Print's Hand Drawn Illustration Competition Finalists, Set #10

Portraits by Maayan Pearl (Brooklyn, NY)

Materials used: Staedtler pen and colored pencils
Artist’s statement:

“Portraits” is a series of 40 drawings done with pen and colored pencils. The series was created in less than 24 hours drawing reference from images selected at random from my archives that year. The characters are formed at times by contour lines filled with flat planes of color or the through intricate webs of line filled with a more contemplative palette. The series is a study in portraiture and an exercise in color relationships.


La Piel Afilada, Un Bestiario De Amantes by Montse Bernal (Brooklyn, NY)

Materials used: Pencil and thread
Artist’s statement:

This illustration was created for a book about different types of lovers.


Rolly (the portrait of my dog) by Hyesun Park (Seoul, Korea)

Materials used: Acrylic on Canson board
Artist’s statement:

Rolly (My dog) was a small Yorkshire Terrier and she had glossy, fine and silky, blonde hair. One afternoon, I imagined: what if her gorgeous hair grew too fast and long without a break?


Untitled by Colin Boury (Portland, OR)

4 thoughts on “Print's Hand Drawn Illustration Competition Finalists, Set #10

  1. Michelle B.

    Actually, and this comment is in response to “Anonymous”… I can attest to the fact that everyone wasn’t a winner. I actually submitted well drawn portraits of dogs done in ink. I worked on the series as a way of depicting a sense of intelligence and emotion in another species and my work wasn’t selected or featured.
    I think the judges selected the work they felt was the best, and I think it is a nice gesture to feature some of the other finalists on the blog. Exposure for the artists and blogging the finalists to generate a sense of community in those who participated is a good thing in my opinion.

  2. Thomas Hudson

    I disagree with the other comments, particularly with regard to Ms. Pearl. Her drawings (and I’d love to see the other 34!) are unique yet cohesive, with a playful use of color and shape. Sort of an Edward Gorey-meets-Technicolor-Cubism.
    And I realize that I’m shouting into an empty room with this one, but would it really be so hard to keep hurtful and negative comments to oneself? It’s only too easy to become a cranky armchair critic of artists who, regardless of public opinion, are working hard and thoughtfully. 

  3. Anonymous

    Why are you bloggng 47 mediocre honorees online if only 11 finalists were selected and published in your magazine? This new competition seem like a scam for money. Artists give you their cash and you publish anything and everything so everyone’s a winner.

  4. Elisabeth Knap

    Nice work but still, I would go back in time and look at the simplicity done by earlier artist.
    The german artist Horst Janssen, is one and his work is great fun in addition to being great work. I cannot see any fun in these works and that I miss.