Annual Talent Search For a Children’s Book Illustrator
I’ve emerged from my cave after sleeping through the fourth annual Lilla Rogers’s Global Talent Search. I would still be in the dark about the talent search if not for artsy friends on Instagram. Fortuitously, a hash tag led me to a talented network of artist and illustrators who had entered a contest to win agency representation by Lilla Rogers Studio.
Lilla Rogers at Make Art That Sells sponsors an annual Global Talent Search competition to find talented children’s book illustrators. The Grand Prize winner receives agency representation from Lilla Rogers Studio; career development support in illustration; and numerous product licenses. Zowie!
Stop the presses: Lilla Rogers announced the winners of the Global Talent Search 2016. Entering the finals, Five Finalists were selected! Also, Mara Penny’s menu cover for Sunny Spindler’s cafe received the People’s Choice Award! See their work!
I found Make Art That Sells When I Fell Down a Rabbit Hole
I discovered MATS after seeing a teacup illustration Mitsib posted on Instagram. It had a zillion hashtags. I loved her teacup, so I clicked a few of the hashtags, particularly #gts2016 and #globaltalentsearch. Soon I was in a teacup wonderland of illustrations.
Flash forward: Michelle Brown, AKA Mitsib, came through the first round of contest elimination, and received the prestigious “I’m a Semi-Finalist” banner to proudly wave on Instagram. Her art is one of 50 illustrations chosen out of nearly 1,000. Hats off to Michelle!
Global Talent and the 50 Semi-Finalists
Truly a global event, the 50 Semi-Finalists came from:
- Europe (21)
- North America (22)
- Australia (6)
- Africa (1).
For the first-round of competition, Lilla created a real-world design challenge. Artists were challenged to illustrate a teacup and napkin set for Sunny Spindler, a fictional character who owns a candy shop and café. Lilla posted photos and inspirational reference materials to fuel the imagination and provide art direction.
Lilla and a panel of judges narrowed the initial 1,000ish entries down to 50 Semi Finalists. For the second round of judging, the 50 Semi Finalists were charged to illustrate a menu cover for Sunny’s café.
The judging of the menu covers is underway. YOU can take part in discovering the next great book illustrator with your vote for the People’s Choice Award. The window to vote closes Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Chop Chop!
Stay tuned. Lilla Rogers will announce the finalists, Sept. 7, 2016.
I was carried away with enthusiasm for the contest
Seeing the teacup contest, I quickly posted my teacup . It was a last hour entry. I was late to the party: No time to read entry qualifications or read Lilla’s artistic direction. My teacup was simply an aristocratic teacup with a pair of fancy birds – not a teacup and napkin set for Sunny Spindler’s café. I feel like a school girl who handed in homework without reading the assignment.
Notably, as well, MATS bestowed an Honorable Mention on 33 outstanding illustrators who did not make it to the semi-finals.
Resource for the Art of Children’s Book Illustration
If you desire a career in children’s book illustration, Make Art That Sells offers classes and resources on their website.
A current class offering in October is Illustrating Children’s Books by Lilla Rogers, art agent, and Zoë Tucker, children’s book art director.
The class is structured over five weeks. The class target for you is to create a “brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig.”
Class content includes:
- Over 20 videos
- Weekly assignments
- Live weekly video reviews
- Interviews with publishers and illustrators
If you missed the Global Talent Search this year, think of this as a heads up for next year.
The Tea Party is Over
The 2016 Global Talent Search deadline has come and gone.
If you are like me and missed the party this year, you have a year to, in Lilla’s words, “Take it Up a Notch” before next year’s contest.
My viewpoint on artwork is “Add sprinkles to everything” … turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Lilla Rogers says it like this, “Take it up a notch,” her secret to Make Art That Sells.
Art is Everywhere
There was a moment when I wondered if art would fall by the wayside in this technological world we zoom around in, but on second look, art is on the rise as we share our ideas and use art to illustrate our thoughts.
I just passed along a magazine I read in 10 minutes to a friend who was helping me at the DMV. I heard myself say as I handed her the magazine across the counter, “I’ve already seen all the pictures.”
Later, I smiled to myself realizing I didn’t read the magazine at all. I am simply one of those people who think reading the photographs and illustrations is synonymous with reading the magazine, proving to myself that the art of illustration is alive and well!