The Westerner

Quick draw Elena wins prize

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Source: Lee Oliver

Albany Creek’s Elena Ventura was one of the winners of an international cartoon competition for women.

Albany Creek’s Elena Ventura was one of the winners of an international cartoon competition for women.

Five minutes work has won Elena Ventura $750.

The Albany Creek artist was one of three major winners of the Women of the World International Cartoon competition, announced this month.

She also won a medallion as one of two Merit Award winners of the competition, which attracted entries from 39 countries.

Entrants were tasked with creating cartoons that depicted women in society.

Elena said her winning cartoon, entitled Wishing, took five minutes to draw and was based on the notion of ‘the grass being greener on the side other side’.

“I have a few friends who are working at home and another set of friends who are working jobs, and it’s them fantasising about the other woman’s family life,” she said.

“They think the other one’s life is better but there are positives and good things in both and things that are not so good about the other.”

Elena developed her skills as a budding cartoonist at her former day job.

“Over the years when I was working at the Endeavour Foundation I used to draw cartoons of workmates and put them in a card for them,” she recalls.

Most of Elena’s artistic output is oil paintings of human figures.

A past finalist of the esteemed Doug Moran Portrait Prize, the richest portrait prize in the world, she also uses acrylics, watercolours, pastels and charcoal to depict nature and “everyday things”.

“I love working with figures in general, whether it’s a cartoon, portraitures or life drawing,” she said.

The overall winner of the Women of the World International Cartoon Competition, announced at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour on International Womens Day, was Nature’s Answer To Botox by Sepideh Anjomrooz, from Iran.


   
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