This June, we challenged our phenomenal fine art members to a contest: Transform the ubiquitous smartphone selfie into gallery-worthy fine art. And, my did you all ever rise to the challenge! The #MyCraftsySelfie Portrait Contest filled the project pages with stunning drawn, painted and pieced self-portraits. While some entries made us smile and others made us stop and think, all the entries shared one commonality — reminding us that this artistic community is capable of such incredible and creative things!
With all the phenomenal entries, choosing a winner was no easy task. However, one portrait seemed to embody all we could hope for when beginning this contest. Ready for the reveal?
The Winner for the 2014 #MyCraftsySelfie Contest
This self-portrait from Craftsy member tomlepora was a standout piece.
Here's what the artist had to say about the inspiration for his winning self-portrait: "I sat wondering what to do, feeling the pressures of life and thinking of ways to get out of this horrible mess. In front of me, I had a pen, paper and my reflection."
Utilizing both the physical and emotional, he was able to translate the complexity of personal reflection in a stunning pen & ink drawing. We applaud your openness and boldness in creating a self-portrait that shares more with the viewer than your outward appearance.
Way to go, tomlepora! We'll be reaching out to you soon regarding your prize: a $50 Dick Blick gift card and a FREE Craftsy class!
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Via Craftsy member Antsa V. Ranarivelo
Feeling inspired? Curate your own gallery of beautiful art with our FREE July 2014 wallpaper calendars for your tablets and desktops! With three downloadable versions from amazing artists like Matt Rosa and Shadra Strickland, you can choose your favorite work to get your creative juices flowing each and every time you power up your computer or tablet!