2021 Contest Winners

APW recognizes the boundless creativity, care and honest effort each young artist put into designing and posing such wonderful, funny and original characters in the 2021 APW Character Design Contest. APW special guest judge Vancouver Animation Supervisor Lisa Wang spent a long time looking at each entry.  After looking carefully at each character design, Lisa has chosen these very deserving 2021 APW Character Design Contest winners! Congratulations to everyone who entered and to the each prize winner!

1st Prize – Catie Cowen

Catie is a student at Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School in Ottawa, ON.  She wins free tuition for the 2021/2022 session of APW Online.  Congratulations to Catie for her playful (and clumsy) serval barrista character design!  Very appealing character, great use of straights and curves to create contrast and visual interest.” – 2021 guest judge Lisa Wang

2nd Prize – Emily Seul

From Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, Emily is a recent high school graduate and wins Toon Boom Harmony – an opportunity to animate her youthful energetic snowboard character. Clean lines, appealing character, poses are easy to read and very graphic.” – 2021 guest judge Lisa Wang.


3rd Prize – Keiry Leon

From Hayward High School in Hayward, California, USA, Keiry wins Toon Boom Storyboard Pro – opportunities to create stories and animation film sequences from his imagination featuring this original playful over-all-shorts-wearing character.  Appealing and simple design. Poses have good line of action and are easy to read!”  – 2021 guest judge Lisa Wang.

4th Prize – Ayush Gogne

From Mississauga, ON Canada, Ayush wins $300 worth of art supplies for this serious well-dressed violin player with personality character.  These are supplies should keep Ayush drawing and character designing for a long time.  “Very simple and graphic design, good use of geometric shapes, and contrasting lines!”  2021 guest judge Lisa Wang.

5th Prize – Eden Boguslavsky

From Abbey Park High School in Oakville, ON Canada. Eden’s very creative bicycle riding urban giraffe character wins a Wacom Graphics Tablet that will open a door for Eden to continue character designing digitally.  Very creative character!” – 2021 guest judge Lisa Wang.



These guys are just getting started too…We’re looking at the future of animation, folks.


Many thanks to Toon Boom for generously providing young emerging character designers with Toon Boom Harmony to bring their drawings to life and with Storyboard Pro – software to develop their stories with total artistic control.

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