How to make your experience rewarding by entering art competitions
Here are nine tips to help you make your local art competition entry a success.
Jurors for Art Competition
Entrants love to try and predict what kind of artwork a juror will accept based on their painting style. This can sometimes work and you get in. However, I have also seen jurors pick from a wide range of subjects and styles, and only a few of them were their own.
Tip #1 – Art Tip #1 – I advise you to enter your best work. It should show skillful use of your paint medium, a well-designed image and creativity. These are the three most important criteria for jurors.
You are demonstrating your talents by entering your best work. The jury will decide what is best for them. You’ll have to accept the limitations Wrinkle Arts of the judging process. One of the worst things that could happen was when I had the same juror for two shows. The juror rejected the painting from the first competition, but gave it an award at the second. I was told a similar story by a nationally recognized artist about a painting he had. It was rejected at one national show, but won Best of Show at another. He didn’t have me as a juror, I’m sure.
Photography Your Art
Tip #2 – Taking a good photo of your art is the second most important thing you can control after painting it. This is what the juror will see to judge your art. It must represent you well.
You should ensure that the picture is in focus and shows colors that are close to your artwork. If you don’t have the skills or desire to hire a professional, learn how to take pictures.
People who take photos of their own artwork may not know that lighting conditions can affect the color of the picture. Your picture will be more orange if you use incandescent light bulbs. This is just like old film cameras. The pictures can become greener if they are lit with fluorescent light. If the sky is cloudy, you can get a blue tint to your photos. Make sure to look carefully before you take them.
Many people make the error of leaving their digital cameras set to Automatic. You need to know how to adjust the White Balance to get the colors in your photos to match your artwork. The White Balance should be reset every time you take a photo in different lighting conditions. For more information on how to reset the White Balance on your camera, consult your manual.
Failure to submit your entry in the correct format and with all the information is another way to lose an entry. Always read the prospectus for any art contest. It is amazing to see how many people fail to follow the instructions. This instantly converts their entry fees into a donation.
Art Tip #3 – Film is disappearing, so I recommend that you learn how to send and prepare digital images.
Many art competitions require that digital entries be submitted. This is because they expect your images to be formatted in a certain way. Your prospectus may specify that your entry must have a black background, and must be at least X pixels square. You don’t have to purchase software like Photoshop Elements or Photoshop Photoshop Elements to format your images. There are also free websites that you can use to do this.
Framing your artwork
You’re accepted to an art contest. You need to make another important decision. How do you plan to structure your work?
Art Tip #4 – The juror often doesn’t choose the award-winning artwork until they have seen the actual work. The jury will consider the entire presentation.
Two reasons are why it is so important to properly matt and frame your art.
Reason 1: A nice piece of artwork is not worth the risk of having it surrounded by a poor-looking or damaged frame.
Your chances of winning an award are even lower if your art is surrounded with gaudy, or otherwise inappropriately colored mats. Be conservative. You can use white or off-white rugs.
Reason 2If an art buyer is interested in purchasing your artwork, they will often want to be able take it home to hang on their walls. She will likely decide that it’s not worth the effort, cost or hassle to reframe your artwork.