I super excited about this post and to share the theme for the 2018 Alphabet Art Challenge! If you are new to this Challenge you can read all about the first one, The Alphabet ANIMAL Art Challenge, here. You can also read each of the quarterly updates here, here and here.
And so without further ado, and perhaps a little drumroll…. The 2018 theme is:
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! (At least, I am hoping that is what you are thinking.) I am very excited about this theme. While the Animal theme was a great challenge to me personally, and I will be sharing a lot of thoughts about it all when I do the final recap of the year, I am looking forward to having a little bit simpler subject matter this time around.
The OFFICIAL name for this challenge will be the Fruit and Veggie Challenge, because that is more fun in my opinion, and makes for a shorter hashtag: #2018fruitandveggieartchallenge
For this theme I have a very distinct vision for the style of the art I will be creating. Since my days of doodle books, starting way back in college, I have LOVED hatching. And one of the style methods I employ a lot in my artwork is creating “geometric” versions of common objects. So for my fruits and vegetables this year, they will be geometric in style and employ hatching as part of the rendering. I already created some patterns that use geometric fruits and vegetables, so I will be building upon that small library. Here are a few examples (Which are available as fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap in my Spoonflower shop) :
As an added “bonus” this year, I have also decided to create a new geometric font to go with my fruit and veggie illustrations, which will add an element of Art to the “Prompt” posts that I do at the beginning of each letter. (You can see examples of the prompts on my Instagram feed.)
Ok, so onto the official “rules” for this Challenge. There are 52 weeks and 26 letters, so that means 1 letter for every 2 weeks. Since 2018 starts on a Monday, that will be our starting day for each new letter. So Monday, Jan. 1 will kick off the letter “A”. On each Monday where a new letter begins I will post a reminder on Instagram with the letter for that 2-week period and some ideas of fruits and veggies to get you started.
Like last year, this is JUST FOR FUN! There are not any prizes for participating. Use any type of medium you like to create your art. And if you are late to join in or miss a letter or 2, that is totally fine! I would like to do an artist round up like I did for the first quarterly recap of 2017. Sadly participation last year drastically tapered off after that first quarter, so the other recaps did not include other artist’s work. I hoping that there will be more participation this year and I will able to share a bit more of other’s work.
So get your artistic thinking caps on and start mentally prepping for a year of Alphabet Art Fun! I really hope you will consider joining me!
ps. If you are not already following me on Instagram, I highly recommend it. It is where I will be posting all the prompts and fruit and veggie creations.