I am excited to announce a challenge I am creating for 2017! It is a personal challenge for me, but I am really hoping that others will join in the fun. I love all the fun “special” art creation events I see on Instagram throughout the year. Events like Inktober or month long drawing prompts, etc. But to be honest, most of them are intimidating in terms of commitment. Truth is, I really don’t want to commit to something that makes me draw or create everyday. As a freelancer, sometimes my work time is spent creating new art, but that is just one portion of a bigger picture. That being said, I would really like challenge myself creatively. So I came up with a more moderate challenge, tailor made to help me grow in an area that I would like to improve upon: creating animal characters! Thus, the “Alphabet Animal Art Challenge” was born! (Say that 3 times fast… ok, I did, it actually isn’t that hard… ha ha ha).
I love this concept for a few reasons:
- By using the 26 letter Alphabet as my structure, it fits perfectly to a 52 week year! One animal, per letter, every 2 weeks = 52 weeks in total, and 26 new characters created by the end of the year!
- There are enough animals that even within the limits of a single letter, there are a lot of options for most of the weeks (we’ll tackle Q and X when we get to those!)
- The 2 week time frame gives plenty of time to create without feeling pressured or rushed!
Note, this is not a DRAWING challenge. You can absolutely draw your characters by hand if you want. But if you prefer creating digitally go for it! Painting? Of course! You could even do collage animals if you’d like. I wanted as little restrictions as possible. So feel free to create your animals in whatever medium you most prefer (or multiple mediums if you want to try new techniques throughout the year.)
Here is the structure of how things will work. Since 2017 starts on a Sunday, that will be the day I will be posting a reminder on Instagram that a new 2-week period has begun. I’ll share the letter and some animal ideas to get you started. You can share the animal you create anytime during the two week period. I hope to post mine near the end of the time period. I am assigning 2 hashtags to put with your posts: #alphabetanimalart2017 and #alphabetanimals So be sure to use those when you post.
This is not a contest or giveaway. There aren’t any prizes. This is merely a fun way to motivate yourself to create some new art and connect with others that are doing the same. I would like to do a blog post quarterly to share what has been created so far, so there is a chance I might ask to share one of your animals here on my blog! (But I can only find you if you use the right hashtags!)
Thanks in advance for following along! And I really hope some others join in the creating fun!
PS. If you aren’t already following me on Instagram you can find me here.