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2004 Illustration Annual

We had 5,784 entries to this year’s Illustration Annual, a drop of about 3% from last year’s competition. When asked about the direction illustration is currently taking, juror Janet Michaud commented, “Right now I think it’s literal rather than interpretive. That seems to be the climate. As the economy gets better, I hope people will take more chances.” “I think there is a lot of searching for new direction, and unfortunately, a lot of it is in the direction of computers,” said juror Terry McCaffrey. “I would hope that good, solid, hand illustration will continue to be appreciated and commissioned.” Juror Sara Schneider concurred, “I’d hate to say that it’s all going digital, but I do think that tighter deadlines and budgets are driving illustrators in that direction. And, there are some that do a stellar job with it. Their style is dependent on the computer and thrives on it. That does not mean that I wish to see hand-rendered art suffer however. My preference is to see three viable options: hand-rendered images, digital art and a skillful marriage of both.”

"It’s very encouraging to see so much illustration being produced in this day and age when illustration is struggling."
— Terry McCaffrey
Meet the Jury
Jon Cannell
Jon Cannell Design & Illustration
Janet Michaud
Time Magazine
Sara Schneider
Chronicle Book’s Adult Trade division
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2004 Illustration Annual

This year our distinguished panel of jurors selected 192 winning projects from 5790 entries.

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2004 Illustration Annual : FEATURED PROJECT

Series of postal stamps of reptiles. Digital.

Steve Buchanan, illustrator/designer Derry Noyes, art director United States Postal Service, client