by Rebecca Bedrossian
While describing the range of approaches to visual storytelling that
he saw in this year’s entries, juror Brian Lambert, senior art director
at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, captured the essence of why the
Illustration Annual is a favorite of mine: “Much of the work was so
imaginative. Conceptually, you can stretch things so much further in
illustration because you begin in a made-up world.”
The winners of our 52nd Illustration Competition launched online earlier this week, just as the magazine is being shipped to subscribers. Established illustrators share the stage with fresh talent, making this year’s annual an expressive glimpse of where the field is heading.
Juror Cara Llewellyn, senior designer in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Children’s Book Group, echoes that sentiment: “Illustration will go places that we cannot even dream of today.” I can hardly wait.
// From our friends at Communication Arts