Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Meet Our Judges:
Sheila Smallwood, Creative Director

We’re pleased to have Sheila Smallwood join our jury panel for our Picture Book Show.

Sheila has spent the last twenty-four years in children’s and young adult publishing. Graduating with a degree in illustration and graphic design from Carnegie Mellon University she started work as an art assistant at Little, Brown and Company before rising to Creative Director. A hands-on art director she was responsible for all creative aspects of publishing. In 2003 she was recruited by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to work on their Books for Young Readers titles rising to Vice President in 2014.

She oversaw the design, art direction and management of all company young reader titles supervising teams in both Boston and New York. She was responsible for nearly 300 titles each year including teen fiction, non-fiction and media tie-ins.

Over her career she has collaborated with authors and illustrators including Toni Morrison, Chris Van Allsburg, Pamela Zagarenski, Beth Krommes and Melissa Sweet on award-winning and notable picture books. Her designs have won numerous awards in The Society of Illustrators Show in New York and The New York Book Show. She’s won the prestigious Caldecott Honor Award twice for her picture book designs for Red Sings from Treetops and Sleep Like A Tiger. She is currently pursuing her own creative projects in Boston.

What Sheila will be looking for: “I would be looking at the quality of the execution: how powerful or dynamic the expression comes across in the execution of the art—in color and content—and how well it is conveyed to the reader; and then the carry through consistency of the characters from page to page and how well the art enhances the text/story.”

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, March 6, 2018

Meet Our Judges: Erin Mayes, Design Director

We’re pleased to have Erin Mayes join our ProShow jury. Erin comes with a wealth of knowledge as an art director and designer of publications including a stint at Men’s Journal as deputy art director followed by being on staff art director at Roger Black and then senior designer at Pentagram before establishing her own design firm, EmDash.

Erin received a Bachelor of Science in photojournalism from the University of Texas and has worked as an editorial art director and designer for over twenty-five years. Her editorial design background has covered subject matter from celebrity profiles, to investigative journalism, to diary cow maintenance.

Her clients have included National Geographic Society, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Society of Illustrators, University of Florida, Purdue University, William & Mary University, The University of Texas, UT Press, Texas Monthly Custom Publishing and The Texas Observer.

EmDash’s current clients include wonderfully illustrated alumni publications for Harvard Business School, Denison University, Caltech Alumni Association, Kappa Kappa Gamma, University of Texas—Texas-Exes and University of Nebraska. As well as cookbooks, books, posters and album covers and entertainment branding.

Her work has received awards from AIGA, American Illustration, American Photography, Society of Publication Designers, Print, Communication Arts, CASE, Society of Illustrators and was nominated in 2013 for a Grammy award.

Erin taught editorial design at both the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of Texas in Austin.


What Erin will be looking for: “I’m excited to see the new work this year, and will be looking for well-crafted illustrations that have a unique idea and clear voice. But mostly I’m looking forward to being surprised.”

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Meet Our Judges: Francesco Izzo, Art Director

Design is a broad category and it’s not more evident than here where we have Francesco Izzo, a graduate in industrial design moving gingerly—and successfully—into the role of art director at Nautilus magazine.

He earned his BFA in industrial design at La Sapienza in Rome, Italy and more recently a MFA in the Design as Entrepreneur program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

It hasn't been too many years since he was at Nova Biomedical designing medical packaging, sales brochures, trade show materials and interface design solutions for touchscreen instruments. Today he combines his passion for design with illustration. And still has time to curate a show Una Storia Americana at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York which featured Emiliano Ponzi and Olimpia Zagnoli.

Francesco is passionate about human interactions, stories and personalities. He observes reality and depicts it applying his design language. Through pencil and paper he creates illustrations and typography and uses the computer to transform these stories into fun and engaging digital experiences. Francesco loves anything related to storytelling, branding and videography.

He has a deep love for illustration and employs that on a daily basis in his role as art director for both print and web at Nautilus.


What Francesco will be looking for: “I often tell myself there is no such thing as the perfect illustration. However I do believe in the subversive power of ideas, especially when they are filtered by the artist's unique personality and vision.”

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

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.


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


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

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