Pencil is mightiest

Drawing wins best of show in annual student art contest

Drawing wins best of show in annual student art contest

October 16, 2005|By KRISTIN WILSON

Katlin Rogerson talks about drawing as she might talk about a lifelong friend - her art is an extension of herself, something that has grown with her.

Picking up a pencil and sketching comes naturally to her and is one of Katlin's favorite pastimes. She spent her high school years taking art classes and now, as a freshmen at Hagerstown Community College, she continues to draw and sketch whenever inspiration strikes her.

With all of that practice, Katlin earned The Herald-Mail's student art contest best of show award for her untitled pencil and colored pencil drawing of a wavy-haired woman with her hands to her face. Green eye shadow, nail polish and emerald eyes made the gray tone picture pop.


"It was one of the last (drawings) that I did before I graduated," says Katlin, 17, a 2005 Boonsboro High School graduate.

She completed the work in May 2005 and her high school art teacher Todd Geiman hung the drawing at Valley Mall art shows and at an exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.

Katlin spent about two days working on the drawing. She sketched the woman from an article in a fashion magazine.

"They were trying to tell you about the green makeup" in the article, Katlin says. "So I thought it would be interesting to have the main focal point be the green eyes, the green nails and makeup."

Herald-Mail contest judges agreed that Katlin's use of color made her work stand out.

"Technically it is a really good drawing," says Chad Trovinger, a Herald-Mail graphic artist and graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. "The color added to it."

Angela Sease, a Herald-Mail artist, says she picked two of Katlin's drawings as finalists. "She's very talented," Sease says. "The green just made it jump up. Faces are very hard to draw."

Three other Tri-State area teens received awards for their artwork as part of the contest.

Rosemary Ivosevich, 17, of Washington County Technical High School, won best drawing for her pigment pen work "Crow and Carcass." Ehrin Kelly, 17, of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, won in the mixed media category for an untitled pastel-and-paint work, and Dorothy Groesbeck, 18, a Hagerstown Community College student, won in the best painting division.

Dorothy's "Red Ribbon" is an acrylic painting of an elegant woman standing between two elephants. The painting is inspired by Richard Avedon's famous black-and-white photograph "Dovima with Elephants."

"The ribbon was so striking that I wanted to make this a monochromatic painting and have the ribbon the first thing that you see," Dorothy says. Like Katlin, Dorothy completed this painting in her senior year of high school at North Hagers-town High School.

Trovinger says he liked "Red Ribbon" the best for overall style.

"It was my favorite," he says. "The subject matter was different. A little more refined work on that and I'd hang it up in my house."

The mixed media winner is an untitled work depicting an abstract totem pole image, says the work's author, Ehrin. She painted on illustration board with acrylic paints to make up the background. On top of the paint she drew with pastels.

"It's got a real freshness to it," says Ehrin's art teacher, David Martin. The bright colors "make it fun to look at," he says.

Ehrin is hoping to go to college to study fashion design and merchandising. She especially likes designing accessories and has a whole sketchbook just of fashion sketches.

Rosemary's "Crow and Carcass" is a detailed drawing of a crow standing with wings spread over a carcass. The work depicts the nature of life and death, she says. However, she adds, "a picture doesn't have to be constrained by the meaning of the artist."

The Herald-Mail received 66 student art entries for the 2005 competition. Entrants ranged from middle school to young college students and they submitted paintings, drawings and three-dimensional works. Participants had to between 13 and 18 years old. Judges say they were impressed with the quality of art that was submitted to the contest.

Many of the young artists who participated in the contest say that art is as important to them as any other subject.

Rosemary hopes to attend an art college after high school and study fashion and graphic design.

Katlin and Dorothy are pursuing degrees in art-related fields to develop a career in the arts.

Katlin is studying to become an art teacher, largely because of the inspiration of her high school art teacher.

"Mr. Geiman taught me a lot and I thought I would love to do the same" for others, she says. "Every time I thought my artwork was good he'd help me find something to fix and make it better."

Dorothy is studying graphic design technology at Hagers-town Community College. She'd like to get into graphic design work for magazines.

The best advice Dorothy can give when it comes to art is to "keep trying," she says. "Whatever skill level you are at, just keep practicing and practicing."

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