Thursday, February 23, 2017

Illustrated Magazine on Film Debuts

A mutual love for movies paired with the desire to see more creative editorial expression, spurred these two friends, Gabriel Solomons and Phil Wrigglesworth, to create Beneficial Shock!, inspired by—and dedicated to—unconventional cinematic adventures.

Beneficial Shock! is a new bi-annual magazine for film lovers and design enthusiasts with accompanying screen-based motion features that will champion progressive thinking from contemporary illustrators, graphic designers and photographers. Rather than your standard film magazine full of reviews, celebrity news and press images, Beneficial Shock! aims to use illustration, visual documentation and design.

Each thematic issue will explore a chosen topic looking at its relationship to film in surprising and often unconventional ways.

Support their efforts on Kickstarter, ends in 19 days.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Meet Our Judges: Sam Arthur, Nobrow



Nobrow burst on the scene in late 2008 as the joint creative endeavor of two friends and ex-St Martin’s alumni: Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro.

As an independent publisher Nobrow has built a solid reputation as a purveyor of beautifully produced image-based books working with some of the best international artists, storytellers, and designers around.

As the founders stress, “We have striven both to bring fresh, young talent to wider audiences, as well as to remind the world of the great talents that have been producing stunning work for many years. We have played with concepts, narratives, genres, formats, printing methods, production processes and design in ways that have come to redefine the standards of quality in visual publishing the world over.”

In 2013 Nobrow launched a new imprint, Flying Eye Books, to publish books aimed specifically at children, 3 to 11. They currently publish around 35 new titles per year which are distributed all over the world. Their books include award-winning titles as well as critically acclaimed publications that define the picture book and art-comic genres.

Our judge, Sam Arthur, studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins and went on to direct commercials, music videos and short films before setting up Nobrow. Sam is also co-founder and Director of the East London Comics & Arts Festival (ELCAF) now in its 6th year. Sam sits on the board of directors of the Association of Illustrators an independent professional body representing the interests of illustrators all over the world. www.nobrow.net

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries

Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Christoph Niemann Documentary on Netflix

Just discovered a new series on design, Abstract: The Art of Design, this weekend. Great series of eight designers, architects and the illustrator par-excellence, Christoph Niemann.

A wonderful look inside Christoph’s studio and around Berlin and New York—well-done cinematography and interview. If you saw him at Parson’s last year then you’ll really love this added treat.

The series is the brain-child of Scott Dadich, former design director at Wired. So if you’re a Netflix subscriber check it out.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

3x3 International Illustration Awards Show
Call for Entries Now Open

We’re now accepting entries in all three of our shows: professional, picture book and student. Our Show Chair, Rod Hunt, is busy wrapping up the last couple of judges for our professional and picture book show which we’ll be announcing shortly.

Here are the judges for the 3x3 ProShow that we’ve lined up so far. Sam Arthur, Founder, Nobrow, United Kingdom; Jonathan Kenyon, Creative Director, Vault49 and illustrators Dieter Braun, Germany and Julia Rothman. We’ll be adding three more art directors to our panel in the next few days.

Our 3x3 Picture Book Show judges include Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor, Chronicle Books; Sophie Striker, Art Director, Hachette Children's Books, United Kingdom and illustrators Orit Bergman, Israel and Andrea D’Aquino. We’ll be adding one additional art director to the panel.

And for our 3x3 Student Show we’re pleased to have Art Director Johan Holm, Me and My Magazines, Sweden and illustrators André da Loba, Portugal; Genevieve Gauckler, France; Michael Byers, Canada and Gina Triplett.

Check out the complete details for this year’s shows here.

3x3 International Illustration Awards Show No.14
Deadline: Friday, March 24

Late Deadline: Friday, March 31 - there will be a late fee surcharge

Illustration by Melinda Beck, United States


Monday, January 23, 2017

Save the Date

We're about ready to start accepting entries. Check our site tomorrow. This year’s deadline is March 24th for all three of our shows: Professional, Student and Picture Book.

Thanks to Melinda Beck for this year's Call for Entries artwork and to Rod Hunt, our Show Chair, who is busy contacting our list of prospective judges.

And stay tuned for some exciting news we’re announcing about this year’s show.


Illustration by Melinda Beck

3x3 Illustration Annual No. 13 Update

The number thirteen comes with a lot of baggage and once again we’ve been plagued with a snafu.

The Annual went to press on schedule in mid-November just about the time our printer, unbeknownst to us, decided to install a new system. Well, as things happen, the system had bugs in it that had to be resolved. Delay #1.

Then it seems one of the presses was down. Delay #2.

Then they sent the sample copies to the wrong address and had to send them again, Delay #3.

And last Monday we got the word that they were finally printed, bound and ready to ship...but for some reason they didn’t, they shipped today. Delay #4.

Our apologies to our customers, it's deeply embarrassing for us. And it meant lost newsstand and bookstore sales in December.

The good news for us is that we won’t be printing another job with that printer, and we also won’t be printing another Annual 13.

The good news for you is that the Annual is on its way.

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.