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  • Custom Portrait Giveaway : Week #51 (12/14-12/18)


    Today begins Week #51 of my 2009 weekly graphite portrait giveaway! ONLY TWO WEEKS REMAIN IN MY YEAR LONG GIVEAWAY. Only two more entries will be selected to receive one 5×7 graphite (pencil) drawing from their photograph.

    There were no submissions last week. Christmas is coming so fast, I know everyone is very busy getting things ready to celebrate! This week’s winner will be the last one that would be received in time for Christmas – so if you’re wanting to gift something special, this is your last opportunity to win one in time for giving.

    Weekly Contest Announcement!



        : ANIMALS (single subject – dog, cat or any other critter!)


        : Friday, December 18, 2009 (around 5pm CST)

    To Enter

        : Leave a comment as your entry (your chances are greatly improved if you share something about your subject), include a link to your photo. If you do not have a photo uploaded online, please indicate that you are e-mailing the photo and e-mail the photo to: gallery *at* intricateart dot-com.

    Your entry must be left below, or it will not be considered.

    Note: *G* Rating only

    A note on framing for portrait winners: I recommend
    Nielsen Bainbridge Archival Gallery Frames

    available through Dick Blick.
    Sox & BJ (below) are framed using this frame:

    cat portrait drawing by Leanne Wildermuth
    Each Monday, I post the weekly Call for Entries along with the previous weeks completed portrait (above). I may change the subject theme each week, or leave the theme open, so please pay close attention to the details in each announcement.

    Entries will be accepted through Friday afternoon around 5PM CST, at which time I will close comments and select one winner from the entries received. I’ll publish the completed winning portrait with the following week’s Giveaway announcement. If you’re a fan on Facebook, you might just get a sneak peek at the winning portrait before I publish it here!

    Qualified entries will include a valid e-mail address, and the comment should include one link to a photograph owned/taken by the entrant. If you do not have a place to upload photos to link one, you can e-mail it to gallery *at* intricateart dot-com. Your entry, however, should be included in the comment section below, with your story – should you choose to include one.

    The Selection Process: In case you’re curious, I’ll share my little artsy process in selecting the winner. First – I do not read any entries at all during the week. I do not read them because I don’t want anyone’s entries to have any more time than any others to settle in my creative brain. At the end of the week, I close comments. When I sit down to go through all of the entries, I read the story first, and open the photo link in a new window. When I finish reading, I flip over to the photo and my initial reaction is what I go by.

    If your entry is not chosen, you may enter again. I encourage you to include a short story with your entry.

    Once you have won a portrait, I ask that you refrain from multiple entries, to give others an opportunity to win one as well.

    Your challenge? To inspire me! Choose your photo wisely – I will select a winner based on how the photo and/or story moves me.

    Good luck!!


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    Tabatha said,

    I’d like to enter a dog that we no longer own, but loved the short time we had him.
    We had him for 4 years, but we decided to get rid of him when he bit our 2 year old daughter. My husband still misses him quite a lot and I’d love to be able to give him a portrait of Mackie for Christmas.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    12.14.2009 @ 9:29 pm
    Melinda Clark said,

    Hi Leanne, I would like to enter Rocky my 2 year old boxer and he had a very hard life before my husband and I adopted him at 6 months old, weighing barely 30lbs, He was suffering from bad malnutrition. He has been on a special diet since the day we took him into our home. On a happy note he has gained weight, although still very small for a boxer, he is healthy, very happy, and acts like the typical “boxer clown” with his 2 brothers and sister.
    I am emailing Rocky’s photo to you.
    Thank you very much for this chance.

    12.14.2009 @ 10:15 pm
    elizabeth secora said,

    I would like to enter our dog, Kiowa. Kiowa is going on 14, old for a Samoyed, and we know we don’t have long left with him.
    My husband adopted Kiowa when he was 4 years old. He was the product of a divorce and then was taken back from his first adopted family due to abuse. Kiowa is the best dog ever. He has the perfect personality and is excellent with kids. We recently adopted our first child and Kiowa is his protector. When our son cries Kiowa will stand next to him and lick his head to comfort him. He will also come and get me if I don’t come quick enough!
    Like I said, Kiowa is going into his 14th year of life. He was just diagnosed with arthritis in his back and he is having a hard time walking now. There are days he can barely make it outside and some nights he does not come upstairs to sleep.
    I would like to have this sketch to give to my husband, who is very attached to Kiowa and I know will be very sad when Kiowa leaves us. This would be a great way for Kiowa to be remembered – not only for us but for our son when he gets older.
    I have emailed you a photo of Kiowa.

    12.15.2009 @ 3:09 pm

    Zeb… my sweet Zeb… my sweet rolling in the deer poop Zeb is my entry again this week.
    I should have taken a picture of his sorry self in the tub the other morning after a roll in the poo, but… since he’s afraid of the camera and hates the tub with a passion, I decided not to traumatize him any more than was already necessary.
    His pictures are at

    Zeb came to us as a rescue when he was 4. He was a kennel dog, but he is very well behaved. He doesn’t poop in the house and he walks very well on a leash. He is funny and sweet. Every morning – at 9 am – he asks to go see Gram. We go over, he greets her and then sits and waits for his cookie. If I’m busy at 9, he fidgets until I take him over. Once he gets his cookie, he sighs contentedly and flops down on his belly with all four legs splayed and waits to go home. He is sooo silly!!!


    12.16.2009 @ 5:05 am
    Leanne said,

    Thanks for entering this week! Check in on Facebook late Sunday for the winning portrait, I’ll be posting the final giveaway announcement on Monday!!

    12.19.2009 @ 7:45 am

    […] Last week, I chose Tabatha’s entry of Mackie as the winner. Tabatha has entered several times over the course of the year – and as many of you already know – perseverance pays off! Mackie’s photo is adorable and I kept hoping she would enter him again so that I’d have the opportunity to draw him! […]

    6.29.2014 @ 12:27 pm

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