So you know how sometimes when you apply to illustration contests and don't hear back you think, "maybe my email just got lost somehow" and that never really happens? Well SOMETIMES IT DOES. Very happy and surprised to find out this little stitchin' of Ms. Clinton was selection to appear in the American Illustration annual this year. You can see a slideshow of all the winners here.
I got a piece in Society of Illustrators this year! Neat. Here is the piece, lovingly titled Endless Summer. You know, that point in the summer, usually mid-August where the pool water is just a little too warm, the days a little too long and everything a little too saturated? It will be on display in NYC in early January, so yes, basically the furthest point from that time of year.
I won't be able to attend the reception as I will be reenacting this scene in Hawaii at that time, so if you make it, snap a picture for me won't you?
Yesterday, I recieved some good news that I had a piece seleceted for American Illustration 32! This painting I did of a rainy scene outside my old studio window must have struck a chord with the judges, and I'm so happy that it did! It takes me back to a really great time in my career and will now grace the pages of AI32 FOR ALL ETERNITY. Thanks, guys!
I'm honored to announce that my piece of Zack on the roof has been accepted into the Society of Illustrators annual this year in the uncommisioned category! Mega-thanks to the Society of Illustrators (you have been SO good to me this past year) and to the judges...with a big 'ole shout-out to the esteemed Marshall Arisman.
This is a personal piece I did of Zack sitting on my friend Dasha's roof this past summer. I loved how the pattern in his shirt just kind of blended in to the windows of the building behind him. I thought it eerily symbolic of how, after two sometimes challenging years, we are both starting to find our place in this crazy city of New York. It is always special to have a piece accepted into any competition, but I'm particularly thrilled because by the time this annual is published that will be my HUSBAND'S lovely face gracing those glossy pages!
I would by lying if I said I can't believe it's been a whole year since last year's world-rocking Society of Illustrators awards were announced because it's been just about one of the longest years I can remember. While I was awarded a gold medal and accepted into many other publications, I was simutaneously really struggling to make new work that I was proud or even remotely satisfied with. When the time came around to submit to this year's annual, I didn't think I would even do it. The pressure was all too much and didn't feel very conducive to making new art. In the end, I submitted. And after I did, I was shocked to realize something I hadn't before...everything I entered (most of which was not accepted) had been created in the past five months, that is, all since graduation. Kind of crazy, no? As an artist it is incredibly difficult to see through times of struggles with clear eyes and know that it's all somehow part of the process. But today, in a moment of clarity, I'd like to tell my future self to never give up and that your best work is always yet to come!