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Maria's Advice for our Art Competition

We hope you are working on your entries for our White Petals competition.  Details here.  
 
Maria Grace, the author of the novel, a teacher and one of the judges, has put together some advice on making your artwork as effective as possible: 
 
1) KNOW YOUR SUBJECT.
Get to know the book synopsis, the author biog, the opening chapter. Know your subject and make it your focus material to give yourself the best chance of creating the best artwork for your submission!
 
2) BE INNOVATIVE.
We're not looking for perfect artists. We want creative innovators who think for themselves and are able to come up with their own unique interpretations of the reading material that they have for the competition.
 
3) BE BOLD! 
Don't be afraid to be different. The novel's protagonist, Emmeline, is very different from her friends. She has different skills and talents to most other people, but that's what makes her so great! Follow in Emmeline's footsteps and embrace your own originality. Be bold with your art!
 
4) BE CLEAR.
Be clear and concise with your submissions. Make sure you know what your illustration represents, and why you've decided to submit that particular illustration. If you don't know what your artwork symbolises, the judges won't know either!
 
5) The Three P's!
PLAN.
PRACTICE 
PRESENT.
 
Plan: Look at the specs of the illustration requirement, and make sure your illustrations fit the requirements. Know your subject and the reading material. Know the closing date for submissions. 
 
Practice: Practice Makes Perfect! Keep practicing your illustrations until you think they are at the best standard that you can achieve before you submit. 
 
Present: Present your illustrations clearly, in black and white, to the correct size requirement, and in a way that will grab the attention of the judges.