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2011 Illustration Annual

We had 4,055 entries submitted to this year's competition, a slight drop from last year, but the jurors were still enthused about the quantity and quality of submissions. "I was quite impressed by the sheer volume of submissions in the first round, and while I did see some familiar faces, it was exciting and refreshing to see illustrators I didn't yet know," said juror Cara Llewellyn. "It was inspiring to see so much work that spans so many different genres, styles and techniques in one sitting," juror Brian Lambert added.

Commenting on the increasing international participation in the competition, juror Nicholas Blechman said, "There are burgeoning scenes in Berlin, Barcelona, Milan, Toronto and Stockholm, and it was great to see some of these illustrators in the competition."

Asked about additional profit centers, Llewellyn said, "I have a number of friends who make quite a bit of cash by selling work on sites like Etsy, or submitting winning illustrations to Threadless. There is room for illustration everywhere, you just have to be very clever and a little lucky."

"Illustration is an expanding field," Field said. "Illustrators have many options now, but good drawing is always at the heart of every big new idea. So, although the profession is reinventing itself, illustrators still have to master their skill, their talent and their ideas."

"Self-generated work, working like an artist on new ideas, is actually the life blood of a long career."
— Ann Field
Meet the Jury
Dennis McLeod
David Armario Design
Cara Llewellyn
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Children's Book Group
Brian Lambert
Crispin, Porter + Bogusky
Ann Field
Art Center College of Design
Nicholas Blechman
New York Times Book Revew
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2011 Illustration Annual

This year our distinguished panel of jurors selected 183 winning projects from 4055 entries.

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2011 Illustration Annual : FEATURED PROJECT

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