Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Meet the Judges: Hannah Ray

We are always very fortunate to recruit top art directors, creative directors, design directors and designers to judge our 3x3 Shows, this year is no exception.

We’d like to introduce Hannah Ray.

Hannah is Editorial Manager at Macmillan Children’s Books in London. An English Graduate, she has worked in children’s publishing for the last 12 years and has been editing picture and gift books at Macmillan for the last seven.

Hannah works with established authors and illustrators as well as exciting new talent, as part of a lively and creative publishing team. She has commissioned and edited a number of award-winning books, and also worked on the official picture-book edition of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom.

Hannah will be judging the 3x3 Picture Book categories.

Open to all illustrators in all countries, enter our professional, picture book or student show. All entries must be in by March 31st, enter today.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Meet the Judges: Ronn Campisi

We are always very fortunate to recruit top art directors, creative directors, design directors and designers to judge our 3x3 Shows, this year is no exception.

We are beginning our series with Ronn Campisi.

Ronn Campisi specializes in publication design including newspapers, magazines and books.

Ronn’s background includes broad experience in the field of publication design. He is the former design director of The Boston Globe. He has also served as design director of Boston, The Real Paper and Fusion magazines. He has designed the formats for many of the leading technology magazines and newspapers published in America including PC Magazine, Computerworld, Computer Reseller News and InfoWorld.

Ronn has won more than 300 awards for his work, many of which were linked to his redesign of the highly successful Boston Globe Magazine.

In 1983, he was the designer and part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a special magazine section entitled War and Peace in the Nuclear Age. His work has appeared in the Graphis Annual as well as Graphis Magazine, the Type Directors Club Annual, Print and Communication Arts.

He has lectured at the American Press Institute, The School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, The Society of Newspaper Design, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Boston Computer Society, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and the British Design and Art Direction Association, London.

He has judged numerous design competitions including Art Directors Club of New York, The Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Society of Illustrators, CA Magazine Design Annual, European Illustration, The Society of Newspaper Design and the Type Directors Club. And now he's judging the 3x3 ProShow.

Open to all illustrators in all countries, enter our professional, picture book or student show. All entries must be in by March 31st, enter today.

Friday, January 30, 2015

3x3 International Illustration Annual
Call for Entries

We are now accepting entries in the 2015 3x3 International Illustrator’s show. This year’s deadline for all shows is March 31, 2014.

Why our show?

It seems everyday there’s another contest for illustrators, what makes ours different? First, it is solely illustration-oriented, we don't have contests for photographers or designers, only illustrators. Secondly, it's truly international, last year we had entries from over 35 countries. And lastly our Annual is on the newsstands—one of only three who are available there—and the only one that is devoted entirely to illustration.

What’s new?

Medals. Best of Show and Gold medal winners receive our distinctive 3×3×3-inch cube, Silver and Bronze winners receive a framed award; all distinctive merit and merit winners receive certificates. This has been on our wish-list for some time now, but we have just received our samples and will go into production.

We will be creating an app of the annual and it will be offered free to a select list of art directors and art buyers worldwide. We'll also let them know about the Annual’s website and give them a substantial discount when ordering our print edition.

We have added a category in our student show separating out children’s books from the other categories which include illustration, animation and books. This allows our judges to judge these categories separately.

We’ll waive registration fees at our annual Nuts & Bolts Conference for our Student Best of Show and Gold medal winners.

Our Best of Show and Gold medal winning entries will receive a free page in our 2015 3x3 Illustration Directory plus they’ll not pay any publication fees for their best of show and gold medal winning entries.

Our Judges

For the professional show: Ronn Campisi, former Design Director, Boston Globe; Christian Drury, former Senior Art Director, Wall Street Journal; April MontgomeryArt Director, IDG Enterprise and Samantha JohnsonPicture Editor, Penguin Press, United Kingdom and illustrators Nishant Choksi, United Kingdom, Christian Gralingen, Germany, Lasse Skarbovik, Sweden and Ellen Weinstein.

For our picture book show: Hannah Ray Editorial Manager, Macmillan Children’s Books, United Kingdom; Debra SfetsiosArt Director, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Ben Norland, Executive Art Director, Walker Books Ltd., United Kingdom; Svein StørksenEditor in Chief, Magikon Forlag, Norway; and award-winning illustrators Janette Bornmarker, Sweden, Calef Brown and Steve Simpson, Ireland.

For our student show: Pamela Fogg, Design Director, Middlebury Magazine and illustrator/educators Paul Burgess, United Kingdom; Martin Haake, Germany; Cedomir Kostovic, Simon Peplow, United Kingdom and James Yang.

Ready to enter? Just click your link: 3x3 ProShow3x3 Picture Book Show3x3 Student Show. Have questions, check out our FAQ.

Deadline for all shows: March 31, 2015. Entries uploaded after that date will be assessed a $10 per entry late fee; entries will not be accepted after April 5, 2015.

Illustration by Giulio Bonasera, Italy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s in the Mail

Just received our samples for the 3x3 International Annual No. 11 which means the Annual is on its way to our subscribers and those that ordered the Annual as well as heading to selected newsstands worldwide.

Thank you to Chris Young, The Prolific Group in Winnipeg, for his expert handling of our project. Chris is our go-to guy for the Annual and again he didn't disappoint.

And thank you to all who support our efforts either by entering our shows, subscribing or buying our books and magazines.

The Annual was delayed by the holidays but we are making every effort to speed up the production process so the 2015 Annual arrives earlier.

And start gathering your entries, the 2015 Annual No. 12 deadline is March 30. Our Call for Entries goes out this week, to add your name to our mailing list go here.

Cover illustration by Mark Smith

Friday, January 16, 2015

Donald Kilpatrick III Exhibit Opens in New York

This marks Donald Kilpatrick’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and his New York debut featuring over twenty-five new paintings.

Sing Down the Moon explores Kilpatrick’s use of allegory in pursuit of engaging narratives that transport the viewer to imaginary epochs. Books and birds, a needle and thread, axes and snakes are some of the many symbols used to represent humanity’s innate desire to cultivate, serve, and command nature.

These visual poems draw from the artist’s personal archive, which include, printed matter, title pages from books and sketchbooks.

Kilpatrick earned has an M.A. from Syracuse University in 2006. He moved to Detroit in 2007 to begin his career at the College for Creative Studies where is a professor of traditional and digital illustration of which he has been the department chair since 2010.

His work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, the L.A. Times, and the Wall Street Journal. His paintings have been exhibited in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Miami.

The Butcher’s Daughter Gallery
318 West 142nd Street
New York NY 10030

Opening reception
January 17, 6-9pm

Exhibit run through February 28th

Tomi Ungerer Exhibit Opens Today

Lots of illustration related art openings this weekend. One in particular has been a long time coming. Tomi Ungerer: All in One opens at The Drawing Center in SoHo. Steven Heller will have a conversation with the artist at 3pm tomorrow followed by a book signing.

The Drawing Center exhibition is the first career retrospective in the United States dedicated to this extraordinary artist. Beginning with his childhood drawings depicting the Nazi invasion of Strasbourg, through his work in New York and Canada, and concluding with Ungerer’s most recent political and satirical campaigns as well as his illustrations for the 2013 children’s book Fog Island, Tomi Ungerer: All in One will re-introduce this wildly creative individual to New York City and the world. The exhibition will occupy the entire Drawing Center, with a spotlight “exhibition” of Ungerer’s erotic drawings in the Drawing Room and animations in the lower-level Lab gallery.

Curated by Claire Gilman, Curator.

Tomi Ungerer: All in One is made possible by the support of Phaidon Press, Lisa Silver and Jean Castelli, an anonymous gift in honor of Frances Beatty Adler, the Maurice Sendak Foundation, EDF Group, Philippe Castagnet, HarperCollins, Dominque Formhals, Fiona and Eric Rudin, the French Embassy, and L’école des Loisirs.

Special thanks to the Musée Tomi Ungerer-Centre international de l'illustration

We profiled Tomi as one of our Illustration Icons in Issue 6.

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
New York NY 10013

Exhibit runs through March 22.

Exhibition Opening: Illustration Art

Swann Galleries in Manhattan is showcasing original illustrations, the exhibition opens this Saturday with the auction on January 22.

Some of the most famous names in illustration are being exhibited and sold. Contemporary illustrators like James McMullen, pictured top left and Joseph Leyendecker, top right, as well as Phil Hays, David Stone Martin, Aubery Beardsley, Seymour Chwast, Stefan Dohanos, James Montgomery Flagg, Edward Gorey, John Held, Al Hirschfeld, Rockwell Kent, David Levine, Ed Sorel, the New Yorker cartoonists, Bob Peak, Tomi Ungerer and many others. All original art with estimates in the hundreds to the thousands.

The image by James McMullen includes the acetate overlay with the handwritten text others like Tomi Ungerer’s are preparatory sketches, one of his is on onion skin.

It will be like a walk through time and some of the estimates make purchasing even affordable.

Check out the online gallery here, 3-D catalog here.

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
New York NY 10010

Exhibition Hours: 
Saturday 12-5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 10-6pm
Auction is on Thursday at 1:30pm

Contact Christine von der Linn, cv@swanngalleries.com for details.