North East illustrator wants kids to show their true colours
A North East children’s illustrator is encouraging kids to get colourful and creative in a drawing competition which gives them the chance to see their design on the side of a coach.
Holly Sterling, from Sunderland, is today launching the Colour the Coach competition in the North East on behalf of National Express.
The contest is aimed at kids aged 5-15 who are asked to draw their favourite local landmark and the winning design - as chosen by Holly - will be turned into a special one off livery to go on the side of a National Express coach. The winner will also get a £50 cheque as prize money.
To kick start the competition Holly drew her favourite local landmark the impressive Angel of the North sculpture in Gateshead designed by Antony Gormley.
In a video message Holly encouraged all kids in the North East age 5-15 to enter the competition.
She added: "Winning a competition is what started my illustration career. I would like to encourage all children age 5-15 to enter the Colour the Coach Competition as it is a great way to get your artwork out there. The brief is perfect, giving you an opportunity to celebrate your favourite landmark by illustrating it. When you come up with your idea, perhaps think of happy memories spent at this location, or tales you've heard about it. Try and bring a little bit of 'you' to what you create - that is what will make it special and unique. Be colourful, creative and don't forget to have fun!"
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “This competition is a great opportunity for tiny Turners in the North East to put brush to canvas and send us their best landmark drawings with the chance to see their creation hit the road on one of our coaches. We are encouraging all kids to pick up their pens and have a go at Colour the Coach.”
The winner will see their picture boldly displayed on one of National Express’ services.
‘Colour the Coach’ is open to children aged 5-15 and entrants should simply draw their favourite local landmark on an A4 sheet of paper using whatever drawing materials they want.
Entrants have until Friday 28th July 2017, to unlock their inner Rembrandts and send in an entry to National Express.
Entries to the competition must be landscape designs on A4 paper with: name, address, age, phone number and email address, written on the back. They should be sent to National Express Coach Art Competition, National Express House, Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD
To see Holly’s work visit: http://cargocollective.com/hollysterling