New Contest! Win a Fashion Illustration!

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Instagram contest rules Jan 21st, 2018–Jan 27th, 2018

Contest run by Diana Murray – @colorbyculture

My shop: www.colorbyculture.com

The contest will be from my @colorbyculture instagram account. One random winner will receive an original, full color fashion illustration drawn by myself on 9 X 12 Bristol paper/card-stock and colored in with professional art markers. For U.S. winners only: your shipping costs will be covered. If you are outside the US and still want an original illustration, you will have to purchase shipping only. Contest ends Jan, 27th, 2018 at 8 pm Eastern Time, USA. Winner will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 28th, 2018. 

*NOTE: winners from past Color By Culture Contests are ineligible. Thanks for understanding and giving someone else a chance to win!

How to enter:

1. Follow @colorbyculture

2. Share/repost the contest image that says “Win an Illustration!” (shared on my instagram on 1-21-2018. You may have to go back a few posts to find it.) You can download an app like “repost” to help with this.

3. Tag @colorbyculture when you share image.

4. Be sure to also use #colorbyculturecontest when sharing, so I can find you and include you in the drawing!

*Please note that by entering this contest, you are consenting that, if you win, we may use your image/photo in advertising, in the shop and on social media platforms as side by side comparisons, etc. 

Other rules:

  • Entrants must be women, age 18 years of age or older. If you win, you may only request that a drawing be done of you or of your daughter.
  • To be eligible to win, you must follow all 4 steps listed above.
  • Failure to follow all rules will disqualify you from the contest.

Rules for the Winner:

  • If you win, you will be tagged and notified via Instagram. You must respond within 24 hours with the following or you will forfeit your prize and a new winner will be selected randomly.
  • Within 24 hours of being notified a winner, you must send a quality close up photo of your face and another full body photo to my email: colorbyculture@gmail.com. You may also send a separate photo of clothing, accessories or hairstyle. *All photos must be G or PG rated. My business is family friendly. I reserve all rights to refuse to draw clothing that does not line up with my brand and values. Please, no vulgar sayings or anything dark or scary.
  • You must also send a photo of a handwritten note : “I (full name), give Diana Murray of Color By Culture permission to use my images to create a fashion illustration. She may also use one image of myself/my daughter in side by side advertising and social media posts. Date and sign” .
  • You must provide your full name and home address in order to get your prize!

The illustrations will be done in my style of drawing. Look at my instagram account to get an idea of my style and personality. I draw in a slightly realistic/cartoon style and nothing too adult, skimpy, scary, dark, etc. I reserve the right to refuse requests that do not follow my style and guidelines as an artist. Anything deemed inappropriate will disqualify you from the contest. Thank you for complying! 

*Please note, that if the winner does not follow these guidelines and send quality photos with 24 hours, they will forfeit their prize.

What the Winner Gets:

  •  If in the US, please allow 2-3 weeks for your special illustration to be created and sent to you. (If you are not in the US, you can receive a digital copy or you can choose to pay for shipping to your country. Costs sometimes vary by country, so talk to me about price. Your item may also take longer to arrive)
  • The illustration is only of one person, with a simple/partial border in the background (similar to the example photo on Instagram). No extras are included.
  •  By sending photos and entering the contest the winner gives me the right to use their image on my instagram account and as an example in all my social media outlets and in my online shop (as an example, not for sale).

I will NOT disclose your e-mail or home address. You will not receive any further e-mails from me after your prize is created and sent, unless you sign up for my newsletter. This contest is offered at my discretion and to have fun creating with you all! It has no association with Instagram whatsoever. 

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#MyFantasyGown Contest!

#MyFantasyGown Instagram contest rules August, 2017 – by Diana Murray – @colorbyculture

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Use #colorbyculture when sharing your own colorings of my artwork. The contest will be from my @colorbyculture instagram account. I will be creating 4 pen and ink coloring pages of the winners in a general gown style of their choosing. Winners will receive a digital black and white coloring page that they can print and color. For U.S. winners only: I will also send a full color original done with art markers! If you are outside the US and still want an Original Copy, you will have to purchase shipping. Contest ends August 31st, 2017. There will be up to 4 winners.

How to enter: I will post an example page each week and the FIRST to comment and follow these rules wins. You must send a quality close up photo of your face and another full body photo to my email: colorbyculture@gmail.com or by an instagram direct message. You must also send a photo of a handwritten note : “I (full name), give Diana Murray of ColorByCulture permission to use my images to create a fantasy gown coloring page and drawing. Date and sign” . I will not use your actual photos. Your photos and note must be received by me within 24 hours EDT of your comment or you will forfeit and the next commenter will become the winner.

The photos MUST be G or PG. Look at my instagram account to get an idea of my style and personality. I draw in my own line art, a slightly realistic/cartoon style and nothing too adult, skimpy, scary, dark, etc. I reserve the right to refuse requests that do not follow my style and guidelines as an artist. Anything deemed inappropriate will disqualify you from the contest. Thank you for complying!

I will not be copying photos of gowns, etc but CREATING MY OWN DESIGN loosely based on your suggestions.

Style suggestions must be general, like the following:

TYPE: Ballgown, A-line, empire waist, slim fitting, mermaid, time-period style, etc.
TOP: strapless, spaghetti straps, thick straps, cap sleeves, short-medium sleeves, long sleeves, off the shoulder, cold-shoulder, halter, etc.
SKIRT LENGTH: short – mid thigh , midi, above knee, tea length, full length (shoes still show), ground length.
PLAIN or PRINT: Plain, design, floral, lace, jewels, etc. (somewhat simple – no brand name ideas – disney, characters, etc/)
HAIRSTYLE SUGGESTION: Updo, half up, tiara, headband, down… braids, flowers, accessories, curls, straight., etc.

NO SIMILAR DUPLICATES: I will not do two dresses that are nearly identical (example: two off the shoulder mermaid styles, etc.) If your suggestion is too similar to another’s, I will ask for a different suggestion. Just to keep it interesting, thanks!)

Just these basic suggestions will be accepted and I will use my creativity beyond that. I will not have the time to communicate about your page more than once, so please share your suggestions and have fun with the surprise element! 🙂

The winner will receive the digital coloring page within 6 days of submitting their comments, note AND photos. If they are in the US, they will receive their Original colored in artwork within 3 weeks. By commenting, sending photos and entering the contest the winner gives me the right to use their image on my instagram account and as an example in all my social media outlets and in my Etsy shop (as an example, not for sale).

I am fairly new to instagram and this is my first ever contest! If there is significant interest, I will be happy to extend the contest for another week or two. We’ll see! 🙂

I will NOT disclose your e-mail or home address. You will not receive any further e-mails from me after the contest is over, unless you sign up for my newsletter. This contest is offered at my discretion and to have fun creating and coloring with you all! I am under no legal obligations whatsoever.

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Custom Coloring Pages Are Back!

Now you can have a coloring page created just for you! Portraits and Fantasy Mermaid pages are now available at etsy.com/shop/colorbyculture . You can also order full color originals if you’d like. These have been so fun for me to create for my customers. Recently, I’ve had the chance to do a portrait for a one year old’s birthday party and to transform another customer’s daughter into a mermaid princess! Here they are:

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Mermaid Princess

 

 

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Birthday Portrait

 

Also, be sure to check out the Free Downloads section – every weekday during the next 2 weeks I’ll be adding a free download from my Fantasy Gowns collection. Soon to be discontinued.

Happy Coloring, everyone!

Diana

New Fashion Coloring Book!

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I am happy to announce that my first coloring book is available now on amazon! You can buy it here: amazon.com/Nature-Inspired-Fashions

Click here for a free download from the book! free-download-_-cherry-blossomscherry-blossom-face-final

I love to see my artwork colored in! When sharing your colored pages on social media, use #colorbyculture so that I can add you to my Coloring Fans Gallery on this website. 🙂

About Nature Inspired Fashions:

Embark on a breathtaking journey as you bring to life 15 lovely young ladies wearing fashions inspired by the beauty of nature.

Nature Inspired Fashions is an adult coloring book featuring original illustrations that are simple enough to complete in one sitting, yet detailed enough to provide a challenge for experienced colorists. From the desert to the rainforest, the beautiful clothing and accessories complement each natural setting. The hand drawn figures also represent various ethnicities and hairstyles, making this a fashion coloring book that celebrates the beauty of diversity!

 

Includes 15 original, hand drawn illustrations to color – 10 full body images with scenic backgrounds and 5 close-up portraits featuring detailed accessories.

Printed on single-sided 60 lb white paper.

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A Love For Drawing

I cannot remember a time when I did not love to draw! Something about a blank piece of paper and a pencil always begged me to create something new. I especially loved to draw people and animals. There was a time when my people looked more like aliens, but I kept drawing year after year and eventually they began to look more like actual people. 🙂 I just couldn’t stop doodling whenever there was paper (or a napkin!) nearby. I credit my artistic ability to God and lots and lots of practice!

As a young adult I had the opportunity to travel on a few mission trips. I visited Nicaragua, Brazil, and Papua New Guinea. I’m fascinated by the beauty of people from different cultures! I started to research traditional costumes and began drawing women from various cultures, including some lesser known ethnic minorities. I started creating coloring pages for fun and to give away to students I worked with.

The idea of actually opening an online shop on Etsy was in my head for several years, until my husband Michael encouraged me to take the plunge! He believed that many people would enjoy my artwork and helped me to believe in myself, too. A talented writer, he even came up with my shop name: Color By Culture.

My Etsy shop has been open for about a year now and I’m excited to see what lies ahead. My main items now are printable coloring pages, paper dolls, and original full color art. I also enjoy taking personalized orders for coloring pages.

Check out my shop at colorbyculture.com  . I really value your feedback! Let me know what you think about the shop and please feel free to offer suggestions for new items you would like to see there. Thanks!