Strokes of Genius

CLOSED-Strokes 9 opens in November

Winning art will be featured in North Light Books’ hardbound showcase of the best in contemporary drawing. From quick contour sketches to carefully rendered drawings with a full range of values, North Light Books will showcase the best of the best in a variety of styles and subjects.

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Prizes

All winners will appear in the eighth edition of Strokes of Genius .

In drawing, the diverse range of available drawing materials, coupled with techniques as varied as artists themselves, adds up to almost endless possibilities for textural elements. These include replicating natural or man-made textures, creating imagined textures or trying to interpret emotions in a way that includes texture. All of these and more are valid interpretations of our theme Expressive Texture.

Some words that can define texture are surface quality, feel, grain, character, finish,weave, personality, nature, makeup and appearance. We will be looking for excellence and originality, as well as a variety of styles and subjects. If selected, you will be asked to write about texture in your drawing: how you created it, what it represents to you, how it works with your overall composition, or the like. Artwork can be in any dry medium that would be traditionally considered drawing. This includes—but is not necessarily limited to—pencil, charcoal, Conté crayon, pen and ink, scratchboard, silverpoint, colored pencil, pastel and even some wet paint mediums if used in a linear or sketchy manner. Final judgment on whether a work of art fits into the “drawing” category will be determined by the editors.

How to Enter

  • You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.
  • Image requirements for entries: JPG files (Please try to keep the file size under 5 MB to ensure proper uploading). The viewing screen & thumbnail which you will see during the entry process is for general reference only and does not reflect the image quality that will be viewed by jurors. The file that you attach is exactly as it will appear to the jurors.
  • All entrants should be prepared to be able to send a hi-resolution print-quality replacement file should their entry be among those selected as a winner. For publication these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (2400×3600 pixels), ideally, and 5×7 inches (1500×2100 pixels) at minimum. Winners will be asked to provide specific written information about their selected piece(s). This written information, in order to be accepted, will have to be provided electronically via e-mail. Winners will also be required to submit a high-resolution TIFF or JPG file (CMYK format/300dpi) for the work(s) to be published.
  • The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world. All works must be original. Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible. Employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company, and their immediate families, are not eligible. North Light reserves the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet above criteria.
  • Due to SEC restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, or North Korea.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.


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