Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Meet Our Judges: Cristianno Guerri, Art Director

We are pleased to have the Italian art director, artist and photographer Cristiano Guerri join this year’s jury.

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, Carrara, he started work as graphic designer pursuing a special interest in the field of independent music labels.

He has served as senior graphic designer at Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, and from 2008 to present, he’s an art director at Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore in Milan.


His work has been published in various books and magazines including Gestalten Verlag, Abitare, La Stampa, Alias/Il Manifesto, Design is Kinky, Repubblica and Tracks – an overview of contemporary graphic design.



He received the Ciampi L'altrarte award together with the illustrator Gianni Pacinotti (Gipi) and numerous awards of excellence from Print European Design Annual and medals from the Society of Illustrators New York for the art direction of the Charles Bukowski's book series with illustrator Emiliano Ponzi and Gianluca Folì’s illustration for The Prodigious Life of Isidoro Sifflotin.



He’s also curator of 0_100 Editions, self-publishing project about contemporary photography. 0_100 Editions is an independent publishing project dedicated to producing strictly limited edition photographic books of wordless stories.


The entire 0_100 Editions collection has recently been acquired by the MoMA Library.

www.cristianoguerri.com

3x3 International Illustration Annual Show No.15

The 3x3 International Illustration Awards Show is open to all illustrators in all countries. There is a separate jury for each of our three shows: Professional, Student and Picture Book. For full details download our Call for Entries pdf to enter go to our homepage.

Deadline: March 23, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 15
Call for Entries Now Open

We’re pleased to welcome entries into our fifteenth annual international illustration awards show. As you may know our show is truly international with entries from all across the globe judged by leading art directors, designers and illustrators in the U.S. and abroad.

Last year’s winners represented forty countries and sixty-one art schools and universities worldwide. We have more categories than any other show which means your work is judged with related subject matter. We weight the jury towards art directors so you know your work measures up.

And we offer cash prizes to our Best of Show and cash-value prizes to our gold medalists—in total over $9,000 in prizes. We keep our entry fees and publication fees affordable and we promote our winners in social media, in print and direct to art directors who receive a digital edition of the annual free and a hefty discount for the print edition if they wish.

Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student.
Open to all illustrators in all countries.

Our show chair Bill Mayer has helped put together a jury that brings together the best of the best. Our 3x3 ProShow judges include Martin Gee, Senior Art Director, Time Magazine; Erin Mayes, Creative Director, EmDash; Cristano Guerri, Art Director, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Italy; Javier Jean, Illustrator, Spain and Victo Ngai, Illustrator. Our 3x3 Picture Book jury includes Sheila Smallwood, Creative Director, Houghton Mifflin, illustators Rafael Lopez, Mexico and Rutu Modan, Israel and Aljoscha Blau, Germany and one additional art director. Our 3x3 Student Show judges include Francesco Izzo, Art Director, Nautilus Magazine and illustrators Marion Arbona, France; Jill Calder, United Kingdom and Keith Negley.

For complete information about our show including categories and fees check out our Call for Entries.

Deadline: March 23, 2018
Late Deadline: March 30, 2018 (a $10 late fee is added to your entry fee)

illustration by Francesco Zorzi, Italy

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bill Mayer Named Show Chair for Annual No. 15

We’re pleased to announce this year’s show chair is Bill Mayer. The ever-consummate illustrator, Bill will tell you, “I’ve always been attracted to that line between humor and horror from an early age.” The range of Bill’s work runs from editorial, character design, children’s books to posters, stamps and these tiny gouache paintings that have the look of times past. I’m personally amazed at the range you see coming from Bill. Perhaps, it’s because Bill will tell you he bores easily. In between those paying assignments he’s constantly experimenting with new subject matter, new media, new surfaces and new ideas.

A true son of the South, Bill was born in Birmingham, Alabama, moved to Memphis as a child (and then New York) before settling in Atlanta, attended Florida’s Ringling School of Art and now resides in Decatur, Georgia. But his work is anything but regional. Ringling gave him his really strong foundation in drawing and painting and the fact that their museum has one of the best collections of rococo and baroque art this side of Italy had its influence as well. But don’t call Bill a fine artist—he bristles at the suggestion—he’ll tell you that sounds a bit pretentious. The mastery he has with paint recalls an earlier time though with a modern slant; there’s a certain mystery and allure to the work where you want to spend time with the image. And you want to hang it on your wall. Bill says, “I am drawn to traditional paintings from the romantic period. Partially because I find it an interesting paradox between the humorous and sometimes creepy subject matter. Actually I don’t find them that creepy, but I have heard enough other people say it, so I have come to accept it.”

Visit his studio as 3x3 did in Issue No .21 and you’ll see an eclectic collection of dead things, a cow’s head on the wall with a varsity hat and a chain of oval carabineers around his neck like a gold chain, there’s a stuffed dog on the floor and the head of a seal next to it. He’ll tell you he and his wife Lee have always been drawn to carnival freak show atmosphere.

No stranger to recognition Bill has received multiple gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, gold and bronze medals from SILA, a silver medal from 3x3, a gold medal from the National Addy awards, the Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence, the Joseph Morgan Henninger Best of Show award and the list could go on. His clients include Mattel, Hasbro, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Levi’s for Women, Jose Cuervo, Time Magazine, PlanSponsor, IBM, Delta Airlines to name a few.

Bill is rounding up a great selection of judges from around the globe and we’ll be introducing them shortly.

The show will officially open for your entries on January 29. This year’s deadline is March 23, late deadline is March 30. Enter our Professional, Picture Book and Student shows with multiple categories for published and unpublished work.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 15
Deadline: March 23, 2018
Open for entries: January 29, 2018

www.3x3mag.com

Monday, October 30, 2017

Milton Glaser at Cooper Union:
The Design of Dissent

Milton Glaser, the renowned artist and designer, returns to his alma mater for a free, public discussion on “The Design of Dissent”. Following the conversation with designer Steven Heller, there will be a book signing of the 2017 updated version of Glaser’s The Design of Dissent (co-authored with Mirko Ilic), newly subtitled, Greed, Nationalism, Alternative Facts and the Resistance.

Milton Glaser cofounded the revolutionary Push Pin Studios, founded New York magazine with Clay Felker, established Milton Glaser, Inc., and teamed with Walter Bernard to form the publication design firm WBMG. He also designed the famous I♥NY campaign. Glaser’s artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at both the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is also a part of several permanent collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2009.

For 33 years Steven Heller was an art director at the New York Times, originally on the OpEd Page and for almost 30 of those years with the New York Times Book Review. Currently, he is co-chair of the School for Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President for New Programs and writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve a space here. Please note first come, first seated; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

The Design of Dissent
Monday, November 13, 2017
7:30-9:00pm

The Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rutu Modan Named Educator of the Year

Rumor has it that Rutu Modan conceived her first comic when she was five years old. She and a friend developed a story about a classmate whom they both didn’t particularly like. And so a career begins.

Rutu has always drawn pictures but she used them to illustrate a story, many times one that was happening around her. Today she prefers fiction but there’s always a bit of reality in her work as well.

There were very few comics when she was growing up save for a rare comic or two, and one book of Tintin. And comics, especially alternative comics, were unheard of in her native Israel. After compulsory military service where she stopped drawing, she discovered the works of Edward Gorey, graduated cum laude from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and immediately contributed comics to Israel’s leading newspapers.

She’ll tell you that leap wasn’t hard at all, since editors had never seen comics before they were game to give it a go. She just went to the editor, told him her idea for a comic strip and began to work. When she ran out of ideas she’d simply change the subject matter and continue on, it was fun and she was getting paid for it. She says “Sometimes it’s an advantage when there’s no tradition.”

She was also an editor for the Hebrew version of Mad magazine thanks to her Uncle being the publisher. She and her good friend Yimi Pinkus were responsible for 25% of the content—75% was furnished from the States. They were more interested in doing their alternative comics a la Raw magazine, but the people who liked Mad hated their work and those who appreciated their alternative style hated the Mad material—they were done after ten issues. What came out of that experience was the self-publishing collective, Actus Tragicus. After going to Angoulême with their first set of mini-comics the collective began producing one book a year.

In 1996, Rutu collaborated with Israeli author Etgar Keret on her first graphic novel, Nobody Said it Was Going to Be Fun which went on to become an Israeli bestseller. In 1997 she received the Young Artist of the Year award, in 1998 the Best Illustrated Children's Book award from the Youth Department of the Israel Museum.

She contributes to magazines and periodicals all over the world—her comics and illustrations have been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Le Monde to name a few. She has had two comics serialized in the the New York Times, published three books with Drawn & Quarterly as well as a children’s book for Toon Books.

Grace Bello, Publisher’s Weekly, says this, “Modan’s voice stands out, not only because there aren’t many Israeli comics artists—or many female comics artists—but also because she deals with complex issues of self, family, and culture.” What’s intriguing about Modan’s work is her ability to translate specific experiences into stories that feel universal. And Françoise Mouly, art director of the New Yorker and founder of kid’s comics publisher Toon Books adds “You get a sense of the ambivalence of a contemporary person in Israel.... She’s an Israeli artist accepting conflicting feelings that have more questions than answers. She uses ligne claire—the clear line—to deal with storylines that are murky and ambiguous, which lends power to her work.”

In addition to her projects, she drives from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem once a week to teach comics and illustration at her alma mater. She’s been teaching for the past twenty-three years, starting two years after graduation, and she loves it. As she puts it after receiving notice as our Illustrator/Educator of the Year, “I especially like the fact I can finally talk about my experience as a teacher—it’s rare that I’m being asked about it and it is such a big part of my professional life”.

We are pleased to name Rutu Modan our 2017 Illustrator/Educator of the Year. You’ll be able to find out more about Rutu in our upcoming annual.

Photo by Ephrat Beloosesky

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Steven Heller

“How Steven Heller Redefined the Design Industry”
SVA’s Steven Heller has helped launch dozens of high-profile design careers. To his protégés, he seems like the ultimate insider — but he didn’t start out that way. So begins one of the best profiles of Steven Heller ever. Written by Mariam Aldhahi, the long-form interview explores what makes Steven tick and why he considers himself an imposter.

A fantastic read! You'll find it on Magenta.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Annual 14 Ready for Pre-Order

We’re busy working on this year’s Annual; you can follow the progress on our Instagram feed. Available in print, eBook and as a pdf—you’ll want to order the print edition now.

To order just go to our website and reserve your copy.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 14
ISBN: 978-1-946750-03-7
Softcover
6.5 x 9.25-inches (16.51 x 23.495-cm)
400+ pages
$35.00, print (plus shipping & handling)
$17.99, Pdf or eBook

Scheduled for delivery in mid-December

Cover illustration by Ahn Na Lim