Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rod Hunt Named
3x3 Illustration Annual No. 14 Show Chair

We’re pleased to announce Rod Hunt has agreed to accept our invitation to be the Show Chair for our 3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 14.

As many of you already know Rod is an award-winning London based Illustrator and artist who has built a reputation for retro-tinged illustrations and detailed character filled landscapes. With UK and international clients spanning publishing, design, advertising and new media, he's illustrated everything from book covers to advertising campaigns, theme park maps, iPhone apps and even the odd large scale installation too!

Rod is also the illustrator behind the bestselling Where’s Stig? books for the BBC’s hit TV show Top Gear, in total the books have sold in excess of 600,000 copies to date. 

Rod has served as PR and Media Relations Chair of  ICON9 and as the Chairman of the Association of Illustrators from  2009 to 2012, and was a Director for nine years.

Rod regularly lectures in the UK and internationally on subjects including self promotion for illustrators, the European illustration market, the business of illustration and his own career.
Deadline for entries is March 24, 2017. We’ll be opening up the show later this month.

The current annual is on schedule to ship the week of December 12th. James Yang served as Show Chair for this year’s annual.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

It's All the Fashion

Pocko is proud to announce TACTILITY, a group show of contemp-orary fashion illustration from around the world. 


Alessandra Genualdo (IT)
Annabel Briens (FR)
Annu Kilpeläinen (FI)
Bijou Karman (US)
Britt Samoson (EE)
Cecilia Carlsted (SE)
Dave Anderson (UK)
Emma Löfström (SE)
Gary Fernández (ES)
Klaus Haapaniemi (FI)
Jean Leblanc (FR)
Jenifer Corker (UK)
Jules Julien (FR)
Laura Berger (US)
Laura Laine (FI)
Marju Tammik (EE)
Maria Sainte (RU)
Mio Matsumoto (JP)
Nicolas Gavino (US/FR)
Nomoco (JP)
One Eye Girl (ES)
Rosie McGuiness (UK)
Spiros Halaris (GR)
Stina Persson (SE)
Sue Dray (UK)
Velwyn Yossy (ID

October 6—November 15
51a King Henry’s Walk 
N1 4NH 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Assistant Professor, Kansas City Art Institute
Full-time Position Opening

Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year, independent and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885, and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri. The college enrolls over 600 undergraduate students drawn regionally, nationally and internationally.

Full-time Faculty
Start Date: August 15, 2017

Education and Experience Requirements 

  • MFA in illustration or a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years teaching experience and professional practice in illustration
  • Evidence of professional achievements in the field of illustration
  • Knowledge of software programs including Adobe Creative Suite

Application Deadlines and Procedures

Although the position is open until filled, fullest attention will be given to those applications received by December 1, 2016.  Applications received during the on-campus finalist stage of the search are not guaranteed consideration.
  • Apply by e-mail to:
  • Attach to the e-mail in PDF format only:
  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching experience and philosophy
  • List of active and workable web link(s) to personal and/or commercial work as well as supervised student work with project descriptions where applicable
  • List of 3 professional references we may contact
Applications with accessible PDF files and workable web links will normally be acknowledged by return e-mail within one week of submission.

—Steve Mayse, Chair, Illustration

Questions may be directed to:

KCAI Director of Human Resources
Kansas City Art Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cover Revolution!
Illustrators and the New Face of Italian Publishing

Cover Revolution! is an exhibition and book (published by Corraini Editions) that aims to document the revolution taking place in Italian bookstores, featuring work by the most popular and beloved Italian illustrators such as Lorenzo Mattotti, Franco Matticchio, Guido Scarabottolo, Gianluigi Toccafondo, Emiliano Ponzi and Olimpia Zagnoli. The exhibition will be held at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, in Milan at the Laboratorio Formentini from November 7–25, 2016 and in Dublin at the Italian Cultural Institute from November 19, 2016–January 29, 2017.

Guido Scarabottolo and Emiliano Ponzi will attend the New York opening on September 29.

Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue between 68th and 69th Street
September 29 – October 26, 2016
Monday-Friday, 10am – 5 pm
Admission is free

Opening reception, September 29,6-8pm

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

MTA is looking for artists
for Brooklyn Subway murals

MTA Arts & Design is looking for images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for new subway murals along the N line in Brooklyn at 8 Avenue, 18 Avenue, 20 Avenue, Bay Parkway and 86 Street. An approved fabricator will translate the final artwork design into the identified medium, therefore an artist’s prior experience, or lack thereof, with these materials will not be taken into consideration when reviewing images.

The budget for design and fabrication of the artwork for each subway station will range from approximately $200,000 to $230,000, including an artist fee of up to 20% of the final art project cost. As part of this fee, the selected artist will be required to submit a budget, produce completed designs, select a fabricator and oversee the fabrication and installation of the artwork, with project management by MTA Arts & Design.

Selection Process
A selection panel comprised of arts and design professionals will select finalists to produce proposals. Finalists will be given site specifications and a detailed overview of the project to create a proposal for original artwork for the stations, for which they will receive an honorarium of $1,000. Following the selection panel’s review of proposals, one artist per station will be selected to receive the commission.

Eligibility is based upon artistic merit as evidenced in previous work, exhibition history, awards, honors, and publications, and demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of the medium(s) in which the artist regularly works. Artists must be available to work in New York during the required design and construction period (2016 to 2020).

To Apply

Submit up to 20 images along with a short application form, a bio/CV, and brief artist statement. All artists interested in being considered for projects must apply through the online program at
Submissions must be complete by midnight on Friday, September 30, 2016. 

Download complete information or contact MTA Arts & Design:

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New James Jean Catalog Available

Zugzwang is a catalog of new work exhibited at Hidari Zingaro Gallery in Tokyo, curated by Takashi Murakami. Also included in the volume are exploratory and ancillary works created in the same period, as well as process images.

The special slipcase edition features a custom-engineered cloth case with a magnetic enclosure that opens to reveal a foil-embossed letterpress print within. All books feature a newly-designed bookplate, signed and numbered.

The first printing of Zugzwang will be limited to 2000 copies and the slipcase edition to 250 copies. A very limited three-copy edition features Zugzwang in its cloth-covered slipcase and includes both the foil-embossed letterpress print and an original drawing by James.

In addition, each purchase of Zugzwang gives patrons a chance to win an original drawing by James. Buyers of the first edition will have a chance to win one of three original drawings, while each buyer of the special edition will have a chance to win one original drawing. The winners will be selected at random.

Example spreads are available online.

3x3 International Illustration Award Show
- Winners Announced -

In our hurry to get our winner’s announcement out we neglected to post our winners in our blog.

3x3 is pleased to announce the medalists and merit winners for its thirteenth annual illustration competition. With nearly 4,600 entries only 14% were accepted as medalists or merit winners. Winners represented 37 countries including countries beyond the Americas and Europe—China,Vietnam, Egypt, Russia and Turkey to name a few—providing a truly universal look at the world of illustration. 58% of all winners were from the United States, 43% from outside the country.

Winners in the Professional Show include Best of Show, Lucinda Schreiber (Australia) and gold medalists, Coralie Bickford-Smith (United Kingdom) and IC4Design (Japan). Silver medalists include Nik Neves (Brazil) and Emiliano Ponzi (Italy). Bronze medalists were Ella Cohen (Germany), Serge Seidlitz (United Kingdom) and Mark Smith (United Kingdom).

Winners in the Picture Book Show include Best of Show winner Coralie Bickford-Smith (United Kingdom), gold medalists include Yeji Yun (United Kingdom)  and Manica Musil (Slovenia). Silver medals went to Andre Letria (Portugal), Sophie Casson (Canada), Slavka Kolesar (United States) and Kristjana Williams (United Kingdom). Bronze medalists include Teresa Cortez (Portugal), Jihyeon Lee (Korea) and Marion Arbona (France).

Student Show winners included gold medalists Mikayla Butchart, School of Visual Arts, New York; Carolina Celas, Royal College of Art, London and Avery Kua, OCAD University, Toronto. Silver medals went to Chioma Ebinama, School of Visual Arts, New York; Angela Hsieh, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Jenny Lee, School of the Art Institute, Chicago; Erica Mao, Parsons the New School for Design, New York; Chelsea O’Bryne, Emily Carr University of Art and Design,Vancouver; Bailie Rosenlund, Sheridan College, Toronto and Noa Snir, Universität der Kunste, Berlin. Bronze medalists were Dom Civiello, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Taoyu Li, University of Arts, London.

Judges for the 3x3 Professional Show were Ken DeLago, Art Director, Golf Digest; Grace Lee, Art Director Priest+Grace; Irene Gallo, Art Director Tor Books; Lucho Correa, Art Director/Graphic Designer (Colombia); Kiko Farkas, Art Director (Brazil). And illustrators Jing Wei, Brian Rea and Veronica Grech (Spain).

Our 3x3 Picture Show judges were Paul Buckley, Art Director Penguin; Hendrik Helligel, Editor Gestalten Verlag (Germany); Isabelle De Cat, Art Director Penguin (United Kingdom); Ben Newman, illustrator (United Kingdom) and Maria Carluccio.

3x3 Student Show judges included Catherine Gilmore-Barnes, Art Director, New York Times Book Review and illustrator/educators Aya Kakeda, Ian Whadcock (United Kingdom), Jonathan Jay Lee (Hong Kong) and Peter Diamond (Austria).

In addition to our merit and medalist winners we also announced our honorable mention winners which represent 7% of our total entrants. A complete list of winners is on our site.

A big thank you to our judges. And congratulations to our winners.

The 3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 13 will be shipped in December, our eBook edition and website will be available then as well. We're accepting pre-orders for the print edition now.

Cover illustration by Alice Wellinger