WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE ART NOTICE

Artists, it occurs to me that there’s no reason why you can’t continue to register your interest in creating cover art while the judges evaluate the written entries. So, if you’re an Antiguan and Barbudan artist, 35 years and younger, and would like to create art, challenge yourself, discover a new and potentially financially viable application for your art, and possibly win the Wadadli Pen 2014 Art Challenge send your name, contact information, age, and short artist bio to wadadlipen@yahoo.com on or before February 15th 2014. We will contact you with details for creating the cover art design at the appropriate time. Remember you have to be in it to win it. Just ask these past winners:

Art work by Shem Alexander at Art at the Ridge. Shem was the 2010 overall winner of the Wadadli Pen art prize.

Art work by Shem Alexander at Art at the Ridge. Shem was the 2010 overall winner of the Wadadli Pen art prize.

 

Jeweler's Warehouse was one of the main prize donors in 2010. Here art winner Shem Alexander collects his prize from the Antigua and Barbuda Museum's Michelle Henry.

Jeweler’s Warehouse was one of the main prize donors in 2010. Here art winner Shem Alexander collects his prize from the Antigua and Barbuda Museum’s Michelle Henry.

Art from the 2011 Challenge in which the writers had to write children's stories and the artists had to create illustrations for the top stories. This is one of two by that year's adult art winner Hudle Jennings.

Art from the 2011 Challenge in which the writers had to write children’s stories and the artists had to create illustrations for the top stories. This is one of two by that year’s adult art winner Hudle Jennings.

The challenge in 2013 was to create anansi characters - it was in fact an audition for  a possible assignment for a forthcoming book. Garvin Benjamin had the top art entries. This is his version of Ms. Anansi.

The challenge in 2013 was to create anansi characters – it was in fact an audition for a possible assignment for a forthcoming book. Garvin Benjamin had the top art entries. This is his version of Ms. Anansi.

 

...and the whole anansi brood.

…and the whole anansi brood.

 

Where can this all lead?

 

Down many paths, of course, from creating gallery art to creating book covers. The latter is what we’re approximating with this year’s Challenge – the process by which an artist, in collaboration with author and publishers, comes up with the image that is usually the first introduction of any writer to a book. Think about it, if you’re browsing a book store…name recognition aside…it’s the cover and title that will first catch your eye. Just ask the Antiguan designers of these eye catching covers:

 

cover design by Zavian Archibald

cover design by Zavian Archibald

Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan

Cover design by Heather Doram

Cover design by Heather Doram

 

Edison Liburd

Edison Liburd

 

 

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