24 Christmas images

Update: the challenge is over and we now have over 3,200 posts to the #adventcalendarart hashtag. So much fantastic work and loads of incredible energy. We were even featured on the Print & Pattern blog!

My take-aways are 1) that the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are stupendous, 2) I'm in love with the 6B pencil and the studio pen brushes and, 3) I will be drawing lots more people in the new year because they were the most fun and got the most likes. Happy holidays to you. See you in 2017 x

The Four Corners second annual Advent Calendar Challenge has kicked off. I'm hoping to do an image every day and I'll add them here as I do them. You can follow along at the Four Corners Instagram feed. 

Challenges like this are a great way to kick off a ton of new work. I know from last year that the image I post each day is just the starting point. One of my 2015 challenge sketches has gone through a few iterations and is now being test printed by a letterpress publisher in the US. It will be available for wholesale orders at the National Stationery Show in NYC in May next year. I wonder which of the designs below will make it out into the real world...?

Join our Christmas Instagram challenge 2017

I can't quite believe it's a whole year since the last Four Corners Art Collective Instagram Advent Calendar Challenge.

Last year, there were over 1,800 posts to our hashtag #adventcalendarart and some of those designs have since been licensed or bought for a variety of products including greetings cards, doormats, stationery and calendars. 

Image © Beth Schneider 2016

Image © Beth Schneider 2016

This year we've picked a theme for each of the first three weeks of December and will be posting daily prompts for people to follow.

If you're an artist, we'd love you to join in and encourage your artists friends to do the same. It really is a fun way to fill your portfolio full of seasonal designs. And who knows who might be watching!

And if you're a buyer or art director, follow along for a daily hit of seasonal art everyday from December 1st until Christmas Eve.

Visit Four Corners Instagram for all the details...

Instagram Advent images

Four Corners Art Collective is kicking up a festive storm on Instagram with a daily advent calendar challenge. I won't be contributing an image every day but here's a growing gallery of the ones I've managed to do. Just use #adventcalendarart to join in.

UPDATE: we're over halfway through the challenge and there have been over 1,400 posts under our hashtag! Incredible and quite humbling. Massive hats off to the few who have managed a daily image. No mean feat at this time of year...

CHRISTMAS EVE UPDATE: well, we're done and we had over 1,800 posts to our hashtag. Unbelievable. Merry Christmas, all.

An Instagram Christmas

To help get into the festive swing of things I'm joining in with Lucie Sheridan's 12 Days of Christmas Instagram challenge. We'll be drawing and posting Christmas imagery under the hashtag #12daysilloxmas

Over at the Four Corners Art Collective we're organising our own countdown to Christmas with an advent calendar challenge. You can follow us and join in yourself at #adventcalendarart. We're kicking things off on November 30th.

Here's a sneaky peek at my contribution to day 1...

Hope to see you there on December 1st! #adventcalendarart