Welcome to the 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

This is the place to find out about the annual #30DaySketchbookChallenge hosted by myself, Susan Yeates.

Learn how to join the next available challenge which begins on 01 Jan 2022 and what it is all about.

You can also find links to previous challenge prompts should you want to get going straight away!

The next challenge starts 01 January 2022

The 5th annual sketchbook challenge begins on 01 January 2022 – New Year’s Day.

Yes that’s right, the 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge is back in 2022 for the 5th year in a row. It’s time to get your sketchbooks ready, dig out those art materials and get sketching as a super-creative boost to your year. Each day for 30 days in a row I will send you a new sketching prompt – I will share this via email, and on social media. Take the prompt, be inspired and draw a little something. Take just a few minutes or a little longer if you want. The challenge is suitable for everyone whether you have never picked up a pencil before or whether you are a seasoned pro.

Let’s begin the year with a big creative boost and a bundle of fun.

Join thousands of people from across the globe as we all fill our sketchbooks in January!


About the Challenge

The very first 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge ran in Jan 2018, attracting thousands of people people to draw something in their sketchbooks every day for 30 days. The atmosphere was fantastic and the sheer volume of sketches and doodles overwhelming. It was amazing to see so many people picking up a pencil or pen (including LOADS of beginners) and just get sketching. No pressure, no judgement – just daily creative fun.

So what is the Sketchbook Challenge?

Put simply, it is a commitment to draw in your sketchbook for 30 days in a row. Whether you draw for 30 seconds, 30 minutes or even several hours, it doesn’t matter. Whether you are a beginner to drawing or a professional artist, it doesn’t matter.

When the challenge begins I send you 30 different prompts to get you sketching – a different one each day. And that is the challenge!

The aim is just to make drawing become a habit and part of your daily routine. I want to help you to fill your sketchbook, boost your creativity and get your drawing mojo back on top form.

Who is the Sketchbook Challenge For?

The challenge is suitable for anyone who wants to give it a go… For example:
- Beginners to drawing looking for some ideas of where to start
- Art students
- Professional artists needing some starting points for work
- Printmakers on any of my online courses looking for ideas for prints
- Anyone creative looking for a good New Year’s Resolution
- Creative people just wanting a fun challenge
- People with five minutes to spare and a blank sketchbook
- Anyone who just wants to draw a bit more.
- You... come on in and join me this year!

Is the Sketchbook Challenge Free?

When I started the very first sketchbook challenge I did so with the intention of always making it free as I am passionate about getting everyone sketching. I therefore always intend to offer a free version available for those who cannot afford to pay or do not want to pay. In 2021 I offered a ‘donation / pay-what-you-want’ system, which worked fairly well but things are once again having an upgrade for 2022!

Over the past four years I have ‘levelled-up’ the challenge by offering a number of new features such as explanation videos. In 2022 I intend to level-up again and offer a paid option as well as the free option. This will enable me to provide additional videos, invite in guest tutors in for special tutorials and so that I give my full attention to those people in the private community (including a team of helpful moderators). It will also allow those that want to take part for free to carry on enjoying the challenge as normal. Hopefully everyone will be happy and enjoy the sketching fun.

Free Challenge

Perfect for:
  • seasoned pros who have done the challenge before and know what to do and what to expect
  • anyone that doesn’t want access to the Facebook community
  • anyone who cannot afford to pay for the challenge or doesn’t want to
  • those not 100% sure if they the have time to do the full challenge and just want to dip into a few days.
Paid Challenge (£12.99)

Perfect for:
  • beginners to sketching and people in their first year of attempting the challenge

  • anyone wanting access to the private Facebook community for support and accountability

  • those wanting explanation videos with me including suggestions for ways to approach each prompt
  • anyone wanting additional sketching tutorials to help you through the challenge and give you the extra boost
  • anyone REALLY wanting to complete the challenge in full and get a true creative boost in January.

What do you get with the free vs paid challenge? Free Challenge Paid Challenge (£12.99)
Challenge prompts straight to your inbox Yes Yes
Challenge prompts available on Instagram / Facebook for you to look at (and use hashtag #30daysketchbookchallenge) Yes Yes
Top Tips on how to complete the challenge Yes Yes
Video descriptions / explanations of prompts and possible ways to approach them with Susan No Yes
Text descriptions of prompts No Yes
Facebook Support Group with several moderators from ‘Team Susan’ – meet other challengers and join the community (this is a NEW group for 2022 – the old Facebook Group will be archived) No Yes
A selection of helpful sketching tutorials throughout the challenge No Yes
A number of sketchbook warm-ups to help you ease into your sketching No Yes

How do I join?

Registration for 2022 hasn’t yet opened.

As soon as it does we will email everyone who has done the challenge in the past (and is still on the mailing list) and update this page with a signup form!

Want to see previous Challenges?

I have four previous challenges that you can work on in your own time if you want to get started now and just can’t wait until the next live challenge in Jan 2022.

January 2021 Sketchbook Challenge (available as short course for £1.99)

January 2019 Sketchbook Challenge (available as an ebook for £1.99)

January 2018 Sketchbook Challenge (available as an ebook for £1.99)

Who Am I?

Hello, I’m Susan. I am an artist, author and art tutor based in Woking in the UK.

I have written two books on linocutting including Amazon no. 1 bestsellers, Learning Linocut (2011) and Beginner’s Guide to Linocut (2019). I have a number of online courses in sketching and printmaking and run a monthly membership called Inspire.

I love encouraging others to get creative and welcome you into the sketchbook challenge this year!

Find Out More

What are people saying…

Thousands of people from across the world have taken part in the challenge over the past four years and are some of their reasons for joining in:

  • I just love art and being creative
  • I have wanted to start sketching more regularly and I hope this will help!
  • To make and commit more time to do art and to improve
  • To remind me to draw more
  • To help me start sketching again
  • I love to sketch and find it very therapeutic but life can be so hectic I forget to spend time on the things I love to do
  • Because I’m a full time painter but want to get back into the very good habit of using a sketchbook daily
  • To encourage myself to try drawing
  • Love an arty challenge…

Join me for the annual 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge!

I love getting new people interested in art, sketching and creativity.

The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge is my BIG push at the start of every year to get everyone, regardless of background, opening their sketchbooks and making marks. It is a wonderful global community that encourages creativity on a massive scale. Just search for the hashtag #30daysketchbookchallenge on Instagram to see a flavour of what people get up to!

I hope you are ready for the next sketchbook challenge? I certainly am!

See you there. Susan

Want monthly support and inspiration for your sketching?

Why not take a look at my monthly creative membership Inspire?... So many people join me after the 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge has finished to come on into my monthly membership Inspire that provides regular art tutorials, projects, monthly themes, challenges, creative mindset talks, artist interviews and much much more...

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