Lister Art Challenge
Are you up to the challenge of reimagining Anne Lister’s doodles or recreating Ann Walker’s sketches?
October means new art coming to light as people all over the world work their way through Inktober. Last year, many used Gentleman Jack as inspiration. This time, take on this very Lister-esque challenge and join us sketching, drawing, doodling, or create stickman art inspired by the adventures of our favorite Lister and our dear Miss Walker! We'll make an exception for #NoGoats. 😉
Make Anne and Ann proud!
We all know Anne Lister could be a fierce critic, but we trust that the community will embrace every new piece inspired by both Anne and Ann's shenanigans. This is your chance to make them both proud.
Take a look at Ann Walker Sketchbook and Anne Lister’s Doodles.
Post a new sketch inspired by the entries of these two trackers every day during October.
Share them with the community using #ListerArtChallenge
Most important: have lots of fun!
We'll collate publicly available works on this page as they are posted.
For your daily sketching, you can pick any item in Ann Walker Sketchbook and Anne Lister’s Doodles, but if you want more constraints, you can follow the daily prompts below. It's really fun to get lost researching what these things are, so we also welcome you sharing back anything you learn or references you find!
Day 1: a Calmuck tent
Day 2: "Ann had an egg and I as now usual ate the white and she then began to sketch [Pyrenees Mountains]"
Day 3: "a sort of zigzag"
Day 4: "Ann sketched one of the chairs – curule – such as we saw at Avignon, common in Sweden" A curule chair in Brunnsparken, Gothenburg, Sweden
Day 5: Buddhist priests' caps
Day 6: "Ann sketched the interior of the room and I walked about" Cabin room at Bolkesöe, Norway
Day 7: beams that held bells in a churchyard
Day 8: "Ann not much satisfied with her [Pyrenees Mountains] sketch – but she certainly improves particularly in colouring"
Day 9: station house in Takanoi
Day 10: "soon made ourselves comfortable – and went out at 4 40/’’ for an hour to the neat [Kosikinskaya] church which A-[Ann] sketched"
Day 11: cage-like watch place with sentinel
Day 12: "25 minutes sauntering to the top – and then the door opened and what a panorama! Ann sketched – I stood gazing"
Day 13: mountain ridges of the Caucasus mountains
Day 14: "A-[Ann] sketched Adam &c." (Adam, the guide, and possibly their horses and baggage)
Day 15: plan of the fort at Alexandroff
Day 16: Diagram of the ladders and landings at the Sainte Marguerite mine Anne and Ann descended
Day 17: Escutcheon of pretence of Gustav Vasa (coat of arms of the Vasa)
Day 18: "on arriving Ann ate one wing and the breast of a cold fowl then sketched Vignemale from the cabane door in her little note rough book"
Day 19: Handeckfall, a waterfall in Handeck, Switzerland
Day 20: "some time with A- [Ann] and Mr Horner - set them at work in the tower study - A- [Ann] sketching the valley in watercolours" Shibden Valley, seen from the library tower at Shibden Hall.
Day 21: "Marble urn in Gothic tomb at Cimetiere de l'Est, or of Mont Louis, Paris"
Day 22: "Then with A- [Ann] who attempted for the 1st time a little figure (a woman) in colours -"
Day 23: Central temple, Fire Temple of Baku
Day 24: "certainly the largest, most perfect, and most beautiful ruin I ever saw [...] Miss W- sketching the interior of the church part (from the gallery behind the high alter) from 1 1/2 to 5 1/2 -" The Fountains Abbey at Studley
Day 25: "Castle on a hill" (The Jvari Monastery, atop a hill near Mtskheta.)
Day 26: "Ann is sketching the church – she did the castle very nicely this morning" Old Upsala church and Upsala castle, Sweden
Day 27: a building at a vineyard near Kisliar
Day 28: "Ann had sketched the station house – one of the most picturesque we have had." Station house at Jordbro, Sweden
Day 29: "Cottage built by Kean in Loch Fud Scotland"
Day 30: "A- [Ann] w[e]nt to the cathed[ra]l ab[ou]t 8 or aft[e]r to sketch the inter[io]r and ret[urne]d at 9 35/”" Interior of Reims Cathedral.