Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Meet Our Judges: Cristianno Guerri, Art Director

We are pleased to have the Italian art director, artist and photographer Cristiano Guerri join this year’s jury.

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, Carrara, he started work as graphic designer pursuing a special interest in the field of independent music labels.

He has served as senior graphic designer at Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, and from 2008 to present, he’s an art director at Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore in Milan.


His work has been published in various books and magazines including Gestalten Verlag, Abitare, La Stampa, Alias/Il Manifesto, Design is Kinky, Repubblica and Tracks – an overview of contemporary graphic design.



He received the Ciampi L'altrarte award together with the illustrator Gianni Pacinotti (Gipi) and numerous awards of excellence from Print European Design Annual and medals from the Society of Illustrators New York for the art direction of the Charles Bukowski's book series with illustrator Emiliano Ponzi and Gianluca Folì’s illustration for The Prodigious Life of Isidoro Sifflotin.



He’s also curator of 0_100 Editions, self-publishing project about contemporary photography. 0_100 Editions is an independent publishing project dedicated to producing strictly limited edition photographic books of wordless stories.


The entire 0_100 Editions collection has recently been acquired by the MoMA Library.

www.cristianoguerri.com

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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 15
Call for Entries Now Open

We’re pleased to welcome entries into our fifteenth annual international illustration awards show. As you may know our show is truly international with entries from all across the globe judged by leading art directors, designers and illustrators in the U.S. and abroad.

Last year’s winners represented forty countries and sixty-one art schools and universities worldwide. We have more categories than any other show which means your work is judged with related subject matter. We weight the jury towards art directors so you know your work measures up.

And we offer cash prizes to our Best of Show and cash-value prizes to our gold medalists—in total over $9,000 in prizes. We keep our entry fees and publication fees affordable and we promote our winners in social media, in print and direct to art directors who receive a digital edition of the annual free and a hefty discount for the print edition if they wish.

Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student.
Open to all illustrators in all countries.

Our show chair Bill Mayer has helped put together a jury that brings together the best of the best. Our 3x3 ProShow judges include Martin Gee, Senior Art Director, Time Magazine; Erin Mayes, Creative Director, EmDash; Cristano Guerri, Art Director, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Italy; Javier Jean, Illustrator, Spain and Victo Ngai, Illustrator. Our 3x3 Picture Book jury includes Sheila Smallwood, Creative Director, Houghton Mifflin, illustators Rafael Lopez, Mexico and Rutu Modan, Israel and Aljoscha Blau, Germany and one additional art director. Our 3x3 Student Show judges include Francesco Izzo, Art Director, Nautilus Magazine and illustrators Marion Arbona, France; Jill Calder, United Kingdom and Keith Negley.

For complete information about our show including categories and fees check out our Call for Entries.

Deadline: March 23, 2018
Late Deadline: March 30, 2018 (a $10 late fee is added to your entry fee)

illustration by Francesco Zorzi, Italy

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bill Mayer Named Show Chair for Annual No. 15

We’re pleased to announce this year’s show chair is Bill Mayer. The ever-consummate illustrator, Bill will tell you, “I’ve always been attracted to that line between humor and horror from an early age.” The range of Bill’s work runs from editorial, character design, children’s books to posters, stamps and these tiny gouache paintings that have the look of times past. I’m personally amazed at the range you see coming from Bill. Perhaps, it’s because Bill will tell you he bores easily. In between those paying assignments he’s constantly experimenting with new subject matter, new media, new surfaces and new ideas.

A true son of the South, Bill was born in Birmingham, Alabama, moved to Memphis as a child (and then New York) before settling in Atlanta, attended Florida’s Ringling School of Art and now resides in Decatur, Georgia. But his work is anything but regional. Ringling gave him his really strong foundation in drawing and painting and the fact that their museum has one of the best collections of rococo and baroque art this side of Italy had its influence as well. But don’t call Bill a fine artist—he bristles at the suggestion—he’ll tell you that sounds a bit pretentious. The mastery he has with paint recalls an earlier time though with a modern slant; there’s a certain mystery and allure to the work where you want to spend time with the image. And you want to hang it on your wall. Bill says, “I am drawn to traditional paintings from the romantic period. Partially because I find it an interesting paradox between the humorous and sometimes creepy subject matter. Actually I don’t find them that creepy, but I have heard enough other people say it, so I have come to accept it.”

Visit his studio as 3x3 did in Issue No .21 and you’ll see an eclectic collection of dead things, a cow’s head on the wall with a varsity hat and a chain of oval carabineers around his neck like a gold chain, there’s a stuffed dog on the floor and the head of a seal next to it. He’ll tell you he and his wife Lee have always been drawn to carnival freak show atmosphere.

No stranger to recognition Bill has received multiple gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, gold and bronze medals from SILA, a silver medal from 3x3, a gold medal from the National Addy awards, the Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence, the Joseph Morgan Henninger Best of Show award and the list could go on. His clients include Mattel, Hasbro, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Levi’s for Women, Jose Cuervo, Time Magazine, PlanSponsor, IBM, Delta Airlines to name a few.

Bill is rounding up a great selection of judges from around the globe and we’ll be introducing them shortly.

The show will officially open for your entries on January 29. This year’s deadline is March 23, late deadline is March 30. Enter our Professional, Picture Book and Student shows with multiple categories for published and unpublished work.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 15
Deadline: March 23, 2018
Open for entries: January 29, 2018

www.3x3mag.com