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An Illustration of Earthsea: A Contest for Artists and Illustrators



The contest is open to anyone who has a library card with the Pioneer Library System.

To be eligible for a card, you must live, work, attend school, or own property in Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie County in Oklahoma. You are also eligible for a card with the Pioneer Library System if you qualify for a card with the Metropolitan Library System.

To apply for a library card, visit a library of the Pioneer Library System or fill out the online application to apply for a library card.

The contest will be conducted under the auspices of the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

The contest is divided into three categories (age categories are based on age at time of submission):

Student ages 8-18;
Adult ages 19 and older;
Employees of the Pioneer Library System

Works produced through participation in a library-sponsored The Big Read workshop or class are eligible for submission in the contest.

Professional artists and illustrators are encouraged to enter the contest.

Digital images of the contest entries become the property of the Pioneer Library System and may be used in promotion and advertising of The Big Read: A Wizard of Earthsea and related activities. Artists maintain ownership and rights to the original artwork. Artists selected for inclusion in The Big Read Art Show agree to loan the original pieces for display.

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Quick Start to Fantasy Art

If you’d like to try your hand at fantasy art and aren’t sure where to start, why not try the library’s collection?  We have many books that can teach you to create art – everything from watercolor painting to amigurumi (Japanese-style little crocheted stuffed animals) to iPad art techniques!   

Watercolor PaintingWatercolor Painting: a Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium by Tom Hoffman
ANF 751.422 HO

Hoffman not only gives lessons on techniques, but tries to leave readers with the skills to continue to improve their work. He offers insight about general painting techniques such as composition and choosing the right subject, as well as instruction on watercolor-specific techniques. 


Amigurumi WorldAmigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli
ANF 746.434 RI

Here are over twenty cute and quirky designs you can use and customize, as well as insight into how to make your own creations.  There's everything from an octopus family to an apple with a worm in it!  As a bonus: once you learn the techniques here, the internet is full of examples of figures to try.  

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