• Challenge: Create a Voxel Art Pokémon
    3D & Animation

    Challenge: Create a Voxel Art Pokémon

    Find out how Voxel artist and animator Zach Soares got on when we challenged him to create a voxel art Pokémon from memory in just 20 minutes The word 'voxel' comes from the words ‘volumetric pixel’, and so voxels are basically the 3D equivalent of 2D pixels. They can only contain a single color, just like pixels, and a voxel art combines them to create their work. Zach Soares (@voxels) is a voxel artist and the creative director of his own game design studio Bunnyhug. In this Domestika Challenge, he had to design a Pokémon from memory in under 20 minutes. See how he got on in the video below:

  • Domestika Challenge: Draw Keanu Reeves’ Many Facial Expressions in 5 Minutes
    Illustration

    Domestika Challenge: Draw Keanu Reeves’ Many Facial Expressions in 5 Minutes

    Can character designer Laura Ewing illustrate Keanu Reeves’ many emotions in 5 minutes? The face is one of the most expressive parts of the body, which is why understanding how to illustrate believable facial expressions is a key skill for any character designer. Laura Ewing (@le_lauraewing) is a storyboard artist and character designer whose job it is to capture the essence of a story quickly and convincingly for films, documentaries, and publishing houses. We challenged Laura to imagine and illustrate actor Keanu Reeves’ face expressing different emotions, using surprise prompts ranging from “just won an Oscar” to “just got fired” via “too much coffee”. See how she did below:

  • Domestika Challenge: Kseniia Guseva Embroiders a Building in 30 Minutes
    Craft

    Domestika Challenge: Kseniia Guseva Embroiders a Building in 30 Minutes

    See if embroidery artist Kseniia Guseva can embroider a building in the centre of Madrid in just 30 minutes Embroidery is a slow and meticulous process… but not today. For the latest installment of our Domestika Challenge series, we’ve put international embroidery artist Kseniia Guseva’s (@faimyxstitch) skills to the test with a 30 minute embroidery challenge in Madrid's iconic Plaza Mayor. Kseniia Guseva (@faimyxstitch) has been embroidering every day since 2016, creating stitchwork cityscapes—an interest shaped by the architecture of her hometown of Saint Petersburg. Her talent and commitment as an embroidery artist has garnered her an Instagram following in the hundreds of thousands but she’s never faced a challenge like this before: stitching a building in just half an hour. Want to see how she did? Check out the video below:

  • 10 Creative Challenges To Try At Home
    Illustration

    10 Creative Challenges To Try At Home

    Activate your creative engines exploring these challenges with family and friends Are you still figuring out how to spend your family time this holiday season? These creatives, experts in disciplines such as illustration and graphic design, accepted some of Domestika’s creative challenges that you can try at home with family and friends. Spend some quality time with a creative twist! You’ll only need a pen, paper, color pencils or markers, watercolor or acrylic painting, objects you can find at home, and if you’re feeling like it, your tablet or computer for some digital drawing activities. To read full instructions on each challenge and learn more about each creative, please click on its red title. Enjoy!

  • Challenge: 3 Fun Ways to Stimulate Creativity
    Illustration

    Challenge: 3 Fun Ways to Stimulate Creativity

    Art director, graphic designer, and illustrator Rogério Puhl tests out his own challenge and surprises himself with the results Since he was a teenager, Rogério Puhl had always dreamed of being an artist. At the age of 14, he enrolled at Chapecó School of Arts in Brazil. After discovering the world of digital illustration at the age of 18, he began a career in advertising, and went on to work for some of the most successful agencies in Brazil: AlmapBBDO, DM9DDB, Africa, Ogilvy, WMcCann, Young & Rubicam, and more. His portfolio includes projects for clients such as MTV, McDonald's and Red Bull, and he has created copyrighted murals around the world. Thanks to many years of experience, Rogério has lots of tips on how to get your creative juices flowing. In this challenge, the artist shares three ways to keep your mind active. The exercises can be carried out anywhere using whatever tools you have at hand. Not only will you have fun but your brain will also get a workout. Rogério was in fact very surprised with the results he got when he tried it out himself.

  • Challenge: Illustrated Letterform
    Typography, Calligraphy and Lettering

    Challenge: Illustrated Letterform

    Illustrator and multidisciplinary designer Birgit Palma takes on the Domestika Challenge Through blending illustration with typography, illustrator and multidisciplinary designer Birgit Palma creates colorful and expressive letterforms that add another layer of meaning to the words they spell out. With clients that include Adidas, Coca-Cola, Samsung, and Adobe, she plays with shapes, colors, and volume to add imaginative, expressive twists to familiar letterforms. In this Domestika Challenge, Birgit is given a mystery box filled with random items and asked to create a letterform using three of them. Want to see how it turns out? Find out in the video below:

  • Challenge: Pixel Art in Procreate
    Illustration

    Challenge: Pixel Art in Procreate

    Illustrator Samuel Rodriguez takes on the Domestika Challenge Through his work, illustrator Samuel Rodriguez (@samrodriguezart) offers a new perspective in today's cultural landscape, creating striking portraits that incorporate graphic design and unusual visual elements. With clients that range from public art commissioners and non-profit organizations to brands and corporations, his pieces are both playful and powerful. In this Domestika Challenge, for the first time ever, Rodriguez tries to recreate one of his portrait illustrations in a pixel art style. How will it turn out? Find out in the video below:

  • Challenge: Draw Captain Spock in Tones of Pink
    Illustration

    Challenge: Draw Captain Spock in Tones of Pink

    Pablo Velasco Bertolotto takes on the challenge set by Domestika to reproduce in detail the iconic character from the Star Trek saga Hair, eyes, clothes, hands, reflections, and textures... all in pink: the challenge proposed to the illustrator and graphic designer Pablo Velasco Bertolotto (@bertolotto) in this edition of the Domestika Challenge. He will have to play with different shades of pink to obtain the necessary contrasts and variations to give life to the character. The figure that this creative artist has chosen for this purpose is the mythical Captain Spock, from the Star Trek saga. Will he be able to perfectly reproduce, with hardly any variation in color, the creator of the 'live long and prosper' greeting? Find out in the video:

  • Challenge: Can You Paint a Portrait with Just One Color?
    Illustration

    Challenge: Can You Paint a Portrait with Just One Color?

    Alejandro Casanova takes on the latest Domestika Challenge: can he paint a portrait with only green watercolors? How does one bring a face to life using only one color? How do you build features, the shadows, and textures without being able to use anything but green? Of course, patience and mastery are needed, virtues that can only be learned with constant practice and which Alejandro "Ale" Casanova (@casanova_ale), a multi-award winning painter and teacher, has plenty of. In the following video, Casanova faces the Domestika Challenge: will he be able to paint a watercolor portrait using only green watercolors? Find out below:

  • Challenge: Make a Digital Illustration Look Handmade in 10 Minutes
    Illustration

    Challenge: Make a Digital Illustration Look Handmade in 10 Minutes

    Alex de Marcos, illustrator and expert in digital painting techniques, faces the Domestika Challenge Alex de Marcos' career is broad and varied: he has worked in everything from editorial illustration to advertising, and regularly collaborates with major international brands such as Nike, Oysho, Movistar, Levi's and Ron Barceló. In this Challenge Domestika, the illustrator puts all his skills and experience to the test: he has just 10 minutes to make a digital illustration look like it was made using traditional methods by hand. Will he succeed? Find out in the following video:

  • 3 Drawing Challenges That Will Unlock Your Creativity
    Illustration

    3 Drawing Challenges That Will Unlock Your Creativity

    Adolfo Serra shares exercises that will encourage you to imagine, play, and experiment, and unlock your creativity Chance, mistakes, games, limits, and freedom: all can serve to help you unleash your imagination, create a language, and find your voice. In this video, illustrator Adolfo Serra (@adolfoserra) shares three drawing challenges that will push you to experiment with manual techniques and unlock your creativity. Gather up all the art materials you have at home; it’s time to put your creativity to the test.

  • Why Start Your Own Creative Projects?
    3D & Animation

    Why Start Your Own Creative Projects?

    Learn, experience, and satisfy your creative side are just some of the benefits of taking on your own personal projects Josep Bernaus (@josep_bernaus) is a 2D animator. He’s worked on animation series and advertising campaigns for clients like the BBC, CNN, and TVE. However, he has never abandoned his personal projects, which hold an important place in his life and, he believes, should be important to any creative, artist, illustrator, photographer. Josep shares three reasons why personal projects are so important and what attitude and expectations we should have for them.

  • Challenge: Designing an Album Cover in 15 Minutes
    Illustration

    Challenge: Designing an Album Cover in 15 Minutes

    Designer and Illustrator Steve Simpson takes on the Domestika Challenge Steve Simpson (@stevesimpson) has worked with major clients such as Disney Pixar, Adobe, and The Wall Street Journal, and has won over 50 awards from organizations like the Association of Illustrators. His distinctive and whimsical style has been applied to everything from children's toys, postage stamps, whiskey bottles, and hand-lettered packaging. In this Domestika Challenge, the illustrator only has 15 minutes to design a custom album cover commemorating Queen’s 50th anniversary. Can he quickly come up with an original take on such a classic cover? Find out in the video below:

  • Junk Journal July: A Creativity Challenge
    Illustration

    Junk Journal July: A Creativity Challenge

    Journaler Meg Journals invites you to participate in this creativity activity Without a doubt, sketchbooks are one of the most useful and rewarding tools any creative can have. Being alone with your pages lets you pour your ideas, experiences, plans for future projects, and many things more. Meg Journals is an illustrator based in the UK whose love for journals goes way beyond the paper. We talked to her about her passion and Junk Journal July, a creative challenge you can participate throughout July.

  • Toon Me Challenge with Procreate
    Illustration

    Toon Me Challenge with Procreate

    Marcos Chin, an illustrator specializing in digital techniques, uses drawing software Procreate as he faces the Toon Me Challenge In recent months, the creative community has taken part in a new social media challenge that’s been dubbed “Toon Me.” It consists of an artist using a photo of their own face, and then illustrating over part of it to create an image that reflects their creative style and blends photography with drawing. Marcos Chin (@marcoschinart) is an illustrator whose work has appeared in books, magazines, album covers, advertisements, and fashion catalogs, and his clients include Google, Starbucks, and The New Yorker. Because the Toon Me challenge fuses imagination and humor, and Chin is an expert in both, when we challenged him to ‘toon himself he couldn’t resist. Check out the results below.

  • Challenge: Illustrate in Procreate with Just Two Colors
    Illustration

    Challenge: Illustrate in Procreate with Just Two Colors

    Samuel Rodriguez, an illustrator specializing in Procreate, has just ten minutes to, using two colors, create a digital illustration To say that Samuel Rodriguez (@samrodriguezart) is an illustrator focused on creating portraits would be an understatement: the American artist has made a name for himself by cultivating a unique style in which the human face is fused with typography, all through the digital drawing tools of Procreate. With clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, Rodriguez's work hangs in museums and features on the covers of various publications. But will he be able to overcome the Domestika Challenge? In this case, we asked him to create a digital illustration in Procreate with a time limit of ten minutes... using only two colors. Find out if he succeeded in the video below:

  • Challenge: Draw a Character in 5 Minutes Using Photoshop
    Illustration

    Challenge: Draw a Character in 5 Minutes Using Photoshop

    Joel Santana, the character designer and illustrator, faces the Domestika Challenge Joel Santana's career (@themaddhattr) extends from illustrations for advertising campaigns, to packaging and toy design. He has developed projects for well-known brands such as Walt Disney World Orlando and Champs Sports. But now he faces a challenge he has never faced before... In this Domestika Challenge, the illustrator only has five minutes to draw a character from scratch using a graphic tablet and Photoshop. Will he succeed? Find out in the next video:

  • Challenge: Draw Marina Abramovic in 10 Minutes
    Illustration

    Challenge: Draw Marina Abramovic in 10 Minutes

    Artist and course teacher, José Rosero, accepts Domestika’s challenge José Rosero (@rosero) has faced many challenges over the course of his career; he is a renowned illustrator who has had work published in various magazines, newspapers and other publications. He is also the director of CasaTinta (Bogotá), a space dedicated to illustration and visual arts. The task we challenged him to was just another excuse to pull out all the stops. Will he manage to draw the famous conceptual artist Marina Abramović in 10 minutes? In 5 minutes? In 1 minute? Find out by clicking on the following video: