Category Archives: awards

Silver Medal for Steven Tabbutt!

Last week, Steven Tabbutt blew us away with news of his success at multiple international shows, but it seems we may have made our announcement a bit prematurely – ladies and gentlemen, in addition to supplying the image for publicity surrounding Illustrative Berlin, Steven learned that he also took home the silver medal for his work in the “Young Illustrators Award” category!


Congratulations, Steven!!


Simona Mulazzani Takes the Silver at the 2013 Original Art Show!

Friends and colleagues are certainly accustomed to seeing us mix and mingle at the Society of Illustrators’ annual Original Art Show,  which champions the art of childrens’ book illustration. This year is a little extra exciting for us, however, as Simona Mulazzani will be receiving a silver medal for her work on “I Wish I Had,” a stunning picturebook published by Eerdmans. This is truly an honor, and one of the most prestigious awards a picturebook illustrator can receive.


Congratulations, Simona!

Nice Acknowledgement for Gaby D’Alessandro

It’s always a treat when an email reaches us, boasting about a spectacular find – and it just so happens to be one of our artists!

Gaby D’Alessandro was one of the winners of the first Latin American Ilustración contest, and we were so happy when the newsletter “Dispatches from Latin America” reached our inboxes – the piece was even picked up by American Illustration and posted all over their social media! Describing Gaby’s work, education, inspirations and personal history, it’s a nice window into the talented young artist’s life.

Take a look here – and congratulations, Gaby!


Announcing the 2013 Spectrum Fantastic Art Award Finalists

“Spectrum” is heralded as the leader in Fantasy and Science Fiction work, and the competition for this competition is fierce. For the 2013 Fantastic Art Awards, 5 jurors looked at and evaluated over 6000 entries, only a handful of which will be chosen for the Spectrum Annual, due out next fall.

Today we learned fantastic news, as Victo Ngai is a finalist for yet another gold or silver medal. This girl is on fire!! Victo’s piece, “Best of the Best,” has been nominated in the editorial category, and winners will be announced at Spectrum Live, a weekend-long celebration of fantastic art, in Kansas City, May 17-19th.

You can take a glimpse at the other nominees, along with the judging process, here. And congratulations, Victo – you are in amazing company!

Image Copyright Victo Ngai:


A New Award for “BookSpeak!,” Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

Josée Bisaillon has received yet another award for her work on “BookSpeak!,” and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Félicitations are in order for her newest accolade from the Cybils Awards, which have been given to only 3 Canadians this year. The Cybils Awards are awarded each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. The goal of the Cybils Awards is to reward the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and bonafide “kid appeal.”

Josée received the honor in the poetry category. Youpi!


100 ILLUSTRATORS, Featuring Dave Calver

Since 2005, the Illustration Now! series has become a compelling staple in the illustration community, having featured 600 talented and diverse illustrators from around the world in four popular volumes. Recently, Taschen has decided to crown the top 100 artists of the series in a new publication entitled “100 ILLUSTRATORS”.

You may remember, back in 2009, that the fabulous Dave Calver was invited to be included in one of the original Illustration Now! volumes (and if you don’t, well go on ahead and refresh yourself by clicking here!).

But now we are so pleased to announce that Dave has been invited to participate in this new ’roundup’ volume curated by the Taschen team and designer extraordinare Steve Heller – we like to think of it as a celebration of the best of the best!

Congratulations on this terrific honor, Dave!

An assortment of some recent Dave Calver works. All images copyright of the artist.





Steven Tabbutt Starts 2013 Off Right

We all have big aspirations for the New Year, but it is clear that Steven Tabbutt is already off to a really strong start – and we couldn’t be happier for him!


Steven recently received word that he is one of 30 nominees for Illustrative Berlin’s Young Illustrators Award, and he has been invited to attend the exhibition this May. Perhaps the competition’s timing was a bit auspicious, as Steven submitted a portfolio with 12 images and learned of his acceptance on his birthday. Fingers crossed that he also learns he’s one of the competition’s 3 winners! You can learn more about the event here.


Additionally, Steven learned that the fine art side of his career has been receiving some exciting attention, as well. His gallery, Yukiko Kawase, has been invited by Volta NY to exhibit a solo show of his work here in Manhattan. Volta NY is an invitational show of artists’ projects and is the American incarnation of the successful young art fair founded in Basel in 2005.


You can keep up with all of these exciting developments on Steven’s site – just click here.

And the Results Are In….

3×3 Magazine recently announced the winners for their Children’s Illustration Annual 9, and we are elated to learn that a few MGIers have been included once again.

“Entries were up this year with over 1,700 entries from 35 countries. Forty-percent of our entries were from outside America, making us a truly international competition. As always there were many fine pieces entered that just missed getting the nod from our judges.”

(Click here to read the official 3×3 Magazine Blog post about the judging process)

So let’s get to the artwork, shall we?

First off, we were so happy to learn that Judith Drews’ illustrations for her adorable book “Lily Loves” received a merit award:






Susan Gal’s darling book “Into the Outdoors” had a few pieces selected for the ‘merit’ category, as well:






And last but certainly not least, we learned that Valeria Petrone had 5 of her works accepted into the merit category:






Did we say “merit?” Additionally, Valeria also took home the Bronze medal in the editorial category. How exciting!





Congratulations to all, and thank you for making us look so good!