August 2016 31-Day Traditional Sketch Challenge


HAPPY AUGUST EVERYONE! August isn’t just the month of the Filipino language and culture. It’s also the month of honing our drawing skills! If you’ve always wanted to improve your traditional art skills, or have felt that you’re in dire need of a drawing refresher course, this is the challenge for you!

‪#‎GuhitAgosto‬ is a 31-Day Traditional Sketching Challenge with a very extensive day-to-day training! If you’re interested, keep on reading! Underneath is a very detailed curriculum designed by Faye Bergonia specifically for this challenge.


Note: All figures have to be NAKED. You are allowed to use references. Keep in mind to only use minimal stylization.


WEEK ONE: Proportions (Only light drawing)

Day 01: Head Shot – Bald Ideal* female facial proportion (front, side, back)
Day 02: Head Shot – Bald Ideal* male facial proportion (front, side, back)
Day 03: 8 heads male figure (front, side, back)
Day 04: 8 heads female figure (front, side, back)
Day 05: Head Shot – Self-Portrait (front, side, back) Note: Don’t go with ideal*.
Day 06: X heads full body Self-Portrait (front, side, back)
Day 07: Chosen character turn around

Ideal Head Shot Guide Here


WEEK TWO: Gesture Drawing (Only light drawing)

Note: Maximum of 1 minute per figure.

Day 08: 30 sec gesture drawing
Day 09: Standing poses
Day 10: Sitting poses
Day 11: Walking poses
Day 12: Fancy poses
Day 13: Action poses
Day 14: Everything


Day 15: Head Shot – DETAILED Bald Self-Portrait (front, side, back)
Day 16: 6 DETAILED hand poses
Day 17: DETAILED foot (front, side, back)
Day 18: DETAILED Idealized Muscular Female Armless Torso (front, side, back)
Day 19: DETAILED Idealized Muscular Male Armless Torso (front, side, back)
Day 20: DETAILED Arm straight flexed (left and right, from two angles)
Day 21: DETAILED Leg straight flexed (left and right, from two angles)


WEEK FOUR: Shading

Day 22: Head Shot – Self-Portrait WITH SHADING (front, side, back)
Day 23: Hand WITH SHADING (front, side, back)
Day 24: Foot WITH SHADING (front, side, back)
Day 25: Female torso WITH SHADING (front, side, back)
Day 26: Male Torso WITH SHADING (front, side, back)
Day 27: Arm Straight Flexed WITH SHADING (right and left)
Day 28: Leg Straight Flexed WITH SHADING (right and left)


WEEK FIVE: Final Sketch Exercises

Day 29: Action line: draw three random squiggly lines, use them as guides to make a pose, draw a figure from the pose
Day 30: Draw three faces (ideal*, longer, shorter) with full shading
Day 31: Free sketch


If you’re joining the challenge, don’t forget to tag it under #GuhitAgosto. Have fun and never stop drawing!

I’ll be posting my own works both on Facebook, Instagram, and a post here! Watch out for those!



Disclaimer: Though we can’t guarantee A+ Art by the end of this challenge, we can assure you that there will be visible improvement or progress in your Art.

*By “IDEAL” we meant the facial measurements from traditional drawing and not “ideal beauty standards”.


Check out these sites for gesture drawing and references:


This post is hugely based from The Catalyst’s Facebook post.

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  • Frances Claudine Segui Vasquez
    Posted August 2, 2016 11:17 pm 0Likes

    Wow! This is a great activity for art enthusiasts out there! Would recommend this to my artisitic friends.

  • Ane
    Posted August 2, 2016 10:46 pm 0Likes

    Best of luck to everyone who will join this challenge, as for me, I’m more of an appreciator of art because I have no skills whatsoever in drawing or sketching or painting! 😛 haha

  • Arrianne Guzman
    Posted August 2, 2016 10:35 pm 0Likes

    Wow! This is such a great challenge! I thought of getting a sketching class before. I love “drawing” when I was a kid, hehe 🙂

  • Oscar Bornea
    Posted August 2, 2016 9:57 pm 0Likes


    This article is very helpful. It’s about time to shine for aspiring and talented individuals to enhance their drawing skills. With the right stroke and hand position, this is for you!

    Worth reading and to share the schedule of the traditional sketch challenge.

  • Reudiary
    Posted August 2, 2016 5:53 pm 0Likes

    Wow this posts is very helpful for me since I want to improve my drawing talent. Thanks

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