and that pointed me towards Instagram as a promotion tool for the images I create. The second I dipped my toe into the digital art community within the Insta app, I knew I’d fallen into a deep rabbit hole. There is so much talent on there, with different styles and different mediums – I could honestly spend a day just looking at the artwork of others, wondering how they created each piece, and wondering how long it took them to become so accomplished.

One of the things many successful artists recommend is to draw every single day. It’s like personal training for Monet. You need to keep up the practice to see any real improvement…so I took the advice.

So what’s #DTIYS?

While freefalling in the rabbit hole I found the hashtag #dtiys popping up over and over, but I had no idea what for. A bit of Google searching quickly revealed this is a phrase used by artists when they post new artwork and challenge others to create the same piece in their own style – ‘Draw This In Your Style’.

I got nervous looking at the myriad of previous challenge entries – there really are some incredibly talented people out there – and that left me unsure, but we all have to start somewhere, don’t we?

So I decided to join in. I now spend a bit of time every day looking for new challenges. I save the ones I like on my phone and choose one every day to try and #DTIYS. So far I’ve done 12 and I’ve absolutely LOVED every single attempt…I’m addicted.

I’ve been blithering on about my desperation to find my personal illustrative style for some time now, but it’s not an easy thing to do. Knowing I already love the cute style of kawaii gave me a useful starting block for these challenges. There’s a bit of sifting to do – most of the challenges are far too complex for me. But there were some pictures I loved and instantly knew how I’d like to adapt them.

I now have a dedicated page on this website for DTIYS challenges, where I’ll post my illustrations alongside the artists original, so you can see the source of my drawing and how I got to my own version.

If you’re looking to improve your own artistic creativity and enjoy creating digital images, then take a look at the challenges on Instagram. It’s totally free, the challenges are for fun (some even have competitions with real prizes) and you get inspired by others and their incredible work.

Just make sure you have plenty of time free – the rabbit hole will swallow you for hours if you aren’t careful!

Thanks for reading!

Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

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