>What is the Everday Matters Challenge?

>Frequently Asked Questions about Everyday Matters Weekly Drawing ChallengesWhat is an EDM challenge and what is its purpose?A challenge is a weekly opportunity to draw a particular object or type of object from your “everyday” life.Some past challenge topics have included one’s shoe, desk lamp, bed, mug or cup, purse or backpack, favorite toy or well-loved object and others. Some people find that having the discipline of a weekly “assignment” encourages them to make drawing more a part of their everyday lives. Doing it in the company of like-minded friends just adds to the pleasure and motivation. Also, it’s fascinating to see the world through each others’ eyes. It takes the concept of “pen pals” to a whole new level. There is no voting, no ‘winners’ or ‘losers.’ This is about personal growth, not competition.When are the topics posted?Generally at the beginning of the week, although sometimes they’re ‘previewed’ the week before.Who selects the topics?We suggest topics to Karen Winters (me) My email is karen@karenwinters.com. I pick a topic and post it to the list. Often it’s a topic that several people have independently suggested.Does it have to be in any particular medium?Yes, they must all be drawn with weasel musk on aged Tibetan yak parchment.Just kidding. You can draw any way you like with any tools you like – pen and ink, pencil, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, colored pencil. … in a sketchpad, in a notebook, on plain sheets of paper, on watercolor paper, in the margin of your newspaper. There are no rules. Draw, sketch or paint in whatever medium you like. If you want to share it, however, you might want to think about how you are going to fit it under a scanner (or, alternatively, you could take a photo of it.)When do I have to have it finished? Must it be done by the end of the week?We are artists, not train conductors with timetables. It’s a lot of fun when we are all posting of versions of one object at the same time, but don’t worry if you can’t finish in the designated week. Life and other responsibilities have a habit of complicating everyday matters. Start with the current week, and if you want to go back and do some past challenges, that’s perfectly fine. We’ll enjoy seeing them whenever they’re finished. Don’t stress. This is supposed to be fun.Where do I post my drawing when I’ve completed it?There are several ways to do this. Most people seem to have blogs or websites or photo-sharing resources where they upload their drawings. For example, some people may upload a picture to flickr.com, photobucket.com, picturetrail.com (or others), and then insert the image in their blog. Popular blog hosts include livejournal, blogger and blogspot. Some people like to use other software to incorporate a blog on their own site.Artists then send a message to the list that they’ve completed a drawing for all to see. For posterity, please post a link at this address: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/everydaymatters/links(Look at the top of that page and you will see folders for past challenges. Post the link to your drawing in the appropriate one. In this way, others can look back over past challenges and go directly to the images without having to read all the old emails.)If you do not have a blog or a website, you can upload your drawing to the Files sectionhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/everydaymatters/files/Keep in mind that we only have 20MB of space for the EDM yahoo group. Create a folder for yourself and put your images there. Try to keep the image size at 100kb or smaller.

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