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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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Jamika Nedd (Third Placed, Art, Junior)

The 2013 Wadadli Pen art challenge was Barbara Arrindell’s idea. Barbara is owner/manager of long time Wadadli Pen partner, the Best of Books and also an author of illustrated books. She had a notion that she might find her next drawing partner (the person to help her re-imagine that iconic Caribbean literary character, Anansi) through the Challenge. They were to draw Mrs. Anansi a as a modern Caribbean woman and two other scenes: Mrs Anansi cussing while Anansi looks sheepish, a family portrait with three children, Anansi driving a sports car, the Anansi home – ’round South, or the Anansi children flying kites. She’ll probably need to keep looking – most of the entries were from children who need a little time yet to develop their technical skills. The best of them though were selected for encouragement.

They include third placed junior winner, Jamika Nedd. Jamika is a nine year old student at St. John’s Catholic Primary where her teacher describes her as a very hard working student who is constantly writing and sketching. For her efforts in the art challenge Jamika receives gifts from Art at the Ridge, the Best of Books, and Arrindell herself. These are her drawings:

Art Set D 1 Art Set D 2 Art Set D 3

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Wadadli Pen Art Competition

We’ve had art comps as a part of the Wadadli Pen Challenge off and on over the years. Well, this year, it’s on! It’s partner Barbara Arrindell, manager of the Best of Books’ baby. In December 2012, Arrindell released her second book and as she plans future books featuring the beloved Anansi character, or accurately, Mrs. Anansi, she wants to piggyback Wadadli Pen to unearth a possible art collaborator. Wadadli pen age and country restrictions still apply; and as before submissions will have to be scanned and submitted to wadadlipen@yahoo.com with the appropriate subject line and other identifying information per usual terms and guidelines. Here, though, are Barbara’s terms and guidelines specific to the art challenge:

Artists taking part in the competition will be required to provide three sketches from a list of six scenarios detailed below. Of these, the only compulsory sketch will be the one labelled #6. Two others labeled sketches will also have to be submitted. Here are the options:

#1 – An angry Mrs. Anansi cussing her husband who is standing by looking rather sheepish.

#2 – A family portrait of the Anansi Clan. They have 3 children. The eldest is a girl – The other two are boys. You depict them at any age you see appropriate.

#3 – Mrs. Anansi driving either a sports car – top down or an SUV – show scenery also … perhaps potholes in the road or fence at the side of the road.

#4 – The Anansi’s home. A typical, well kept, brightly coloured wooden house with a veranda in the “Round-South area”

#5 – The Anansi children flying a kite in an open field.

#6 -Mrs. Anansi described as a forgetful, mature female spider who claims to be the wife of Brer Anansi; she is dressed in bright Caribbean colours, sporting high heeled shoes on 4 of her feet and dread locks tied neatly on her head.

Registration forms and scenario outlines can be collected from The Best of Books on St. Mary’s Street.

The artwork submitted for this challenge remains the property of the artists unless or until a subsequent agreement is made.

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