52 Weeks of Drawings

It’s the new year. What does that mean? Well, time to set goals… and then forget about those goals and give up. I kid. But, really… I use the start of the year to set challenges for myself. Mostly crafty/art challenges. In 2011 I attempted 52 weeks of photos. I did not finish it. I think I was too strict with it. I missed a couple of weeks, and I decided to give up. This challenge will be different. I’m allowing myself to skip ahead a week if I want, miss a week and make it up later. Whatever.

Basically: this challenge is to get me drawing for myself. I do a ton of custom illustrations and never seem to find time to draw for myself and improve my skills. Practice makes perfect (or at least better). I was inspired by the MANY 30 day drawing challenges online. I just don’t have the time to draw something once a day. Once a week (on top of my other custom orders) is better.

This first week is “Your Choice”. I chose to draw a visual of my 52 Weeks of Drawings themes. Nothing fancy. Simple drawing for the 1st week of 2013. Next week: Self Portrait. Do you want to set some crafty/artsy/photography goals for yourself? Are you looking to improve in these skills? Would you like to join me? Well, I’d love to have you. You’re more than welcome to use my 52 weeks of prompts below.

The start of a new year. 2013.

1. Your choice: This first week of the year is usually pretty busy, starting off with something simple.

2. Self portrait: Draw yourself.

3. Plant

4. 4-legged friend

5. Profile: I always draw a face straight on. What about the side view?

6. A tool you need: Scissors? Pencil? Hammer? Fork?

7. Something you love: What do you love?

8. Your name: Draw out your name. Stay simple or go elegant! Whatever.

9. Fave book: draw the book itself, or a scene from the book.

10. Inspire: Draw someone or something that inspires you.

11. Favorite place

12. Wings

13. Framed: Frame something.

14. Brand new

15. Two: 2 the number, two of something, twins?

16. Music

17. Fave animal

18. Candy land

19. Eyes

20. Bug

21. Bird

22. Family portrait

23. Imaginary

24. Animal personified

25. Hands

26. Hybrid animal: Get crazy.

27. Robotic

28. Movie scene: Favorite movie scene?

29. Sea creature

30. Crafty: Thread, knitting, sewing, whatever.

31. A collection

32. Odd superpower: What’s the most ridiculous superpower you could have?

33. Sky

34. Married couple

35. Fairy tale character

36. Something nearby

37. Tattoos

38. Street lights

39. Silhouette

40. Farm animal

41. Details: Up close and personal.

42. Comic strip: Tell a small comic strip story.

43. Monster

44. Sweet treat

45. Friend

46. Vegetable or fruit personified

47. Holiday

48. Fave food

49. Toy

50. Historic figure

51. Self portrait: start with a self portrait, end with a self portrait.

52. Your choice

You can link up your 52 weeks of “whatever artsy crafty challenge” you want to do below. Instead of coming back and linking a new post each week, maybe sharing a specific post that collects all your drawings (or the category/tag link) would be best. I’m looking forward to seeing your drawings/photos/crafts. Happy New Year!

– Chelsey

P.S. If you’d like a hashtag for twitter or instagram, you can use #PM52Weeks. I’ll be wandering that hashtag. <3 AND, you are more than welcome to share my 52 Weeks of Drawing above, as long as you link back to my blog.


  • Megan on said:

    I love this challenge. Joining in a bit late, but I can't wait to get started!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I'm a couple drawings behind. Ha! It's a very relaxed challenge!

  • CaseyMaree on said:

    What a great idea! I used to draw in school, but 11 years later I've not done much at all, looking forward to taking up this challenge – some of the weeks definitely will be a challenge, but excited to get started! 🙂

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  • Crystalyn on said:

    I really love this and I'm looking forward to seeing all of your drawings! Some of these weekly themes seem really challenging. I'd love to join in 🙂

  • Emma on said:

    Let's see for how long I can keep up with this, but definitely joining the challenge. Thanks for sharing the idea 🙂

  • roxana on said:

    heck yes!! all over this challenge. it actually goes quite well with my new years resolution. <3

  • Mindi on said:

    How fun. Oh how I wish I could draw! ! I'm trying for a 52 weeks of knitting and 12 projects complete! 🙂 Excited for it.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Oooo! That will be fun, be sure to share your link. I'd love to see your projects. 🙂

  • sofy on said:

    sound really good 🙂 and interesting 🙂

  • Anna Barbara on said:

    I am so inspired by this! I have not drawn in several years (outside of college note doodling) but I am so excited to get my hands back in to it! Thank you for starting this and I can't wait to see what the year holds!

  • Susannah on said:

    This is such a good idea! I'm excited to see them!

  • Tottums on said:

    I can't wait to see them … love your drawings!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thank you! Can\’t wait to get started on next weeks challenge. 🙂

  • Ashley Elizabeth on said:

    I have been wanting to improve my sketching skills for a long while. I was far more artistic in high school and it was such a peaceful outlet for me, it's something I've very recently been getting back into. For Christmas my mom bought me new paints (because I told her I discovered my old ones were halfway dried up), brushes, canvas paper and a tabletop easel!! I have been at a loss of what to paint though and I think this challenge is a great way to get back to my artistic side!! Thanks for sharing! I can even turn the good sketches into paintings!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Yay! I hope you join. It\’s going to be a fun challenge.

  • Lauren on said:

    I would love to participate in this challenge!! I need to draw more and this looks so fun! Do you mind if we repost the image and link back to you? I'd like to make a post about participating. (If it's not okay, that's fine! I'll wait for your answer and if you don't answer, I just won't post it.)

  • Samantha on said:

    Your challenge is unique! Or at least unique to me. Most people do photos, you're going to do drawings. I hope you share your drawings because I'm looking forward to seeing them. 🙂

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I will! Sharing them will motivate me to keep up with it. 🙂

  • Lauren on said:

    I would love to participate in this challenge!! I need to draw more and this looks so fun! Do you mind if we repost the image and link back to you? I'd like to make a post about participating. (If it's not okay, that's fine! I'll wait for your answer and if you don't answer, I just won't post it.)
    Have a good day and thanks for the awesome challenge!

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