Friday, August 05, 2011

5 Year Celebration!

The month of August marks 5 years of sharing the Z-Kids' art on Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty!  I estimate there are over 650 pictures here by now.  I love watching the kids' work grow and change over the years -- the creativity never ceases to amaze me.

Two years ago we celebrated the site's 3 year anniversary with an open call for visitors to create a piece of "Fan Art" based on the pictures from the archives.  The *Result!* was amazing, fun, and such an honor.  Since the 5 year mark is now upon us, I thought folks might enjoy another celebration.

If you would like to play along, it's easy:  
1. Dip into the blog's archives,  
2. Find a favorite picture,  
3. Use it as a starting place for your own riff.
  Then you can email me the image or send me a link to where I can find it on your own site. (zenzart at hotmail dot com)  I'll keep taking submissions as long as people keep sending them.

You could view all this as material for a little morning warm-up sketch, or as fodder for a portfolio update, or as a creative challenge like "Illustration Friday."  Whatever the motivation, I hope you have lots of fun and find yourself as inspired by the kids as I am :)

Let the game begin!

8/10/06 -- by Gracie at age 6:

by Jarrett Krosoczka:

1/20/07 -- by Isaac at age 8:

by Doug Jones:

12/17/07 -- by Gracie at age 7:

by Sarah Countiss:

5/18/08 -- by Lily at age 5:

by E.A. Womack:

5/25/08 -- by Gracie at age 7:

by April Silva:

6/24/08 -- by Gracie at age 7:

by Stacy Gray:

6/22/08 -- by Isaac at age 9:

by 12 year old Cooper:

4/23/09 -- by Isaac at age 10:

by 12 year old Aedan:

9/6/09 -- by Gracie at age 9:

by Emiliano Salmon:

11/7/09 -- by Elijah:

by E.A. Womack:

11/27/09 -- by Isaac at age 11:

by Kerry Stewart:

11/30/09 -- by Isaac at age 11:

by Nina Crittenden:

12/4/09 -- by Isaac at age 11:

by Dad:

3/8/10 -- by Elijah at age 4:

#1 by Deborah Freedman:

#2 by Eric Barclay:

4/30/10 -- by Elijah at age 4:

#1 by Gala Amber:

#2 by Kim Hui:

7/9/10 -- by Lily:

by Dad:

7/22/10 -- by Elijah at age 4:

by Charise Harper:

7/25/10 -- by Elijah at age 4:

by Dad:

10/13/10 -- by Lily at age 7:

#1 by Nigel Bell:

#2 by Kim Hui:

10/13/10 -- by Gracie at age 10:

by Dad:

10/24/10 -- by Elijah at age 5:

by Kerry Stewart:

10/25/10 -- by Gracie at age 10:

by Josh Alves:

11/18/10 -- by Isaac at age 12:

by Juan Manuel Pedraza:

1/10/11 -- by Lily at age 7:

by Rossichka:

2/12/11 -- by Lily at age 7:

by Kerry Stewart:

2/18/11 -- by Gracie at age 10:

#1 by J.C. Phillipps:

#2 by Melinda Beavers:

#3 by Sharon Wagner:

2/24/11 -- by Elijah at age 5:

by Peter Guckes:

2/24/11 -- by Elijah at age 5:

by Rossichka:

2/24/11 -- by Elijah at age 5:

by Lorraine Rocha:

3/15/11 -- by Gracie at age 10:

by Valerie Lorimer:

3/25/11 -- by Lily at age 8:

by Juan Manuel Pedraza:

5/13/11 -- by Gracie at age 10:

by Grace (age 8) and Tim Miner:

6/7/11 -- by Gracie at age 10:

by Chris Kennett:

6/7/11 -- by Elijah at age 5:

by Juan Manuel Pedraza:

6/27/11 -- by Gracie:

by Kerry Stewart:

6/27/11 -- by Lily:

by Scott Spinks:

7/6/11 -- by Gracie at age 10:

#1 by Juan Manuel Pedraza:

#2 by Asyera Sidauruk:

7/11/11 -- by Isaac at age 12:

by Joost Haakman:

7/25/11 -- by Evie at age 3:

by Dad:


Heidi Noel said...

These are so great. I am not an artist or I know a few I would riff on. How very exciting this must be for the kids to see.

jenn said...

These are so cool! What a great idea. Your kids' original art is so great to begin with, and it's fun to see their ideas reinterpreted in different ways! If I was an artist I'd play along, but I'll definitely be checking back to see what else gets posted.

Julie_c said...

I LOVE it! It's always so much fun to see everyone's different takes on the kids' wonderfully creative ideas! Thanks for the invite! I loved playing along!
(Could I use more exclamation points? No. No I couldn't!)

Nina Crittenden said...

Such a fun thing to be a part of! Thanks for inspiring us, Z-Kids!!! :)

kelmurphy said...

Amazing!! I am so excited to check in with what the Zenzs are up to, and look forward to the next 5 years!

Anonymous said...

Bravo! :D

nelleke said...

Yoy like comments (me too :-)) And I like your drawings. Very nice! Keep on drawing!!!!

Herr Gilke said...

What a nice idea!

Linda Hensley said...

Fun idea, and I did my own version of kid inspired art this week on my blog. Love looking through the inspirations and the adult versions.

Jenn Bower said...

What a great project. Must be so inspiring for child and adult alike.

Natura said...

Great project. Love them all!!

Curious Art said...

Fun project, & perfect for the prompt! It's beautiful to see inspiration flowing in every direction.

andrea said...

This is SO NICE! Love the idea, and the drawings too!

perezvila™ said...

i love the kids drawings, and i love this idea of yours!!
i'll go find my favourite one!!

Eric Barclay said...

Congratulations Z kids on 5 wonderful years. Thanks so much for sharing your art with the world. Look forward to many more years of your creativity.


canato jimomi said...

WOW! this is cool!

indonesiatooverseas said...

The creativity of a kid is very amazing. I hope the'll get bright future.

rossichka said...

It was such a joy and delight to take part in this wonderful project! Happy anniversary, dear Z kids and Z Dad! I'm glad I found your wonderful little island of creativity and inspiration! I'm sure we'll enjoy many more amazing drawings in future!:)Be happy!!!!

Mrs. Dirty Hair said...

Thank you for this was amazing!

Sam said...

Great!! Glad to see someone paid homage to Turtle Boy...

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