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!

Inspired by…hand drawn typography

My love for lettering is longstanding. I remember my first lessons in Calligraphy, my first pen,all the wonderful nibs and colored ink. I loved playing with all the different lines and marks discovering what I could create. Truth be told I probably spent more time drawing then practicing my letters~I could never resist adding an extra flourish to the tail end of maybe a flower or two to dot an i.
artistically afflicted blog,julie hamilton

It would be fun to find the menu I designed for Le Select Bistro, the grad invites and even our wedding invite – all hand drawn by me way back. I know I will come across them someday, but for now they are tucked away in an old journal in some box stored in the garage at my parents place.
artistically afflicted blog,julie hamilton

I recently came across this inspirational resource Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico on the lovely Wit and Whistle blog. It’s filled with page after page of gorgeous lettering from the sketchbooks of over 90 talented designers.  I will be adding this to my bookshelf very soon!

wit and whistle

images courtesy of amanda wright of wit & whistle

If you are looking for a bit of your own hand drawn typography inspiration have a look at the work of these designers.

Some work of Amanda Wright ~ Designer of stylishly quirky paper goods.She has a very strong and simple style. I also really enjoy her blog Wit & Whistle.It has a little bit of everything to stir your creative juices.

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How does that grab your eye!? I love Linzie Hunter work. Her website is full of beautiful images sure to inspire.

Another of my fav finds is from the desk of Katie Daisy.

artisticallyafflicted blogI  love Katie Daisys very intricate hand lettering and illustration.I am drawn to her soft palette and love for all things flora and fauna.Her work is  created with a mixture of watercolor and acrylic. Her website is a must see.

If you love the look of mix and matched fonts, have a look at this tutorial by Fontaholic. Their image sums it up for you.

This month Tigerprints  competition is all about hand drawn typography.  Have a look here to see all the latest entries. Dont despair there is still lots of time to enter – Nov 11th is the deadline.

Its Art Everyday month ~ Hop on over to Leahs blog for more info on Art Everyday.

See you in a few days!