Shades of Gray 3: Drawing Competition Winners Revealed!

We’re thrilled to present the winning drawings in Drawing magazine’s third annual Shades of Gray competition. This contest challenges artists the world over to create artwork in any drawing media, so long as the works are entirely made up of black, white and gray tones. No color is allowed–not even toned paper.

The grand-prize winner of this year’s competition is German artist Dirk Dzimirsky, for his portrait Mary. Thirteen other drawings were also winners, and you can see them all below.

To learn more about each of these inspiring artworks, check out the spring issue of Drawing (you can order a copy here), and we also encourage you to visit these artists’ websites.

The 4th annual Shades of Gray drawing competition has just opened for entries, so if you’d like your shot at appearing in Drawing magazine, click here to enter. The deadline is September 9.


Grand Prize:

Mary, by Dirk Dzimirsky


2013, graphite with carbon pencil, ink, and white charcoal, 31½ x 23½. Private collection.

First Place:

Curled Bark I, by Csilla Sadloch

curled bark I_lo

2014, graphite, 45 x 45. Collection the artist.


Second Place:

Human Nature, by Thomas Hennessy

2014, charcoal, 23 x 17. Collection the artist


Third Place:

End Game, by Zena Fairweather

2013, graphite, colored pencil and ink, 14 x 9. Collection the artist.


Honorable Mentions:

Jasmine, Spring 2013, by Travis Michael Bailey


2013, charcoal and white chalk on gray paper, 5½ x 7½. Collection the artist.


Laundry Pile II, by Simone Bingemer

Laundry Pile II_lo

2014, pastel, 45¼ x 30¾. Collection the artist.


In Her Eyes, by Dean Buhler

In Her Eyes_lo

2014, pan pastel and charcoal, 20 x 16. Private collection.


Nan’s Grandmother, by Steve Edles


1998, charcoal and white chalk, 11 x 9½. Private collection.


Bird in the Hand, by Virginia Fifield

Bird in the hand_lo

2012, charcoal, 30 x 24. Private collection.


If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On, by Lynne Garlick

If Music Be_lo

2013, charcoal and pastel, 22 x 15. Private collection.


A Ginger, by Timothy Jahn


2014, charcoal, 22 x 18.


Time Traveler, by Robin Kappy

Time Traveler_lo

2014, charcoal, 12 x 9. Collection the artist.


Overkill, by Tim Reynolds


2014, charcoal, 12 x 16. Collection the artist.


Rebeca, by Salvador Zarate


2013, charcoal, 27½ x 15¾. Private collection.

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