Since the 15th Century and the Renaissance Period, pastel sticks have been manufactured and used as a way of creating artworks. Fast forward 600 years and pastels are as popular as ever, especially for portraits! For our latest competition we would like to see your portraits captured in pastel. Entries can feature animals and/or people, from a sketched self portrait to a highly detailed portrayal of a bumblebee – we’d love to see them all.
Winners of our Pastel Portrait Competition from 2015
First Prize (selected by Jackson’s Judging Panel)
The overall winner will receive a Unison Soft Pastel Set of 72 Portraits in a Black Presentation Box worth £172!
Unison Pastels are made in Northumberland and contain only pure pigments in a cycle of related hues, instead of adding white or black to the colours. The result is intense, vibrant colour not muddied by the blending of colours. Unison’s pastels contain very little binder, making them truly soft and smooth. They are mixed to meticulous recipes and are based on traditional pigments such as cadmiums, cobalts and natural and synthetic earths.
People’s Choice Award
An additional three entries will be chosen by the public to win our People’s Choice Award. The top three entries with the most votes will each receive two sets of 14 Jackson’s Handmade Pastels of their choice.
Jackson’s Soft Pastels are handmade, giving them an incredible softness and a smooth ‘buttery’ consistency. Jackson’s hand-rolled pastels are formed with the lightest of touches, so as not to over compress the pastel ingredients. This gentle manufacturing process creates pastels that deposit brighter and more saturated hues.
The public vote will open once the shortlist has been announced on 26th August and will run until 1st September.
Artworks for this competition must be submitted by the artist who created it. The competition is open to all artists of any age. It is free to enter. Pastel must be the dominant media- soft pastel, hard pastel, pastel pencils. Artwork must feature a portrait. One entry per person. Please make sure the image you submit does not have a copyright sign or stamp on it. Please make sure the image does not include the frame. Your image should be a .jpg at least 800 pixels wide.
- Entries are accepted from the 11th – 25th August 2016.
- The shortlisted candidates will be announced on the 26th August 2016.
- The public vote begins on 26th August and closes on the 1st September 2016.
- Winners will be announced on the 2nd September 2016.