Friday, July 31, 2015

ih8war Wins Award from RGD

Every year, the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) invites submissions of graphic design projects from around the world done under the theme of communication design for social good; work with the power to incite action and make meaningful change in the way we live our lives.

Today’s designers have an ever greater responsibility to visualize the significant issues facing our society and find new ways to incite change in the way we behave. When we approach these issues creatively, we can make a real difference in the world.

For 2015, a portion of the entry fees will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund.

Featured artists, Girolamo Giantempo and Francesco Zorzi, Italy, Mirko Cresta, Switzerland and James Yang, United States.

ih8war.com is a personal project of graphic designers Charles HIvely and Sarah Munt. To date we have had over 65 artist submissions centered around the thought that artists can make a difference. Other participating artists include Seymour Chwast, Anthony Freda, Lasse Skarbovik, Davide Bonazzi, Adria Fruitos, Omer Hoffman, Giulio Bonasera and Ken Orvidas to name a few. Check out the gallery online for a complete view of all the work.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mona Lisa Reimagined

Over 8 million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre every year for the opportunity to gaze upon the beguiling Renaissance masterpiece, La Gioconda, more popularly known as "Mona Lisa."

For over 500 years, civilizations have exhaustively attempted to examine all facets of the famous artwork's creation, influence, mythology, heritage, and mystique. But perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of Mona Lisa's enduring legacy is the frequency with which this painting has been reinterpreted, parodied, appropriated, and imitated by other artists. No painting in history has been reproduced as often as Mona Lisa, and yet never before has there been published a book such as MONA LISA REIMAGINED, a captivating anthology of hundreds of pieces of art that have been inspired by this priceless world treasure. Featuring both established and emerging artists from over 50 different countries, this book is destined to become an essential addition to every bookshelf, coffee table, and library.

Author Erik Maell is an illustrator and graphic designer whose clients include Lucasfilm Ltd., Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Topps Trading Card Company, and Victoria's Secret Beauty Corporation. He lives in Columbus, OH.

List Price: $34.95
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Goff Books
ISBN-13: 978-1939621269

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Norman Rockwell's United Nations Event

This summer, Norman Rockwell Museum will honor the 70th anniversary of the United Nations with an unprecedented exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters, uniting the mosaic with Rockwell’s Golden Rule painting, his United Nations drawing, and other works that reflect the artist’s personal beliefs in universal commonalities of mankind as a “citizen of the world.”

“Norman Rockwell’s United Nations brings the UN Charter to life,” notes United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “It is a reminder that the United Nations remains the home and hope of ‘we the peoples.’”

Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum with support from the United Nations Foundation, We the Peoples features 33 original artworks, including the artist’s rarely seen 1953 drawing, United Nations. Along with 1961’s Golden Rule painting, the exhibition will feature idea sketches, color studies, and notes for both artworks.

A selection of reference photos taken by the artist at the UN, featuring several of its ambassadors and members of its Security Council, will also be displayed, along with photographs of local models, taken in his Arlington, Vermont studio in 1952, as reference for the artwork.

Other highlights from the exhibition include a series of travel paintings and drawings created by Norman Rockwell in the early 1960s, featuring spontaneous oil portraits of citizens from India and Russia; 1955 drawings from the artist’s sketchbook reflect his observations during a worldwide trip for Pan American Airlines’ advertising campaign; and two paintings of the Peace Corps in India, created for Look magazine in 1966, showcase Rockwell’s idealism and hopeful outlook for the future; digital reproductions of some of his most iconic Civil Rights era paintings also will be included. Additional archival documents and video will support the exhibition.

We the Peoples: Norman Rockwell’s United Nations will be on view at the UN’s Visitors Center in New York City, from June 20 through September 15, 2015.

Save the The University Visual Resources Centre
at MMU

Posting this from Gary Spicer, Senior Lecturer at Stockport College:

The 60’s challenged orthodoxies with new and emergent voices on feminism, social and political activism, anti-war protests, all important stuff. This Allen Jones image from 1968 is risky and challenging, and easily offends. It was always guaranteed to kick off when Jones was discussed in what was then called ‘Liberal Studies’ at Manchester Poly in 1978 when I did my foundation course.

Easy to see why, and this image Desire Me is relatively tame. Chair made in 1969, which is essentially a women formed as a piece of furniture had people frothing at the mouth, but I loved it. When asked about his work in general, Jones suggested to Marco Livingstone - and this is slightly abridged – that “Confronted with an abstract statement people readily defer to an expert; but confronted with an erotic statement everyone is an expert. It seems to me a democratic idea that art should be accessible to everyone on some level, and eroticism in one such level”. Great talking points, getting to the heart of what art should or ‘could’ be and ideas that were evolving alongside ones own emerging self awareness.

Vastly different and at odds with anything I do in my practice but that's what’s good. Laura Mulvey, Griselda Pollock et al got in a real lather in the day over Jones’s work and in ‘Fears, Fantasies and theMale Unconscious or “You Don’t Know What is Happening, Do You Mr. Jones? (1972) Mulvey drew on Freudian theory calling the work fetishistic, claiming it was the result of a castration complex about which Jones was unaware and concluded, “Women are simply the scenery onto which men project their narcissistic fantasies. The time has come for us to take over the show and exhibit our own fears and desires” and she was absolutely right, it was. I loved learning about stuff like this and getting to grips with complex and contentious issues and writing about it, as I did in my dissertation way back then. And I remember seeing this slide shone through with light, as it clunked in the carousel and slipped straight into my consciousness, nestling as it did, in what was then a fledgling constellation of my historical and cultural knowledge.

The University Visual Resources Centre is not only an extensive collection of images, it is a record of how and what we were taught in a world that wasn't so instant, in a world where things took a little more time and were not so disposable. It would be a shame if we were to oversee the disposal of this archive.

Friday, June 12, 2015

3x3 International Illustration Annual
Winners Announced

Best of Show Crystal Award and Gold Medal
The judging is complete and here are the results. Thanks to all our judges for their tireless devotion to judging each of our shows. And thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s annual.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Professional Show

Best of Show
Allen Crawford, United States — Books

Gold
Ofra Amit, Israel — Corporate Communications

Lasse Skarbövik,  Sweden— Posters

Emma Virke, Sweden — Animation

Silver
Emiliano Ponzi, Italy — Covers

Otto Steininger, United States — Covers

Bronze
Natalya Balnova, United States — Self-Promotion

Andre Carrilho, Portugal — Comic/Cartoons

Peter Diamond, Austria — Books

Distinguished Merit
Scott Bakal, United States — Books

Jody Hewgill, Canada — Editorial: Portraits

Paul Hoppe, United States — Covers

Lasse Skarbövik, Sweden— Advertising

Mark Smith, United Kingdom — Covers

Find Merits and Honorable Mentions here.

Picture Book Show

Best of Show
Catarina Sobral, Portugal — Children’s Book Published

Gold
Page Tsou, Taiwan — Children’s Book Published

Silver
Kate Hindley, United Kingdom — Children’s Book Published
Catarina Sobral, Portugal — Children’s Editorial

Bronze
Marion Arbona, France — Children’s Book Published
Daniel Bueno, Brazil— Children’s Book Unpublished
Roya M., United States — Children’s Illustration Unpublished

Distinguished Merit
Marta Monteiro, Portugal — Young Adult
Kelly Murphy, United Kingdom — Children’s Illustration Published
John Parra, United Kingdom — Children’s Book Published

Find Merit and Honorable Mentions here.

Student Show

Best of Show
Animation
Yukai Du, United Kingdom — Central Saint Martins College Of Art And Design

Gold
Books
Karol Banach, Poland — Nicolaus Copernicus University

Silver
Illustration
Jing Li, United States — Savannah College Of Art And Design, Atlanta
Elyse Salazar, United States — Savannah College Of Art And Design, Atlanta
Hong Chen, Canada — OCAD University
Long Hui (Spencer) Wang, Canada — OCAD University

Bronze
Illustration
Yohey Horishita, United Kingdom — Savannah College Of Art And Design, Atlanta
Ariel Wollek, Germany — UDK Berlin
Or Yogev, Israel— Bezalel Academy Of Arts And Design, Jerusalem

Distinguished Merit
Illustration
Yin Yeh, United States — Minneapolis College Of Art And Design
Elena Lloyd, United States — Parsons The New School for Design
Kate O'Hara, United States — The University Of The Arts
Dola Sun, United States — Savannah College Of Art And Design
Picture Book
Ariel Wollek, Israel — Bezalel Academy Of Arts And Design, Jerusalem


Find Merit and Honorable Mentions here.

We will be starting on the design and production of the Annual next week with an anticipated delivery by year-end. Congratulations again to all of our winners.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Meet the Judges: Debra Sfetsios, Art Director

For the past fourteen years Debra Sfetsios has been art director in the children's division of Simon & Schuster managing multiple hardcover projects ranging from non-fiction, picture books to young adult fiction.

She prides herself in maintaining positive, nurturing and strong relationships with acclaimed illustrators, both nationally and internationally, thus insuring a ready stable of the top illustrators for future projects.

Prior to Simon & Schuster  she was an art director at Smallwood and Stewart creating book covers and interiors for lifestyle, home and garden coffee table books, she has also worked at Rodale on cookbooks as well as health and fitness books.

Sfetsios received a BFA, Graphic Design from Temple University, Tyler School of Art and has pursued additional educational opportunities at the School of Visual Arts and Art Student's League.

Her work has received recognition from the New York Book Show, Parent's Choice, the Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles, the Society of Illustrators New York Original Art and a National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

Debra will be judging our published and unpublished 3x3 Picture Book Show.

Open to all illustrators in all countries, enter our professional, picture book or student show. All entries must be in by March 31st, enter today.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Meet the Judges: Svein Størksen

Svein Størksen is co-founder and editor-in-chief at Magikon Forlag. Magikon  is a small Norwegian publishing house established by illustrators Kristin Roskifte and Størksen in 2007.

Magikon publishes picture books, comics and art books focusing on visual culture and the interaction between text and images. The name Magikon is composed of words magic which stands for something amazing and icon which means image. The publisher has received numerous awards and many books are translated and available outside Norway.

Svein has a master's degree in illustration and graphic design from the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry (SHKS), an arts college in Oslo.

Svein will be judging our published and unpublished 3x3 Picture Book Show.

Open to all illustrators in all countries, enter our professional, picture book or student show. All entries must be in by March 31st, enter today.

www.magikon.no