Announcing our 2020 Art Scholarship Winners!


We are proud to announce that two promising art students have been awarded our 2020 Create Your Best Work Art Scholarship! Upon meticulously reviewing nearly 200 applications, the judging panel named Amie Xu, a recent graduate of Johns Creek High School, as the $5,000 grand prize scholarship winner; along with Zachary Wyland, a recent graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, as the $2,500 runner-up.

Tombow 2020 Art Scholarship Winners

In addition to their scholarships, each student will receive $500 worth of Tombow products to use in the coming academic year, and the art departments of the high schools they graduated from will also receive a $500 package of Tombow products.

We chatted with each of the scholarship recipients to find out more about their passion for art and what this scholarship means to them.

Tombow 2020 Art Scholarship Winner: Amie Xu

Grand Prize Winner: Amie Xu

How did you first get interested in art?

My initial curiosity in art formed when I was very young. I was influenced by my dad, who is an architect, to learn basic techniques of sketch. From there, my interest only deepened as I branched out to learn watercolor, acrylic, and other mediums.

What is your favorite type of art to create?

My favorite types of art to create are realistic pieces using watercolor and graphite, specifically ones with naturalistic elements.

Tombow 2020 Art Scholarship Winner: Amie Xu

How did you first learn about Tombow?

I first learned about Tombow at my art studio when I realized that most of the supplies that we used came from Tombow.

What is your favorite Tombow product to use when you’re creating your art?

My all-time favorite Tombow product is the MONO Drawing Pencil in 4B. They are super versatile, as the soft, pigmented lead allows me to create a variety of different textures, shades, and strokes. One of my favorite pieces in my portfolio was created using only Tombow’s 4B pencils.

Tombow 2020 Art Scholarship Winner: Amie Xu

How did you feel when you learned that you were selected as the winner of our scholarship?

The email was the first thing I read in the morning after I woke up. I was so surprised that I had to re-read the email twice before being able to comprehend that I had actually won the scholarship. I was super shocked and happy and immediately told my best friend and parents.

What are your career goals or plans for after you graduate?

After graduation, I hope to become a motion graphics artist, either working at a video animation company or at an advertisement firm.


Tombow 2020 Art Scholarship Winner: Zachary Wyland

Runner-Up: Zachary Wyland

How did you first get interested in art?

I became interested in art by drawing and coloring at a young age.

What is your favorite type of art to create?

My favorite type of art to create is photorealism graphite/charcoal drawings.

Tombow 2020 Art Scholarship Winner: Zachary Wyland

How did you first learn about Tombow?

I first learned of Tombow by using the MONO Eraser.

What is your favorite Tombow product to use when you’re creating your art?

My favorite Tombow product to use is the MONO Eraser.

Tombow 2020 Art Scholarship Winner: Zachary Wyland

How did you feel when you learned that you were selected as a runner-up for our scholarship?

When I learned I was selected for this scholarship, I felt grateful and proud. I am thankful that my hard work and dedication can be seen in my drawings.

What are your plans for college?

I plan on studying art at Juniata College this fall 2020 and continue drawing.

 


Five additional students will receive product-only awards in the amount of $100. The students receiving those awards are Erika Sheehan, a recent graduate of Eastern Regional High School; Jaeyeon Lee, a recent graduate of Arnold O. Beckman High School; Nina Chang, a recent graduate of Cheshire High School; Savannah Meyer, a recent graduate of Lee’s Summit West High School; and Sophia Rosado, a recent graduate of Jefferson Forest High School.

Tombow 2020 Art Scholarship Winners

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