No December Art Contest

Happy Holiday! Art by Will Terry.

Happy Holiday! Art by Will Terry.

Hi guys! It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas around here! So we are gonna take a break from the art contest this month to spend time with our loved ones πŸ˜„πŸŽ„πŸ’–

We want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the contests this year, you made some beautiful stuff! It’s something we really look forward to every month 😊

Here’s some words from Lee White, who judges the contests:

Hey everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the holidays and getting ready for the new year. I always love this time of year because we get to wrap up the year and start thinking about what we might want to accomplish next year. This is why we won't run a new contest in December. I like to advise students to take a step back and look at the year and see what successes you had and where things could have improved.

I know my situation was insane in 2018 with selling a house and moving across the country. I'm still not up to full speed and things are still in boxes. I am glad that is behind me and I can focus a bit more on art and writing again. So this month I'm going through the pains to get my studio totally set up and how I like it. Throw away or sell stuff I don't need and start planning for January. Planning time is well worth it and we probably need to do more of it! : )

…I really appreciate all your hard work entering these contests and hope it has paid off for you in building your portfolio. Even if you didn't win or make the top of the list, using the prompts is a way to get good and work on a something with a focused theme. Do not judge yourself too much here because I am not the be-all-end-all critic. If someone else judged these contests it would be a totally different set of winners. The point is to make work we are proud of and challenge ourselves each month. So keep it up!!!

One of my favorite things about this contest is how you guys root for each other and try to help each piece get better. Even when those illustrations you are helping in the forum will be pitted against an image you are entering! That is more telling than anything to me. That we are all in this together and we have to keep encouraging each other despite our individual wins and losses. I'm very proud of the community we have built here and you guys are a shining example of how a community is supposed to act. We make each member stronger than they could ever be on their own.

I wish you all a happy holiday and will see you again with a new contest in January! : )