Artists Magazine

Recipe for Success

Every year, Artists Magazine invites developing artists—age 16 and up—to enter the Student Division of the Annual Art Competition. This year’s winners not only demonstrate proficiency in such fundamentals as design and draftsmanship, but they also show a willingness to explore complex subjects—from the beauty of the natural world to themes of grief and death. We’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on these emerging talents who have all the makings to become the art masters of tomorrow.

Student Winners | ANIMAL/WILDLIFE

First Place

JONATHAN NOON

Scottsdale, Arizona

Harmony graphite on paper, 24x18

Harmony was inspired by my cousin’s Sphynx cats—hairless animals known for their trademark wrinkles. I was drawn to the reference image of the brother and sister cats as they slept in an already perfectly balanced composition. I also immediately recognized the challenge of representing all those incredible wrinkles!

Second Place

DONNA MARKER

Chehalis, Washington

Bennie’s Yawn water-based oil on canvas, 11x14

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