If you’ve entered Showdown, we’re glad to have you. If you’re considering participating, we wanted to provide you some tips to help your submission stand out to the judges. What’s more, hundreds of thousands of art lovers from around the world will see your submission and will have the opportunity to cast a vote for your work in the preliminary round so we want to help you put your best foot forward.
(Note: The 50 submissions that garnered the most community votes will automatically move along to the second round, along with 250 pieces selected by the Saatchi Online professional staff).
Presentation: Making sure your art can be viewed accurately is one of the most important elements of presenting your work online and of course in participating in Showdown. Lighting, cropping and presentation are essential. Make sure that the background isn’t showing when you crop your image, there aren’t any hot spots in the lighting and be sure to upload high quality images by not overly compressing image files.
For more information on how to photograph your work check out our artist resource page: http://www.saatchionline.com/artschool.
Fill Out All the Boxes: We want to know about you. What’s more art collectors want to as well. If you have an artist statement, we strongly encourage you to put it on your profile page. An artist statement can be anything as long as you think it helps people to understand how you make your work. It can describe what you are thinking, why you make art or even the process of how you made something.
Looking for some inspiration? Kelly Susan, the winner of the last Showdown included a very clear statement about herself and her process. Always ask yourself: who, what,where, when, why and how.
Promote & Market Yourself: The first round of the competition is open for community voting. Other artists, art lovers and collectors will have the chance to cast their vote for your work. Let everyone know that you are participating in the Showdown. In your profile, you’ll find a link to your specific submission. Post your link to facebook, tweet about it, add your submission to Tumblr and of course email your friends and family. Feel free to promote your submission on other artist communities.
The second round will be led by Rebecca Wilson, Director of the Saatchi Gallery London. The final round will be judged by internationally acclaimed artist and Smithsonian Fellow, Peter Coffin.
Understand the Contest Rules:Keep up to date on all the rules and workings of Showdown. Read the blog posts, rules and information provided in order to understand each step of the process. Understand that the Abstract Showdown isn’t restrained to any medium but to the style of abstract work.
Thank you for sharing your talent and enthusiasm with the Saatchi Online Community, we look forward to seeing your work!
- The Saatchi Online Team