2013 Self Portrait Contest - Enter Now!

A New Year, A New You! Enter Jerry's 2013 Catalog Self-Portrait Contest with up to $5,000 in prizes!

Happy 2013! Jerry's Artarama is excited to ring in the New Year, and to celebrate, we're having a huge Self-Portrait Contest with up to $5,000 in prizes to award!

Check out this video introducing the new catalog and the contest!

Many of you have already received the new Jerry's Artarama Annual Catalog, and have been struck by Dan Nelson's excellent Self Portrait in Six Media featured on the cover. Dan used all different kinds of art media to create this fun self portrait, and you are invited to do the same for our 2013 Self-Portrait Contest!

From now until March 31st, 2013, submissions will be accepted for the contest. The rules are simple: pick any wet or dry media and paint (or draw) a picture of yourself! Do you love pastels? Prefer watercolors? Have you been wanting to try some oil colors? Now is the time to do it! Each contestant may submit one self portrait, and the winners will be decided by communal voting beginning on April 1st, with the winners being announced on April 12th.

The contest prizes this year are phenomenal! One Grand Prize winner will receive an amazing $3,000 Jerry's eGift Card for an unbelievable shopping spree at www.jerrysartarama.com! Second Place receives a whopping $1,000 eGift Card, Third Place a generous $500 card, and twenty-five Honorable Mentions will get one $25 gift card apiece.

Self portraiture has been a highly respected art subject since time immemorial, and for good reason! There is always more to learn about oneself, and in yourself, you always have an ever-changing, ever-ready subject just waiting to be discovered. The annals of art are filled with self portraits, each unique and catering perfectly to the particular artist's style. Here are just a few to help inspire your own self portrait!

So what are you waiting for? Break out your pencils and paints, prop up a mirror and get started! This year, let your art be all about you!


Artist Confessions - Joe DiGiulio

Artist Confessions feauring abstract artist Joe DiGiulio

Recently, professional artist and art instructor Joe DiGiulio sat down with us for the first of what may become many "Artist Confessions" spots!

What has Joe been hiding all these years? See what he wants to confess to his fans in this episode of Artist Confessions, and look for Joe's upcoming DVD, "Going Deeper" , featuring glazing techniques in abstract expressionist painting! Also, be sure to check out some of Joe's Free Video Art Lessons and pick up some new techniques.

What about you? Do you have any artistic confessions to make, tongue-in-cheek or otherwise? Here's mine: I loathe stretching canvas. Haven't done it since high school. I paint on boards not only because they're a sturdy, durable surface, but because... I'm lazy!

Confess your artsy secrets in the comments below!


New Art Supplies from Faber-Castell

Faber-Castell: Makers of Fine Art Materials since 1761!

For centuries, artists have depended on the high quality pencils and art supplies from Germany's leading pencil makers, Faber-Castell. Now Jerry's Artarama is pleased to be carrying even more fine art materials from this world-renowned brand!


Castell 9000 Jumbo®

Faber-Castell's highest quality graphite pencil is now in a larger format. The Jumbo Castell 9000® has a larger barrel and lead diameter. The thicker pencil is well suited for simple sketching, large layouts and drawing on canvas.

How is the Castell 9000® Jumbo different?

The Castell 9000® Jumbo boasts a greater differentiation and contrast between the shades of grey. The hexagonal pencil barrel creates an easy grip, and each pencil is coated with an eco-friendly, water-based varnish.

Faber-Castell pencils are known for their break-resistant leads from the SV bonding done in the manufacturing process (the lead is glued to the entire length of the barrel). As a result, the thick 5.25mm leads of the Castell 9000® coupled with the SV bonding creates a superior break resistance.


The Castell 9000® Jumbo is much larger than the average pencil, and is suitable for those who constantly find themselves sketching a large piece of work with a small pencil. The new voluminous graphite tip offers a variety of line widths, and the side of the tip is suitable for shading or blocking in large areas.

The Faber-Castell difference: The Castell 9000® Pencil was created by Count Alexander von Faber-Castell in 1905 as a testament to Faber-Castell's highest standards of quality, technology and tradition. The pencils have superior leads made of finely ground graphite and clay. Never scratchy, these smooth, pure graphite pencils are available in 5 degrees (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B).

Graphite Aquarelle

The new Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle features high quality, water-soluble graphite pencils in five grades: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B. All Graphite Aquarelles are made of finely milled graphite for a smooth glide.

Benefits of the Graphite Aquarelle:

  • Boasts a greater differentiation and contrast between the shades of grey
  • Will completely release for the perfect wash
  • The hexagonal pencil barrel creates an easy grip, and the thick 3.3 mm leads are SV-bonded to resist breakage
  • Each pencil is coated with an eco-friendly, water-based varnish


The Graphite Aquarelle is ideally suited for watercolor painting, preliminary sketches, and mixed media projects. This versatile Graphite Aquarelle pencil can be used wet or dry; a wet brush can be brushed over a sketch for a beautiful effect, or alternatively, it can be used to draw on wet paper.

Available in a blister card set or a box of 6 (one grade per box). For inspirations and techniques, watch the Graphite Aquarelle video.

White PITT® Artist Pen

For those who love contrasts, the new white PITT® artist pen will not disappoint. Faber-Castell's newest release in the Art & Graphic line features a sturdy white pen that steps away from the rest with its rich, opaque white ink.

Featuring a large bullet nib, the white PITT® artist pen pen offers velvety, permanent ink that is visible immediately. Filled with acid-free, archival, and odorless India ink, the pen is lightfast for 100 years.


  • Highlights
  • Beautiful on dark and toned papers
  • Can be layered over other colors

Check out all of these and other great Faber-Castell art materials today at JerrysArtarama.com!

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