Well folks, we have officially reached the halfway point of the Alphabet Animal Art Challenge and it is time for the second recap for the year! As time has progressed, I have found that participation from other artists is dwindling. Bummer? Yes. But… this began first and foremost as a personal challenge to myself and alone or with a crowd, I will continue until the end! I certainly miss seeing other’s people work inspired by the letter prompts, but I totally get the difficulty of sticking with any challenge for a full year! Honestly, it has been hard for me for a few of these letters to want to spend the time creating anything, especially when I was uninspired by the choices. If not for my determination to stick to my goal I might have stopped too! (Or at least skipped some letters). But I persevered and am happy I did. Today I am sharing a look at the second batch of animals, G-M, and sharing some designs I created that incorporate animals from both the first and second round of creations.
Letters G-M There was definitely a lag in excitement when I hit the middle of this batch. Letters I and J were not very inspiring to me. I came up with the idea to do multiple insects for I, which ended up kind of fun. But J… the jellyfish you see here was actually just a re-working of an old illustration (and then scaled twice to create 3 different sized ones). Thankfully the Koala helped me get some of my enthusiasm back!
I think my favorite of this batch is the Hedgehog. I would definitely like to create a pattern for him using a maze of green hedges!
Pattern and Cards: So far I have incorporated 4 different animals from the challenge into either cards or a pattern. These include my giraffe from this batch of illustrations and 3 other animals from my first round (Letters A-F) of illustrations. I absolutely love that I am building a library of animal illustrations, in my style, that are all ready to be used in other ways.
I created a seamless pattern with my flamingo for the Birds and Blooms Design Challenge on Spoonflower. I absolutely love the bright, happy palette and am in the process of creating an entire collection around the signature print: Flamingos and Flowers.
The collection is not finished yet, but you can find the first two coordinates of Floridian, as well as the flamingo print available now in my Spoonflower shop.
I also created some greeting cards using my animal art designs too!
The cat card was a birthday card for my husband. The giraffe card was actually a MOTHER’S day card (my mom loves giraffes) but I kept the greeting on the front generic to give it better flexibility for future use. I had both a niece and nephew turn 2 in June, so I actually did 2 different colorways of the elephant card. In my “girl” version (below) the elephant has pink toenails like in the original illustration, although in a brighter shade of pink!
These cards were a lot of fun to put together. I could see an entire line of animal cards along with maybe some matching gift wrap being developed at some point. For now, I am enjoying creating them as the need arises.
Overall, I will call round 2 a success! It is quite incredible how many different animals there really are! I have discovered many “new to me” animals along the way. Next up is the letter N, which marks the beginning of the second half of the alphabet. So if you wanted to join me, or jump back in if you started and fell behind, this is a great time to start!!!
And be sure to follow me on Instagram, to see each animal as I finish them and see the reminder posts and animal idea prompts each fortnight!
Thanks for reading!