LUXtober: The Creative Challenge for the Rest of Us
Every year I get so excited to see Drawlloween, Inktober, and the various other drawing challenges that come across my social media feeds. I exclaim to myself, "This is the year!" and start looking over the list of prompts, thinking about what I can create, and then I slowly lose my mojo.
These challenges are so fun, motivating, and really get a big chunk of the art community engaged. I have wanted to participate, and have even started a few times, but the problem, for me, is that my art just doesn't fit. Not only do I have a hard time drawing something like "werewolf" with my abstract typography, but my work takes far too long to even attempt a daily challenge. I draw letters. I've tried writing out "werewolf" but it looked contrived. So, instead of pushing through the challenge, I give up, and become a bystander and fan. I watch all of the new creations come through everyday, and long to be a part of the excitement.
How is it possible that I'm in the arts and STILL don't fit in?
I know I'm not the only one who wants to participate, but their work just doesn't fit in. It's either too abstract, or simply a genre which just doesn't lend itself to a daily drawing challenge. So, this year, I created something for us.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Instead of a daily word, I've created weekly prompts. I've offered ideas, a feeling associated with Halloween, for you to base your creation off of. What you do with that prompt is up to you. If you want to literally illustrate, please do so! If you create something abstract filled with the colors that the prompt made you feel, post it! If you're a stylist and put together an outfit that evokes the emotions of the prompt, that's perfect! This is all about your creative interpretation of the weekly phrase.
This challenge is open to ALL creatives. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, stylists, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, animators, etc., etc, etc. If the prompt makes you feel something, and you'd like to create something visual/musical/expressive to showcase your feelings, then you belong!
THE FUN PART
Each Saturday morning, I will select one winner to receive my Halloween Limited Edition Wonderful, Witchy & Weird phone case! I will also be selecting some of the submissions (as long as you tag #luxtober2018 so I can find you!) to showcase on my Instagram and Facebook feeds.
Please post by Friday night each week and don't forget to tag #luxtober & #luxtober2018!
That feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you approach the candy bowl that's been left on a creepily decorated patio, knowing darn well someone's going to jump out at you as soon as you reach for that full-sized Snickers.
Getting that weird candy in your basket that immediately makes you think, "Why?! Just WHY?! I'd rather take pennies or toothpaste!"
Having to wear full snow gear over your entire Halloween costume because it's so miserably cold/pouring rain/snowy, and then coming home a soaked, cold mess. (If you're in a sunny state, change that to "sweating off all of your makeup because it's an excessively hot day, even though it's the end of October.")
Waiting, planning, plotting all year because, IT'S HALLOWEEN!
I can't wait to see what we come up with! To all my Artliers, here's to us, the "others."