Birthday Art Challenge 2023 - Emoji Mashup
The Short Story: Draw your own version of emojis! (but no AI!)
The Long Story: I'm irreversibly an adult now, and I have all of the things that I need, most of the things that I want, and too many things that fall into neither category. So for my last 13 birthdays I've asked people to draw me things as a birthday present.
So if you’re the sort of person who:
- might send me a card and you think this is a nice idea, or
- wouldn’t send me a card but this sounds like fun, or
- who doesn’t know me but likes to draw things…
… then draw a picture! It’ll be fun for you and enjoyable for me (and everyone else), and super cheap. I've set a theme each year, and this year the theme is:
The When: Mid June! I know, this is super close! (Sorry, busy month). That's why this year's theme is something that can be done in a minute or two if you want to.
The What: Emoji Mashups
Draw an emoji mashup, or an emoji you think should exist but doesn't, or just your take on a classic. And as always, drawings on previous themes - or indeed any cool theme - are also appreciated, so a laugh-cry emoji octopus or a poo emoji miniature stegosaurus would be perfect).
The Don't:No AI art, please! The purpose of this is to have fun with art, not to stand over the mechanical art drone with a whip. If you don't want to do the art yourself, you can just not do it! It's okay, I wont be angry! I know you've got a busy life.
If you saw this on some kind of social media, you can either DM me on that, or email your drawing to email@example.com
For inspiration here are links to the last 12 galleries:
2010: Dinosaurs and Cephalopods in Formal Wear:
2011: DANCE-BOT 5000:
2012: Monsters in their Dotage:
2013: Party Bugs!:
2014: A Hitchhiking Birthday:
2016: Things with Faces:
2019: Magic Robots:
2019: Magic Robots:
2020: Monsters vs Covid:
2021: Babysaurs and Babybots:
2022: Babysaurs and Babybots:
2023: Jurassic Five-Oh / ACAR (All Coppers Are Robots):
Notes: I'm pretty happy on my birthday, so if you can read this you should not feel obliged in any way - just if you feel like it and think you'd enjoy drawing something emoji-related, I'd be delighted to see the results! Don't feel that artistic skill is necessary - I'm terrible at drawing myself, and also don't feel you need to know me: I've had some excellent pictures from people I've never met. (and if you do know me, feel free to share this with people who don't but who might enjoy it). Reminder: The stakes are zero, so no worries!