Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rich Tu Talks Tomorrow

MFA Visual Narrative and SVA Library present a talk by MTV's Vice President of Design Rich Tu (MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay), who will present his work, process and the story behind it all.

Storyteller's Series: Rich Tu
Wednesday, July 11
6:30 – 8:00pm
SVA Library West, 133/141 West 21st Street


Open to the Public

Rich Tu is currently a VP of Design at MTV. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ prestigious Illustration as Visual Essay program and received the “Young Guns” award from the Art Directors Club. He has exhibited at galleries and festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, as well as the SCOPE Miami festival, during Miami’s Art Basel week. Commercially, his clients include the New York Times, The New Yorker, Business Week, Alfa Romeo, Bombay Sapphire, G-Shock, Nike, Converse, American Express, NPR, NorthFace Purple Label, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Skype, Fuse TV and Hamilton The Musical, among others.

Chris Ware Featured on Art21

Happened to stumble onto a segment of Artists of the 21st Century, aka Art21, which is a wonderful series covering contemporary art. And surprise, surprise their Chicago segment featured comic artist and illustrator Chris Ware.

Take a look. And a interesting write-up. Also check out Nick Cave, also in the Chicago segment.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pictoplasma Contest for Young Artists

Create the characters you wish were there!
Pictoplasma, the world’s leading festival of character design and art, has teamed up with Adobe Project 1324 to invite all global youth (ages 18—24) to augment the banality of everyday by giving a face to their imaginary friends and secret sidekicks! 

Starting with a regular photograph of a typical setting like a nearby grocery store, the office elevator, the school gates, or the front doorstep, entrants are invited to add a character (or characters) to the scene. Any medium or style can be used to alter the original photo—from drawing and collage to digital painting or vector illustration.

Five winners will be awarded with a fellowship, including travel costs and attendance at the 15th Pictoplasma Berlin Conference May 2019—and the opportunity to exhibit in an exclusive group show.

The Secret Sidekick Challenge deadline for submissions is June 25, 2018.

About Pictoplasma 
Each spring, Pictoplasma transforms Berlin into the international meeting point for a diverse scene of artists and creatives, trailblazing the face of tomorrow's visual culture. The annual festival showcases the latest character design trends in fine and urban arts, illustration, animation, and graphic design. 

Creators and producers meet for a fun-filled and offbeat conference, cutting-edge screenings bring the latest animation eye-candy to the big screen, and exhibitions invite the general public to experience original works and outstanding character craftsmanship. 

A second conference takes place later in the year in New York. As the educational counterpart, each fall the Pictoplasma Academy masterclass in Berlin invites a selected group of international graduate students and young professionals to kick-start their careers as character designers in close collaboration with high-profile artists, filmmakers, and producers. 

Lars Denicke and Peter Thaler
Plantagenstr. 31
13347 Berlin

Phone + 49 30 4611 2611

Art by Bakea

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jonathan Levine Gallery is Looking
for a Few Good Artists

Jonathan LeVine Projects, led by the globally recognized gallerist Jonathan LeVine, is bringing the Delusional Art Competition back for a second year.

The competition gives artists from around the world a chance to gain exposure and recognition from one of the art market’s most high-profile galleries as well as from some of the industry’s most respected and recognized art professionals. 

Why submit? Delusional reinvents the juried show, breaking down barriers in the market to create opportunity and access for artists at varying stages of their careers. 

Submissions are open now through May 20, 2018.  Artists working in various backgrounds and styles are encouraged to submit in 2D and 3D mediums for a chance to win a solo exhibition and an online editorial feature in Juxtapoz.

Additional prizes include participation in a group exhibition, promotional opportunities, cash prizes and more.

The 2018 competition will be reviewed by the following high-profile arts professionals: Evan Pricco (Editor of Juxtapoz), Yasha Young (Director of Urban Nation Museum), Steven P. Harrington & Jaime Rojo (Brooklyn Street Art blog founders), Tara McPherson (Artist), Jeff Soto (Artist), and Jonathan LeVine (Gallerist).

“The Delusional exhibition is not just another juried show, it is the real thing and can be a important life-changing opportunity. These are rare events in today's art world,” Ronald Gonzalez, Third-Place Winner, 2017 Delusional Art Competition.

Now, are you delusional enough to submit? Follow @delusionalartcompetition on Instagram and Facebook for announcements and prize updates.

Deadline: May 20, 2018

Image by Alyssa B. DeVille, 2017 Finalist

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Artist Braldt Bralds Needs Our Help

I’m not sure about you but as an artist and designer I’ve always been the most worried about losing my eyesight. And today, unfortunately it’s happening to artist/illustrator Braldt Bralds; if that wasn’t tragic enough he’s also in the process of losing his home. We’re helping spread the word and illustrator Anita Kunz has started a GoFundMe campaign for Braldt and I encourage you to join me in supporting this effort. Please give whatever you can, even if it's a small amount.

Braldt Bralds was born in the Netherlands and like many artists was always drawing; at age twelve he attended the Grafische School in Rotterdam studying the graphic arts. Other than that training, he is self-taught. Braldt became a successful illustrator in Holland and soon in America. His work has appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Omni Magazine, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly and in Esquire, Playboy, Penthouse, and National Geographic. He’s illustrated book covers, illustrated advertising campaigns and designed stamps for both the United Nations Postal Service and the United States Postal Service.

He’s a recipient of the Society’s Hamilton King Award and was inducted into the Dutch Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. While in New York he taught at the School of Visual Arts including the Masters Program and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the US, Korea and Japan. Moving away from illustration to focus on his paintings he has received wide acclaim for his work.

Please make your contribution today. And you can support Braldt in other ways as well, there are a wonderful collection of giclee prints for sale.

Charles Hively
Founder, 3x3

Illustration by Braldt Bralds for the St Louis Zoo

Friday, March 23, 2018

Meet Our Judges: 3x3 Student Show

We always like to have an art director on our jury for the 3x3 Student Show. We’ve already introduced art director Francesco Izzo, now let’s introduce the rest of our panel.

Jill Calder has always loved drawing but was unsure what to pursue in art school. Having had a good foundation course in her hometown of Dundee, Scotland moving to England to do a general art course in Cumbria then was accepted into Edinburgh College of Art for a honors degree in design where she specialized in illustration and animation followed by a post graduate degree in illustration from the Glasgow School of Art. After frequent trips to London to meet face-to-face with art directors and designers she began her twenty-five year career as an illustrator and calligrapher.

Asked about something she loves she replies, “New sheets of Fabriano hot pressed paper and playing around with some inks with both favorite brushes and some handmade tools too. I love seeing what happens.” Walking into her studio you’ll notice her two dogs and lots of Seawhite of Brighton softcover sketchbooks—she buys twenty at a time.

Her two agents keep her busy with clients that have included Visa, The New Yorker, Bloomsbury, Walker Books, Radio Flyer, The British Museum, Allstate, Mass Mutual, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Siemens, The Scottish Government, National Museum of Scotland, the World Health Organisation and ELLE Netherlands. Her

Her second non-fiction picture book for children, The Picture Atlas–An Incredible Journey, written by Simon Holland for Bloomsbury UK was published in September 2017 and has been shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Children’s Travel Book of the Year 2018. Alongside developing her own picture books as author/illustrator, she’s currently working on my third children’s book due out in 2019.

A frequent speaker she’s sharing her work and ideas at ICON9 Illustration Conference, The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Apple Store London, The Macworld Conference, Conde Nast NYC, D&AD Newblood and at a number of other educational establishments. She now runs her own illustration and drawing workshops for adults on the island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland and was artist-in-residence for English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong where she works with 14-18 year old students.

Looking for inspiration she often travels up into the more remote parts of Scotland and out to the islands where the scenery is so beautiful,  “I read books about this part of the world and together, over time, that all combines to inspire me.”

What Jill will be looking for: “I’m on the look out for strong drawing, exceptional ideas and beautiful execution - the best images should jump out at me and leave me drop-jawed with wonder and delight!”


Marion Arbona loves to draw ugly characters. When she was a child, her dream was to make Plasticine figures for a living, but she gradually turned toward drawing. After obtaining an animation film diploma from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Marion settled in Montreal, Canada and after ten years has returned to Paris.

“I studied animation at the Arts Décoratifs and for my graduation film, I made the most trashy film. When my friends at the time learned that I was becoming a children’s book illustrator, they were amazed!”

Some thirty picture books later she prefers to draw fanciful, multi-faceted creatures, “I love drawing ugly characters. I never look for the cute or pretty look that is always found in children’s books. I particularly like to represent children aged 6-7 when they are toothless.” She finds the temperament among publishers in Europe more accepting of her approach than she found in North America. She”s been a finalist in a number of book awards including finalist in the Governors Literary Awards of Canada, Élizabeth-Mrazik Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award and Youth Prize for Quebec Booksellers in 2016. Her work has received a number of medals and distinguished merit awards from 3x3 and awards from the Society of Illustrators.

When she is not drawing, she is particularly interested in deep sea fishes, cats (even though she is allergic) and weird plants.

What Marion will be looking for: “When I look an illustration I like to be carry away from the reality, so I will be very attentive to the originality and I love to be stunned by strong ideas that I would love to have!”


Keith Negley loves happy accidents. “I try not to limit myself to working one certain way. Experimentation is a big part of my process. I crave spontaneity but I’m also a control freak so those two mindsets are always battling it out. I try to leave room for happy accidents.” Originally from a tiny farm town in Door County Wisconsin he’s spent time in Seattle, Brooklyn and now calls home in an idyllic community of houses built into the mountains just outside of Bellingham, Washington called Sudden Valley.

A man who never looks his age, he finds himself more comfortable in his skin doing the type of work he’s known for now. After a BFA in illustration at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design he worked in a design studio before starting his very successful freelance illustration career in Seattle. But he was never happy with the work he was doing. That’s when he pulled up stakes and moved him, his wife and young son to Brooklyn to attend the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Manhattan.

Today his illustration style is a delightfully graphic mix of old school materials—pencil, charcoal, paint, cut paper—mashed up and colored in Photoshop and Illustrator. He says if he knows exactly how a piece is going to turn out from beginning to end it’s not very fun to work on and the results are rarely good. “I usually tinker with it until something happens I wasn’t expecting. I’m having a blast experimenting and just trying to make interesting mistakes. It’s incredibly liberating.”

He’s not afraid to tackle sensitive material and much of his work revolves around themes of loss, depression and suffering nailing the subject matter with a personal graphic quality. He has an interest in stories of horrible things happening to good people that could’ve been avoided which inspire him to pick up a pencil. And also music. He uses music like a light house. He’s played in a band since he was sixteen and music is part of his life, in fact he can relate much of the work from 2012-2014 to a M83 song that he had on continuous loop while he worked. “My idea of fun is starting out with nothing and after a few hours having a finished illustration or piece of music. The act of making something that didn’t exist a few hours prior is one of the most rewarding experiences for me.”

His work has appeared on book covers, t-shirts, album covers for Sub Pop Records, posters, skateboard decks and watches, not to mention his editorial clients including the New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME,  Nautilus, Real Simple, Oprah, Nobrow, The Baffler, Variety, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, to mention a few. And if he hadn't become a parent he wouldn't have started making children's books. His young son is a huge inspiration for the two books, My Dad Used to Be So Cool and Tough Guys Have Feelings Too with more to come.

As he’ll admit, “My process evolves and morphs daily, sometimes hourly. It’s whatever I feel like doing at that very moment and nothing limits me but my own imagination.”

What Keith will be looking for: “As a judge I consider it my responsibility to celebrate work that takes risks and pushes the envelope of the medium beyond the commercial application. Work that not only solves the problem in a refreshing way but can also stand on it’s own outside the context it was originally intended for.’


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

Clockwise from top left: Marion Arbona, Jill Calder, Keith Negley and Francesco Izzo.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Meet Our Judges: 3x3 Picture Book Show

Joining Creative Director Sheila Smallwood and Art Director Fernando Ambrosi we have the distinguished illustrators Israeli Rutu Modan and Rafael Lopez from Mexico.

Rutu Modan was named our 2017 3x3 Educator of the Year and is perhaps familiar to many as a comics wunderkind, one of the few established comics artists in the world. She moves easily between comics, editorial illustration and children’s books.

She is the co-founder of the Israeli Actus Comics Group (1995-2010). Together with fellow artist Yirmi Pinkus the Actus Group won worldwide recognition and was crowned by ID Magazine as one of the most influential design groups.

She has received multiple awards for her children’s books from the Israel Museum, along with the Eisner award for best children’s book and a recent one for her graphic novel The Property. The Property won the Special Jury Prize in the International Comics Festival in Angouleme, France and the first prize for best book of the year in Lucca Comics & Games Festival, Italy. Modan’s comic and children’s books have been translated into 15 languages.

In addition to her illustration work she is an associate professor at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Together with Yirmi she established the Noah Library, an independent publishing house specializing in comics for young children.

What Rutu will be looking for: “I consider illustration an art form more (anyway, not less) than a commercial art. As one, I believe it should contain some aspect of surprise. This x factor, is sometime hard to identify, but you feel it immediately when you see it.”

Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist. In 2017 he was awarded the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators Original Art show for his work on Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics. A children’s book illustrator, he won the 2016 Pura Belpré medal from the American Library Association for his illustrations for Drum Dream Girl and the 2010 Pura Belpré medal for Book Fiesta. In 2012, he was selected by the Library of Congress to create the National Book Festival poster. The illustrations created by López bring diverse characters to children’s books and he is driven to produce and promote books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. He is the recipient of the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award, three Pura Belpré honors and two Américas Book Awards.

He is a founder of the Urban Art Trail movement in San Diego’s East Village creating a series of large-scale murals that brought the community together. His murals can be found in urban areas, at children’s hospitals, public schools, under freeways and at farmer’s markets around the country. López’s community work with murals is the subject of the children’s book Maybe Something Beautiful, How Art Transformed a Neighborhood.

López was commissioned to create seven United States Postal Stamps including the Latin Music Legend Series. His stamps have been featured on the cover of the commemorative stamp yearbook and exhibited at the Smithsonian. In 2008 and 2012 he was asked to create official posters for the Obama/Biden campaign to win the pivotal Latino vote.

What Rafael will be looking for: “When judging work I look for freshness, an emotional twist, a strong unique voice, vision or viewpoint. I’m drawn to conceptual solutions not literal representations and ideas that make you think. I connect to the touch of the hand and images born in the mind’s eye and heart. I want to be engaged by something fearless and uninhibited that furthers the craft of illustration.”

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
Clockwise from top left: Sheila Smallwood, Fernando Ambrosi, Aljoscha Blau, Rutu Modan and Rafael López