The Line Art Chal­lenge

Sketch­book sen­sat ions Top artists from all cor­ners of the globe share their fan­tasy char­ac­ter sketches from a unique draw­ing chal­lenge

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Top artists from all around the world share their fan­tasy char­ac­ter sketches, which formed part of a unique draw­ing chal­lenge.

Here’s some­thing you don’t see ev­ery day. A soft­back, cof­fee table book filled with hun­dreds of line art sketches… and al­most noth­ing else.

Fif­teen in­ter­na­tional artists across 11 dif­fer­ent coun­tries were chal­lenged by the pub­lish­ers to each pro­duce 100 sketches in 100 days. This wasn’t a com­pe­ti­tion, though: the artists were en­cour­aged to share their work online, and mo­ti­vate and in­spire each other along the way. In the end, 850 draw­ings were cre­ated, and they’re dis­played across this book’s 226 pages.

And that’s it, ba­si­cally. There’s the odd rare cap­tion, and each artist gets a dou­ble-page spread ex­plain­ing who they are and where they come from. But in the main, it’s all about the art: sketch after line-art sketch of orig­i­nal sci-fi and fan­tasy fig­ures and de­signs.

Yes, the project could have asked more from the artists: some in­sights into how they cre­ated their work, and ex­actly how they in­spired each other would have been wel­come. Yet if you just want to leaf through hun­dreds of char­ac­ter sketches and be­come mo­ti­vated, this book will do the job.

Span­ish con­cept artist Isra Car­rion says that his draw­ing style is a mix of Ja­panese and western in­flu­ences.

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