Introducing the 2021 ‘Create from the HeART’ contest winners.
Three exceptional student artists share a bit about their life and work.
Meet 8th grade Skanda, from India.
I currently live in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Chennai generally has a tropical climate and has many ancient temples and historical sites.
Even after you think that you may have seen a great deal of the city and after visiting many places, you will still hear about new places and attractions in and around the city. I think that is the most favorite part of living in Chennai. There is always something to look for, explore and something new to see and do here. There are several museums, art galleries, and places of interest for all age groups.
Marundeshwara Temple, closeby to our house
Marina beach, a popular tourist attraction in Chennai
I draw and sketch a lot! This has kept me occupied during the pandemic and helped me to develop my creative side.
Good food and being with friends and family. Well, because they are always there for you and during difficult times, they bring a smile on my face.
Gary the gorilla that makes you laugh
“During these tough times people are finding less and less reasons to smile and laugh something on. And that’s when Gary steps in he uses his tricks and jokes whatever which can make people giggly and lighten people’s mood a bit. And you may always have a superhero with his typical powers. But the real superheroes are the ones who stay there for you and possibly make you laugh a bit! I used to see a lot of circus-themed movies and shows so I kinda got some inspiration from there to use a gorilla as the subject and overall I had fun while making it. 🙂“ Project used: Superheroes
I would love to hear comments and interpretations of people after seeing the picture of Gary rather than me saying something about it. I think it would be fun if we have animal friends like Gary around us and not in the wild or in the zoo.
My artwork, Gary, the Gorilla, is funny and cute and that’s something I am proud of, especially his eyes! and sometimes it amuses me too. Plus, I like the way it finally turned out to be. It is very different from the normal drawings/pictures of animals that I have drawn and seen.
Meet 4th grade Daphne, from California.
I live in California. I like the good weather and being around lots of different types of nature.
I’ve written three novels and I’m working on my fourth.
My cat makes me happy because she likes to snuggle and get pets. I also like to read because it is interesting to hear lots of different stories.
I create my art at home. Art is fun and relaxing, and I like to be creative.
Sneaky Criminal Raccoon
“I made a raccoon who got up onto the roof. Because he’s a sneaky criminal, he made holes in the roof, stole fruit from their trees, half ate some, then splattered it on the side, high up, and hard to reach.” Project used: Anthropomorphic Animals
It was inspired by the raccoons that destroy our lawn looking for grubs.
The raccoon. I like how he looks and his glowing eyes that show he’s out at night.
Meet 4th grade Ella, from Canada.
I live in Beaumont, Alberta, Canada. I love living here because we can take road trips to the Rocky Mountains!
What is one interesting fact about you?
I am a Gender Creative person. My pronouns are she/her. I usually have very cool short hair and I love to wear anything sports, Lego or nature related.
Creating things with art (like crafts) and especially with Lego. It makes me calm and relaxed. I love being able to make something that was only in my imagination become real. Also, my mom.
Pitesila the Superhero
“I made this artwork for the Superheroes project as part of a comic book I created. I made it by blending tons of watercolour paint colours together. In some spots I only used 1 color, waited for it to dry and then added a new color on top. I wanted there to be more female superheroes so I made Pitesila look like a Marvel character. Her superpower is controlling time. You can see there are 2 clocks on each side of her and a time portal behind her. I didn’t want my superhero to look like a pretty princess so I gave her a mohawk and big muscles.” Project used: Superheroes
This is my favorite art project from this year because it reminds me of myself. I’ve always wanted to be a superhero and be able to fly around the world like a bird. I also love seeing a strong female superhero that looks more like me.
Probably the body pose of Pitesila. I was inspired by Spiderman. It turned out better than I thought it would. I don’t usually do art with bodies very well so this really made me proud.
P.S. Attend our Holiday Printmaking Workshop on Sunday, December 19 at 5 pm Eastern! During this workshop, you’ll get to:
- Create your own monoprint using a fun and simple printmaking technique
- See our international contest winners introduce themselves and their artworks
- Discover and consider playing a part in the Doodles Academy mission
This workshop is for all ages–so you can join alone or with children, a partner, family members, or friends.