Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Nominate the Best Art (Portrait/Figures) on an Art Blog in 2011

You are invited to NOMINATE an artwork on an art blog for
The Making a Mark Prize for Best Picture - Portrait / Figures 2011
This prize aims to celebrate and highlight excellence 
in portraiture and/or artwork predominantly involving figures 

Today the nominations open for the Making A Mark awards - starting with a call for entries for The Making a Mark Prize for Best Picture - Portrait / Figures 2011

This post covers:
  • eligibility of the artist 
  • eligibility of the artwork
  • who can nominate
  • how to nominate

SHORTLISTED IN 2010
by Antti Rautiola (Antti Rautiola)
100 x 70cm, 2010 
Previous winners of this award include:
Will it be another female artist who wins in 2011?

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Eligibility

Tell us all whose artwork involving portraiture or figures you appreciated in 2011.

Eligible artwork (drawings / paintings / prints):
  • 2D artwork is eligible - artwork can be a painting (in any media) or a drawing (in any media) or a fine art print (using any method)
  • artwork must have been completed in 2011 and appeared on on an art or illustrated blog in 2011 and prior to 5th December 2011
  • Work is NOT eligible if it appears to be be one or more of the following:
    • was not completed in 2011
    • has not appeared on an art blog in 2011
    • over-reliant on a photograph not taken by the artist
    • subjected to lots of digital manipulation/tweaks (over and above that needed to make it read 'true' on screen)
    • a photograph
  • For the artwork to be shortlisted, the nominated artist must agree in writing to their work being displayed on this blog as part of the shortlist (you can seek their agreement after the nomination)
Please be careful to check the date of the artwork and when it was posted to ensure eligibility.

Eligible artists
  • In 2011, any artist creating portraits or artwork predominantly involving figures - real or imaginary - and posting their work to their personal art or illustrated blog can be nominated.
  • An artist who has not won this prize in the last three years (ie 2008-2010) - as listed at the top of this post
  • Only artists with independent art blogs operating in 2011 are eligible. (The awards exclude all corporate blogs and/or paid blogging.)
  • An artist can be nominated more than once - by different people - for different works
  • An artist can be nominated more than once - by different people - for the same work
  • No canvassing is allowed 
    • Artists can announce the awards on their blog and/or the fact they have been nominated 
    • Artists can reference on their art blog only
      • the fact they have been shortlisted and 
      • the post on this blog where the vote is taking place .
    • Neither the artist nor the person nominating can canvas for votes - canvassing will result in disqualification.  (Canvassing = repeated mentions and/or touting for votes on other sites)
Who can nominate
  • An artist can nominate their own work 
  • Nominations are only accepted from people with an art blog.  In order to nominate you must have an art or illustrated blog and be capable of being identified by me.
    • Anonymous nominations are not permitted.  (This is purely to stop spammers as I link to the blogs of all those who have nominated in a later post summarising the nominations!)
  • All nominations must be in English
How to Nominate

To nominate - just COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST providing all the necessary details (see below) BEFORE 24th December 2011.  Nominations received will be posted on 24th December.

Your nominations MUST identify:
  • the title of the piece
  • the name of the artist,
  • the size and medium (if possible)
  • the name and URL of the blog (eg The Art Blog - http://artblog.blogspot.com)
  • the date, title and URL of the blog post in which the artwork appears (please provide a link)
  • SAY WHY YOU LIKE THE WORK - this bit is really important so please do the best you can. Remember that nominations are open and transparent and that it's good to share a genuine tribute to a piece of work you like
  • You need to ask the artist if their work can be posted on my blog - and let me know what the answer is.  This can happen after the nomination and BEFORE 24th December.
  • An artist can nominate their own work.
What happens next

  • Nominations close just after midnight on 23rd December 2011
  • On 24th December, a list of all nominations is posted - including a link to the person who nominated 
  • I will then select a shortlist of three works from the nominations 
  • The shortlist and the invite to vote for your favourite artwork for The Making a Mark Prize for Best Artwork - Portrait / Figures 2011 will be posted on 26th December 2011
  • This winner of the category prize is also eligible for the overall Making A Mark Prize for The Best Picture on an Art Blog in 2011.
  • The winners will be announced on this blog on 30th December 2011
  • Read Making A Mark: End of Year Review 2011 and consult the links below (to be posted) to find out more about the other Making A Mark Awards.
Please also NOMINATE for other MAKING A MARK AWARDS 
calls for entry will be posted this week and next

Invites to nominate for the remaining different categories associated with the Best Picture Award are listed below. The order of call for entries for the remaining nominations is as follows:
  • 8th December - Best Landscape
  • 9th December - Best Still Life
  • 10th December - Best Nature (botanical, natural history or wildlife) 
  • Nominations for the other awards will follow in the week commencing 12th December 
    • Making A Mark Nominations: Generating Art - 12th December
      • The Painting a Day Stickability Shield 
      • The Best Art Blog Project Virtual Challenge Cup
      • NEW IN 2011 - The Best Art Society Blog
    • Making A Mark Nominations: Getting Out of the Studio - 13th December
      • The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize 
      • The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy 
      • The Going Greener Gong
    • Making A Mark Nominations: Learning about Art & the Art Business - 14th December 
      • The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal 
      • The Make Me Think Gong 
      • The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon
    • Making A Mark Nominations: The Home Front - 15th December 
      • “The Moose” - the award for the best animal in an illustrated blog
      • The “Tales from the Frontline” Amusing Musings Trophy
      • The Most Gorgeous Mouthwatering (MGM) Studio of the Year
Links - Making A Mark Awards 2011