16-year-old Shania McDonagh won a national art competition in Ireland for her incredible pencil drawing, titled “Coleman”. The original photograph is by James Fennell, depicting fisherman and seaweed harvester Coleman Coyne. Thousands of young students participated in the competition, although McDonagh came out on top. She will be presented with her €1,500 first-prize reward at the prize giving ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham next month when all of the 126 winners will be in attendance.
The chairman of the judging panel Professor Declan McGonagle said: “Her work has established her as one of the most talented artists of her generation, and one whose skill could see her become one of Ireland’s foremost portrait artists of the future.”
A few more drawings by McDonagh: