Her pencil-and-ink illustration of a smiling cartoon heart was named “artist’s choice” by contest judges.
This is the third year in a row a West High student has placed in the art contest. Tessera received her award Tuesday, Nov. 5, at West High.
“I wanted to do something different, kept it a heart but added lighter colors and the ribbon, just tried to keep it from looking too realistic,” Tessera said. “I kind of like to give my own twist to things.”
The annual art competition was open to high school student in central and northern California and northern Nevada. The first-prize design is used as the artwork for a holiday card promoting organ and tissue donation.
Tessera’s award came with a $100 gift card and a tote bag presented by Ayanna Anderson, a community development liaison worker from the California Transplant Donor Network.
Tessera said it took her about a week to come up with the design and create it using colored pencils and Micron pens. She used acrylic paint on the eyes.
Entries were judged by a muralist, a mosaic designer, a graphic designer and a photographer.
West High art teacher Joy Cornish-Bowden said she was proud of Tessera’s work and the recognition for the third year in a row for West High’s art department.
“We have so much artistic talent at West High,” Cornish-Bowden said. “The students have learned to express themselves in a very powerful and poignant way.”
Although only the overall winner appears on the holiday greeting card, Cornish-Bowden said she thought the retro-cartoon look of Tessera’s entry had potential as a logo for shirts or hats.
“It is wonderful. It’s in Madison’s style — a very strong, illustrative and highly detailed with a comical or disturbing element,” Cornish-Bowden said. “She puts a lot of effort into her work.”
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