Susan Yeates

The 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge is back in 2019!

I am super-excited to announce that the 30-Day Sketchbook Challenge will be running again in 2019, starting on 1st January 2019 – New Year’s Day!

The very first 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge ran at the start of 2018 attracting over 1600 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 and just get sketching. No pressure, no judgement – just daily creative fun.

It was also great to see so many beginners picking up a pencil for the first time and having a go. I truly believe that if you can pick up a pencil then you can draw. So if you are a beginner, please don’t worry – just have a go and join in the fun – you are in safe hands here. This challenge is not just for professional artists but everyone. It is the sheer variety of sketches that make this super-fun.

The 2019 challenge is being prepared over the course of December, ready for a creative start to the year. I am doing all the work behind the scenes right now to create a fun and inclusive challenge that brightens up your January. And it really is a creative boost – a great way to start the year and give a focus to what can be a really dreary month.



The aim of the challenge?

To help you to make drawing in your sketchbook a regular habit by challenging you to follow this 30 days of sketching prompts that arrive straight into your inbox.

So What is a 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. 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. Plus you can start at any time! Each day there is a different drawing prompt that you work on in your sketchbook. These are varied and different each day with some helpful suggestions of ways to approach the drawing.

Who is the Sketchbook Challenge For?

The challenge is suitable for anyone who wants to give it a go… For example:

How Does it Work?

1. Firstly, you need to join the Sketchbook Challenge Mailing List (Note: You will already be on the list if you took part in 2018) which you can do here.

2. Then, starting from 01.01.19 I will email you once per day for 30 days, challenging you to pick up a pencil, pen or other drawing device and draw in your sketchbook. In the email I will give you a simple subject matter or prompt to work from. Some will be really simple and others maybe a word or more open-ended theme. Along the way there will be some handy tips, articles and ways to approach some of the prompts.

3. Take the prompt, open your sketchbook and get drawing.

You may find that some days you spend just a minute or two on a sketch – creating a loose sketch or rough doodle. Other days you may really get into a topic and work for longer or even do a few pages of drawings. You can use pencil, charcoal, pens, paints, biro, pastels, in fact any medium you want – the choice is entirely yours. All I ask is that you DRAW SOMETHING every day… Let’s build that regular daily drawing habit up and get creative.

How Do I Join in the Fun?

There are three simple steps:

1. Join the Mailing List and Receive your Welcome Email

Click on the button below to register for the sketchbook challenge. You will receive a welcome email straight away explaining the next steps. Then on 01.01.19 you will receive another email from me giving you a prompt for what to draw or work on. When this arrives simply open it up, read the contents and get sketching! Note: You do not need to join the email list if you were on the 2018 challenge.

Join the Sketchbook Challenge


Subscribe to the 2019 Sketchbook Challenge!

Join the Sketchbook Challenge

2. Join the Facebook Group

The first email will also prompt you to go and join the special Facebook group dedicated to everyone who is taking part in this challenge. The challenge initially ran from 01 Jan – 30 Jan 2018 so you will find lots of lovely friendly faces already in here that took part the challenge in 2018. Here you will be able to share your daily work, chat with other challengers as well as myself and see what others are up to. It is helpful (but NOT essential) that you join this group to get the full experience and support from the community of other budding sketchers!

3. Go buy a sketchbook!
And finally go and get yourself a shiny new sketchbook! Maybe buy some pencils, some pens, paints and crayons – whatever you need to get excited about this challenge – go buy it!

And that’s it!


Don’t forget to look out for our special hashtag and use this when sharing your work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: #30daysketchbook2019

I have a NEW Instagram account dedicated to the challenge – come on over and join me here:

What are People Saying Already…

A number of people have joined the challenge already, and are some of their reasons for joining in:


So, Join In the Challenge and Sign Up Today…

So, why not p,p,p pick up a pencil and join me for this fun 30-day challenge? You only need 5 minutes per day to take part and it is completely FREE. This is just for fun!

Subscribe to the 2019 Sketchbook Challenge!

Join the Sketchbook Challenge

Who Am I?

My name is Susan and if you don’t know already, I am a printmaking tutor and published author of three printmaking related books: Learning Linocut (an Amazon no.1 bestseller!), Learn to Earn from Printmaking and Beginner’s Guide to Linocut, (published in Nov 2018 through Search Press).

I set up my company ‘Magenta Sky’ in 2003, just after I left university as a part-time venture. It began as a way of selling my crafts and also teaching printmaking courses and workshops in various arts venues.

Since then I have expanded to teach more classes and workshops, including a unique online printmaking course ‘Introduction to Printmaking’. I now have a number of online printmaking and art courses including: Mindful Drawing and Doodling for Beginners, Learning Linocut, Introduction to Woodcut, Learn Monoprinting, Introduction to Wood Engraving and How to Teach Craft Workshops.

All five of my books, online courses and my creative blog can be found on my website

I look forward to you joining this sketchbook challenge and seeing some fun, exciting and beautiful drawings in 2018.

Susan Yeates
Owner and Author, Magenta Sky

Subscribe to the 2019 Sketchbook Challenge!

Join the Sketchbook Challenge

Missed the 2018 Challenge (or haven’t finished yet?)

If you haven’t quite finished the 2018 challenge please be aware that all email sequences have now been paused so no more drawing prompts are coming out before the end of the year. That’s right – 2018 is done!
However, if you still wish to complete the challenge or want a momento for 2018 then you can get the e-book for just 99p on my online shop. This is a 30 page PDF ebook with the welcome info and each prompt broken down (just like the original 2018 emails).
Check it out below or click on this link:



Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you on the 2019 challenge!