Enter the Crucible

The strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire.

 – Chinese proverb – 


The Crimson Crucible is a set of challenges hosted and run on the Crimson Daggers forum. Artists of all ages and abilities can come together to train their skills in the transformative fire of the crucible challenges.

Challenges will be focused on developing one portfolio-ready piece a month while working on a brief, under a strict deadline, similar to what might be asked of you as a professional in the entertainment industry. You will generally have 3 weeks to do your work, and a week to implement feedback and crits before the next challenge begins.

Your reward will be the warm inner glow that comes from forging new skills, smashing past your old limits and reaching towards new heights.  If you persevere you also end up with a folio piece each month.

If that wasn’t enough, we are very excited to announce that we have lined up some professional guest judges to join us in a live critique stream at the end of each challenge!  If you participate, do the work, and submit a final you have a good shot at getting some personal critique from an Übermensch Artist!

In order to participate you need to be initiated as a Dagger! Create an account and introduce yourself. You can use the forum link in the menu above to check it out first.

We would also like to acknowledge Dave Rapoza and Dan Warren for their generous work in setting up the Crimson Daggers forum and running the Bloodsports challenges from which we have drawn much of the format and inspiration of the Crucible.   They have given us their blessings to stoke some new fire into the Daggers community.

Piotr and Amit – Crucible Operators

Only One Question Remains






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