An art enthusiast and comic book fan has won a Tele competition to design an Oor Wullie statue for this summer’s Bucket Trail.
Anna Whitelaw, 12, from the Stannergate area of Dundee, submitted her concept for the Tele’s sponsored statue and was told this week that her idea had been picked.
Her sketch will be the concept that artist Fiona Chance, commissioned by the Tele, will develop and paint on to one of the 50 statues that will appear around the city from June 20.
The design, the Tay Bridge at sunset reflecting off the water, was thought up in her grandmother’s livingroom, which looks out on to the river.
The Grove Academy first-year pupil said: “My gran is a reader of the paper so she’d seen the competition. She encouraged me to enter, knowing how much I like to draw.
“I did it at her house — I looked out her window, saw the bridge and thought, it’s perfect.
“I think it’s all about Dundee and no other place in the world has it — and I wanted to draw something to celebrate the city.”
Anna will also appear as a character in a DC Thomson comic for winning the competition.
She has been asked to submit a photo to the Tele so that an artist can immortalise her in ink.
She said: “I was so excited to hear I’d won and I can’t wait to appear as a character.
“I read Desperate Dan — I’m a big fan — and love comics in general.
“I already drew a lot of cartoons but this has made me even more enthusiastic. I can’t wait to see it completed and out on the trail.”
Mum Claire said: “I’m so pleased that she won.
“It’s so good, given how many applied. It has been a great confidence boost for her.
“I’m just really proud of her. It has made her even more enthusiastic about art and has helped her to see possibilities for the future.
“It has opened her eyes to what she can do and made her realise there’s a good future for her doing something she enjoys.
“We were just talking the other week about what she wants to do when she is older.
“She said she would like to work along the lines of designing cartoon strips, possibly at DC Thomson — this result is so positive.”
Fiona Booth, Anna’s guidance teacher at the school, added: “The school is absolutely delighted to hear she won.
“We encourage the values of our school, participation and doing your best.
“The way Anna has quietly done this, on her own, is brilliant.
“She’s a lovely girl and we’re just so happy for her.”
Fiona is all set to get started on bringing Anna’s concept to life in the coming weeks.
The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail is making good progress, with some of the statues already completed.
The trail is a collaboration between DC Thomson, Wild in Art and the ARCHIE Foundation to raise funds for Tayside Children’s Hospital.