14 Awesome Yearly Art Challenges

One thing you can always count on a creative for – is to have fun! Artists and creatives around the world have put out their own art challenges to bring together creatives from all corners of the globe. These range in theme, media, intent and inspiration!

We have created a list of 14 Yearly Art Challenges that are trending and super fun to do. Do you miss an art challenge? Let us know in the comments or by contacting us.

List of art challenges:

1. The January Challenge

A little different to the other challenges we’ve mentioned, The January Challenge is curated by creatives around the world! The challenge takes place throughout the month of January and is made of differently daily creative challenges.

The January Challenge
14 Awesome Yearly Art Challenges 18

The challenge is facilitated by 3 guest collaborators, from which you can pick who’s prompts you’d like to follow. Each day you’ll be sent an email that outlines your challenge for that day, whether it be illustrating, dancing or exploring! Join The January Challenge community of over 30,000 people and challenge your creativity.

Each year, challenges are crowdsources from creatives around the world. So, if you’d like to submit a challenge of your own for next year’s challenge, make sure you do – your challenge idea could be broadcasted to thousands of creatives around the world!

2. Tinkerlab’s January Art Challenge

Tinkerlab’s January Art Challenge stresses the importance of creativity in a fun, stress-free way. The challenge consists of daily illustration challenges that are provided via official prompt lists.

January Art Challenge Prompt List 2021
The Tinkerlab’s January Art Challenge prompt list for 2021

These prompts are made to be interpreted in any and every way, in order to spark your creativity! You are free to experiment with any colour, texture or style you’d like, no matter your experience level. Make sure to set aside at least 5 minutes every day to sketch out something based on the daily prompts – all you need is a pen and some paper!

3. Creatuanary

This creature-themed art challenge takes place in January and is definitely a fun and unique way to boost your creativity! An official prompt list is put out each year, containing daily prompts that will serve as inspiration for your creatures.

Creatuanary 2021 Prompt List
Creatuanary 2021 prompt list

This challenge welcomes creatives of all experience levels, ages, nationalities and cultures. There are no restrictions regarding on what media and tools should be used – so have fun, unleash your inner artist!

4. Inktober

With October already in full swing, make sure to check out the Inktober Art Challenge! Founded by Jake Parker, Inktober is based on promoting growth, improving your skills and sharing your work with fellow artists.

Each year, Inktober puts out a prompt list that you can follow throughout the month. These serve as your inspiration and hopefully get your creative flow going! There aren’t too many rules, with the main one being that you have to use ink. Share your work on social media using the hashtag #Inktober #Inktober2021.

Inktober 2021 Promptlist
The official Inktober 2021 Promp List

For more art challenges running during the month of October check out our article about other art challenges in October you can participate in. If you’re curious to the best artworks of Inktober 2020, make sure to visit this page.

5. Draw this again

Although this challenge doesn’t run for any particular month of the year, its perfect for finding out how much you’ve progressed as an artist. Select one of your artworks from the past year and recreate it!

By doing this, you’ll be able to compare how much you have either improved or changed over the last year. Make sure to redo this challenge each year and create a visual interpretation of your journey as an artist. Seeing great progress will undoubtedly serve as a great source of inspiration!

6. Mermay

The MerMay art challenge asks artists to create artworks of mermaids every day during the month of May. There is no restriction regarding which media should be used, only that the mermaids and mermen theme is followed.

The challenge was created by the incredibly talented Disney animator Tom Bancroft. Each year, a new prompt list is put out. Check out this year’s prompt list for MerMay 2020 and make sure to use the hashtag #MerMay when sharing your illustrations on social media. 

MerMay art challenge prompt list
14 Awesome Yearly Art Challenges 19

7. 100 Heads Challenge

This challenge can be taken at any point during the year, and lasts for 10 days. The challenge itself was created by Ahmed Aldoori. The goal of this challenge is to sketch 100 heads or portraits during the time limit. It serves as a great way to practise drawing faces, which can be an incredibly difficult part of the body to draw!

You can watch his version of the #100HeadsChallenge below:

YouTube video

8. ArtvsArtist

Unlike any of the other challenges that we’ve mentioned, this challenge isn’t about working on your skills or seeing your progress – it’s about sharing the face of the artist behind the art. This challenge is incredibly popular on social media.

The collage template (psd) can be found here and features 8 blocks for your artwork and one extra centre block for a portrait of you! This challenge aims to create a space in which you can introduce yourself to your followers. Make sure to use the hashtag #ArtVsArtist when sharing your completed templates.

9. Toon Me

Another great way to introduce yourself to your followers is the Toon Me art challenge. The challenge was created by René Córdova, a Marvel illustrator. One day, he decided to post a picture on Instagram that was split in half – one was a [selfie] picture of himself, and the other was an illustrated, cartoon version of the other half of the picture. And so the challenge was born! Make sure to use the hashtag #TuneMe and #Toonme when sharing your work!

10. Huevember

This November based challenge is a sure favourite, with daily hues as prompts! Each year a new prompt ‘list’ is put out for creatives to take inspiration from. Huevember was started by Matthieu Daures on Tumblr.

The ruled are limited – make sure that the featured hue for that day is the main colour of focus in your artwork. You are free to use whatever other colours you’d like. There are also no limitations regarding medium – so have fun!

What is Huevember - Prompt List
What is Huevember – Prompt List

Make sure to use the hashtag #Huevember when sharing your work online.

For more about the challenge you can read our article about Huevember where you can find the most recent prompt list. You can also visit https://facebook.com/huevember/ or https://huevember.tumblr.com

11. Daily Sketch for a Year

This challenge is maybe one of the most difficult challenges we’ll be mentioning in this article. The title itself is pretty explanatory – the challenge urges participants to do a sketch every single day, without any skips, for a year.

There will undoubtedly be days where you feel unmotivated or uninspired, and these will be the days that challenge your dedication as an artist. There are no rules regarding theme or medium for this challenge – that’s all up to you. Set your expectations, goals and skills you want to work on in the coming year and get sketching!

12. Draw this in your style

Although fairly new to the art challenge scene, #DrawThisInYourStyle has become increasingly popular. The challenge is run by a number of artists who put out an original artwork and urge their followers to recreate the piece in their own unique style. The rules for this challenge vary between artists and could include colour, time or medium limitations.

Each challenge has their own hashtag, so make sure to check which one to use when sharing your recreations online!

13. Smaugust  

Running during the month of August, this 30 day challenge is based on the theme of dragons. Within the art community, August is the month of dragonsSmaugust. Everyday during this month, you’ll be required to create dragon themed artwork using whatever tools, medium or style you prefer.

There are a number of prompt lists available, so make sure to take a look through them to find the one that inspires you most! Make sure to use the hashtag #Smaugust when sharing your art on social media.

14. Drawcember

Based throughout the month of December, Drawcember is an art challenge that inspires artists to create new and exciting daily illustrations. The name itself is made up of the words ‘draw’ and ‘December’.

Drawcember Prompt List 2020
The Drawcember 2020 prompt list

Since 2012, artists from all around the world have taken part in the Drawcember challenge. The Drawcember creative community is extremely active, so make sure to get involved next December, and join them! There are no rules regarding colour, medium or composition, so follow any one of the available prompt lists and have fun!

Drawing Ideas Generator

Create your own art challenge or create a daily challenge for yourself when you are in need of inspiration or if you want to inspire other artists. We created a drawing ideas generator with over 2000+ drawing ideas just for you.

Art challenges we missed

Did we miss your favourite art challenge ? What are your favourite art challenges? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or contact us and we will add them here.

Now that you are here: Why not combine the art challenge with an online art class to improve your drawing skills? Make sure to read our article where we take a look at the Best Art Classes you can follow online. You could also take a look at our curated top 10 of drawing books to help you improve your drawing

Join our Newsletter

Sign up now to stay up-to-date on industry trends, inspiring stories, helpful resources, and more.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related posts

How to start your own print on demand business

How to start with Print on Demand

How to start a Print on Demand (POD) business If you're looking to start your own business from home, a print on demand business is a great choice. It could be even more interesting when you already are an artist or a graphic designer, but it's not necessary. With...

PhotoVibrance Review

PhotoVibrance Review: A Designer’s Perspective

If you’re looking to take your blog photos to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to be breaking down what exactly PhotoVibrance (sometimes called Vibrance or Photo Vibrance) is, our personal experience with it and where you yourself can get...

How To Hire a Graphic Designer

Hiring a Graphic Designer in 2023: The Ultimate Guide

Everything you need to know to hire a Graphic Designer Hiring a graphic designer can be an exciting step to take. Whether you’re looking to hire a graphic designer for a new logo, print on demand designs, branding, web page, brochure or advertisement, making the...

Photoshop brushes to procreate and Procreate brushes to Photoshop

How to use Photoshop brushes in Procreate (and vice versa)

Hey there, did you know that you can use Photoshop brushes in Procreate? And that you can use Procreate brushes in Photoshop? Me neither! If you are like me, then you have probably added hundreds of Photoshop brushes to your collection. We also have our favorite...

Developing and Implementing Effective Learning Objectives

Developing and Implementing Effective Learning Objectives

Do you want your learners to achieve specific results from your training program? Do you want to create a focused and effective learning experience? One of the key elements in achieving these goals is developing and implementing effective learning objectives....


May Art Challenges

With the looming pandemic, it can be challenging to be cooped up in your house with the same daily routine. With this being said, tapping into your creative side can be a great outlet for stress and anxiety during these trying times. Why not take part in an art...

Featured Artist Gianfranco Merati

Featured Artist – Gianfranco Merati

Gianfranco Merati Gianfranco Merati is an Italian photographer whose work is driven by the belief that beauty can be found everywhere, and his mission is to reveal it through his photographic lens. For the past decade, Gianfranco has been developing his practice,...

best graphic design products 2023

Best Graphic Design Products to Use in 2023

Graphic design is an ever-evolving field. New trends emerge each year, and how we use graphic design products changes with them. Whether you are a professional designer or just starting out, you will find MasterBundles’ selection of graphic design products to be...

Best Print on Demand Courses

Best Print on Demand Courses

The best POD courses of 2023 Passive income seems like something magical. Who doesn't want to receive hundreds or thousandths of dollars each month besides their regular paycheck? Or... maybe even better, who wouldn't love to have a passive income and quit their...