Thursday, March 19, 2020

Meet Our Judges: Victoria Bee, AD

This Belgium-native makes her world out of paper. Her 3-D designs, many deliciously large and surreal, have graced advertising campaigns around the globe.

After graduating in 2011 from Belgium's Haute École Albert Jacquard (HEAJ) with honors, Victoria found work first in Montreal as a junior art director for Brad Inc., working primarily on Lego and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Then after a year, she was in Paris working as assistant head decorator for Solab Pictures, a consortium of directors for film and television, where she was involved with set design. Then on to London to work with Nearly Normal production studio as art director where she was involved in producing three-dimensional props for use in television commercials and stop-frame animation. And in 2015, she opened her own studio in Berlin where she is now based working as art director, prop maker and photographer for a host of international clients. Her particular focus is on paper sculpture working through her two artist rep firms, 2Agenten and Colagene.

Asked how she ended up where she is, she commented, “It totally came to me by happenstance. After making some 2D paper-cut illustrations for myself and some friends, a guy in Brussels asked me to build some paper bird-head masks for his art project. It worked out really well, and I got a lot of positive feedback. I accepted a few other projects and started to build a portfolio...was quickly hired  by a studio in London and from there it became official: I could make a living out of this.”

You’ll find her in the studio making everyday objects like pineapples, giant lipsticks, wrenches and razorblades out of paper, foil lobsters and just about anything her client’s need. Victoria has been featured in Computer Arts, Working Woman, SixtySix, Page and was named 2019’s best up-and-coming illustrator by Digital Arts magazine.


We are pleased to have Victoria on our jury along with fellow art directors Benjamin BoursNathan Huang, Katja Kollmann and Syndi Becker. Illustrators Rafael AlvarezTatsuro KiuchiEmile HolmewoodCecilia RuizNatalie PudalovThomas Danthony and Takahisa Hashimoto round out our distinguished panel of judges.

Our show is open to all illustrators, art directors, publishers, educators, students in all countries for commissioned, no-commissioned and personal work produced or published prior to our show deadline.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 17
Deadline: March 27, 2020 (midnight EST)
Late Deadline: April 3, 2020 (late fees apply)

Open for entries

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