portrait prize

For two days, my father’s eyes
——–were socked in fog. His body’s heat
rose on a high flame. His face was
——–a withered pocket for nose and chin,
skin a dim bulb of sweat the color
——–of water when a drop of blood
seeps in. For two days, his bowels churned
——–drippy stool, his stomach’s switch
on forward then reverse. For two days,
——–his lips quivered with stringy spittle.
The chunks spattered around the toilet
——–suggested a strict diet of salsa. For two days,
ass or face-first we determined
——–by the explosion of auditory anomalies
that rattled the door. For two days,
——–this was his lot. On the third day,
he buckled in the downstairs bathroom
——–doorjamb, forearms pinned on either side.

Get Mom he gurgled before his head dropped,
——–chin to chest.
Get Mom. The order throbbed
in my head, counted the seconds before
——–my virus-whipped father collapsed.
Get Mom.

Get Mom. My gut pumped with nervous blood
——–and all I could think of was my father’s belly,
the fat of it, folded over the elastic band
——–of his sweatpants, the sight of his navel, branched
with hair encroaching from his groin. Witness-sick.
Get Mom.
——–I wanted to run away, not run for help, but:
Get Mom.

Get Mom. The orbs of sweat yellowing his underarms,
——–the pungent ale of his body and his breath. Yet,
when I returned with her, she did not hesitate to hold him,
——–to bear that dreadful body with her body.
Dreadful belly against her belly, my father flung
——–over her, exhausted. He looked like that once,
in the morning, through the crack in the door,
——–in that hazy moment-after. My father’s cheek
mashed against her chest so his face looked made of clay.
——–Embracing her, his forearm gently squashed her
breast against the side of her tired body. And there, I watched
——–two bellies swelling with breath, lifting as if to kiss,
—————————————-and kiss, and kiss again.

— 

Lauren Schmidt, from “Portrait of My Parents Making Love as a Stomach Virus”

Originally appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review

Winner of the 2012 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, selected by Cornelius Eady

I keep painting self portraits n I’m embarrassed I look like I’m vain but I just wanna win a portrait prize so I can get top surgery like I can’t handle being in my body even though I know objectively it’s beautiful I can’t bear my chest being a part of me that I can’t ever get off or away from and binding is painful and its too fucking hot to bind god when will it be autumn?!

Magnetic everything about you, you really got me now 💘
- Hyptonic // Zella Day

Raffle prize for @hikarihime09​ 👀 👀 I had lots of fun doing this!!! my fangirling side kept popping once in a while lol ;u; Sorry for keep you waiting for so long  ;__; but thank you so much for requesting this and killing me in the process o<-< Hope you like it ♥

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I hope you guys aren’t getting sick of these because they’re so much fun for me. I’d love to do them regularly once/twice a month if there’s the interest.

What you get:
A kitten! No. An old shoe? No! A PORTRAIT. Any character from any world or universe. OCs/RP characters, fanart of a character you love, anything you’d like. I’m still a student - above are examples of my work so you know my skill level and limitations but I will give anything a go!

What you need to do:

Like and/or reblog this post to enter (they each count as a separate entry, as do multiple reblogs within reason)
Be following this blog!
A winner will be picked on the 16th May (shorter this time) and has a day to reply or I’ll re-raffle the prize!

Thanks so much to everyone who gets this out there and to those who have supported me over the year(s)! Good luck! <3

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He Named Me Malala (2015)

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turns 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

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I’m home and my new computer’s set up and I am SO READY TO DRAW! Time for my fifth raffle!

What you get:
A portrait! Any character from any world or universe. OCs/RP characters, fanart of a character you love, anything you’d like. I’m still a student - above are examples of my work so you know my skill level and limitations but I will give anything a go!

What you need to do:

Like and/or reblog this post to enter (they each count as a separate entry, as do multiple reblogs within reason)
Be following this blog!
A winner will be picked on the 8th August 2016 and has a day to reply or I’ll re-raffle the prize!

As always, thanks so much to everyone who’s entered in the past and to those who have supported me over the year(s)! Good luck! <3

The last two have been so much fun so as another big thank you for all the support you guys give me I’m offering a free painted portrait to the winner of this tumblr raffle!

What you get:
A lovingly made portrait of any character from any world or universe. OCs/RP characters, fanart of a character you love, anything you’d like.

What you need to do:

Like and/or reblog this post to enter (they each count as a separate entry, as do multiple reblogs within reason)
Be following this blog!
A winner will be picked on the 28th of April and has a day to reply or I’ll re-raffle the prize!

Thanks so much to everyone who gets this out there and to those who have supported me over the year(s)! Good luck! <3

Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize to launch.

Getty Images announced today the launch of the first Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize, rewarding the career of an emerging talent in portrait photography, with fewer than five years industry experience.

The winning photographer will be awarded $10,000 and a show at Polka Galerie in Paris in October.

Famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh will preside over a distinguished panel of experts to determine the winning photographer, which will be announced in October.  

The entries will be open from June 13th to August 5th on The Getty Images grant site:  gettyimages.com/grants.