Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pictoplasma Contest for Young Artists

Pictoplasma has teamed up with Adobe Project 1324 to invite all global youth (aged 18—24) to express their personalities in an artistically ‘characterized' self portrait.

Starting with a regular photograph like a headshot or profile picture and overlaying it with a graphical rendition of their true identity, entrants are invited to express their personality with a self-portrait that lets their inner character shine!

Five winners will be awarded with a full-blown Character Design Fellowship, including travel costs and participation at the Pictoplasma Academy masterclass in Mexico City October 2017, six-months of online mentoring, and attendance at the Pictoplasma Berlin Conference May 2018—including the opportunity to exhibit in an exclusive group show.

Any medium or tool may be used, from drawing, collage or digital painting, vector illustration, 3D graphics, masks, costume design or a mix of them all…

The Face-Off Challenge is open now, deadline for submissions is August 15, 2017. Additionally, the first 100 submissions are eligible to win one of ten year-long Creative Cloud subscriptions, donated by Adobe.

pictoplasma.com/face-off
#CharacterFaceOff

Deadline: August 15

Clockwise from top left:
Guillaume Kashima, Amandine Urruty, Jon Burgerman, Nadine Redlich


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

3x3 Picture Books Show Winners Announced

After two weeks of judging our distinguished panel of art directors, creative directors, editors and illustrators have made their selections. To get into the show an entry must receive a majority of judge’s votes, medalists are determined using an algorithm based on the judge’s preferences. Honorable mentions must have at least three judge’s votes.

We’re excited to say that our medalists and merit winners represent sixteen countries this year.

Gold medals go to Sally Han, Australia; Ofra Amit, Israel; João Concha, Portugal and Owen Davey, United Kingdom.

Our Silver medal winners include Pei-Yu Chang, Germany; Yael Albert, Israel, Paolo d'Altan, Italy and Shu-Man Wang, Taiwan.

Bronze medalists are Angela Keoghan, New Zealand; Gerry Turley, United Kingdom and James Yang, United States.

Distinguished Merits were awarded to Catalina Silva Guzmán, Chile; Valeria Petrone with two awards, Italy and Chi He, United Kingdom.

To see a complete list of winners go to our website.

Congratulations to our winners and we wish to thank our judges for their time completing the judging process.

This year’s ProShow judges include Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor, Chronicle Books, United States; Sophie Stericker, Creative Director, Hachette Children’s Books, United Kingdom; Louise Bolongaro, Head of Picture, Nosy Crow, United Kingdom and illustrators Orit Bergman, Israel and Andrea D’Aquino, United States.

Clockwise from top left: Ofra Amit, João Concha, Sally Han and Owen Davey

3x3 ProShow Winners Announced

After two rounds of judging our distinguished panel of art directors, creative directors, graphic designers and illustrators have made their selections. To get into the show an entry must receive a majority of judge's votes, medalists are determined using an algorithm based on the judge's preferences. Honorable mentions must have at least three judge's votes.

It is always interesting to see what our judges favor, and it seems they were looking for something new this year with a lot of new faces being represented. All judging was done digitally, the judges only saw a entry number with the image and were not aware of who the artist was.

And as always our show differs from most other shows in that our winners represent a number of countries outside the United States. Our medalists and merits represent thirty-six countries.

Our top winners represent twelve countries with our Best of Show going to IC4Design in Japan; Gold medals went to Katarzyna Bogdanska, Poland; Rod Hunt, United Kingdom; Elisa Talentino, Italy and Manuja Waldia, United States.

Silver medal winners include Patrick Doyon, Canada; James Gilleard, United Kingdom; Jianrong Lin, United States; Enzo Lo Re, Italy and Ileana Soon, United States.

Bronze medals went to Melinda Beck, United States; Siyu Cao, China; Menelaos Kouroudis, GreeceRyan Garcia, Canada; Emiliano Ponzi, Italy and Jhao-Yu Shih, Taiwan.

Our Distinguished Merits included illustrators from United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Ireland, Israel and the United States.

It was wonderful to see so many more entries in the Animation category this year and it appears our judges loved what they saw.

To see a complete list of winners go to our website.

Congratulations to our winners and we wish to thank our judges for their time completing the judging process.

This year's ProShow judges include Sam Arthur, Nobrow, United Kingdom; Julia Rothman, Illustrator, United States; Creative Director Jonathan Kenyon, United States; Dieter Braun, Illustrator, Germany; Art Director Orlie Kraus, United States; Graphic Designer Daniela Silva, United Kingdom and Creative Director Ivylise Simones, United States. Thanks also to Rod Hunt who was a great help as our show chair.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

3x3 International Illustration Student Show Winners Announced

We’re pleased to announce this year’s 3x3 Student Show winners.

The judges selected our winners from nearly 1,000 entries from 112 schools in 18 countries. After all the votes were tallied the judges awarded a Best of Show award, four Gold medals, four Silver, seven Bronze medals and nine Distinguished Merits in addition to fifty-two merit awards. Ninety-three Honorable Mentions were also announced.

Congratulations to Chenfu Hsing, Toyo Institute of Art and Design, Shinjuku, Japan, our Best of Show winner.

Max Loeffler, Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, Xin Ren, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom,  Katherine Lam, Ringling College of Art and Design and Enzo Lo Re, Brera Academy, Milan, Italy were our Gold medal winners. A complete list of this year’s winners are online.

Our judges were asked to vote an entry either In or Out, a majority of the judges votes were needed to be accepted into the show and a combination of total votes plus judge’s favorites determined each of our medal winners.

There were a great many entries that fell just shy of being accepted into the show and there were very few where the entry didn’t receive at least one or more judge’s votes.

Winners will be published in our print and digital editions due out later this year. They’ll also be exhibited online. A complimentary digital edition is being sent to leading art directors along with contact information for each illustrator.

Thank you to our judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to complete the judging process. And a heartfelt thank you to our Show Chair, Rod Hunt for all his help with the Show.

We’ll be announcing winners for our other two shows in the coming days.

Pictured starting from the top left clockwise, Chenfu Hsing, Max Loeffler, Katherine Lam, Enzo Lo Re and Xin Ren.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Julia Rothman Moderates AIGA Panel
on Interactive Children's Books

AIGA New York is having a panel discussion about illustator Lotta Nieminen's new book for Phaidon.

Lotta Nieminen's work spans a variety of mediums: from graphic design and branding to illustration and product. For her first publication with Phaidon, she designed and illustrated a series of interactive children's books that present young readers with a visual introduction to recipes and cooking. In a panel discussion with her publishing team, she will discuss the process and inspiration for this unique collaboration as well as introduce Pizza!, the second release in the Cook In A Book series.

Panelists 
Lotta Nieminen, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Art Director
Cecily Kaiser, Publishing Director, Children's Books at Phaidon
Meagan Bennett, Art Director, Children's Books at Phaidon

Moderator
Julia Rothman, Illustrator

Lotta Nieminen: Cook In A Book
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Etsy
55 Prospect Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Schedule 
6:30-7:00PM Doors open & check-in
7:00-8:30PM Panel discussion
8:30-9:00PM Book signing & reception

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Meet Our Remaining Judges

This rounds out the judges for our 3x3 International Illustration Awards Show No. 14. We’re pleased to have illustrators Orit Bergman and Andrea D’Aquino on our Picture Book Show panel and adding Julia Rothman and Dieter Braun for the Professional Show.

Since a child Orit has always done two things: drawn or painted and told stories. She studied visual communication at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, where she is now head of the Illustration Department. Bezalel was the only academic institution in Israel that offered a degree in visual communication; it was there that she realized her passion for illustration. “I  like to tell stories with the illustration. This is what I am doing, and it is what I am. Illustration is not my profession, it is my vocation—a way of living, a large part of my identity.” But since the Israeli market is quite small and there is such a high concentration of good illustrators she has had to work in a variety of areas. This led her to write and illustrate ten books and illustrate a dozen more, develop plays and the backdrops and props for them. Her environment has an influence on her work, “I’m inspired by the nature around me, the changing of the seasons, and the endless variety of shapes it takes. I also draw inspiration from my frequent train rides, where I can’t help but overhear many stories (people in Israel talk loudly on their cell phones), and where I have time to daydream.” www.oritberman.com

Andrea doesn’t like labels, while she’s been an ad agency art director, graphic designer, illustrator and writer, she prefers the label “creative”. While working as an art director had it’s perks: “I designed ads for Giorgio Armani, did shoots with Kate Moss, been on film sets with great cinematographers for TV spots that I’ve written, and collaborated with some of the best illustrators and photographers around. But somehow, as wonderful as all that is, I still found myself somewhat creatively unsatisfied.”  So she spent several summers in Italy, France and Spain and somewhere along the way she rediscovered her own creative nature and how to express it not for a client, but for herself. Drawing has always been a part of who she is, influenced by all matter of images from medieval to contemporary art, “I love medieval art for its magical story-telling quality, as well as Persian art. Inventive and unexpected uses of color is usually at the heart of what I like most.” She’ll admit, “Some of the best things I’ve made are mistakes, however this does not imply sitting and waiting is any kind of effective choice. I think all art is work, it takes effort and doing things over or just organizing and experimenting without a clear cut goal or without seeing pleasing results.” www.andreadaquino.com

Julia is a native New Yorker, her Hello NY: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs was praised by the New York Times, New York Daily News and on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. She has also created illustrations and pattern designs for newspapers, magazines, wallpaper, dishware, bedding, books, billboards and subway posters. And if that weren’t enough she has authored and illustrated nine books. When asked about advice for young illustrators, “I always hear illustrators talking about how worried they are now since ‘print is dead’.  But I think it’s important to think about the wide range of applications for illustration—everything from toys to textiles, to packaging and advertising. There’s plenty of work for illustrators.” About her own work,“ Often I look back at something I made and have regrets about doing a better job. The mistakes stand out like they’ve been circled in red.” A little known fact about Julie, back in high school and during summers in college she worked for a DJ as a ‘party motivator’, “I would go to fancy parties and lead the line dances or try to get people to dance. Nowadays I would never have the guts to get up and dance in front of crowds of strangers—well maybe after a few drinks.” www.juliarothman.com

Dieter loves animals especially following an African safari he and his wife went on. Growing up in the city of Dinslaken in the North Rhine-Westphalia area his parents were supportive of his interest in art and gave him a set of oil paints and an easel when he was ten years old. Though he felt he was a bit too young, he did try his hand at painting, “At first (they were) quite amateurish, but in time my paintings became better. And eventually I realized that I wanted to do it professionally.” He studied communication design at Folkwangschule in Essen and after trying different forms of design he gravitated towards illustration, “During my studies, I accepted my first assignments as an illustrator for small agencies in the Ruhr area, and I thus financed my life in Essen.” Today he works in Hamburg and sees himself as a classic applied illustrator though he has expanded into gallery work and as an author. Asked about the industry, “We are bombarded all day with photos, both with great, artistic, as well as with everyday mobile phone photos. It is perhaps easier nowadays to use the illustration to find their own special language.” His latest book Die Welt Der Wilden Tiere, is an illustrated book of wild life. www.brauntown.com

Clockwise from top left, Orit Bergman, Andrea D'Aquino, Julia Rothman, Dieter Braun

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
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Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

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Meet Our Judges: Daniela Silva, Designer
Granta Publications

Daniela is one of the few designers that I know of with a masters degree, graduating from DUOC UC in Chile, she gained her degree in Editorial Design from Central St. Martins in London.

She has been a freelance graphic designer since 2005 working for Prahlad Bubbar, I.B. Tauris Publishers, Phaidon Press and since 2011, at Granta Publications. She’s responsible for commissioning art, photography and illustration for the magazine as well as designing book covers for both Granta and Portobello Books.

Daniela is also the co-founder of Fotoautomat, an international photography magazine dedicated to the work of emerging photographers.

Daniela joins our 3x3 Professional Show jury along with Sam Arthur, Jonathan Kenyon, Orlie Kraus, Ivylise Simones, Julia Rothman and Dieter Braun.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
Call for Entries poster

Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

Sign-up to receive our Call for Entries and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter