Happy New Year everyone! We are thrilled to be launching our brand new face painting competition and the first of 2015!
In 2014, we ran 12 face painting competitions and received 1782 entries! thank you so much to all of you amazing artists who joined in to make these competitions really special.
The theme for our new challenge is Cities of the world. We would like to see designs that represent the city that you live in or love to visit in a face painted design. It could depict landmarks, culture, the people, something that tells the story of a particular city. You can use face painting stencils, glitter, gems but no prosthetics please. Entries only accepted if not previously submitted on other online competition sites.
To enter please email your design to email@example.com with city competition in the subject line, please include your name and also the name of the city represented in the design. The competition will close on 25th January at midnight UK time.
From guest judge, Paul Merchant:"It's always a complete honor to judge these competitions, the standard of work submitted is incredible, which makes my job really difficult! I studied every paint objectively, then just tried to choose the ones I liked the look of, I went round in circles and the decisions changed many times. You all deserve a mention, but then you've all been featured on the Illusion website which is credit in itself. In the end as am artist myself, I simply chose the paints that I loved and inspired me. Three completely different paint styles all with their own unique qualities."
FIRST PLACE - Anna Czajak (Northern Ireland)
"For me personally this one just stood out. I think the reflections in the water are executed just beautifully. The design layout on the face is interesting and I love the use of the UV colours. Sometimes with art it's hard to describe exactly what you like about a piece. Sometimes you just get a feeling from something, I love the mood."
SECOND PLACE - Laura Gardner (London)
"I love this design, it's quite mesmerizing. Beautiful use of colour and the silhouette works really well. I really likes how the design flows, it gives the design real depth."
THIRD PLACE - Jennifer Sweeney (New York)
"I love how simple the concept of the design is, for me it works perfectly and leaves no question as to which city it represents. The use of highlight and contour on the statue has been painted really well, great job! "
Special mentions go to the following artists:
Maria Chernysheva Alla Bechler Yasmina Jacinto
Thank you to Paul Merchant of Kyrolan for being our guest judge.
We have some fabulous prizes to giveaway and this will also include the Winter issue of Illusion Magazine.
* Terms & conditions *
· Face painting designs only, must be painted on a real person
· Open to face painters from all around the world
· One design per artist, send only one single image. Compilation images will not be accepted. Images with watermarks will not be added to the competition
· Judges decision is final. Competition closes on 25th January 2015
· Images sent to us may be used in future Illusion Magazine promotions or website
See all of the fantastic face painting entries below! Click on any image to enlarge it and scroll through them all!