August Challenge: Make An Illustration That Tells A Story

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I’m always trying to buff up my portfolio, and something I want to include more is illustrations that tell stories.

Consider this an invitation to join me in making an illustration you can show off. If you’re building an illustration portfolio or you just want to level up your art skills, use this prompt as an opportunity!

Why do we want to make a story before making an illustration? By defining a character, a goal, and a conflict, we can show story in our art. This is critical for any sort of professional art (card art, book covers, promotional illustrations).

You can do fanart, art of original characters, or stories, but I urge you to follow the three steps below.

Step One

  1. Define a character
    • Not sure how to define a character? Try choosing
      • (1) positive personality trait
      • (1) negative personality trait
      • (1) skill or talent
      • (1) unique physical trait
  2. Give your character a goal
  3. Make it hard for them to to get their goal. (Make them SUFFER!)

Step Two

  1. Decide what part of the story you want to illustrate.
  2. Make 4-9 composition thumbnails to brainstorm different ways to show this story.

Step Three

Illustrate! Make a piece you feel proud enough to show off. Make sure you complete it before September 1st and share it in our discord server under #art-drops or tweet it to me!


The header image was made with an open domain illustration by John Bauer.


Looking for inspiration? Watch me live on Twitch to see my progress & others!