Shape Challenge

  • Software:Photoshop CS6  ·

Rules of the Exercise

  • 1
    Download the exercise practice worksheet for this exercise.
  • 2
    Create anything from the random shapes provided!
  • 3
    Submit your exercise under the "submissions" tab!


  This exercise is inspired by the great work over at the Design a Character Deviant Page: HERE! They are a great site if you want some character challenges that are updated regularly with new challenges to test your skills at! This challenge in particular is great because it can be done by newcomers or advanced artists that have been working digitally for years. I believe this is a fundamental exercise that forces creativity from a given limitation. It allows the artist to explore their own abilities and showcase how you interpret each of the shapes. You don't have to limit yourself to characters, take these shapes and create whatever you are envisioning. You can download the .PSD in the source files or if you want to just grab this image you can drag and drop it to your desktop. Shape_Challenge EXAMPLES: It was on this DAC site that I found an awesome artist, Catherine Unger and two of her examples for their shape challenge: EXAMPLE 1 and EXAMPLE 2.


  This week had some great results from the community and below are a few that stood out the most! koko whatility took the challenge and grouped a collective theme of doing dinosaurs for each shape. This made it that much more of a challenge and it came it with great results. The second one from shrapnel showed another great example that worked well and showed a wonderful display of lighting and color use. Lastly, Michael Clarke had such great pieces that it was easy to forget they were confined to a shape outline. It was fun seeing the second shape being used as a reference to or as a duck. The outline called for it. shapeexamples There were a few entries that didn't seem to quite grasp the exercise this week. Remember that you are trying to create form's or a character based on the shape given, you are not trying to force something to fit within the space. Rather than trying to stretch the concept to fit within the borders think about how these different indents and odd shapes could be different materials, objects, whatever it may be that adds to the character! For this week's entry I wanted to keep a theme of layering with each of them, each in a different color. Then for the last one, I couldn't help but go for the classic long faced villain and have some fun shading with that concept. Overall this week's challenge was meant to explore creativity and to have fun creating something you may not have without the shape border. Shape_Challengefinal When you finish the exercise, remember to submit the result to the "Submissions" tab near the top of this exercise. You can see other submissions alongside your own!