I’m really pleased to post the winners of Whitburn Academy’s S1 Art Challenge! In May I spoke to all the first year pupils about The Blackhope Enigma after they had read the first four chapters in class. I was asked to set them an art challenge that day and I proposed an illustration inspired by the book. I was invited back in June to see the work in progress and when all the images were done, I helped choose the winner and three runners-up.

It was hard to choose one but I really liked the bird’s eye perspective on this one, as well as the cool texture on the raven’s feathers, so ‘Anonymous’ (a bit shy) is the winner.


I also really liked the colours, patterns and purplish organic thorns in Alexandra’s illustration.runnerup1

Lily’s sunset painting is really atmospheric with its use of silhouettes!


And Eildh’s ominous stained glass window illustration with silhouette works well too.


All the pupils won art supplies and I really hope they have a creative summer of art-making! Thanks to Whitburn Academy pupils, teachers and librarians for hosting me.