You guys are the SHIITAKE!! We got a whopping 80 entries in our MUSHROOM VILLAGE art contest this month! Thanks to all who took part!
We had so MUSH fun checking out all the illustrations 😀🍄💕 We got everything from picnicking fungi to a mushroom rock band, and of course, all manner of wee creatures. It was a nice reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things 😊
With that, congrats to Gary Wilkinson, who took first place with his mushroom munching marauder!
Per Lee White, who judged the contest: "After quite a few strong finishes, I have to give Gary the win on this one. It is just too good to ignore. Clever concept followed by very strong technique is what drew me to this one. What I really appreciate is how appropriate, yet peculiar the concept is here. Nature does like to use disguises and then ATTACK! Gary nailed it."
2nd place went to Carrie Copa, who created a captivating little world amongst the mushrooms.
Per Lee again: "Carrie's piece was so charming and reminded me of watching a really good animation. It made me want to know more about what is happening with these little guys. I love the toned palette and cozy lighting too!"
Severin's piece brought a sense of magic with his mystical glowing mushroom.
"Severin really killed it with the lighting and color balance in this piece. I saw some earlier versions that had some glowing writing on the mushroom which I liked too. I think this world and lighting should be explored more. Maybe 3 images in a series for this one would be great portfolio material."
Marek's piece made us chuckle with its fun character design and flying pigs (flying pigs are pretty much always funny).
"This was a very funny take on the topic and absolutely stellar painting technique here. Has a bit of an animated Chris Van Allsburg feel to it or perhaps David Weisner (both Caldecott winning illustrators!). Not bad company to be in for sure."
Lee also ended up picking 6 more illustrations as honorable mentions 😀🏆💕 Check 'em out (with his comments) below!
Thanks again to all who participated! Awesome work everyone! Until next time