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The next promptathon is around the corner!

As many of you know, we held our first promptathon event in the spring, and it was a smashing success, with around two hundred of you completing more than half of the prompts we cooked up for you within their first 24 hours. It went better than we'd hoped, so we decided to make it a seasonal thing, both to help students work off some of that 50% rule debt, and to give our hard working teaching assistants a well deserved rest.

What's a promptathon?

Starting on June 24th, and running through the rest of the month, we will be releasing a brand new prompt each day on the Drawabox website itself - and for the following 24 hours of that day you'll be able to submit to a brand new category for this event, which will only be available during the event.

If you submit something for the new prompt within the 24 hours following its reveal, you'll earn a brand new avatar - one that will not be achievable through any other means.

Double credits, you say?

That's right! Along with achievements based on how many of the daily prompts you're able to complete within their window (7/7 for gold, 6/7 for silver, 4+/7 for bronze), those of you who get any of these achievements (by completing at least 4) will automatically be given an additional month's worth of credits in July. This also applies to those of you who aren't patrons right now - you simply need to join the Patreon between July 1st and July 8th.

You are allowed to participate in the event, and then decide whether or not you want to join after it's over.

The additional credits will be awarded between July 8th and July 21st - so you're not going to get these immediately, as this would work against our goals here, and probably result in a ton of additional submissions at the start of the month, something we very much would like to avoid.

Just keep in mind that those "double" credits will be based on your subscription status in July - so don't go signing up or increasing your pledge prematurely.

So, how's about it? Have some fun, knock out some of that 50% rule debt you've no doubt accumulated, win some awesome new avatars, and maybe even some extra credits, and help your friendly neighbourhood educators avoid an untimely demise due to overwork by setting your Drawabox lessons aside for a week.

Frequently asked questions

Some of you will no doubt have questions - let's get the big ones out of the way.

I have credits that are going to expire on July 1st! What happens to them?

Worry not - any credit that expires between June 24th and July 3rd will receive a 10 day extension. Even if your "cookie jar" is full (that is, if you've reached the maximum number of credits your tier can hold) once Julyswings around, these "extended" credits will not contribute to that limit.

Can I still submit work for official critique during the event?

Technically yes - submissions will not be closed, but we will not be doing any critiquing during that time. We would really appreciate it if you avoid submitting new lesson work or revisions during that time, and more than that, we would greatly appreciate it if you simply hit the brakes on your Drawabox work altogether (aside from keeping up with your warmups, to avoid getting rusty).

Ideally we'd like to avoid coming back to a mountain of work - that's something we're quite worried about, and whether or not that happens determines whether we can really afford to give ourselves a break in the future. For this, we need the community's cooperation and compassion.

If I'm able to get an achievement, when will my additional credits be delivered? Will it be immediate?

The delivery of the additional credits will occur between July 8th and July 21st. This is to spread things out so we don't get hit with a ton of new submissions all at once. While you won't know which date your credits will arrive during that period, you can rest assured that if you've received any of the event achievements (whether bronze, silver, or gold), you will receive credits.

Are the unique avatars exclusive to the event?

For now, yes. I would like to keep them exclusive to participation, with each event giving a new set of avatars, but I want to avoid making promises. For now, you can trust that they'll remain exclusive to this event for the next 6 months, but will in all likelihood remain that way.

I'm not on the official critique track or a member of the Patreon (and have no intentions of joining) - does this event have anything to offer me?

While this event is, in a sense, intended to lay down cover-fire so we can take some time off without necessarily coming back to a mountain of critiques to get through, it is open to everyone. Along with the unique avatars, the achievements (which everyone is welcome to earn), the event is also designed to give students an opportunity to let loose, draw for the hell of it, and dive into the 50% rule head-first as a community. We'll have a Discord channel open for the event as well, so everyone can anticipate the new prompt drops. share their WIPs, and have a good time.

Remember - you guys only have 24 hours to submit your work, so we're not expecting masterpieces. Sketch, explore, and push yourself beyond the boundary of your comfort zone.

Timezones are a thing - when do the "windows" start and end?

The submission page will include an active countdown to the end of each event day that you can refer to, but for those of you with multiple clocks on your wall, set to different timezones, set your alarms for 12:00AM PT (07:00 UTC).

Do I have to use ink, or apply the concepts from Drawabox?

Nope - just like the rest of the 50% rule, you can work in whatever medium you please, and totally ignore the principles of Drawabox if you like. Just focus on exploring, playing, and pushing your boundaries.

Do my submissions have to be done to a certain level of completion or quality? Do they have to be full colour?

NOPE! You are welcome to submit whatever you have by the end of the day, and it'll still count towards your completion for that day. Anything from rough exploratory sketches to fully completed illustrations are welcome. Relax - the point here is to encourage you to participate and have a good time.

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