Saturday, January 25, 2014

Art Teacher Portrait Winners [feedly]

Art Teacher Portrait Winners
// Gurney Journey
We received several dozen entries for the "Sketch Your Art Teacher" contest, and it was really difficult to narrow them down to the winners. I'm very excited to present you the ones I chose as the best of the best.

First, here are the five finalists:

Sean Cheatham, drawn by David Patel.
David captured Sean's way of holding his painting brush and his off-hand brushes, plus the tattoo on his left arm, and I love the slight exaggeration of the shapes. The nervous pen line has a lot of energy.

Pratibha Singh, drawn by Annada N Menon  at the College of Fine Arts in Bangalore, India.
This is a very sympathetic portrait which makes every mark count. Very nice feeling to the eyes and the expression.

Nic Arrighi.
Fine job capturing a personality, with wonderful shapes, and a bold brush-and-ink line that really reflects the strength of the character.
Dwight Harmon by Thomas Webb, Art Center.
Wonderful expression, and it's great to see the tools. This shows how much character you can get by departing from naturalism. 

The quote says "Barron Storey wants art to come out of your body." That sounds like Barron. And the posture looks like him, too. 

And now, the Grand Prize Winner:
Kaspar Schäper by Daniel Napp, Münster UAS-Illustration.
This portrait is efficiently painted, and yet it conveys the poise and concentration of the subject. This could only have been done with a big brush, well loaded with paint, straight ahead with no lay-in. I love the way the wet shapes of the arm and the neck merge into the blue of the shirt, and I love the bits of white paper left untouched. Masterful job!

So thanks to everyone who entered. It was really tough to choose. And to the winners, please email me your mailing address, and I'll get the posters and the DVD on their way to you.

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