This year the theme is "Animalia", and so I thought I'd enter some of my animal drawings. However, they got rejected (pretty quickly). The rejection email said they didn't meet the requirements of the competition. I was a bit confused by this (they seemed to be asking for animal drawings, and that's exactly what they were) so I emailed a question saying that I didn't understand - and that perhaps this was because of the language barrier - I'm obviously a stupid Brit. I got a nice reply (in English) that explained to me that what they were looking for was work a bit more "modern" , and that straightforward drawings of animals would be rejected. In fact she emailed me to a link I'd missed (and it seems i wasn't the only rejected person confused) with a detailed explanation of how they didn't want traditional animal drawings, nor did they want cliché'd drawings of people showing their "animal" nature, but something altogether more modern and interpretive of the theme. Anyway, she gave me another chance to enter (not normally given), which was very kind of her. Given this kindness I thought I ought to enter something, so I reflected and looked at my work, and decided the work I had done that most closely fitted their requirements were my iPad drawings of weird creatures, and so I submitted three.
And here's where it gets amusing. (Phew that was a long wait). They accepted all three of my works....BUT... they STILL didn't meet the requirements of the competition, because they were "digital". Er.. too modern? But they were likely to be accepted properly if I could reproduce them as original artworks on paper (not iPad drawings printed, which i offered - not within the rules) and resubmit them. Which I've done: and here they are:
|Wedding Goat - after Chagall|