Beermat Character Competition: Judging Panel

Earlier this year we launched our Beermat Character Competition – inviting artists and illustrators to transform a Beermat into a character! Since then, entries have been rolling into Inkygoodness HQ from artists and illustrators worldwide, showcasing a huge variety of ideas and creative talent.

Our competition came to a close last week, and we are now tasked with the challenge of picking just 50 designs for our Beermat Character exhibition, to be exhibited alongside 22 invited artists.

With such a diverse collection of Beermat Characters to choose from, we thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to invite a selection of leading publishers, writers and character designers to join us on our challenge! We’re delighted to confirm that our judges are: IdN magazine, Neil Bennett, editor of Digital Arts magazine, Lars Denicke & Peter Thaler at Pictoplasma, educator, writer & illustrator Lawrence Zeegen, illustrator Alex Mathers, Claire Rowlands, co-founder of Momiji, Polly & Chris, co-founders of WRAP & Adam Irwin at ThunderChunky.

Our judging panel will each pick ONE winning design for our exhibition, in addition to gifting their chosen winner with a token prize – which include signed art books, tote bags, magazine bundles & more! Inkygoodness will select artists for remaining spaces in the show, and a full exhibition line-up will be announced on Inkygoodness in September.

Judging kicks off today and ends on 31st August when our judges will make their final decision. Winners will be notified by e-mail on Sunday 2nd September, and announced publicly w/c 3rd September. 

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition – Good luck!

Click here to check out our full gallery of entries on Flickr

Meet our judging panel



International Designers’ Network

IdN is an international publication for creative people on a mission to amplify and unify the design community. Devoted to bringing designers from around the globe together to communicate with, learn from and inspire one another, IdN has truly become what the initials of its title proclaim it to be — an international designers’ network.


Lars Denicke & Peter Thaler, Pictoplasma

Contemporary Character Design and Art

Created as an international platform and playground, Pictoplasma showcases high-quality work by a wide array of independent artists and character designers, publishing and distributing their own high-quality books, DVD compilations and gadgets on the wider topic of contemporary character design and art, and organising annual events and exhibitions worldwide.


Neil Bennett, Digital Arts magazine
Inspiration for Digital Creatives
Digital Arts is a cross-platform magazine published by IDG for creative professionals, offering comprehensive coverage of the art of graphic design, 3d animation, video, web and interactive design; in print and online.


Lawrence Zeegen
Educator – - Illustrator – Writer
As Dean of Design at LCC / University of the Arts London, Zeegen leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses in advertising design, communication design, illustration and visual media and typographic design. An an illustrator and design writer, Zeegen has contributed to numerous publications including Creative Review, Grafik, Varoom, Digital Creative Arts, Computer Arts and is a regular lead contributor to Computer Arts Projects.


Alex Mathers
Illustrator & founder of Red Lemon Club & Ape on the Moon
Born in Copenhagen and currently residing in Japan, Alex is a self-taught illustrator and publisher, inspired by classic graphic design, geographical elements, sea creatures and snow monkeys. Alex runs Red Lemon Club; an online resource for creatives and freelancers, and Ape on the Moon; a contemporary visual arts site.


Claire Rowlands, Momiji
Momiji ['mom-ee-jee'] is a brand of collectible, hand-painted dolls inspired by Asian style and contemporary illustration.
Launching in 2005 with their core collection, the Momiji range now includes collaborations with contemporary artists from a variety of genres and backgrounds. Momiji retails at various outlets worldwide, including art and design shops and boutique toy stores.


Adam Irwin, Thunderchunky
Design and illustration portal, featuring interviews, news and artwork from the world’s most interesting artists.
Thunder Chunky has been around since 2003 creating a hybrid-mix of interviews and articles, inspired by illustration, design and animation. Their simple aim is to keep their audience amused and interested for as long as they can before they find something genuinely important to do with their day.


Chris Harrison & Polly Glass, WRAP Magazine
Celebrating illustration, design and creative culture.
Launched during London Design Festival in 2010 by Chris Harrison & Polly Glass, WRAP is a publication that bridges the gap between being a magazine and a product. Bursting with interviews and illustrations, WRAP features an eclectic range of creative endeavors and characters. A magazine for reading and wrapping!

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