I’m sharing some recurring judges comments from Regional Scholastic Art Awards adjudication. If you missed the last post and want a brief description of the judging process, you can read it here.
This one is about little distractions. It’s not uncommon to hear a judge comment with something like:
This is a really strong work, but [that one little thing] really bothers me.
The variable is that one little thing. I wish I could tell you what all the one-little-things are so you could make sure to avoid them — or make sure your students avoid them, but the number of possibilities is too great. Here are just a few examples to give you an idea:
- One poorly drawn hand/foot/etc.
- A distracting blotch of color that is, perhaps, unharmonious
- An artist signature that is too prominent
- In a portfolio, one artwork (of eight) that is not as strong or doesn’t belong and throws the whole portfolio into question
It may be impossible to know what all of the one-little-things are that bother judges, but knowing that one little thing can distract them from seeing the rest as fully successful is a good step in the right direction.