Monday, February 11, 2019

No Borders Art Competition 2

I went to The Geek Easy (114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6, Winter Park,Fl) to see what No Borders Art Competition was all about. It is a great concept involving two artists competing head to head with 30 minutes to complete a canvas.

No Borders Art Competition began in April 2015 with two competitions every 3 months. One competition was on a 4ft x 4ft canvas with a 30 minute time limit the other was on a 6ft x 6ft canvas for 1hour. Each artist was  equipped with enough tools to complete their pieces while also challenging their creativeness.

The 6ft x 6ft canvas might was a bit of a challenge for some artists so "The Tournament" was created. It consisted of 8 artists on the 4ft x 4ft canvases that have never competed at our show before. The winners of that show would then compete against the previous 4 winners on the 4ft x 4ft canvases.

The original rules applied:
4 Black markers with different tips
One color marker
4ft x 4ft Smooth White Canvas

Artists were judged on 5 categories:
1. Creativity and Originality
2. Neatness
3. Time Management
4. Use of Color Marker
5. Overall Balance

The Crowd got to pick The Peoples Champ before the judges ruling is announced.

The judges were: Chris Rodriguez, Stazo Oner, and Josue Ortiz. Josue was the person who got me interested in the event.

The host for the night was Ozones own, Madd Illz, The house DJ spinning 90's hip hop was  Cubby (Chris Mendez) and Dean Rod Uno Rodriguez.

The competition was off to a late start. I sketched the stage waiting for the competitors to take the stage. The first competitors were, Nice Darrell and Jessica Butler. Nice's canvas was more complex and dream like, being hard to read from a distance in certain passages. Jessica's canvas was more straight forward with a blue whale. My vote was for her piece which had more appeal. I didn't stay to sketch the other 6 competitors. I  just wanted to get a flavor for the festivities. It is certainly an event I would love to sketch again.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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