Huge thanks to all of those who wrote in to vote as well. The participation and enthusiasm was such fun, and it was even more fun to see all of the artists get at least a few votes for their efforts. But in the end, three images rose above the rest and became this year's winners. And those three images were . . .
DAME IMRALDERA'S LIBRARY
Artist: Hannah Rogers
You have won one autographed Goldstone Wood novel of your choice! Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let me know which novel you would like and the mailing address to which it should be sent.
And now . . .
UNA AND MONSTER
Artist: Christa Wilson
Congratulations, Christa! This is a peerless depiction of Una in all her youth, sweetness, and naivete, enjoying a cuddle with her not-too-terribly reluctant pet/guardian! Monster looks quite pleased with himself (this is how he DESERVES to be appreciated, after all), and I just adore how perfectly fluffy he is. All the details make this image so lovely--Una's ring, the wildflowers in her hair . . . even Monster's little white muzzle (which looks exactly like my own dear Monster's muzzle with the white "slip" on one side! Don't think I didn't notice). You could not have drawn a more perfect portrait of these two characters.
And finally . . . .
SUNAN CHALLENGES RISAFETH
Artist: Hannah Williams
Medium: Colored Pencil on Black Paper
Congratulations, Hannah! A well-deserved win indeed! Could there possibly be a more epic, more energized, more terrifying and simultaneously beautiful illustration? I think not! I am as breath-taken by this image now as I was the first time I saw it. Your striking use of high contrast, the out-of-this world perspective created by the driving rain, the roiling action of the water, and the characters . . . all comes together into an image that truly merits that shiny gold medal.
Hold your horses! We're not through yet . . .
Because there were so many fine pieces sent in, I am also taking the liberty of naming the three runners-up for this year's contest.
DREAMS OF REALITY
Artist: Courtney D.
THE CHRONICLER'S RELUCTANCE
Artist: T. Gemmell
Medium: Watercolour Pencil
THE FUNNY PAGES FROM DAME IMRALDERA'S RECORDS
Artist: Heather McDermott
Medium: Digital Art
Congratulations Courtney, T. Gemmell, and Heather! Your art was well-loved and appreciated by all the voters. You email me (email@example.com) to claim your runners-up prize . . . a collection of Goldstone Wood bookmarks!
There you have it, dear Imps and readers all. The 2015 Fan Art Contest is at an end. But we'll be back next year with a whole new gallery of work for you to enjoy!
And don't worry: We have more contests coming up for this year as well. Be on the lookout for the official announcement of the 2nd Annual Goldstone Wood Music Contest to be held early this summer. And later this summer we'll be enjoying the 2015 Fan Fiction Contest, which is always a real treat. Let's not forget that 2015 will also be the year of the first ever Goldstone Wood Costume Contest, coming in October. So be thinking ahead for all of those contests. The next winner could be you!
Take a moment to congratulate all of this year's winners. Big thanks again to all of the participants whose beautiful work made this contest such a success.