Below is a full list and description of all of the
ISCAcon31 competitions and award categories.

Please be aware that awards are subject to change.


Best Likeness
The focus of this particular competition is getting really great LIKENESS while maintaining the defining qualities of caricature.

(A warm up round, and three 10-minute official rounds). In each round, artists will have 10 minutes to draw the same subject. Paper size should be no larger than 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) by 16 inches (40.6 centimeters). Artists participating in the Likeness Competition are prohibited from adding bodies/gags to their drawings. Head and shoulders ONLY. The focus of this particular competition is getting really great LIKENESS while maintaining the defining qualities of caricature. Following each round, artists must write their competition number on each caricature and hang it on the designated wall space. Following the third round, artists will have the rest of the designated time to vote on their favorite rendition of each subject.

Speed (World’s Fastest Caricaturist)
The objective is to draw as many faces as possible in 5 minutes. There will be a first round qualifying heat, and the top five will compete in a final heat to determine the winners. 

Rules: Paper size should be no smaller than 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) by 8.5 inches (21.59 centimeters). Head and shoulders ONLY — no bodies or gags, and no floating heads. Profiles are also prohibited. Quality is a factor — only pieces considered “sellable” by a panel of judges will be considered.

Best Live Event Style
Formerly known as the Live Retail/Party Style Competition, competitors will have 30 minutes to draw live subjects in a party/event atmosphere. Competitors may draw in whatever style they want — black and white, color, heads-only, heads & bodies, digital, any size — though it’s suggested they work in whatever style/setup best reflects their own live drawing setup. Artists must write their competition number on each caricature. After the heat is over, artists have 10 minutes to hang their art on their wall. All Competitor attendees are given a ballot and are encouraged to vote, whether they participated in the competition or not. The artist with the most votes wins. Voting ends sharply after 1 hour. Voting criteria includes: Number of caricatures completed, likeness, artistic merit, humor and personalization.

Award Categories

FB Contest Winner
Attending members vote on their single favorite drawing from all of the first place winners of the ISCA Members Facebook Contest (those won between November 21st, 2021 and November 17th, 2022). The recipient is given a free one year membership to ISCA.

Best Live/Retail Portfolio
This year, Live/Retail Portfolio submissions must be brought as physical printouts held together in some sort of binder or folder and must be contained in a single volume. Portfolios should be no larger than 16 x 22 inches (40 x 55 cm). The portfolio should contain pieces that best represent the artist’s live work from 2022 (live work is defined as any caricature created in a retail or gig setting). Reference images of the subjects MUST be included.

Outstanding Group Composition is awarded for exceptional depiction of three or more subjects in the same image. When voting, consider a cohesive theme, story or subject interaction.

Best Body Situation is awarded for the most interesting, humorous or innovative use of the full figure of the subject(s). When voting, be sure to consider drawings of individuals, as well as groups, while keeping in mind a focus on the figure.

Most Humorous is awarded for exceptional use of humor in caricature. When voting, consider, does it make you laugh? 

Outstanding Monochromatic Technique is awarded for exceptional use of black and white, grayscale or monochrome technique in caricature. When voting, consider line quality and/or use of black and white or single color values.

Outstanding Color Technique is awarded for exceptional understanding and application of color theory in caricature. When voting, consider how color and color theory concepts are used to enhance likeness, exaggeration, and overall composition of a piece. 

Outstanding Minimalist Technique
Less is more. When voting, consider how minimal use of line, simplified shapes or abstract forms can successfully be used to convey a strong likeness. 

Outstanding Exaggerated Style is awarded for exceptional use of exaggeration in caricature. By definition, a piece cannot be a caricature without exaggeration. When voting, consider how the exaggerations used by the artist enhance the likeness. Does this advance the art form into new and exciting directions? 

Outstanding 3D Technique is awarded for exceptional use of a three dimensional technique in caricature. This may include but is not limited to clay, foam or paper sculptures, stuffed fabric or puppets, found object assemblages, etc. When voting, consider form and material.

Outstanding Cartoon Style is awarded for exceptional use of cartooning technique in caricature. When voting, consider the use of character design, cartoon and comic book illustration techniques.

Most Innovative Technique is awarded to artists who think outside the box of traditional caricature. Innovative techniques may include but are not limited to non-traditional media, immersive experiences, unexpected surprises and functionality. When voting, consider how form, material and concept work together to tell a story. Remember, ​​2D work can still be innovative!

Ismael Roldan/Rookie of the Year
Any first time IN-PERSON con attendee is eligible for Rookie of the Year (if your first time competing was at ISCAcon29: Mailbox Mayhem, or VIRTUALLY at ISCAcon30: Las Vegas, you will still qualify for this award). Rookies will be designated with a green dot next to their wall number. When voting, consider the wall/body of work of all the first time con attendees and choose your favorite.

Best Studio Piece
Participants may submit their single best studio piece that was made in the past year. The subject of the studio piece does NOT need to be an ISCA member. Voting is subjective, pick one that speaks to you! Artwork must be no larger than 14” x 18” (35.56 cm x 45.72 cm). We recommend submitting prints or reproductions for 2-D artwork, however if you wish to submit an original piece, you do so at your own risk and ISCA cannot be held responsible for any theft or damage. If submitting a 3-D piece for the Studio Competition, then original artwork is perfectly acceptable, but though like 2-D artwork, you do so at your own risk. 3D pieces must also fit within the allotted  14” x 18” (35.56 cm x 45.72 cm) table space.

Best Studio Portfolio
Each competitor has the option to submit a single portfolio of studio work to this competition. Portfolios must be no larger than 16” x 22” (40 x 55 cm) and must be contained in a single volume. The portfolio should contain pieces that best represent the artists’ studio work from any time in their career, but must also include at least one piece from 2022.

Top 10 Caricatures of the Year
When voting, this really can be your favorite caricature. What do you consider the most impactful? Does it have all the elements of what you consider to be a great caricature?

Top 10 Caricaturists of the Year (Noseys)
When voting, consider the artist’s entire wall/body of work and vote on who you think deserves to be the winner of the prestigious Golden Nosey.

Judges and Raffle:

EF Article Submission
Members who have submitted an article to EF in the past year will have their name put into a random drawing. The winner of the drawing is given a free year of membership to ISCA

Guest of Honor Award
A single winner chosen at the discretion of our Guest of Honor, Paul Moyse.

*Due to technological limitations and insuring that all qualifying artwork is easily accessible for voting, Best Animated Caricature and Best Reaction Video categories have been removed from the ISCAcon31 competition. Hold on to your potential submissions for these categories, we are working to find them a new home where they can reach as wide of an audience as possible, which may be outside of the ISCAcon experience. Thank you for your understanding.