For Septembers competition, the theme was MASKS. We invited artists worldwide to create and paint a design the frames the eyes and send us your design. This could have been a lace masquerade mask like the one painted above by artist Nikki Shelley, it could also have been a gorgeous colourful mask painted by Leanne Kelly.
In all the years we have been hosting these competition, this was one of our hardest to judge; we looked at each one individually and on its own merit and narrowed down our selection to 15 and finally down to our final 3 and 4 special mentions. So here we are, delighted to announce the winners.
First Place - Natali Kirillova
There is so much to look at with this design from Natali, the symmetry, the brush work and effective use of colour that makes this mask design pop. A truly spectacular design Natali and a worthy winner.
2nd Place - Marcela Bustamente
When this design came in from Marcela, we were blown away by her incredible use of positive and negative space with her brushwork. Then with the smoothly blended colours that frame the eyes, this is a design that is one of our favourites of all time. Congratulations Marcela, a fabulous 2nd place.
Third Place - Gretchen Fleener
Gretchen is a fabulously talented artist, and this design proves that she has a great eye for prospective painting. Look at the keyboard painted on her design, this is a clever example. Congratulations Gretchen a fabulous 3rd place win.
Special Mentions go to the following go to the following artists:
Thank you to all the artists that have entered this competition, we have love receiving all your entries for the mask competition. Keep inspiring artists worldwide.
The first place winner will receive a £30 Illusion Gift Voucher, 2nd place will receive a £20 voucher to spend at Illusion and the 3rd place winner will receive a £15 Illusion Gift Voucher
1 Create a face painting design on a real person, you can paint anything you like, the choice is yours. Design to be painted around the eyes only.
2 Send in your design to email: firstname.lastname@example.org with MASK COMPETITION in the subject line.
3 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.
4 Gems, stencils, lashes and glitter, sequins, glitter discs can be used. (Cosmetic safe). No prosthetics to be used.
5 Open to artists worldwide.
6 Judges decision is final.
7 Images sent to us may be used in future Illusion promotions or website.
See all of the fantastic entries below. Click on any image to enlarge it and scroll through them all!