It is that time of the year again friends. Time to announce the theme for next year’s Alphabet Art Challenge. I have to be honest… I seriously considered NOT doing a 2019 challenge. They are a lot of work and sometimes the obligation to create something was more annoying than fun. I am hoping with a little reworking of my task parameters it will be a bit easier this time around. This will be the third year I am hosting this challenge. You can read about the original 2017 Animal Challenge HERE and last year’s 2018 Fruit and Veggie Challenge HERE.
Ok. Without further ado the 2019 theme is: CITY!!!
One of the reasons I decided to do a 2019 challenge is this theme. I already have a CITY Collection in my Spoonflower Shop and I want to use this year of illustrations to grow that collection of patterns and expand into other coordinating works including greeting cards. For those who may not know, my field of study was actually Architecture and I have found that designs of mine that incorporate buildings etc tend to do well. I would like to play on this strength but also still challenge myself. I think this challenge will do both. For each letter of the alphabet I will create something CITY related. This could be a building: bank, library, skyscraper etc. But I am not limiting it to only buildings. ANYTHING that can be found in a city is fair game. (And let’s face it, creativity will probably be required for some of the letters!).
One big change I will making for this year’s challenge is that I will NOT be posting a list of prompts for each letter. My original reason for doing the lists was to give others ideas of what they could create for each letter. And while these lists DO get a surprising amount of likes on Instagram, those likes do not translate into others actually participating in the challenge. And since I don’t need the lists myself, eliminating them will take off one of the burdens from past challenges. I do plan on posting a LETTER on each start day as a reminder of the start of the next 2-week period (more on that below). For the 2018 challenge I decided to create a letter for each week. I hope to do the same this year, although I haven’t decided exactly what I want the font collection to look like.
Stylistically I will be keeping with the already established look of the existing City Collection and only use the colors in its palette. I actually enjoy working with a limited palette… I like having limitations!
This is my Around the Town design. It is a good example of the style and colors you can expect to see from me this challenge!
HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS:
Now for the official “rules” for this Challenge. There are 52 weeks and 26 letters, so that means 1 letter for every 2 weeks. Even though 2019 starts on a Tuesday, I have decided to keep Monday as the starting day for each new letter. And in order to not delay a full week, Monday Dec 31 will actually kick off the letter “A”. On each Monday when a new letter begins I will post a reminder on Instagram with the letter for that 2-week period.
As it was for past years, this is JUST FOR FUN! There are not any prizes for participating. You can 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! Depending on participation I will try to share other artist’s work who are regular contributors to the hashtag. So if you want to be included don’t forget to use the official tag: #alphabetcityartchallenge on all the pieces you create!
That’s it! I have one more creation left to finish for the 2018 Fruit and Veggie Challenge and then there will be recaps for both the last quarter and the entire year coming to the blog in January.
In the meantime you can check out the hashtag: #2018fruitandveggieartchallenge to see all the that has been posted this year by myself and others! (There have been 3 of us posting to it regularly). And (if you are not already) I recommend following me on Instagram so you are sure to see all the posts that are to come!
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Happy Almost New Year!