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Sketch Fury Weekly - Sketch Challenge No. 1

About the Challenge

Uhm … Hello? Is this thingy working? Oh, okay. Yeah, it is. Sooo … Hello there! And welcome to Sketch Fury, where those that like to sketch can do so furiously. I’m not going to go into much details about what this website is about, since you can always check out our About and Welcome pages. However, I do want to thank you all for stopping by and checking us out. And for meeting me. The Commish.

I’m the one who’s in charge of issuing these challenges. And hopefully I’ll inspire you to sketch to your heart’s content. So here’s the basic ground rules. I’m gonna throw out two characters from any comic-related universe. Sometimes I’ll throw out an idea for a particular scenario just to spice it up a bit. If I don’t provide a scenario (i.e. ‘Draw me a Rocket Raccoon or a Krypto chasing a chipmunk’), you can make up your own setting or simply draw the character in any way you see fit.

You must choose to draw ONLY ONE of the two characters … you cannot draw both. But remember … there IS a deadline. Fridays at 9:00 am.

Now, as this is the first challenge, the Founders have decided to give everyone a break. You, dear friends, get some extra time to work out this first endeavor. So while the challenge is officially being thrown out today, your submissions will not be due this Friday, the 4th. Rather, it will be due two weeks from the 4th on Friday, the 18th.

And speaking of the 4th … (hint: here’s where I finally get to announcing the challenge) well, what would the 4th of July be without fireworks? While I would love to tell you that this week’s challenge has something to do with Jubilee (one of the Commish’s faves from back in the 90’s), the challenge I present to you should reflect what the 4th of July is about.

For us in the US, that date is synonomous with our Independence; the day where we celebrate the freedom that our forefathers fought for: truth, justice and the American way. With that said … the first character I present to you is Superman. While technically not American (not even homo-sapien!), he was raised as Clark Kent; the country boy from America’s Heartland. And Ma and Pa Kent? Well, it was their wholesome upbringing of Kal-El that makes Superman a real person and not just a Kryptonian with extraordinary abilities. It’s Jonathon’s principles and virtues with Martha’s warmth and kindness that make Clark the type of human being that — regardless of his superpowers — most honest Americans strive to become. And yeah, being dubbed “The Big Blue Boy Scout” also solidifies Superman’s image of being the consummate All-American man.

“I’m here to fight for truth, justice and the American way.” — Superman

But wait. There’s also another comic character that emulates these same traits. I’ll give you three chances to guess who the second character will be. One. Two … oh, who am I kidding? We all know I’m talking about Captain America.

I’m strictly talking about the Steve Rogers, WWII incarnation of the Cap, of course. You know, the scrawny kid from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who tries to enlist in the military only to be rejected. Yet because of his strong resolve to be in the forefront against the Third Reich, he is chosen to be the test subject for the US Army’s Super-Soldier project, an experiment that ultimately transforms Steve into a nearly perfect human being with peak strength, agility, stamina and intelligence. Due to circumstances, the military is unable to recreate the Super-Soldier effect on other humans. So rather than expose the failure of this project, the American government slaps the red, white and blue uniform on Rogers and casts him as the ultimate patriotic superhero.

Although Steve Rogers is given his powers by the US Military, it’s not a duty he takes lightly. Cap sees it as his opportunity to protect and defend his country in ways he would have never been able to if not for the Super-Soldier project. Later in Captain America lore, Rogers becomes so jaded by the US Government that he abandons his identity and literally becomes a Nomad. However, he eventually resumes his role as Captain America when he realizes he could still be the symbol of American ideals without having to also be a symbol of its government.

“I’m loyal to nothing, General … except the [American] Dream.” — Steve Rogers as Captain America

In a webpage I read (while doing my research on this post), this writer compared Superman to Captain America. And to me, he nailed exactly why I like the concept of having these two characters drawn for our first Official Sketch Fury Challenge. In it, he states:

“Captain America is extremely human. He represents the good and potential in us all. He was just a scrawny kid looking to make a difference, and he did in a spectacular way. He took all that was thrown at him and overcame it all. Superman is similar. He is often said to be the most human of all superheroes — and he is. He too represents the best humanity has to offer, despite him being an alien.”

Sketch Fury, though a mere drawing website, is something I see representing the best of artists and the potential in every person who accept our weekly challenges. So there you have it. Simple and straightforward. Your first challenge is to draw either Superman OR Captain America. Now, go Fourth and sketch. Oh. And have fun, too!


Superman or Captain America.

9:00am Friday, July 18th, 2014.

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