I enter contests. A lot. Basically, whenever someone points me to a design contest, I try my hardest to get something into it. I always think of it as a way to at least get my work out there, and maybe find a place for all my doodle skills. So when this Red Vines contest presented itself several years ago, I thought, “AWESOME!” I love their logo.
The contest requirements were to use any single-color medium, and feature the Red Vines logo. I think they also said something about referencing the origins of Red Vines, which they describe as “Deeply rooted in the traditions of the American West.”
So I drew a goofy cowboy dude lassoing with a Red Vines rope!!! Simple, yeah, but I thought the fun would be in the package design, and how it’d look on an actual box. In the world of painting, “single-color” usually means black & white & one color. I mean, the term “monochromatic” even is defined as “a hue modified by the addition of black, gray (black + white) and white.” So…sweet! I got this. Right?
Um. Wrong. The winning pieces were announced online, and while I don’t remember them specifically, I remember with distinction that most of them were done in PENCIL. I mean…PENCIL. None of the ones I saw actually took the package design (including the “window”) into consideration, other than drawing in a long, rectangular area. And not many of them had ANYTHING to do with the history of the gosh-darned American West. Are you KIDDING me?!?!
I must’ve totally misunderstood SOMETHING. Maybe I was too literal. I’m not saying I’m super awesome or anything, but whatever I’m putting out to the world, the world doesn’t always really “get” it. I’m not saying I should win every contest I enter, but dang! Not even an honorable mention?!? I apparently was a little too gracious with my definition of “single-color,” as it most likely referred more to the print industry. My bad. And I suppose I should’ve drawn the furthest thing from a cowboy. …A space alien, maybe?
SIGH! That’s usually my luck, when it comes to contests. Aaaaaaaah, well. Another one down the drain. But that’s okay–I like Twizzlers better, anyway.