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Don’t duck out on this opportunity to become Donald’s official portrait artist

Don’t duck out on this opportunity to become Donald’s official portrait artist

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Attention, all of you procrastinating portrait painters out there!

If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming the artist that The Walt Disney Company will select to paint Donald Duck’s new official portrait, that window of opportunity is closing rapidly. There are just three days left now to submit a sketch of your planned work. Which must be a full-length portrait (i.e. 24” W by 36” H) of one Donald Fauntleroy Duck which will eventually be done on canvas using oil, acrylic or watercolors.

Mind you, not just anyone can paint Donald’s official portrait. Only D23 members in good standing who are 18 years or older are eligible to take part in this contest. What’s more, you’re only allowed to submit three sketches of your planned work. And all works must be original and created solely for this contest.

As for the sketch submission process, all initial sketches must be accompanied by an official entry form. Which can be downloaded from the D23 website. And each of these sketches must be accompanied by an official entry form which has been completely filled out, signed and then affixed to the initial sketch. Any entries that are submitted without a completed form will be automatically disqualified.

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Once you’ve completed the necessary paperwork and then affixed it to your entry, all sketches should be sent to:

The Walt Disney Archives
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA. 91521-3040
ATTN: Donald Duck Portrait Contest

All initial sketches must be received on or before June 15th. Any entries received after that date will not be considered. Nor will these sketches be returned. What’s more, The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Archives and/or D23 cannot be held responsible for any late mail deliveries.

Once all of the eligible entries are received on June 15th, a panel of creative executives selected by The Walt Disney Archives will then judge these initial sketches to see which artists have done the best job of capturing Donald’s complex personality. Anyone who’s selected to move on to the next phase of the competition will then be notified by telephone or e-mail on or before July 15th.

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After that, the lucky artists who have been chosen to move on to the next phase will have one month’s time to create a finished version of their Donald Duck portrait. Their final entry must be submitted on or before August 15th.

From this grouping of finished pieces of art, the selection committee will chose one winning portrait and several runners up. These artists will then be notified that their paintings have been chosen for display in the Fan Art Gallery at the D23 Expo no later than August 28th.

From there … Well, the winning entry will be revealed at the Anaheim Convention Center on or about September 12th. And a photo of the artist and his portrait of Donald Duck will appear in the Winter issue of Disney twenty-three magazine as well as on the D23 website.

So what are your chances of actually winning this contest? Well, according to a D23 insider that I spoke with yesterday, "the quality and caliber of the work received (so far has) exceeded the expectations” of the folks at The Walt Disney Archives. Which means that some top notch artists from around the globe have already submitted entries for this Donald Duck Portrait Contest.

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But that said, D23 will be accepting sketches right up until close-of-business on Monday, June 15th. And you can’t win if you don’t play. So don’t duck out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become Donald’s official portrait artist. Submit an entry today.

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  • I've read some people who are trying to find something to fault about this contest, but I think it's pretty great -- and also that people with talent have already entered.  It seems like the kind of opportunity that doesn't come along, well, ever.  Yes, you have to be a D23 member, but if you're a dyed-in-the-wool Disney fan then you already are -- and if not, then $75 is a bit of a bargain for Disney to accept and review your work.

    Too bad I can't draw a stick figure!  But to me this really does show that D23 is trying to do something different and special for the most rabid Disney fans.

  • Yes, but how are they going to get Donald to stand still long enough to have his portrait painted?

  • You know how movie stars have doubles while the crew sets up lighting? Well, it's the same for Donald. Just like how the star takes over when the camera starts rolling, Donald comes in as the final details have to be painted.

  • Wasn't this all already covered in information sent to those who belong to D23?  Seems to be a lot of D23 cheerleading around here lately Jim...

  • God forbid anyone should be supportive of and excited about D23, eh?  Seems to be a lot of COMPLAINING about it, too, though not on Jim's behalf.  This is a Disney-focused website, and for big fans of Disney, D23 is the best thing to come along in a long time.  Is it perfect?  Nope.  But, man, it's getting better.

    Websites complain about the theme parks all the time and nothing happens at all.  But when fans have "complained" about D23, it seems they have listened....and that's still not good enough for some.

    At least I know where I can go (other than the D23 site) to get the latest on D23 happenings.  Speaking for myself, I'm glad about that!

  • 'Supportive and excited' doesn't have to mean reprinting everything but the actual entry form does it?  LOL!

    Not every single 'big fan' of Disney is that excited about D23 - I think it's great for those who ARE excited, that's wonderful, but not everyone shares that view.  

    But remember that not everyone who visits this site is able to participate in D23 activities, nor does everyone even live in the States,.  For instance the subscription prices gives me just a magazine that arrives a month late IF it arrives at all which is the usual case (not Disney's fault, but it's just a fact of life here).  I accept that as I live in a foreign country.  It has nothing to do with 'not being good enough' for me.  For what I'm able to get from the membership it's just not worthwhile for me living here - I can't even count on the magazine.

    It's great to mention stuff about D23 here once in awhile.  I just don't find a 'reprint' lives up to what Jim's site is known for, and I'd hate to see that become a regular part of the site.   That's purely my opinion and I respect that it's not yours.  But I'm sure Jim wants the feedback from all of us.

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