Monday, 11 December 2017

The Challenge 2018 logo and themes






Welcome to the BIG reveal of the 2018 Challenge logo and themes!


I'm very excited about what 2018 holds, but before we start high-fiving year FIVE, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on 2017. What a year it has been within the Challenge!

When it started with WHIMSY — a theme that speaks, shouts and sings to my creative core — I had a feeling the fourth year of the Challenge was going to be a goody, but when it ends with CELEBRATION in a few weeks time, I know I will still be blown away by just how much goodyness we have to celebrate.

When we opened the doors to new members at the start of November, I wondered if we could come up with 52 different words to describe some of the benefits we enjoy as members of this special group. Well, guess what? We came up with 52 words — and another 35 to boot! Wow! That’s a whole lot of goodyness, my friends.

You can view these celebration-worthy benefits, and perhaps even add some more, HERE.

Thank you so much for your ongoing contributions to the Challenge and our community. The A-Team and I are so thrilled to be on this creative journey with you, and we can’t wait to share in even more goodyness next year!

On that note, on with the reveal!


The Challenge 2018 LOGO


 


A new year means a new logo, and this time we have the wonderful Nicky Johnston to thank for it. Isn't it adorable?!

Nicky stood down as Director of the Challenge in August this year to concentrate on her sky-rocketing career, but she will always be at the heart of our community, along with Tania McCartney, our Challenge founder, and I think it is really special and fitting that her artwork will be the face of the Challenge in 2018. It’s a lovely nod to all that she has done to propel this Challenge forward, and it recognises that her efforts and initiatives in the past will still be colouring our community in the future.

High five, Nicky! Thank you so much for designing and creating our gorgeous new logo range. I look forward to uploading the images on 1 January 2018.


The Challenge 2018 THEMES


Boy oh boy, it has been fun coming up with these themes, with input from the A-Team. Talk about freshly squeezed creative juices — ours are well and truly flowing! We hope you also feel inspired, excited and motivated by this list of themes. We can't wait to see your interpretations.

1
Me 3/1
2
Sweet 10/1
3
Hybrid 17/1
4
Circles 24/1
5
Flight 31/1
6
Map 7/2
7
Eerie 14/2
8
Ice age 21/2
9
Escape 28/2
10
Hide-and-seek 7/3
11
Stamp 14/3
12
Zoom 21/3
13
Tea party 28/3
14
Geometric 4/4
15
Letterboxes 11/4
16
Splash 18/4
17
Origami 25/4
18
Blanket 2/5
19
Creek 9/5
20
Upside down 16/5
21
Haunted house 23/5
22
Spectacles 30/5
23
Cottage 6/6
24
Anatomy 13/6
25
Nursery rhyme 20/6
26
Hometown 27/6
27
Puzzle 4/7
28
Climate change  11/7
29
Meadow 18/7
30
Futuristic 25/7
31
Bunting 1/8
32
City 8/8
33
Crayons 15/8
34
Sheep 22/8
35
Mistake 29/8
36
Frame 5/9
37
Contrast 12/9
38
Gypsy 19/9
39
Wrinkles 26/9
40
Brazil 3/10
41
Solar System 10/10
42
Childlike 17/10
43
Slow 24/10
44
Everyday object 31/10
45
Moustache 7/11
46
Quirky 14/11
47
Piñata 21/11
48
Rodent 28/11
49
Abracadabra 5/12
50
Three 12/12
51
Storm 19/12
52
Bang! 26/12
 


So, are you up for the 52-Week Illustration Challenge 2018?


We sure are!  *high fives all round


Kirsty and the Team x



Thursday, 7 December 2017

Matt's Picks - Week 48: Africa

I'd love to go to Africa someday. The animals, people and culture fascinate me, and the whole continent seems to radiate a beautiful 'otherness' that I hope it never loses.

My approach to choosing the images for this week was to simply look at the photo page where you can see all the images submitted, but not who submitted them. Those that I've picked connected to me in a way that was deeper than "that's a nice picture".

Congratulations to everybody that submitted a piece this week, especially to the newer members that have joined us in the last month. Well done!



Amanda Hunt



Amanda Roberts



Anna Snorrepot



Dora Hagen



Gary Dadd




Ivan Smith




Lynda Bell-Mann



Linda Graham D'Agnostino



Leonie Cheetham



Kim Pheelan




Katherine Harper


Jutta Berend


Vincent Cavanagh


Toni Fanali




Shani Nottingham




Peter Papamanolis




Maggie Iovannella




Ma KoMe


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Sarah's Picks - Week 47: Reptile

So much fantastic work from our talented members for last week's theme of Reptile. Please enjoy this selection of artworks that jumped out and grabbed me (not literally though, thankfully - some of those teeth look sharp!)

Colin Rowe

Anne L-y So

Heidi Lingard

Marjory Gardner

Agnese Caglio

Matt Glover


Ivan Smith
Prue Pittock
Peter Papamanolis

Tracy Williams

Lex McKay


Sarah Hedley


Maggie Iovannella‎

Belinda Muir

Kumiko Matsukura

Sue Rinaldi‎‎‎ 

Penelope Pratley‎‎‎ 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Penelope's Picks Week 46: Pencil

I love pencils. The weight of them, the way they sharpen, the fact that we all have our favourite.  They remind me everyday that it's what's inside that counts. They are full of promise of what's to come and when paired with an eraser, can make your troubles disappear. They make what is unknown to the rest of the world visible and YOU do that my friends. Every time you make a mark you are telling the world a part of your story. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful stories on the Challenge wall this week.
Vincent Cavanagh‎
Amanda Nichols Paschal‎
Tash Farrar‎
Kirsty Collett‎
Prue Pittock‎
Luciana Borghi‎
Jutta Berend‎
Kateryna Kosheleva‎
Katrina Cobb‎
Fran Hahn‎
Ivan Smith‎
Peter Papamanolis‎
Thepot Noémi‎
Joanne Kelly‎
Cecilia Timm‎
Colin Rowe‎