(I will continue to update this list as I find more challenges.)
I was recently looking to see if there were any new art challenges to try this summer, and stumbled upon the #kidlitsummers hashtag... It is a fun (but relaxed) challenge that "draws on" summertime memories from childhood. It runs from June 1st - August 31st, but there aren't any strict deadlines or rules... It's perfect for my unpredictable summer schedule!
Since I thought you might be looking for a challenge too, and because I thought it would be handy to have all of the art challenges (that I know of) in one place, I have created the following list:
Creative Every Day is a relaxed year long challenge to stay on track being creative (in some way, any way) every day. There are check-ins and optional monthly themes. In November, the challenge is kicked up a notch with Art Every Day Month (AEDM). "The idea is to bring more creativity into your life, not to make you feel overwhelmed, pressured or guilt-stricken."
"Childhood Week is a 2 week event distributed in 2 separate weeks along the year: One for Summer, one for Winter. The main goal is to remember and show each other our childhood with either paintings, photographs, anything fun!"
(Click here for the official rules and prompt list.)
I'm not sure who was the first one to start this challenge... In May, artists devote the month to creating a new mermaid themed drawing each day (and labeling it with #mermay). There are always many prompt lists if you're looking for ideas.
And last, but certainly not least...
The weekly challenge that I helped create 7 years ago...
As an artist, I love to tackle projects that take me out of my comfort zone. So, when my sister asked if I would help her paint her car ("Major Tom"), I was very excited. If you know me, then it should be no surprise that I will paint on just about anything... Stevie's car was just an oddly shaped, mobile canvas. From far away, it looks like it's been tie-dyed, when you get up close it looks like a galaxy, and from every which way it looks like fun on wheels!
If you're interested in reading more about my amazing sister, Stevie, you can check out some older posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.
In my last post I mentioned that I took part in the Illustrator Challenge at the New England SCBWI Conference. The theme of the challenge was Fairy Tale Mash-up, so I created "Swinederella": a combination of Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and a dash of Little Red Riding Hood. It was created using pencil, watercolor, and Photoshop.
Since I love seeing how other artists create their art, I thought it would be fun to share images of my process from start to finish...
1. Thumbnail Sketch
2. Character Design
3. Clean Sketch
4. Watercolor Washes
5. Black & White Underpainting
6. Starting to Add Color
7. Final Image (after many, many layers!)
I'm still figuring things out in Photoshop, but I have a feeling that I'm really going to enjoy this way of working!
The weather was finally Spring-like, and I definitely took advantage of it... I had a great time helping my sister paint her truck (but that is a story for another week). This week, I promised to share more about my trip to Springfield, Massachusetts...
Art by Priscilla Alpaugh While at the New England SCBWI Conference, I took workshops with Dan Santat, Josh Funk, Russ Cox, and Sara Zarr. I listened to amazing panels and speeches with incredible authors and illustrators including Jane Yolen, Rita Williams-Garcia, Amy Reed, and Matt Phelan. I listened, learned, and talked about books. I volunteered, participated in the Illustrator Challenge, met with an editor, had books signed, and made a lot of new friends. It was a very full, very fun, and very inspirational, weekend! It would be impossible to share everything, but here are my top takeaways from NESCBWI 2018... Nothing is more important that being good. Hard work develops talent. Practice & push yourself. Learn from others, but don't compare yourself to them. Explore, evolve, & try new things. and... Don't be afraid to take risks!
This past weekend, I went to the New England SCBWI Conference in Springfield Massachusetts. My days were jam-packed with learning, inspiration, and fun. I am still processing all of the information I received from the incredible workshops I took (I will definitely post some highlights next week). But...
In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos from a trip my friend Dee and I took to The Dr. Seuss Museum.
It was so much fun to get a glimpse into the life of Theodor Geisel... I really enjoyed looking at his work space, seeing his original art, and reading letters he wrote to family and friends. It seems pretty obvious that the man known as
Dr. Seuss would be funny, but I never knew just how clever and fun he really was!
While doing some cleaning this weekend, I came across the very first picture book I ever made! It was only as big as a quarter, but it was the perfect size for the Sesame Street characters that I made it for!