Artistic Exploration: Diving into the 20 Art Styles Challenge

Have you ever wanted to test yourself as an artist? Maybe pick up some new techniques or branch out into different styles? Then, the 20 art styles challenge is for you! 

In this article, I’ll share everything you need to know about this trending art challenge.

It can get boring if you’re always following the same art styles. Plus, you don’t get to experiment and try new things. Testing out different techniques and styles is the best way to learn and improve as an artist.

That’s the thought behind the 20 art styles challenge. (And it’s simply a lot of fun, too!)

So, let’s take a closer look at what it is and how you can take part in the art style challenge, too. 

Looking for more art challenges? Check out my list of these popular art challenge ideas here!

What is the 20 Different Art Styles Challenge?

This art challenge sounds like it’s complicated and a lot of work. But it’s actually deceptively simple. All it involves is testing out 20 different character art styles. 

Art Styles Challange

So, what does that mean exactly? Well, you’ll need to draw the exact same character, but using a different drawing style each time. 

Another option is to draw yourself in different styles. That’s both challenging and funny, as you reinvent yourself in ways you’ve never imagined before. Drawing self-portraits isn’t easy at the best of times. So, the self-portrait challenge will test both your skills and creativity.

Many people who take part use a template with a space for each art style. That way, you can see all your drawings next to each other and compare them. It gives you an overview of all the styles and looks striking. You can either work on your computer if you’re a digital artist or print it out to work on paper.

The original challenge suggested using iconic cartoon styles from major films and shows. Some examples of good art styles for characters include:

  • Pokemon 
  • Tattoo
  • Pixellated
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Tim Burton
  • Portrait
  • Disney
  • DC Comics
  • Lego
  • Studio Ghibli
  • Powerpuff Girls
  • Naruto

You could take your pick from this art style challenge list or come up with your own styles. With this challenge, you can make it your own so long as you follow the basic guidelines! 

If you’re not familiar with certain styles, you can do some research. You might get inspired by this new-to-you style and enjoy it more than your regular style. Plus, it can provide you with interesting ideas for your original artwork.

What is the 20 Different Art Styles Challenge?

(Image credit: Fuu J)

The point is to make it fun, and exciting, and come at it with an open mind. You’ll learn a lot about yourself as an artist and about various unique art styles. You’ll become familiar with art techniques and drawing styles. 

And you’ll be amazed at what you can create when you try new things! 

Art Styles Challenge: Learn How to Draw in Different Styles

Art Styles Challenge: Learn How to Draw in Different Styles

One of the best reasons to take part in this art style experiment is to broaden your artistic horizons. It’s the perfect way to learn how to draw in different styles or to learn distinct painting styles. 

(Image credit: Hung Pham)

As an artist, we should always be learning and trying new things. 

By taking part in an art challenge, you can also interact with the wider art world. It can get lonely creating at home in your bedroom or studio. And that’s why these art challenges on social media take off and become so popular. 

It’s a way to exchange ideas and share your work with more people. You can get encouragement, advice, and motivation and feel like you’re part of a community.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the #artstylechallenge hashtag on Instagram. With 50,000 posts, there’s plenty for you to browse.

Art Style Challenge Template

Are you excited about giving the drawing styles challenge a try? Then, you can grab this template to get you started!

You can use this template either online or offline, depending on how you prefer to draw. 

If you are a digital artist, you can upload it to your favorite program. I recommend Photoshop, but you can also access it online through Photopea. Then, get to work on your different art styles.

(Image credit: Photopea)

How you approach this challenge is up to you! You could set aside a day and work through the styles one by one. Or, you could challenge yourself to draw a new style each day. 

Download 20 Art Styles Challenge template

The Wrap Up

Now you know all about the 20 art styles challenge – so will you give it a go? Let me know how you get on in the comments! 

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Outmane is the founder of Proactive Creative. He is an artist/designer.

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