The: #sketchbookredraw Challenge: Are You Better Now Than You Used to Be?

Skip to entry content

We love when we see people posting before-and-after drawings on Instagram. Whether done by accomplished professional artists or just hard working amateurs, it’s always illuminating to see people draw it again. The results are always better. Always. Just take a look at this Avatar redraw by one of our favorite comic book artists, Kyle Petchock:

kyle petchock art
I see you, Jake Sully. You look much better than you did in 2010. | @kpetchock_art

This week, we want to challenge you to a #sketchbookredraw. Dig up an old drawing from your past and draw it again. It can be something you drew when you were seven years old or something you drew seven months ago. The point is to check in on your progress. We’re almost certain you’ll notice a difference in your skill level. If you’re drawing regularly, you’re always learning. This is a great way to show yourself — and others — how far you’ve come.

Plenty of practice paid off for patient perfectionist LordGris — one of the inspirations for this challenge. | @lord_gris

We Offer Fame, but Not Fortune

We’ll be scouring the Internet looking for before-and-after drawings and featuring our favorites on our social feeds and our web site’s Gallery. You won’t win tons of money and prizes, but we can offer you lots of love and encouragement — and a bit of Internet fame. It’s incredibly easy to be considered. Just tag your images #sketchbookredraw on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. Bonus points for including info in your post like the dates you drew each drawing or a description of your own take on much you’ve progressed. Whether you think you’ve improved a lot or a little, it’s an excellent way to stop and remind yourself why you draw and how you might get even better going forward.

Scan Sketch - traditional to digital
Are you drawings so old school they’re in a physical SketchBook? Use Scan Sketch.

Importing Old Drawings with Scan Sketch

If you haven’t used the Scan Sketch feature before, this is perhaps the perfect reason to get acquainted with it. Just point your tablet or phone at a line drawing and use your camera to bring it into SketchBook. You have three options:

  • Black & White: No color, but it automatically removes the background.
  • Color: Bring it all in but remove the background.
  • Original: The full image, background included.

And, of course, you can import layers and add text, so you really have everything you need to take stock of your progress.