It’s that time of year again! I’m not quite ready yet to admit defeat on trying to do the Holidoodle thing with others of the illustration persuasion. It seems like a daily challenge is a bit difficult during the holidays, as is a multiple series with a character challenge (like last year). So this year I’ve been thinking about trying something different yet again.
There are amazing holiday illustration campaigns out there already. Most infamously is the #illo_advent push on Twitter. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out. It’s fun to see holiday cheer from illustrators around the world on such a free subject (pick a theme or don’t–whatever you draw it’s up to you):
If you’re looking for multiple ideas to have by the end of December, those are GREAT ways to participate without a specific assignment. But me? I’m a teacher. I give assignments. =D
I was thinking about one of my favorite Christmas card finds of years past and how it was a wonderful spoof on the Christmas song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” And the more I thought about it (and Googled), the more themes I found spoofing that song. SO I thought to myself, “Self, what about having people come up with their own theme to spoof that same song?” I thought it would be quite fun. Hubby thought it might be confusing so I better give examples.
The assignment is simple:
The themes on this have varied over the years. I can’t remember if my favorite was the Jane Austen version or the Pride and Prejudice version (either one is genius in my opinion and I gave it to many the year I bought it):
There were many versions of this out there for this. Here’s another example:
You can create one simple image including your entire theme like these, OR you can create 12 different images for every piece of the song (as some like to do). It’s up to you. BUT all images are shared on December 23rd. That gives us all most of the month to create (or brainstorm and then create at the last minute).
BUT WAIT! There’s more! As a reward for participating, I will send a bag of Christmas tea to everyone who plays along. It could be something like “Sip and Be Merry” from the Republic of Tea (one of my favorites because it’s delicious!) or it might be something else. If you want it. If you don’t, that’s fine too. But I hope you will join in!
And if you do want to participate (illustrating your own theme), could you please leave me a comment below so I know in advance how much tea to gather up to prepare to send off? 😉