• What is #SpeedballTextBookChallenge?
  • What are the criteria which the winners are chosen?
  • What are the rewards?
  • Best entries in the challenge.
  • The Winners.

Whats the #SpeedballTextBookChallenge?

At the end of last year, my friend Max Juric from Lettering Daily contacted me to see if I was interested in a collaboration with him and Speedball for the launch of the 25th Edition of the Speedball Text Book. The aim was to create a challenge and giveaway with 3 rewards to the best entries. It was a no-brainer I immediately agreed. First, because I enjoy developing collaborations in our communities and second, I like to  take every opportunity to giveaway some products to our audience.

On the 14th of February 2021, we launched the giveaway participants had to “Create original artwork for the prompt “The Art of Letters” and share it on social media.  The aim was to have anyone, at any skill level use any kind of lettering technique or style be it calligraphy, lettering, sign painting, etc. – we hoped for as wide a range a range of submissions and as diverse as the instruction found in The Textbook!”. We opted to target it as an upload on Instagram and using  #speedballtextbookchallenge.

Then something crazy happened! I have a challenge account – “Callivember” and I’ve done other collab challenges with Lettering Daily before, usually there are always some artists that stand out and make cool entries, the rest is mostly amateur work. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing bad about that! In fact, I encourage as many beginners as possible, not to be afraid to enter these challenges nor to be stressed about their skill level. There are normally so many entries for the challenges but choosing winners tends to be easy as there are always those who really pour their energy into creating the pieces they post. This time, however, it seemed like everyone chose to buckle down and plan their pieces and not just post the first thing they did. You can see the amount of time and planning which went into each piece.

Max and I sat down to look through all the submissions and were stunned at the depth, variety, and sheer beauty of the pieces, this has made choosing the winners extremely difficult, by hugely enjoyably on our part.

What are the criteria on which the winners were chosen?

In every challenge, the criteria for choosing winners should be the best and most skilled entries are awarded the prizes, but since there were a lot of skilled and popular artists who entered as well, Max suggested picking the winners based on the effort they put in because as there are lots of not so highly skilled artist. We opted to look at effort, considering not only what was presented to us but, also, by the amount of accessible tools that entrant might have access to, this being considerably less than what more established artists would have.

It is a bit complicated to explain exactly how the decision-making process worked based on participant effort, but hopefully, when you see the entries we picked as the winners, you will understand.

What are the rewards?

  • 25th Edition of The Speedball Textbook, signed by each of the three co-editors
  • Speedball Calligraphy Collector’s Set
  • Arnhem Paper Pad (8.5”x11”)
  • $110 Value
  • 25th Edition of The Speedball Textbook
  • Speedball Calligraphy Storage Set”
  • Arnhem Paper Pad (8.5”x11”)
  • $75 Value
  • 25th Edition of The Speedball Textbook
  • Arnhem Paper Pad (8.5”x11”)
  • $50 Value
  •  

Best entries in the challenge.

Here are my top 50 favourite entries.

I’ve arranged the entries in descending order, you will find my favorite at the bottom of the page. If your entry is amongst the first few rows, please don’t feel disappointed, this is still in the top 50 submissions out of more than 500 entries over, only, five days. Also, please remember, the choices are based on my personal preferences and what resonated with me.

You’ve all done a great job!

The Winners:

The challenge is now over, rewards are being sent to their new owners!

However, if you want to continue trying you hand at the challenge, we would be more than happy for you to do so.

There is a MASSIVE BONUS for you doing this!

If this post reaches 500 shares, Max and I will make a video to review of all the entries, both from the 5 day challenge and the subsequent entries. This video will give you a more in-depth insight in the our decision-making process and why we chose the entries we settled on.

If, however, this post gets 1000 shares we will make a new challenge with even more prizes and bigger rewards!

#KeepWriting

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