So, I started the Ed Sheeran Portrait Competition in the hope that I would receive one or two entries to show off to followers of The Art Classroom. I didn’t expect the amount of entries that were actually sent. It was a tough choice to shortlist them down to ten so that Ed could then finally pick the winner, though it had to be done. It was amazing seeing the variations of style and ideas in the entries and the only way I can possibly reward all those that entered is to say ‘thank you very much’. Your efforts did not go unnoticed.
After I’d chosen and published the shortlisted ten, I then tried to get in contact with Ed to pick a winner, though as you might be aware; Ed is a very busy boy. I tried reaching him through Facebook, Twitter, email and even through texting friends of friends and had given up hope of him judging the competition. Though I shouldn’t have been so skeptical, any of you who follow Ed will know that he is an extremely nice chap and would always try his best to help. I had heard in late October that Ed would look through the entries and judge the competition even though it was supposed to be his one night off at home. I was extremely grateful. I’m sure you can imagine that someone with his status now probably receives about one hundred requests a day like this asking for a little piece of his time. Though he took that time and looked closely at the ten shortlisted entries. I received an email from Ed at 11.55am on October 29th stating his winning choice. This is what the email stated:
“Number 7 rED should win x“
Number 7: ‘rED’ belongs to Abby McG from the West of Scotland, congratulations to her. The cds and the signed business card will be finding their way to you. Abby’s winning entry is displayed below. A truly worthy winner.
Comparing Ed’s choice with the open vote, it seems that the readers of The Art Classroom have similar tastes to Ed. They chose No.7 – rED too, giving it over 25% of the votes. Well Done Abby!