The Association of Illustrators, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration in USA, are delighted to presented the 2017 World Illustration Awards. With eight categories across Advertising, publishing, editorial and site specific work the World Illustration Awards continues to be a landmark award for illustrators and commissioners.
We are very pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s SAA Associate Prize for New Talent in Illustration at New Designers 2017 is Sophie Melissa from Falmouth University.
The award is given to a graduate in Illustration who is judged to have created the most fresh and inspiring work at New Designers. The prize is a career-making six months trial representation by one of the SAA’s member agents to be revealed soon, so watch this space.
Specialising in fruit, vegetables and the natural world, Anna has illustrated over 100 books and worked with chefs, writers and publishers from around the globe.
Over her 25 year career Anna has honed her skills in watercolour, pen & ink, oils and most recently, egg tempera. Her methods may vary but the joy of her artwork is constant; each piece she creates is a celebration of the fruit, vegetable or animal she has captured with her inimitable flare.
Anna achieves all of this against a backdrop of rural living, all recorded in her daily instagram post, which her 5,000 plus followers have come to adore. Her illustration work is inextricably linked with her way of life, Anna meets the ups and downs of a self sufficient lifestyle with a smile, embracing each challenge as it comes. An attitude she has also applied to her illustration career.
Constantly evolving, honing her craft and listening to the market, Anna's determination has secured her place as one of the UK's leading natural history illustrators. We spoke with Anna about the beauty of working traditionally, her seemingly idyllic lifestyle and the joy she gets from her work.
Illustration Ltd.’s Harry Lyon-Smith estimates that there are over 1000 illustration commissions each week in the United Kingdom.
With so many illustrators working on so many projects and any given time, it is clear that there is a big demand for representation out there. Illustration agents, like any agent, are the linchpin in the relationship between artists and the commissioning clients.
That might not explain what the agency does, and why freelancers need them but like any agency, there are certain tasks the agents will do to make it far easier for the freelancer excel in their career. As Caroline Thomson of Arena Illustration agency put it, “An agent is your support, quality control, sounding board and mentor.”
So, here are five practical every-day tasks that we can help you with...
The Business of Illustration:
For those about to embark on a creative career, be prepared to be a business and BE SMART. For a profitable and sustained career as a freelance illustrator you must be prepared to tackle a wide range of specialisms including financial know-how, negotiation of terms, fees, contracts and PR & Marketing. Here's your chance to ask the experts about the Business of Illustration.
Chair Person: Derek Brazell - The Association of Illustrators Projects Manager and Varoom Publisher. Agents: Caroline Thomson - Arena Illustration, Andrew Coningsby - Début Art, Victoria Pearce - Illustration Ltd and Claire Meiklejohn - Meiklejohn.
The Business of Illustration Question Time will be held in the Talk Theatre at Business Design Centre on Friday 3rd July, from 2pm to 2.45pm.
Book your FREE ticket on the New Designers website.
New Designers - The Exhibition for Emerging Talent
It's Degree Show time again and this year, the SAA have partnered up with Arts Thread at New Designers and will be offering our expertise in reviewing illustration graduates portfolios. So if you're exhibiting at New Designers 2015, here's a brilliant opportunity to sign up for the FREE portfolio reviews with the experts. We'll be at New Designers 2015 Part 2 from Thursday 3rd July to Saturday 5th at the Business Design Centre, London N1 0QH - see you there!
House of Illustration have announced that they are now accepting applications for their 2015 Illustrator in Residence programme. This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative illustrator, graphic artist or collective to create an ambitious body of work that inspires visitors and challenges public opinion about what illustration can be. Applications are welcome from recent graduates or established practitioners over the age of 25, working in any medium or format.
The residency lasts for six months and it's the second year the programme has run. Rachel Lillie was the Illustrator in Residence in 2014 and played a key role in recording the House of Illustration's Housewarming season when it opened it's doors for the first time in July.
Applications are closing on 15th May and you can read more about the judges and how to apply here.
For nearly four decades, the AOI has presented the most comprehensive and significant awards for illustration in the UK. Now, for the first time in the history of the organisation they welcome an international partner, the Directory of Illustration, to create the World Illustration Awards 2015, honouring the most inspiring illustration throughout the world.
Illustration (C) Laurindo Feliciano
The call for entries is open!
Work entered into the World Illustration Awards will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished and international industry professionals. The competition shortlist reflects exceptional work by illustrators currently making an outstanding contribution to visual culture and is published in full on theaoi.com, which receives over 100,000 hits per month.
Award winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London. Selected works will be displayed in their spectacular Terrace Rooms. Following this the exhibition tours to multiple venues across the UK, which receives approximately 40,000 visitors during its run.
Selected works will also be showcased in an accompanying publication, which will be circulated to all major commissioners of illustration.
Who Can Enter?
The World Illustration Awards are open to illustrators working in ANY medium, context or geographical location. Work must be entered as either a New Talent entry or a Professional entry.
New Talent entrants are Undergraduate Students, Post-Graduate Students or Graduates within two years of graduation. Professional entrants are all other professional illustrators.
What Can Be Entered?
Work can be entered by the creator of the work (illustrator, student /new graduate) or by any third party such as an Agent, Designer, College, Publisher or Commissioner.
Work entered for the competition must have been created or published between 1st January 2014 to February 2015. Work in ANY medium can be entered in ANY category.
Entries can either be Single Image Entry (one image per entry) or Multiple Image Entry (up to 5 images per entry). Single or Multiple Entries can be entered in any category, depending on the size of the project or number of images within it. Multiple Entries are more expensive and should therefore be used to showcase different elements of the same project (multiple illustrations, spreads from a book and so on).
Professional entries must have been commercially commissioned for all categories except Public Realm and Self-Initiated Work.
New Talent entries do not have to be commercially commissioned and should be entered into the category that is most relevant to the work. For example, a college project creating a picture book should be entered as a New Talent entry in the Children's Book Category.
Work must be entered into one of the 8 Categories. These are very broadly defined to welcome work of all types and in all contexts where illustration is used.
Cost of Entry
UK & EU - £25 (including VAT) per entry
ROW - £20.83 (no VAT) per entry
UK & EU - £45 (including VAT) per entry
ROW - £37.50 (no VAT) per entry
Midday Monday 9 February 2015
Call for Entry closes
Shortlisted work announced
Category Winners announced
Awards Exhibition opens at Somerset House
Awards Catalogue published
Exhibition starts 12-month national tour