Monday, February 10, 2020

Meet Our Judges: Nathan Huang, Art Director

We’ve been fans of both The New York Times’ OpEd and Sunday Review sections for years—our judge has been art director for both sections. Meet Nathan Huang, art director, designer, animator and illustrator, a graduate of the Art Center College of Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in illustration.

Currently, Nathan is the art director of the Sunday Review section of The Times as well as working as a freelance illustrator. His editorial clients have included The Times along with The New Yorker, PlanAdviser, PlanSponsor, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Paste and Good to mention a few.

Nathan arrived in New York from his hometown of Los Angeles, worked for Strategic Insight—the folks behind PlanSponsor and PlanAdviser magazines—as senior designer for web and print. After four years he moved on to The New York Times where he’s been for the past five years.

His work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, Society for News Design and Communication Arts.

We are pleased to have him on our jury along with fellow art directors Benjamin Bours, Katja Kollmann, Victoria Bee and executive design director Syndi Becker. Illustrators Rafael Alvarez, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Emile Holmewood, Cecilia Ruiz, Natalie Pudalov, Thomas Danthony and Takahisa Hashimoto round out our distinguished panel of judges.

Our show is open to all illustrators, art directors, publishers, educators, students in all countries for commissioned, no-commissioned and personal work produced or published prior to our show deadline.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 17
Deadline: March 27, 2020 (midnight EST)
Late Deadline: April 3, 2020 (late fees apply)

Open for entries

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

3x3 Annual 17 Judges Selected

Thanks to our Show Chair Christian Gralingen our judges for the 3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 17 are in place.

As always we weight our judges on the art direction end so we’re pleased to have Benjamin Bours, formerly Design Director at Wired Magazine and current Art Director at Apple; Katja Kollmann, Art Director for Covers at Der Spiegel, Germany; Nathan Huang, Art Director for The New York Times Op-Ed; Victoria Bee, freelance Art Director and Illustrator, Belgium and Syndi Becker, Executive Design Director, The Foundry.

In addition our international line up of distinguished illustrators include Rafael Alvarez, Germany; Tatsuro Kiuchi, Japan; Emile Holmewood - Blood Bros., New Zealand; Ceclia Ruiz; Natalie Pudalov, Israel; Thomas Danthony, United Kingdom and Takahisa Hashimoto, Japan.

We’ll begin promoting each of our judges in the coming weeks so you can get to know them better. All judging is done independently over a two week period. A majority of the judge’s votes are needed to make it into our show.

Our show is open to all illustrators, art directors, publishers, educators, students in all countries for commissioned, no-commissioned and personal work produced or published prior to our show deadline.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 17
Deadline: March 27, 2020 (midnight EST)
Late Deadline: April 3, 2020 (late fees apply)

Open for entries.

Friday, December 20, 2019

3x3 Show Save the Date: March 27, 2020

As we head into the new year, we’re starting our preparations for the 3x3 International Illustration Show No. 17.

This year’s Show Chair is Berlin art director and illustrator Christian Gralingen. Christian is in the process of putting together our international panel of judges for the 3x3 ProShow and 3x3 Student Show. Once we have the judges in place we will be announcing this year’s panel.

A big thank you to Italian illustrator Simone Virgini for providing the image and animation for our Call for Entries.

A couple of notes about Show 17: we’ll be adding a Games category and changing the qualifications for Series entries. In the past we have always asked for three to five images in a series, however we understand that in some cases an illustrator may only be providing two images for a project so we have lowered the number to between two and five images for a series for the same project.

We will once again honor one of our student winners with the special Gary Powell Young Illustrator Award, honoring the memory of illustrator and educator Gary Powell.

Our show will be open for entries beginning January 11th, so watch your inbox for our announcements and be sure to follow us on social media for all the latest news. Early deadline is March 27, 2020, Late deadline is April 3rd.

We’re pleased to announce that Annual 16 is off the press and will be in the mail next week.

Stay tuned for more interesting news in the new year.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and Artful New Year.

Illustration by Simone Virgini

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Little Chimp Society Illustrator Survey 2019

Just heard from Darren Di Lieto at the Little Chimp Society and Hire an Illustrator site that they’re doing their annual Illustrator’s Survey.

If you're not on Darren’s mailing list here's the pitch: ‘This survey will not just give us all an overview of the way things are, but the anonymous results will be available publicly, with the good stuff giving us all a bit of positive reinforcement and the not-so-good stuff making way for change and a better future. Together, we’re a huge community, but as individuals we are more isolated than most. By giving us just five minutes of your time to fill out this survey you’re contributing to something bigger than yourself and showing the world we are a force to be reckoned with.’

He’s had around 1,000 illustrators from all over the globe respond so far, be sure to add your voice to this important study.

Click here to participate. You can also check out the results from the 2018 survey.

Art by Ben the Illustrator

Friday, September 6, 2019

Edel Goes Back Home

This summer artist and illustrator Edel Rodriguez went back to his home country to paint the people who made him who he is today. You can follow his journey here. Photography courtesy of Rebecca Sanchez.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Yen-Chen Liu Wins Special Gary Powell Award

We’re pleased to announce the first recipient of the Gary Powell Young Illustrator Award, Yen-Chen Liu

Our 3x3 Student Show Winners were eligible for this special award honoring illustrator/educator Gary Powell. This year’s judging was completed by his esteemed colleagues Roderick Mills, Dr. Ed D’Souza, Dave Williams and Andrew (Foz) Foster. We’re pleased to add that Yen-Chen was the unanimous choice of the group.

The Gary Powell Award Winner will receive a distinctive embossed certificate from 3x3 and a one-year mentorship with these four leading illustrators in the United Kingdom. 

Gary Powell (1962-2017), a graduate of Central St. Martin’s School of Art & Design, established a significant international reputation as a graphic designer and award-winning illustrator working on projects that spanned editorial, design, advertising, multimedia. Noted as one of the country’s influential educators he was affiliated with a number of universities, including University of Brighton and University of Arts, London, for more than 25 years. This special award is given in his memory.

Congratulations to Yen-Chen Liu for this special honor. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Top Winners Announced by the Associazione Autori di Immagini

I was honored to have been invited to be a part of the jury for the 2019 Annual Associazione Autori di Immagini awards. Other members of the AI 2019 jury included President, illustrator Arianna Papini, and Creative Director Vicky Gitto, Comics Artist Ratigher, Lecturer Ada Natale, Artist Rep Debbie Bibo, Graphic Designer Clara Bolduri, Author Livio Sossi and Character Designer- Story Artist Marco Zanoni.

We viewed nearly 700 images in nine categories and selected 320 illustrations for publication.

Special awards include the Toppi, Wacom Digital Award and Fine Arts Award.

Toppi Award 2019 - Marco Soma

Marco Soma is a children’s book illustrator who works for publishers in Italy and abroad and as a professor of illustration at the Cuneo Fine Arts Academy and the Illustration School for Publishing Arts in Fabula. His work has received recognition from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bratislava Biennial of Illustration, The Original Art Exhibit at The Society of Illustrators the Nami Concours.  In 2015 he received the Emanuele Luzzati Award and first prize for a children’s book written by Bruno Tognolini and published by Rizzoli. In 2017 he received the second prize at the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival International Competition. The Toppi Award is for his work for Kite Edizioni.

Winner of the Wacom Digital Award 2019 - Alessandro Ferraro

Alessandro Ferraro is an illustrator and painter, a graduate of the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan he is a freelance illustrator based in Rome. As an illustrator he works with visual communication for companies, editorial and publishing.His work has been exhibited in Shanghai, Rome and New York. The Wacom award is for his work for Corsiero Editore.

Winner, Fine Arts Award Signed by Lyra - Sergio Olivotti

Sergio Olivotti is a graphic designer, illustrator and author of children's books and former architect and current adjunct professor at the Politecnico di Milano. He is an author and illustrator of a number of children’s books and has received recognition in numerous illustration competitions. He is the creator of the Italian Poster Biennale and his work has been selected by the Mexican, Finnish, Polish, Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Russian poster biennials. His winning image is showcasing the Unicycle as part of The Magnificent Journey exhibit.

From top left: Marco Zanoni, Vicky Gitto, Ratigher. Second row: Debbie Bilbo, Clara Bolduri, Livio Sossi. Third row: Ada Natale, Charles Hively, Arianna Papini.