Animal Alphabets is the first Twitter art challenge I ever discovered, thanks to DoodleDate. When I first found it I had the concept a bit wrong and assumed it was just any animal with that week’s letter. But I quickly caught on.
I found it near the end of a round – each run of the alphabet has a different theme – so waited til the start of the next round to fully join in.
Sea Life started in January 2019, with Angelfish. And I was very happy with mine.
I was also happy with my Blue Crab, and my Clownfish which I turned into a robot for part of my Draw 100 Robots challenge.
Dumbo Octopus and Elephant Seal were also adorable.
Fangtooth was a little hard to make cute, but I think rainbow fins and bubbles did a good job.
I have absolutely no idea why I decided to use highlighters for Goblin Shark…
… but I think that’s the point where I decided to take a different approach.
Instead of drawing a full piece for each letter, I was going to do a compilation piece. One page with little drawings of each animal.
Hourglass Dolphin, Immortal Jellyfish, Japanese Seahorse, King of Herrings, Lobster, Mantis Shrimp. All adorable little creatures.
I even went back and added the animals from A-G.
I’m not sure what happened then. I got distracted by other projects probably, but I stopped drawing. I collected the letters.
And I collected some reference images.
I even did a full piece of the Sea Sheep because it’s adorable.
I just never finished the piece. It sat in my Works In Progress pile for months and months. It sat there throughout most of the Birds run. I wasn’t so interested in Birds, so I only did a couple of them.
I did an Emperor Penguin – in baby form because they’re utterly adorable, a Flamingo, a Puffin, and a Robin Red Breast.
And that’s it. But the latest series is Mythical Creatures – and they interest me a lot! I want to join in with this one, but I wanted to finish Sea Life first, so I got out my piece from my WIPs pile, and I knuckled down.
I’m quite pleased with it. Some of the animals have realistic colouring, and some do not – but I kinda established that pattern right at the start with the galaxy Blue Crab. Some are slightly cuter than others. But it’s pretty cute overall.
For Mythical Creatures though I think I’m gonna go back to doing individual images.
As I’m writing this (probably a few weeks before posting) the Mythical Creatures run has just started. I have some reference pictures on my phone. I’ll try and blog every few letters or so. Maybe. Or maybe I’ll wait until sometime next year.