The final group of letters for the Alphabet Animal Art Challenge is complete! It is so exciting to be finished! I considered combining the last quarter letter’s recap with an overall end of the challenge post, but for consistency purposes (and blog post length) I have decided to keep them separate. So look for a final recap on the entire challenge coming (hopefully) later this week!
There were 7 animals in this final group. Here is a look at all of them:
This was not my favorite batch, and included some of the most challenging animals from the entire year. Even though I initially planned on avoiding fish (since I have drawn MANY in the past), for the letter X it ended up being my favorite choice, and it is definitely one of my favorite from this batch.
I also really like how the Urial turned out! It is too bad it is a more obscure animal, not sure if/how I could really use him in the future.
I think another reason this round was more difficult, especially at the end, was the lack of time due to all the extra Christmas prep and activities etc. that I was doing. More complex animals to draw (like the Yak and Zebra) combined with a time crunch equals less fun in my book. One of the goals of this challenge was to force myself to be regularly creating new art, and it DEFINITELY did that.
During this last quarter I also created one new greeting card design using an animal from the previous batch, the raccoon:
I switched up his colors, added mittens, and placed him on some snow to give him a Christmas make-over! (You can see the original version of the raccoon here.) This was a SUPER quick card design squeezed in to give to my husband for Christmas. In the future, if I wanted to use the card again, I’d like to spend a bit more time on it, and use my own original font. I am also considering a Christmas surface pattern featuring this guy and maybe a few other woodland animals.
That’s it for this round! I have a ton of thoughts about the challenge overall which I will share in the final recap! In the meantime, I’d love to hear which animal was YOUR favorite this round!
Thanks for reading!
ps. In case you missed it, I announced the theme for the 2018 Alphabet Art Challenge a few posts back! Super excited for a new year and a new topic! I would love for you to join me!