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Practice your inking skills and develop positive drawing habits for 30 XP per drawing. Inktober. Oct 1 - 31

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Hey folks. I've just deployed some major behind the scenes upgrades to our server and this may cause various problems with the PaperDemon site. Please take things for a test drive and let me know if you find any issues. The site shouldn't look any different than usual. It's all under the hood changes.


October art challenge

As for this month's challenges, I'm not planning to host anything special this month so that I can focus on getting our PaperDemon 2020 calendar launched! I probably wont livestream until later in the month.

We are offering 30XP for each entry for participating in Inktober! I strongly suggest y'all give Inktober a try, especially if you haven't participated before. It can help you develop good drawing habits!


Calendar launches soon!

Stay tuned about the calendar. We'll be launching this in a couple weeks and will offer a special discount to members on the mailing list when we launch. So if you're not on there, please subscribe now.


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Hello Alessia. Welcome to the community! We'd love to see your textile work so be sure to post it to the art gallery when you get a chance!

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I hope you all had your fun drawing dragons during #smaugust. Don't forget to collect your XP! We've got another challenge lined up this month for September.

But first a super quick community update: If you haven't heard, our community is collaborating to create an erotic art themed calendar for 2020. We've got 10 PaperDemon artists participating! Super excite! More details to come.

Body Double Challenge

Since many of us will be busy in September creating art for the calendar, I wanted to run a challenge that doesn't compete for our time with that. So for the month of September we are running a body double challenge.

What is a body double? Also, why?!

You probably know that in the world of film, a body double is someone who stands in for an actor during an action sequence.

But a body double in ADHD terms is when someone accompanies you while you tackle a difficult task (such as completing that really hard to finish animation project that you've been trying to get done for the past several years).

Your body double can be a fellow artist doing artwork or they can be a friend or relative doing something else entirely like reorganizing their collection of airline barf bags (everyone has one of those, right?). What matters is you have set aside time to meet with other humans in which you'll be working on your art.

The reasons body doubling is effective:

  • You are making a commitment with another person. It's harder to make excuses and wheezle your way out of it.

  • Seeing another person working hard inspires you to work hard.

  • It can be a chance to meet new people or catch up with old friends.

Ways you can body double

  • Invite friends to get together for a “Creative Times” session at someones house or at a coffee shop. You can even bribe them with pancakes.

  • Attend a local art meetup.

  • Livestream your art and invite the community and your friends to watch. If you do livestream, let us know your schedule in the PaperDemon discord so we can all join you! If you've never livestreamed before and are interested in trying it, reach out to me. I'd be happy to help get you started.

  • Watch an art livestream on Twitch or Picarto and work on your art while you watch.

How to participate

  1. Make an arrangement to body double with someone. Create art.

  2. Post the art you created during a body double session to PaperDemon during the month of September with the tag pd-bodydouble

  3. You'll gain 40XP for each submission.

NOTE: Only artwork can receive XP at this time. We're still working on offering XP to writing and comics.

Livestream schedule

I wont be teaching art lessons this month because I've got my own art projects to wrap up and need to body double to get them done! However I will talk through my process as I'm creating and am happy to chat about life, art, or mental health. I would love to have you join me for our own virtual “creative times”!

I'll be streaming on these days and times to help me get my own shit done. I'm mostly planning to work on my art for the 2020 calendar and Dragon Mall Quest.

Due to the mature nature of the artwork I'll be painting for our 2020 calendar, some of my streams will be done on Picarto. I know it's kinda lame to switch to another platform since if you want to chat with me you'll have to create a new account. But unfortunately, Twitch has pretty strict policies against mature content and that's out of my control. I would have chosen YouTube as a second choice since most people have an account there. But their vague policies I think don't allow sexually suggestive content.

Will I switch permanently to Picarto? I haven't decided yet. I think philosophically Picarto's mission of freedom of expression for artists is certainly inline with PaperDemon and Red Curtain values. But I currently believe the opportunities for growth and community are better on the Twitch platform.

Happy body doubling and don't forget to share your livestream links and schedule with the community! You can post it as a reply to this post or in our discord server.

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It's good to see you too!

I can transfer the art but it is harder to transfer the comments and other stuff. i need to first do some verification. i'll send you a DM.

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That's a great question! I don't have a way to grant xp for comics yet. And it will be a ways off before it will be available Sad I wish i could have that for you but i can't at the moment.

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Hello ScaredyGhost/CokeKitty, WELCOME BACK!

People disappear and reappear all the time. We're happy to have you. Our forums aren't super active these days. You might want to jump into our discord server which is where all the happinen community stuff is at. We're so excited to have you here and see how you've improved!

Let me know if you'd like to use your old account again. I'm happy to recover it for you!


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Here there be dragons.

This art challenge runs from August 1 - 31, 2019.

This month we have an excuse to draw our favorite mythical creature, dragons. For the month of August post as many Dragon drawings as you can create and tag them with smaugust. You'll gain 50 XP for every drawing up to a maximum of 31 drawings.

To add an extra layer of challenge to help you improve your art, let's focus on improving our composition. Dragons are interesting and compelling creatures that make for great subject matter here.

Getting started

There are many different sheets of prompts that have been created by others to help spark ideas. Feel free to pick whichever prompt list you like or mix-and-match. Or ditch the prompts entirely and come up with your own concepts.

ChipperChartreuse has put together a Smaugust Pinterest board with prompts, tutorials, and inspiration to help you get started.

Learning Composition

Composition is an important art fundamental that helps artists make their art more compelling and tell a story. Do you find yourself struggling with the positioning of elements in your art? Does something about the placement feel off? These lessons can help give you guidance on where to place all the things.

This month I'll be doing free live art lessons demonstrating some composition fundamentals you can use to improve your art with dragons as the subject matter. This should be fun! Are you ready? Here's the schedule for the month...

Livestream schedule

  • Composition Lesson #1: Telling a story through composition
    Wednesday August 7th, 2019 10AM PST

  • Composition Lesson #2: How to use depth to tell your story
    Wednesday August 14th, 2019 10AM PST

  • Composition Lesson #3: Sizing and silhouettes
    Wednesday August 21st, 2019 10AM PST

  • Composition Lesson #4: Easy peasy composition tricks
    Wednesday August 28th, 2019 10AM PST

Watch the lessons live on my Twitch channel.

Create a Twitch account if you want to be able to ask questions or chat with others during the lesson.

Do you have composition tips? Post them in the forums as a reply to this post so others can benefit, too.

I look forward to seeing all of your great dragon drawings this month!

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Our last challenge was H-A-R-D and much more academic in nature so give yourself a pat on the back if you participated in that one.

This week's challenge is different and better for the soul. It's designed to help you get a much needed confidence booster!

I've spoken before about how many of us compare ourselves to other artists and how unhealthy it is. But for this week's challenge I'd like you to compare yourself to, well... yourself! We're going to do this by redoing an old work of art.

How to participate

This challenge runs from Jul 22 - Aug 4, 2019

  1. Look through the old creative works (art/writing/etc) that you've created. Try to find something that whenever you look at it you cringe at how bad it is. The older the better!

  2. Over the next two weeks work on redrawing/repainting/rewriting it to make it better reflect your current abilities.

  3. Post your old work and new work side by side with the years below like this example. If you're posting art, add the tag NoobMeVsNowMe to your submission tags. You'll gain 50XP for each art submission.

Get inspired

#NoobMeVsNowMe is trending these days on Twitter and Instagram so take a gander over there to be inspired at how much other artists have improved, too. I don't know about you but it inspires me to see that other artists have started from humble beginings.

Livestream schedule

I'm participating in this challenge too! And trust me I've got some really old art that needs some redrawing (see the title image).

I'll be critiqueing some of my old work and then redrawing it. Please note the new time.

  • Tuesday, July 23th, 10am PST

  • Wednesday, July 24th, 10am PST

  • Tuesday, July 30rd, 10am PST

Watch me live during these times on Twitch.

No time to participate?

If you don't have time to participate, at the very least, post some of your old art next to one of your recent pieces so we can all celebrate how far you've come!


Huge congratulations to Miriam-chan and DragonLadyBarbour for participating in last week's challenge! You can see all the travel challenge entries here.

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This challenge is for artists and writers.

Challenge runs from July 8 – 21, 2019.

You've been commissioned by Mr. Joergen Haybale, owner of the well known travel magazine*, Traveling Adventurer, to do an editorial illustration or write an article on [insert some awesome place you'd like to travel to here] to help inspire adventurers.

*a magazine is like a web page printed out.

For artists

Our growth as artists depends not just on our ability to draw and paint but also on our ability to see. The wonderful characters we love to draw and paint don't just exist in a white void. They go places. So being able to draw and paint landscapes is important for our development as well rounded artists.

In this challenge we'll be working on developing our observation skills. There are lots of things to observe in the world around us, but we're going to focus specifically on observing shapes and values of landscapes.

Due to a horrific accident at Mr. Joergen's printing factory (a Pillager raid at his village), colored ink is not currently available so the illustration must be created in grayscale.

Challenge instructions

  1. Decide on a location that fascinates you or you'd like to adventure to.

  2. Take your own photograph or find a color photograph of that place. Try to find something that has a wide range of lights and darks.

  3. Copy the photograph in a medium of your choosing using black, white, and grays. Focus on observing the values and shapes.

  4. Post your artwork by July 21st for 100 XP with the tag travelchallenge. Max 10 entries.

Livestream Schedule

To help you learn the concepts of observing value and shapes, I'll be doing a series of instructional livestreams. I'll update this page with links to the recordings as they become available.

  • Wednesday, Jul 10, 4pm PST – Understanding and observing values – Watch the replay

  • Thursday, Jul 11, 4pm PST – Understanding and observing shapes – Watch the replay

  • Tuesday, Jul 16, 4pm PST – Live demo of completing illustration start to finish part 1

  • Wednesday, Jul 17, 4pm PST – Live demo of completing illustration start to finish part 2

Watch the art livestreams here

For writers

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, incorporating the five senses into your writing is important to help the reader be emmersed in the experience. Here we'll be focusing on research and describing the five senses.

Challenge instructions

  1. Decide on a location that fascinates you or you'd like to adventure to.

  2. Spend the time to research that location. Watch videos, read articles, search for pictures. Try to understand what that place might look, sound, smell, feel, and taste like.

  3. Write an article or story that describes what it's like to be there. Consider the audience which is middle-aged, middle class people who love to travel. You can write it from the perspective of one of your original characters.

  4. Post your work by July 21st Note: I can't give XP for writing submissions yet but if you reply to this news post with a link to your writing entry, I can add XP as soon as the feature is released.


Some optional ideas and thought starters

Do you have questions about this challenge? Just reply or ask in the discord server and I'll help you out. This one is more academic and unlike other challenges we've done in the past so I'd love to hear from you what you think of it!

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Hi Ethan. Welcome to the community!

I thought I had fixed the issue. But I guess not.

I had determined it was because of some funny business caused by ad blockers. Ethan, can you clarify what browser you're using, and on what operating system and any extensions you might be using that block ads or anything similar?