In 2015 I participated in a Twitter Art Challenge hosted by #kidlitart. The tag for that challenge on Twitter is #kidlitart28. The challenge is for the month of February and goes like this.
One drawing/day for 28 days and it must be drawn in 28 minutes.
I chose to illustrate my 1988 South Cariboo Children’s Festival Theme Song, Magical, Mythical Monsters – Monsters from A – Z. My imagination went wild as I chose my alphabetical monsters out of Wikipedia. I went no further than their name and geographical locations (folklore). I didn’t want any picture “influence”.
I had a lot of fun over those 28 days, posting on Twitter, my 28 minutes sketched “monsters” according to the alphabet. I also included two characters to make up the 28 days. In this case, following the lyrics of my song I created a “star child” who had signed out his monster book from the “Librarian Moon”.
I highly recommend the imaginative experience I had drawing the “unknown”. Since then I have gone on to create a colouring book from my sketches and to paint some of the characters I created. Abe the abominable snowman for the letter (A) is one of them as is the Greek Garden Nymph for the letter (G).
I have a board at Pinterest of the rough sketches I made which you can view here. Magical, Mythical Monsters
My 1988 Children’s Festival Song is at Soundcloud if you would like to listen. It is a song about a young boy who signs out a library book on Monsters from A to Z only to have them come to life in his bedroom. The monsters win him over with their magical nice monster ways and now his book is overdue at the library. I had a lot of fun teaching the schools in assembly this song with growls, whistles and clucks.
As I said using your imagination to draw “the unknown” is lots of fun and I highly recommend it. If you are someone who feels a special connection with something outside of yourself or inside maybe you could draw it out? Give it a character and a name.
Somehow right now I hear Tiny Tim singing, Tip Toe Through the Tulips.
You and I both know a song like that will never come again but we all know the message it holds and it’s a creative one! So start tiptoeing…
©Katie Kidwell, 2019 The Living Of Loving
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Katie Kidwell is a cheerleader for creative hearts everywhere. With experience in music, writing and art. Her inspiring stories on the creative way she has lived are here on her blog “The Living Of Loving”. She also works as a commission artist.