The "Illustrated" Advent Christmas Challenge

Well it"s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, if only in my head. My imagination is full of snowflakes and twinkle lights all aglow. Walks in the winter snow and skiing through the woods. Eggnog lattes. Unfortunately, out my window  the rain is pouring down and the weather quite balmy. Not so good when you live in a ski town. Christmas Advent Series - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I am thankful for Faye Browns creation of this years #adventchallenge2014. A month-long challenge of  christmas prompts to illustrate, photograph, sketch and be inspired by. I have been enjoying every minute and have to admit it has helped me get in the spirit of the Christmas season. I have included a few of my favourites to date. I will admit I am already a wee bit behind, but that's ok with me now ( I had to talk myself down the first day I missed, but now I realize it really is all Ok:) Christmas, Illustration, vintage ornaments I like to use these challenges to try new things. Maybe a new combination of colors or some different hand drawn textures. Anything that gets me excited to jump in and get immersed. Christmas, Illustration, ornaments I have found this challenge to be a good exercise for practicing my hand lettering and characters, yes....those things with eyes. Why is it always so much easier to just draw a flower? I will be tweaking all of these  designs in the New Year and making them ready for art licensing gigs, but for now it feels good to get some new ideas down on paper. I can play around with them later and add the on trend colours and style. Christmas, Illustration. polar bear,   There are loads of gorgeous designs over on Instagram under #adventhallenge2014. As Faye says herself, popping by the challenge daily is like opening up your very own advent calendar. I have been enjoying all the colour and interesting interpretations of Christmas. Christmas, Illustration, christmas sweaters There is still  time to join in if interested. There is no pressure to create everyday, but if you have some time and need a little christmas inspiration then this is an easy place to start. Get a head start on your Christmas designs for 2016! All info on Instagram under #adventchallenge2014 Below are links to a few of the designers creating their own  advent calendars, either as part of the challenge or own their own accord. Groovity Genine Delahaye Flora Waycott Dawn Machell The Print Tree Tracey English Sally Payne Mondaland Lindsay Buck Rebecca Stoner Happy Holidays to all!

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