Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Importance of Shows: Gracia Lam

We’ve asked several illustrators to comment on why they enter shows and in particular why they enter our 3x3 Shows. We’ll be sharing their comments over the next several weeks as we lead up to our show deadline.

“Shows, along with its printed annuals and curated exhibitions have always been vital to my continued progress as an illustrator. In fact, it led to the beginning of my career when a few pieces of my student work were selected into notable Illustration shows.”

“I think it is important to recognize the significance of these shows and why they are influential for any practitioner as they were for me. For one, the panel of judges are always some of the year’s most recognized and relevant professionals in the industry. From renowned illustrators and designers, to art directors in the editorial field, book publishing houses and advertising agencies. The list is boundless. The stage is filled with distinguished individuals that formulate high levels of aesthetics that are broadcasted into our world.”

“I am endlessly excited knowing that inevitably, they will assess my work and either cheer or sneer at it. I am never discouraged even when my work doesn’t win, because each year, I am greatful be able to work with many past and current judges on new projects, sometimes only because they recall my illustrations through the assessment processes.”

“Undoubtedly, and especially for students and young illustrators, this is one of the best ways to have an equal chance to showcase your work in front of trained experts whom are also potential or future clients.”