CHALLENGES

That are inspired by the Swedish artist Olle Eksell

1. Draw a bird

2. Design Packaging

3. Capture Your Town

scroll down to find out what to do ;-) Enjoy!

CHALLENGE 1: DrAW A BIRD

Olle Eksell Birds illustration
Olle Eksell Birds illustration
Olle Eksell Birds illustration

Olle was a designer and illustrator but he could not draw people very well,
he struggled to make them life like.

It was not until he was in his late forties that he started drawing birds and found his own drawing style.
The funny thing is that his birds have distinct human qualities to them.

Olle Eksell Birds illustration
Drawing challenge:
Draw your black and white bird with personality and send it to icandoanything@thedancepart.nl
and we will publish your drawing.
Olle Eksell Birds illustration
Olle Eksell Birds illustration

CHALLENGE 2: DESIGN packaging

In 1957, when Olle was 39, he was asked to redesign packaging for a chocolate manufacturer called Mazetti. 

 

Not only did he design the package but he also thought about the product and changed the shape of the products in the packaging.

 

It was a great succes.
Some people liked it so much they hung it on their wall.

DESIGN CHALLENGE:

Take one of your favorite food products and try to rethink the design, inside and out.
You can just draw the ideas with colored pencils on paper, or use a digital design program if you like.
The most important thing is to think outside of the box. 
Send your design to icandoanything@thedancepart.nl and we will publish your idea. Plus send it to the brand – It might inspire them and they will appreciate it for sure :)
Olle Eksell package design chocolate manufactured Mazetti

CHALLENGE 3: CAPTURE YOUR TOWN

Olle Eksell Stockholm postcards
Olle Eksell Stockholm postcards
Olle Eksell Stockholm postcards

When he was 21 years old Olle drew sights of Stockholm for postcards to make a bit of money. He presented them to publishers but no one wanted them. it wasn’t until he was in his eighties that they were published.

CHALLENGE:

This challenge can be done in two ways:

  1. Draw the main sight of your town. 

    The sights everyone knows well – but draw it in your own way. 

  2. Photograph your town

    Try not to go for the main sights, but make it a bit more mysterious. Keep two things in mind
    – The people who live in your town should be able to recognize it’s a photo of their town.
    – Make people who don’t know your town curious about the place you live. 

Send one or more to icandoanything@thedancepart.nl and we will publish them.