Could “Practice Challenges” be the new thing?
What is a Practice Challenge?
Basically it’s a group of people that practice on the same project together and help each other through the process.
So my idea was to organise a 10 day Modelling Challenge.
I asked Nanda (anim.nl) my sister in law to make a design for us that we had to recreate in sugar.
Because we wanted to practice human figures she designed a really cute baby angel for us.
Does Practice makes Perfect?
I wanted to see if practice would REALLY make a difference and I decided to invite as many people as possible in this journey. Each one on their own level, so we had beginners and more experienced people on board.
In order to be accepted to the group, people had to complete three steps.
First read the FAQ – organising a Challenge is time consuming, it would be more time consuming when people don’t know what they signed up for. Secondly they had to register their interest and request an invite to a special Facebook group.
During the 10 day Challenge I did a daily live broadcast to show my practice, answer questions, hang out with everyone and motivate and encourage people.
We created a “Practice Plan” together that was our guide for 10 days. So we did a day of dedicated arms & hand practice for example and the other day it was facial features.
Arm Practice by Kalida
Facial Practice by Jackie
Preparations by Julie
By taking a daily subject it was possible to completely focus and concentrate on every detail and by uploading photos of your progression there was always someone to give you feedback or praise you for your accomplishments.
Before the start of the Challenge I asked people to do the Pre-Assesment, create the design that Nanda had drawn to the best of your current knowledge. This way would people really see their progress.
Let these pictures speak for themselves to see how much people have improved and more importantly have gained confidence trough this Challenge.
This is just a small collection of the amazing work that has been done by the group.
I will definitely host another Modelling Challenge in the future, just sign up for my newsletter if you want to hear on any updates regarding this.
But you can also host one of these Challenges yourself, just gather a group of friends and pick a subject! I can’t wait to see more of these because one thing I’ve learned and seen through this Challenge is that we are such a supportive community and practising together is so much more fun!