In Person Only:

Speed Competition aka World’s Fastest Caricaturist
The objective is to draw as many faces as possible in the time allotted. Rules: Paper size should be no smaller than 8.5 inches (21.59 centimeters) by 5.5 inches (14 centimeters). Head and shoulders ONLY — no bodies or gags, and no floating heads. Profiles are also prohibited. Quality is a factor — only pieces considered “sellable” by a panel of judges will be considered.  

*Best Live Event Style
Formerly known as the Live Retail/Party Style Competition, competitors will have 30 minutes and may draw in whatever style they want — black and white, color, heads-only, heads & bodies, digital, any size — though it’s suggested they work in whatever style/setup best reflects their own live drawing setup. Artists must write their competition number on each caricature. After the heat is over, artists have 10 minutes to hang their art on their wall. All in-person attendees are given a ballot and are encouraged to vote, whether they participated in the competition or not. The artist with the most votes wins. Voting ends sharply after 30 minutes. Voting criteria includes: Number of caricatures completed, likeness, artistic merit, humor and personalization.

Likeness Competition
(Three 10-minute Rounds) In each round, artists will have 10 minutes to draw the same subject. Paper size should be no larger than 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) by 16 inches (40.6 centimeters). Artists participating in the Likeness Competition are prohibited from adding bodies/gags to their drawings. Head and shoulders ONLY. The focus of this particular competition is getting really great LIKENESS while maintaining the defining qualities of caricature. Following each round, artists must write their competition number on each caricature and hang it on the designated wall space. Following the third round, artists will have the rest of the designated time to vote on their favorite rendition of each subject.

Ismael Roldan/Rookie of the Year
Any first time IN-PERSON con attendee is eligible for Rookie of the Year (if your first time competing was at ISCAcon29: Mailbox Mayhem, you will still qualify for this award). Rookies will be designated with a green dot next to their wall number. When voting, consider the wall/body of work of all the first time con attendees and choose your favorite.

Open for Everyone (In-Person and Virtual):

EF Article Submission
Members who have submitted an article to EF in the past year will have their name put into a random drawing. The winner of the drawing is given a free year of membership to ISCA.

FB Contest Winner
Attending members vote on their single favorite drawing from all of the first place winners of the ISCA Members Facebook Contest (those won between December 1st, 2020 and November 14th, 2021). The recipient is given a free one year membership to ISCA.

*Best Reaction Video
A new category for 2021, participants will be allowed to submit a single reaction video up to 60 seconds long. When voting, consider both the quality of the drawing and the subject’s reactions.

*Best Retail Caricature
A new category for 2021, participants will be allowed to submit up to 10 images of drawings done in a live retail setting dating back to 2019. Subjects must be included in the image for reference. When voting, consider how elements such as humor, likeness, use of color or black and white technique all contribute to an outstanding retail caricature.

*Best Animated Caricature
A new category for 2021, participants can upload an animated work onto the Discord server that is created during the week of ISCAcon. This may include but is not limited to GIFs, stop-motion and other animated interpretations of caricature.

Guest of Honor Award
A single winner chosen at the discretion of our Guest of Honor, Lindsey Olivares.  

Outstanding Group Composition is awarded for exceptional depiction of three or more subjects in the same image. When voting, consider overall composition as well as a cohesive theme, story or subject interaction.

Most Humorous is awarded for exceptional use of humor in caricature. When voting, consider, does it make you laugh?

Outstanding Monochromatic Technique is awarded for exceptional use of black and white, grayscale or monochrome technique in caricature. When voting, consider line quality and/or use of black and white or single color values. 

Outstanding Color Technique is awarded for exceptional understanding and application of color theory in caricature. When voting, consider how color and color theory concepts are used to enhance likeness, exaggeration, and overall composition of a piece.

Outstanding Minimalist Technique
Less is more. When voting, consider how minimal use of line, simplified shapes or abstract forms can successfully be used to convey a strong likeness. 

Outstanding Exaggerated Style is awarded for exceptional use of exaggeration in caricature. By definition, a piece cannot be a caricature without exaggeration. When voting, consider if the artist pushes the limits of exaggeration while maintaining an unmistakeable likeness. Does the exaggeration go so far as to enhance that likeness?

Outstanding 3D Technique is awarded for exceptional use of a three dimensional technique in caricature. This may include but is not limited to clay, foam or paper sculptures, stuffed fabric or puppets, found object assemblages, digital 3D models, etc. When voting, consider form and material. 

Outstanding Cartoon Style is awarded for exceptional use of cartooning technique in caricature. When voting, consider the use of character design, cartoon and comic book illustration techniques.

Most Innovative Technique is awarded to artists who think outside the traditional box of caricature. Innovative techniques may include but are not limited to non-traditional media, immersive experiences and unexpected surprises. When voting, consider how form, material and concept work together to tell a story. Remember, ​​2D work can still be innovative!

Studio Competition
Participants may submit their single best studio piece that was made in the past year (submit as digital image, scan or video). The subject of the studio piece does NOT need to be an ISCA member. Voting is subjective, pick one that speaks to you!

Top 10 Caricatures of the Year
When voting, this really can be your favorite caricature. What do you consider the most impactful? Does it have all the elements of what you consider to be a great caricature?

Top 10 Caricaturists of the Year
When voting, consider the artist’s entire wall/body of work and vote on who you think deserves to be the winner of the prestigious Golden Nosey.

*Denotes new category for 2021

With the exception of the Speed, Live Event Style, Likeness Competitions and Rookie of the Year, competitions and voting will be open to ALL Professional Members (whether they are virtual or in-person).

Everyone must upload their artwork to Discord to be considered for voting. We highly encourage in-person attendees to also hang all of their artwork on their physical wall space.

Please note – If Virtual attendees win an award, they will have to pay for shipping costs to receive the physical trophy or certificate. Otherwise, we will hold onto it for pickup at future Cons.

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