Illustration and artwork
What makes a good entry for this category?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder here, so predicting what judges might like is a tough one! It’s better instead to focus on what you like, or what you’ve been commissioned to create.
If you’ve pleased your editors and classmates (and you’re happy!), there’s a good chance you will please us. As a result, our guidelines here are fairly loose deliberately.
- If you are creating a piece specifically for the magazine or newspaper (versus their reproducing something you’ve already done), it could be that your classmates have a specific shape or size of gap on the page you have to fill.
- It’s not always convenient to be creative around a space, and other times limitations can inspire you (for instance by the gap being an ‘L’ shape, or a shallow, long shape).
- A key thing to avoid is anyone squashing or stretching a scan of what you’ve done into a space that works for them, so address this from the outset.
Illustration which sits alongside a written piece
Hopefully you’ll have had a chance to read the piece – just a quick verbal brief is never really enough to completely get into the theme if the article and its conclusion.
Illustration or artwork that is entirely self-initiated, or the product of a school art class that was particularly liked by teachers or your contemporaries could well be featured simply because of its high quality. Here there are precious few rules we would propose, other than that the piece is created to the best of your abilities and is visually striking.
Check where your art is ending up
If there are special requirements for your piece, know this up front.
Reproduction of your art
Take ownership of how your artwork is reproduced!
You could have completed the most fantastic piece of art, but if it’s scanned poorly or the digital file is at too low a resolution to print your opportunity to win this award could be jeopardised.