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BeyArMaMo is an annual art event that encourages fans of Bakuten Shoot Beyblade to get creative throughout October.
T H E . C H A L L E N G E
The BeyArMaMo concept is pretty simple. Participants are challenged to create Bakuten Shoot Beyblade art throughout October - that’s it. It doesn’t even have to be good art. Or finished. The focus is on creation so there’s no problem if you can only manage a scribble or if something comes out a bit wonky. It’s simply about creating something when we otherwise might not have done. It’s all good.
There are three challenge types for you to choose from. If you want a nice gentle time, have at it, but if you want an all-encompassing-Beyblade-art-extravaganza then you can have that too. Simply pick the challenge type that appeals to you most and rock on.
This is the original, and most difficult, challenge. Your aim is to create at least one piece of art every day throughout October. By the end of the month you should have created at least 31 pieces of art.
This is a gentle challenge to motivate you while keeping the stress levels at a minimum. Your aim here is to create at least one piece of art every week throughout October. By the end of the month you should have created at least 4 pieces of art.
This is, in theory, the least challenging of the three options. Just 1 piece of art at some point during the month, that’s all you need to do. Perfect for those of us with hectic lives. And procrastinators.
T H E M E . D A Y S
Theme days are an optional extra to help inspire or challenge you. Each day, a new theme will be posted for you to base your work on. It might be a colour or an object, a feeling or a place. You can choose to use all the themes, some of the themes or none at all. Participants in the Mini-BeyArMaMo challenge may pick any of the themes posted for each particular week.
The full theme list will be posted one week before the start of BeyArMaMo to help you plan your artwork.
R U L E S
BeyArMaMo was designed to be a challenge but it’s also extremely casual. Like, whatever. Above all else it’s meant to be fun so please don’t get stressed about the rules. You can actually get away with a lot. There are some important things to note though.
01. This event is solely for Bakuten Shoot Beyblade fan art. ‘Beyblade’ is not used as a blanket term for the entire franchise. Only art based on Bakuten Shoot Beyblade, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002 (V Force), Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G Revolution, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade The Movie: Gekitou!! Takao vs Daichi (Fierce Battle) and the manga (including Rising) is permitted.
02. All art must contain Bakuten Shoot Beyblade characters / imagery. Characters can cosplay and your art can reference other works but the main focus must be Beyblade. Original characters (OCs) are not permitted.
03. Your art shouldn’t be created in advance. Art for day one should be created on the 1st of October, art for day two on the 2nd of October, and so on. For the weekly challenge, art for week three should be created during the third week, etc. Creating your art in advance sort of spoils the challenge.
04. Your art can be in any form. Digital illustrations, traditional illustrations, comics, literature, photography, crafts, cosplay - baking even! If you want to knit Kai’s scarf, you go for it.
05. Enjoy. It’s not technically a rule as such but I do like to make a point of saying this. Please just roll with it and try not to stress yourself out. If you don’t finish or you miss a day, don’t worry. I've failed the challenge numerous times for various reasons but it's still exciting to do. If your challenge doesn't go as planned then just chalk it up to experience and try again next year. Besides, you can't really fail because you’re embracing your Beyblade love and that’s all that matters.
H O W . T O . P A R T I C I P A T E
To register, head on over to the Sign-Up page before the end of September and fill out the form. Simply choose your challenge type, leave a few details and you're away. If you sign up early, you might find it beneficial to start planning - but not doing - your pieces.
A list of registered participants will be made available so you can share links to your artwork and find other artists to follow. A limited amount of exclusive BeyArMaMo goodies will also be made available for registered perticipants to purchase during the event.
If you prefer not to sign up officially then you can, of course, still participate privately.
Once the event begins, you might like to share your art online. You can post your art daily, sporadically throughout the month or altogether at the end - it's really up to you. Most participants use sites such as DeviantArt, Twitter and Tumblr but, again, it's personal choice. You share your art in whetever manner you prefer.
If using Twitter or Tumblr, please consider tagging your work with either #BeyArMaMo or #BeyArMaMo2018 so people can easily track the pieces coming through. DeviantArt posts can be submitted to the official group.
I will point out that you're under no obligation to post your art online or otherwise share your art. Doing the challenge purely for yourself is completely fine.
S C H E D U L E
The BeyArMaMo Event runs from the 1st of October to the 31st of October but there are a few other dates worth jotting down in your diary.
[ 1st September 2018 ] BeyArMaMo sign-up period begins.
[ 24th September 2018 ] Daily themes announced.
[ 30th September 2018 ] BeyArMaMo sign-up period ends.
[ 1st October 2018 ] BeyArMaMo 2018 begins.
[ 31st October 2018 ] BeyArMaMo 2018 ends.