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

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.