After the Oxford Dictionary declared "selfie" the Word of the Year in 2013 it has been hard to escape the trend. Selfies were born from the rising popularity of smartphones and text messaging, allowing anyone to quickly snap and send a self-taken photo of themselves with the push of a couple of buttons. And, it seems everyone, from ages 9 to 90, is having a blast taking and sharing these images.
Now it's time to take selfies to the next level using our hands and creativity: Let's do selfies "fine art-style," by creating captivating self-portraits, full of the intrigue and depth of human emotion often lost in a camera phone photo.
Announcing Craftsy's 2014 #MyCraftsySelfie Self-Portrait Contest!
How to enter:
Create your own self-portrait masterpiece and upload it to your project page with the title "#MyCraftsySelfie." A panel of Craftsy's fine art experts will select their favorite works to be featured on the Craftsy blog, including one lucky 1st place winner, who will be awarded a $50 gift card for Dick Blick Fine Art Materials, plus a free Craftsy fine art class of their choice.
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What types of works can I submit?
Create your work using whatever medium you prefer: acrylic, watercolor, graphite... the choice is up to you! We only request that your selfie be a handmade work of art, not a photo.
1st Place Prize: The winner will be awarded a Dick Blick gift card valued at $50, PLUS a free Craftsy fine art of their choice!
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:
- STEP 1: Click the Submit Project button below.
- STEP 2: Log in to your Craftsy account (or create an account — it's free and easy!)
- STEP 3: Select the "Fine Art" category for your project.
- STEP 4: Title your project "#MyCraftsySelfie" (IMPORTANT: PLEASE BE SURE TO PUT "#MyCraftsySelfie" IN THE TITLE OF YOUR PROJECT. Then, we will know the project is a contest submission!)
- STEP 5: Optional: If your portrait was inspired by a Craftsy class, then select that class. If not, skip this step!
- STEP 6: Add a bit of info about the project.
- STEP 7: Upload your project photo (or photos). And, you're done!
- SUBMISSIONS DUE: By 11:59 MT on June 30, 2014.
Submit an image of your completed self-portrait by 11:59 MT on June 30. 2014. We will announce the winner on the Craftsy blog on Wednesday, July 2. Best of luck!
Looking for some #MyCraftsySelfie inspiration before getting started? Check out these amazing self-portraits by artists from the Craftsy community!
Oil painting via Craftsy member LindenH
Charcoal painting via Craftsy member nic mccrave
Acrylic painting via Craftsy member Kreative Kandy
Mixed media drawing via Craftsy member Dickie Hudon
Oil painting via Craftsy member blue_ela
Graphite drawing via Craftsy member Geraldine Bilbrough
Showcase your best #MyCraftsySelfie and enter the #MyCraftsySelfie Self-Portrait Contest today!