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Is there anything like PiBoIdMo or NaNoWriMo for aspiring/published illustrators? I've decided to set myself the mini challenge of painting myself a new avatar for the BB each week. And it got me to thinking that it'd be fun to have an illustrator-led challenge at some point. Perhaps a month where you have to come up with 30 different-looking characters, or depict one animal doing 30 different things.

Maybe next year the illustrators here could get together to organise a PiBoChMo (that's Picture Book Character Month). Or something. (Can you tell I'm procrastinating actually getting on with PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo?! I've signed up for both and here I am trying t think up a third way to add to my load! ha ha ha, I'm insane.)
#1 - November 05, 2010, 07:12 AM

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Well, there's always Illustration Friday. There's a number of BBers doin' it.They give a one word prompt each week for an illustration. You can post your work there via a blog/site, or just do it for yourself.

http://www.illustrationfriday.com/
#2 - November 05, 2010, 08:53 AM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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Ooh, thanks Artemesia! I love it. That's perfect.
#3 - November 05, 2010, 09:53 AM

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There's also Watercolor Wednesdays, which is specific to children's books. http://watercolorwednesdays.blogspot.com/
#4 - November 05, 2010, 10:46 AM
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No prob, Siski!!

and Watercolor Wednesdays looks awesome too, Stephanie! I hadn't heard of that one before!
#5 - November 05, 2010, 11:03 AM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

http://cyndimarko.com
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I really like your idea, Franziska!  I would be game to participate in some kind of drawing marathon...
#6 - November 05, 2010, 12:36 PM

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Illustration Friday is really fun- the theme this week  is "Afterwards" I have been doing it for years and now have friends that are illustrators all across the world- setting up a blog doesnt cost anything and is really easy to do- most are on blogspot.com- some on typepad or flicker- but then you send a thumbnail to the Illustration Friday site and other illustrators can comment on your work- I curl up with some tea Saturday morning and looks through everyone else illustrations- got to know a lot of really nice people- in UK, Turkey, France,  New York and Washington and right here in Colorado-
#7 - November 05, 2010, 03:38 PM

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I like the idea of creating 1 character or animal and drawing 30 different actions or poses for that character. Let me know when you want to start something!
#8 - November 05, 2010, 11:46 PM

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I did the "daily doodle challenge" for over a year. You can go look at my doodles on my blog. The rules are no erasing, in ink doodle for 30 minutes. The rest is up to you. Up side for me was an increased creativity and ease in my 'real' work.

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#9 - November 07, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Animal Totem Mandala 2016
The Story Circle 2016 (Piñata)
Color and Conjure 2017 (Llewellyn)

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Lyon, I couldn't find it on your blog. Can you post a direct link?

JamesArtist, I think it could be fun too! But I'm going to have to put it off for a while... I've got too much on in November! I do think it'd be a great thing to do, though.
#10 - November 07, 2010, 07:22 PM

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Lyon, I couldn't find it on your blog. Can you post a direct link?

JamesArtist, I think it could be fun too! But I'm going to have to put it off for a while... I've got too much on in November! I do think it'd be a great thing to do, though.

There are bunches of doodles. http://wendymartinillustration.com/wordpress/?s=Daily+Doodle and here is the very first post http://wendymartinillustration.com/wordpress/2009/06/17/daily-doodles/ Remember there are over a year's worth of entries.
#11 - November 07, 2010, 07:46 PM
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Animal Totem Mandala 2016
The Story Circle 2016 (Piñata)
Color and Conjure 2017 (Llewellyn)

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Neato!  I love the idea of no erasing.  Seems like it would loosen up your brain a bit, getting over the idea of making things perfect.  Thanks for the ideas.
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