Welsh illustrator wants kids to show their true colours
Artist Alison Lodge with son Sam
A Welsh 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.
Illustrator Alison Lodge, from Wrexham, is today launching the Colour the Coach competition in Wales on behalf of National Express.
The contest is aimed at Welsh kids aged 5-15 who are asked to draw their favourite local landmark and the winning design - as chosen by Alison - 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 Alison and her son Sam aged 7 drew their own favourite local landmark the impressive Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales that carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee.
Alison's work ranges from books for babies, novelty books and picture books, to children's murals and graphic design
Alison said: “This is a superb opportunity for young people to get creative and show off their talent, and this art competition is also a great way of showing off your favourite landmark near you. I’m looking for bold colourful designs of well known Welsh landmarks.
“Art is a superb way of expressing your ideas visually and letting your imagination run free and I would urge all kids in Wales to have a go. Good luck everybody!”
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “This competition is a great opportunity for tiny Turners in Wales 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’ Welsh 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 30th June 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 Ali's work visit: http://www.alilodge.co.uk/