May 14, 2012
Tatiana Arocha, Thornberg & Forester, Olaf Hajek, John Hendrix, Rod Hunt, Peter Kraemer, Yuko Shimizu, and Simon Spilsbury make the list for this year’s AI-AP American Illustration 31. The annual competition recognizes the best illustrations from the past year. A distinguished jury of editors fromRolling Stone, Men’s Health, Random House, The New York Times, and Young & Rubicam selected the best from 2011 that will be published in a book later this year.
Peter Kraemer’s entry was his illustration “House of Heroes.” The piece depicts the doorbell of an apartment tower and each name belongs to a superhero from movies and comic books. Tatiana Arocha’sentries are two of her children’s illustrations, featuring colorful and bright characters. Thornberg & Forester’s entry is a composite illustration of the subway at DeKalb Avenue in New York. Olaf Hajek was recognized for his personal commission “Black Antoinette” for a private collector.
Four illustrations by Yuko Shimizu made the list. Two illustrations are from the upcoming chidlren’s bookBarbed Wire Baseball, about a baseball player in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, out next year. A commissioned illustration for Playboy and one of her covers for the monthly comic book series “The Unwritten,” were also recognized. Three illustrations by John Hendrix, two from his “Drawing in Church” series and his commissioned piece for Rolling Stone’s Rock Trivia issue, were selected. Rod Hunt’s cover for the book Transwonderland: Adventures in Nigeria was also selected. Finally, two of Simon Spilsbury’s collage drawings made the list.
Read more about the AI-AP American Illustration 31 here.
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