|Midsummer bonfire in a painting by Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup|
Throughout Northern Europe, there are local traditions that celebrate midsummer. Some of these practices preserve very old rituals. Your goal with your original piece of visual art is to capture the spirit of both midsummer and Norse mythology. Will you draw elves feasting in the forest under the summer sun? Thor lighting the Midsummer bonfire with lightning? Freya taking her cats to the beach for a picnic? It’s up to you!
I strongly suggest doing some reading and research on midsummer celebrations in Northern Europe before you start working on your artwork. If you need some ideas about Norse mythology, browse the Norse Mythology Blog Archive. Most importantly – be creative!
As soon as I thought of finding judges to help me with this contest, I thought of Judge Dredd – so I asked two of my favorite artists from long-running Dredd comic books in England. I have been a huge fan of the work of both of these brilliant illustrators for many, many years. The three of us will judge the entries together.
|2000 AD's Wulf Sternhammer by Boo Cook|
|Richard Elson art for Marvel's Thor #611|
There will be three winners in each of the following categories:
Kids: Age 12 & under
Teens: Age 13-19
Adults: Age 20 & up
1. Be on the theme of midsummer.
2. Contain at least one element from Norse mythology.
Note: For the purposes of this contest, Marvel Comics characters are NOT considered part of Norse mythology. Any art with imagery from the comic books or movies will not be accepted. Please do some reading and research on celebrations of midsummer and the summer solstice, then base your imagery on what you discover about these holidays and Norse myth!
DESCRIPTION OF PICTURE
You must write a short description of your artwork that explains how it portrays midsummer and what element(s) you have included from Norse mythology.
|Midsummer bonfires in Austria's Kalkkögel Mountains|
2. Original art only (no photography or collage).
3. Art must be kid-friendly (no nudity, no violence).
4. No copyrighted characters. Let’s leave the Marvel Comics to professionals like Boo and Richard!
5. One entry per person, please.
HOW TO ENTER
1. Click on the “Ask a Norse Mythologist” tab at The Norse Mythology Blog.
2. Follow the instructions under “ART CONTEST – Midsummer 2013.”
Midnight of June 14, 2013
|Winners will be featured on all|
websites of Norse Myth Online
The three winners in each age group will be featured at The Norse Mythology Blog, The Norse Mythology Facebook Page, The Norse Mythology Google+ Page and The Norse Mythology Twitter Page. Your art and your description of it will be posted on all the many sites of Norse Mythology Online and will remain permanently in the Norse Mythology Blog Archive.
June 19: Kids winners announced
June 20: Teens winners announced
June 21: Adults winners announced
It’s time to sharpen your pencil and start drawing. Good luck!