Over on the Chad Frye • Illustration Guy Fan Page on Facebook, I’ve been running a photo contest for the past month. The instructions were simple – take a photo of yourself with a book, card, poster, piece of art, or even a print-out of something of mine. Be as creative as possible. Photos came in from all over the United States taken anywhere between Hawaii all the way to Ireland! It was really terrific.
All the photos were due this past Monday, and then the real contest began to see how many votes the photos would get from the fellow fans in order to choose a winner. Voting has been fierce this week. The voting started with about five photos being neck in neck, then three of them surged forward with more votes. A quick check to discover that those three photographers were doing some pretty good campaigning for their photos – not at all against the rules.
Then, in just the past day, two pics pulled away on their quest to be first at the finish line. The race has been very exciting with votes coming in from all over the country. First it was one out in front, then the other. The tension was edge-of-your-seat thrilling!
And then pulling away with just 3 extra votes for a grand total of 36 is our winner, Heather Lynn Lewis Schaub of South Carolina. Heather’s was certainly the most bizarre entry. She managed to acquire a print of a “magic toenail” I drew for a mutual friend who had recently lost a toenail due to long distance running. So Heather got her family together in front of the SC State Capitol Building and took this shot of their feet with the little purple toenail drawing.
So, what does Heather win for all her trouble? She wins the original gorilla drawing titled The Wingman featured here on the blog in a recent “Drawn & Quoted” column. That’s right, she won an original piece of art! Not too shabby for humiliating her family out in public.