Shenton Park digital designer wins silver in world Adobe competition


Pedal to the medal: Elliot Tawns wastes no time when producing his high quality work.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d472518
Pedal to the medal: Elliot Tawns wastes no time when producing his high quality work. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d472518

A SHENTON Park artist who claimed silver at an international digital design competition has revealed he entered only because he was ahead at Tafe.

Elliot Tawns (21) recently jetted back into Perth from California, where he fell just short of gold at the Adobe Certified Associate World Championships.

The competition called on competitors to design a 16-inch by 20-inch poster for non-profit group Iridescent.

Second place was an incredible effort, with more than 110,000 students entering and just 47 making it to the finals in the USA.

“I was happy with second. Of course I would have loved to get first but I’m super-happy with the result as I didn’t think I’d get anything,” Mr Tawns said.

Interestingly Mr Tawns, an artist who goes by the alias D.E.B.T, qualified for the trip after being encouraged by his graphic design lecturer John Fitzsimmons.

“I was ahead in class so he suggested I treat the competition as an exercise,” Mr Tawns said.

“I managed to get it done in a couple of hours and applied the same day.

“Once I won the Australian competition, I just had to get ready for the competition in America.”

He did not mess about in the final either, using just half of the eight hours available to finish the project.

“I had to go back down at 6pm for an interview, so with the extra hours I went back up to my room to sleep off some of the jet lag,” he said.

Mr Tawns landed behind winner and Las Vegas local Ana Katarina and in front of third-placed finisher and People’s Choice winner Yi-An Chen from Taiwan.

Together with his silver medal, Mr Tawns received free software and $3500 scholarship money for his effort. He said the rest of the year would be spent working on casual jobs and personal projects before he starts a diploma of graphic design in 2018.

“I’m hoping (the World Championships) will get me noticed as a designer and even get me an internship or job in the graphic design industry,” he said.

He said the long-term goal was to be a self-supporting artist.