East Riding Libraries'

Digital Art Celebration

Take part in the first Digital Art Celebration by East Riding Libraries. Learn to paint using a computer, from colour by numbers to masterpieces. Enter our free competition and you could win a Wacom Intuos Drawing tablet!

About the celebration

Pick up your mouse or tablet, we're about to get creative! Digital Art can be a fun and relaxing way to improve your computer skills - while creating something memorable to keep. East Riding Libraries has created the Digital Art celebration to celebrate the talent and creativity of local people, while encouraging everybody to have a go. If the first celebration is a success, future events may be planned.

The Competition View Events Our Patron

The Competition

As part of the celebration, we are running a digital art competition to win one of five Wacom Intuos Drawing tablets! Take part in one of our events and create your digital art with us, or try it yourself at home.

The competition is free to enter and is open between Sunday 1 December 2019 and midnight on Saturday 29 February 2020. All entries will be judged by East Riding Libraries staff and the winners announced in March 2020.

What digital art can I enter?

This is an open digital art competition. The artwork just needs to be produced on a phone, tablet or computer. Suggestions: colour by numbers, colouring, landscapes, futuristic, abstract, bold, subtle, portraits, cartoons, still life, patterns, animals, mythical creatures, ANYTHING!

Entry categories

There are five age categories you can enter:

  • Junior 1 - for ages 0 to 8 years
  • Junior 2 - for ages 9 to 11 years
  • Teenage - for ages 12 to 14 years
  • Young Adult - for ages 15 to 17 years
  • Adult - for ages 18 and over

Each category will have one winner of the Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet, and two runner-ups will receive a special commendation certificate.

Terms and Conditions
  • Entries must be submitted online using the East Riding Digital Art Competition form.
  • You need to have an email address to enter the competition, as this is how winners will be contacted.
  • Entries must be your own original work and not have been entered into any art completion previously.
  • All online entries are free.
  • One image can be uploaded per entry, you can enter as many times as you want.
  • The competition opens to entries on Sunday 1 December 2019
  • The competition ends at midnight on Saturday 29 February 2020. Entries received after this will not be counted.
  • There are five available categories, each category will have one first place winner who will receive a Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet; there will be two runner-ups in each category who will receive a special commendation certificate; there is no cash or other alternative prizes.
  • The competition is open to residents of the East Riding of Yorkshire, all ages can enter the competition but must select the relevant category;
  • This competition is run and managed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council's East Riding Libraries service.
  • Winners will be selected by a panel of East Riding Libraries staff; all decisions by the panel are final.
  • Entry to the competition is automatic agreement that we can display your entry digitally on a variety of platforms.
  • Entry to the competition is automatic agreement that we can display your name, age entry category, and art medium you used. e.g. John Smith, adult category, Artweaver
  • By entering, winners agree to post-event publicity.
Entry example by Gary
Image: Elephant image by Gary, Digital Services Officer for Libraries
Medium: Digital Colouring App on tablet
Entry example by Gary
Image: Landscape image by Gary, Digital Services Officer for Libraries
Medium: Digital Colouring App on tablet
Entry example
Image: Example image by Magic Tree from Pixabay
Medium: Unknown
Entry example
Image: Example image by DavidRockDesign from Pixabay
Medium: Unknown
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Image: Example image by aalmeidah from Pixabay
Medium: Unknown
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Image: Example image by ractapopulous from Pixabay
Medium: Unknown

How to Enter

Submit your digital art using our online form. You can submit one image (up to 10mb) per entry, but you can enter as many times as you like!

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Digital Art Workshops Take part in our events and workshops

Our Patron: Gary Saunt

Gary Saunt was born in Grimsby in 1951. He studied drawing, painting and history of art for seven years. However, compelled by circumstance to earn an honest living, he joined the fire brigade in Hull in 1974. Gary left the fire and rescue service in 2004, plunging into retirement with the intention of returning wholeheartedly to painting - and with a plethora of pent-up artistic ideas. However, his traditional oil painting ambitions were challenged when Kat, his daughter, presented him with the possibilities of digital painting. (What! . . . electric pictures?)

Gary adapted to this new technique and never looked back. Over the years he has developed his painting technique exclusively around this digital technology, although he confesses he remains somewhat bemused by the fact that his original oil-painting style is still faithfully conveyed by this radically different digital media. His painting is very realistic; focusing on surreal compositions, which he calls dreamscapes - recognisable urban localities which are densely populated with familiar, but often incongruent, figures and objects. Gary's imagery is described as vivid, other worldly and compelling.

Visit Gary Saunt's website


Gary will be creating a piece to celebrate East Riding and how the digital world (and the library network!) help to connect our towns and villages into one community. To create this, we need your help! Kids up to age 16 can contribute photographs of your local libraries and the special places within your town or village before 31 January 2020. The final artwork will be revealed later in 2020.

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