1st Place – Drawing
Title of Art Piece: West 7th Avenue
Category: Drawing – 2023
Student/Artist’s Name: Claire O’Leary
School: West Anchorage High School
Grade: 12th
Artist Statement: This piece was the first time that I had worked in charcoal in multiple years, and it’s the only piece without color in my senior IB exhibition. I used a fisheye lens on my phone which distorted the stairs. I thought the piece looked more dramatic in black and white, and I found it was easier to work with the perspective when I wasn’t worried about the color. I combined pen with charcoal because I wanted to add some hatching techniques to create more interest throughout the piece. Some of the pen was used to block out the solidly black areas, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the charcoal smudging.
Artwork Dimensions: 21 inches high x 21 inches wide

Original Image: