I'm challenging myself to think more creatively. Not with words, but with images. How? I started participating in daily photoshop contests!
The site puts up a random image every day, and artists can do whatever they want with the image using photoshop or any other image editing program. Submitted images are voted on by members of the site, and sometimes there are prizes. But really, my goal is to push myself away from the "normal" work I usually do, and start exploring photoshop in ways that were never really relevant to me before.
It's exciting and scary at the same time! Kind of like submitting a piece of writing for public criticism (among writing peers instead of family and friends), except in the art world. :-) And while I feel pretty comfortable in the program, I've never mingled with photoshop people before... I might be terrible, and my friends who've loved my work in the past just didn't know any better, or were too kind to criticize. :-)
So, here I go! Sticking my neck out for no other reason than to expand my horizons. Wish me luck!
Contest #1 Before/After
"The Road to Hell is Paved with Legos"
Contest #2 Before/After