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Valeria Petrone Recognized for New Children’s Title

Valeria Petrone is pleased to announce that her illustrations for “Abitare Sottosopra, un Parco di Notte” and “Tilda e la Luna” have received the ‘distinguished merit’ and ‘merit’ awards, respectively, from the 3×3 Magazine Picture Book Annual – wonderful!

Valeria’s strong graphic work appeals to adults and children alike, but there’s no ignoring the fact that the “cute factor” is totally maxed out in her adorable picturebooks.

Sometimes it’s best to let the art speak for itself….congratulations, Valeria!

Images by Valeria Petrone:

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Major Nominations for Victo Ngai

Victo Ngai has some pretty major news: the talented artist is honored to announce that her piece “Forest of Memory” has been nominated for a Chelsey Award!

“Forest of Memory”, by Victo Ngai:

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The Chelsey Awards, which were established by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, recognize individual artistic achievement for any given year. You can take a look at all of 2017’s nominees here, and check out the artists in the “Best Cover” category here.

But ladies and gentlemen, we are not quite through – Victo has also been nominated for a Hugo Award in the “best professional artists” category! This is an incredibly prestigious honor from members of the Science Fiction community. Worldcon 75 members are now eligible to begin voting – but you know who we’ll be rooting for!

EDIT: Just as we were posting the above news, Victo sent us yet another update – she is also a top ten finalist for the Locus Award! Winners for this annual prize are selected by members of the Locus Magazine community. It goes without saying that winning the popular vote would be quite an honor. We will be sure to keep you updated as the results come in.

Illustrative 17 Berlin Showing Steven Tabbutt

Steven Tabbutt has announced that his showstopping image, “The Wasp,” has been selected for exhibition at Illustrative 17 Berlin.

Image by Steven Tabbutt:

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Steven’s work left such an impression that he has also been asked by the Direktorenhaus Museum, which will be hosting the festival, to exhibit more of his work after the festivities conclude. Congratulations, Steven!

Welcome to Suplex City

ALE+ALE traded their romantic European digs for something a bit more sinister while working on one of our favorite projects from 2016, the inimitable “Suplex City” – home of WWE® 2K17 and the latest addition to the flagship WWE video game franchise.

Image by ALE+ALE:

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Showcasing the ALE’s more ominous side, the atmospheric artwork for Suplex City creates a chilling environment for wrestling fans to engage with their favorite heroes and antiheroes. Per their press release, “WWE 2K17 delivers an unprecedented combination of authenticity, realism and action-packed gameplay in a WWE video game experience, including the largest roster of WWE and NXT Superstars in franchise history”. It was pretty exciting to be involved with something of this magnitude.

Images by ALE+ALE:

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While we are excited to share the images with you here, it goes without saying that you should allow yourself a moment to explore this remarkably detailed and atmospheric environment. Just click here – and don’t forget the way back home.

Inside the Studio: Josée Bisaillon

The prolific Josée Bisaillon invited our friends from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre into her studio, where she’s created over 20 picture books and established images for brands and editorial.

Image by Josée Bisaillon:

From the studio of Josee Bisaillon

Charming and thoughtful, we recommend getting to know this incredible illustrator a bit more personally. Take a look here.

Victo Ngai for Apple – Happy Year of the Rooster!

Happy New Year from Victo Ngai and Apple!

Utilizing Victo’s capacity for creating exciting and celebratory atmospheres, the newly released Chinese nianhua image is the perfect way to capture the energy surrounding the start of the New Year.

Image by Victo Ngai:

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Happy Year of the Rooster! We do hope this makes those early mornings a bit easier.

To celebrate the occasion, she participated in a packed event at the Hong Kong Canton Road Apple Store on January 10th, where she shared some behind the scenes moments and also lead the group in a life drawing session.

She also treated the audience to details from her very first commission: it seems that contraband junk food was highly covetable to a third grade Victo.

Photo by Jason Li:

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You can download the free wallpaper of Victo’s illustration by clicking here, and again, Happy New Year!

Silver Medal for Victo Ngai

Superstar Victo Ngai received a wonderful call from the Society of Illustrators, and we are thrilled to announce that she has won a silver medal – along with having 5 singles and one series admitted. This is a huge accomplishment, yet while it ain’t her first rodeo, she remains humbled by the honor.

I am detracting from how deeply meaningful this year’s accolades were for the artist, however. In Victo’s own words:

“Making art and promoting art have been trivial these couple weeks after the presidential election but this piece of good news from society reminds me that art can be the best tool to bring people together, it’s a universal language that embraces all. I have never felt any adverse effect on my career for being a female minority, and I think I have taken that for granted. The current political climate has been a reality check, it reminds me that it’s very easy to hate and demonize, to thinking the world as “us” vs “ them”, while it takes the best of us to understand and empathize. I have been extremely lucky to be born at this time and be working in an industry and living in cities that’s very accepting. I need to remember that I am able to live the life I live now because of those who fought the battles before me, for me.”

Congratulations, Victo, and thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts with us.

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“I am London” – New Book from Carlo Stanga

Using his trademark lines and attention to detail, Carlo Stanga breathes life into his images and delivers the energy of the city. How fitting that he was chosen to illustrate the recent title “I am London” – a celebration of the city’s iconic architecture and distinctive character.

Cover image for “I am London,” by Carlo Stanga:

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Packed with nuance, humor, and sophistication, “I am London” is guaranteed to suck the viewer in – we like to think of it as a “Where’s Waldo” for buildings.

You can pick up your own copy here, and congratulations, Carlo!

Images by Carlo Stanga:

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More Excitement from 3×3 – Merit Awards for Valeria Petrone

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears we may have made Carlo Giambarresi’s 3×3 announcement a bit prematurely yesterday, as the contest has honored not one but TWO of our fabulous Italians!

Images by Valeria Petrone:

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The above illustrations were both awarded “merits” and will be reproduced in the fabulous 3×3 Annual.

Congratulations, Valeria!

Carlo Giambarresi’s Latest Accolades

Carlo Giambarresi shared some exciting news to share this morning, as he has received a wonderful acknowledgement from the 3×3 Magazine annual.
His awesome graphic illustrations have been awarded a merit and honorable mention – how wonderful! Considering the caliber of the artists that submit to this contest, this is quite the honor.
Congratulations, Carlo!
Images by Carlo Giambarresi
Image by Carlo Giambarresi

Image by Carlo Giambarresi

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