Adding colour and background to The Merry Hawthorn

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: £20
  • Entries Received: 27
  • Winner: MeetVala

Contest Brief

Attached is a pen and ink drawing of a tree, I now want some colour added to the image. When finished, this coloured image is to be printed as a greetings card. I have no fixed ideas on the type of colouring, whether a watercolour wash, or detailed colouring, bright or muted. A background should be added that refers to the text below, for instance a may-pole dance. (There are some lovely paintings of may pole dancing, but if you use one, make sure it is out of copyright - 70 years since the painters death)

The tree however must stand out from the background

This is the third tree in a set of twelve, here are the other contests for reference:
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Standard card size is 127mm x 177mm which is a ratio of about 1 to 1.4, The design can be either portrait or landscape. (for both previous contests, I awarded two winners, one landscape and one portrait, they each got the full prize money - I cannot split it, ). With a 3mm bleed all round

Here is the description to appear on the front of the greeting card with the tree:

The Merry Hawthorn
I am the May Tree; my sweet, white blossoms herald the end of winter. People go gathering knots of my branches in May, to crown the season’s queen. I have no grand airs, no impressive visage, and yet I keep a secret grace: find me in any hedgerow, but beware - my thorns make barriers enough to protect many merry songbirds from interruption as they sing to herald the waking of the spring.

Also attached is a sketch of the leaves, I do not want this image on the card, but would like the shape of the leaves represented in some way on the card.

I will need the final drawing in a layered format such as a .psd file as I may with to make slight amendments to the text.
I do not want borders, unless your design incorporates an artistic border. 3D views of the finished design will not influence my decisions.
I will always add comments if I feel they will be constructive, this does not mean I have decided to go with your design, but I always rate every submission.

Image sizes:

Landscape. 183mm x [url removed, login to view]
This is [url removed, login to view] bleed at top, 3mm bleed sides and bottom.
Text and important detail should be another 5mm in.

Portrait: [url removed, login to view] x 183mm
This is [url removed, login to view] bleed on left, 3mm bleed rigth, top and bottom.
Text and important detail should be another 5mm in.

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Public Clarification Board

  • perrybond
    Contest Holder
    • 4 years ago

    I couldn't wait until this one has finished, I've started another contest as well
    https://www.freelancer.com/contest/The-Truthful-Holly-39485.html
    -landscape only

    • 4 years ago
  • thenomobs
    thenomobs
    • 4 years ago

    sorry for #23 i don't know why uploaded the picture two times

    • 4 years ago
  • thenomobs
    thenomobs
    • 4 years ago

    #22 #24 thankss!! :)

    • 4 years ago
  • thenomobs
    thenomobs
    • 4 years ago

    change the bg! #20 thankss!

    • 4 years ago
  • perrybond
    Contest Holder
    • 4 years ago

    I've been looking at fonts for the cards, and I think they will look more of a set if they have a consistant font. So I've added
    Calgary MediumItalic.ttf
    to the download files. This is going to be my preferred font, if in doubt use this. If you feel a different font is better, please go ahead and show me.
    Please don't update existing entries just to revise the font.

    • 4 years ago
  • perrybond
    Contest Holder
    • 4 years ago

    Sorry guys, the faces were starting to get in the way

    • 4 years ago
  • blacktee011
    blacktee011
    • 4 years ago

    Oh,hehehe I see...I will get back tommorow with my submission :)

    • 4 years ago
    1. blacktee011
      blacktee011
      • 4 years ago

      well I see you already have some good stuff,I will participate on future contests

      • 4 years ago
  • thenomobs
    thenomobs
    • 4 years ago

    feedback #12 thankss! ;)

    • 4 years ago
  • blacktee011
    blacktee011
    • 4 years ago

    And you say you need it in vector format...I can't do that,will Psd work? I believe you can still open it with adobe illustrator to change the text

    • 4 years ago
    1. perrybond
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Yes psd is fine

      • 4 years ago
  • thenomobs
    thenomobs
    • 4 years ago

    give me feedback #3 thankss!

    • 4 years ago
    1. perrybond
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Still don't like the font, the background is OK, but not exciting and to be honest, although there is nothing wrong with it, I'm hoping someone will blow it out of the water with a stunning, yet subtle backdrop, like the Russian painting of the ships behind the Oak tree.
      https://www.freelancer.com/contest/contest.php?project_id=37837

      • 4 years ago
  • ysfworks
    ysfworks
    • 4 years ago

    #2 Hi Mr Bond, well... what can I say? I just liked you're straight handsome face.

    • 4 years ago
    1. ysfworks
      ysfworks
      • 4 years ago

      :D

      • 4 years ago
    2. salamonzsolt
      salamonzsolt
      • 4 years ago

      =D

      • 4 years ago
  • thenomobs
    thenomobs
    • 4 years ago

    what do you think about the comp of #1? thankss!

    • 4 years ago
    1. perrybond
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Layout is OK, text too germanic. Leaves down left side are Maple leaves, not Hawthorn. Tree could be bigger. Needs more colour variation on leaves and bark

      • 4 years ago
  • salamonzsolt
    salamonzsolt
    • 4 years ago

    15$for 1?... thats low price

    • 4 years ago
    1. perrybond
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      It's £19, thats about 30$ (USD) - If I award two or more prizes I have to give each one all the money. (I can't split it.)

      • 4 years ago
    2. perrybond
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      So if I like 5 entries, I pay 30$ x 5 = 150$ (30$ each)

      • 4 years ago

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