Illustrators of the Future is a contest like no other. There’s prize money sure, but what is truly inspiring and unique is the week-long workshop where you will meet with many artists who have established themselves and learn the sage advice you didn’t learn in school. This investment into the artist is what paying it forward is all about and will make the journey for these artists one they will never forget.
This year’s winners, who came from all different backgrounds, would not yet realize the common bond they all share. Flying from all over, they arrived one by one at the Loews Hotel, where at 7 pm they all converged for the opening night kick-off of the Illustrators of the Future Workshop. Along the way, we grabbed the iconic group shot of all the judges and winners. Up in the hospitality suite, Joni started it off by getting the winners to introduce themselves. They were then introduced to the judges. With over 30 years experience as an artist Ciruelo Cabral, fresh off an 18-hour plane flight from Spain, provided his initial words of welcome. Echo and Lazarus Chernik broke down the week and showed what winners should expect, which includes learning the business side of their careers.
A lot of adventures will be had between this group of winners. The excitement is very real, as seen when Michael Michera was surprised in the lobby with his new article in the Polish News!
With so much in store for the week ahead… The reoccurring sentiment: let’s get started!
Some of the highlights during the day below. To see all today’s photos, visit Writers & Illustrators of the Future on Facebook
Illustrator winner David Furnal arriving at the hotel.
Illustrator winners Yader Fonseca and Anthony Moravian being greeted at the hotel.
Illustrator winners Ryan Richmond and Rachel Quinlan arriving.
Illustrator winner Hanna Al-Shaer (center) with her sister (left).
Joshua Meehan, David Furnal, Contest judge and artist Ciruelo and Contest Director Joni Labaqui
David Furnal, Joshua Meehan and Ciruelo talking in the hotel lobby
Yader and Anthony settling in.
Rachel giving flight to the pillows.
Ryan checking out the mattress springs.
David checking out the view of Hollywood from his hotel room.
Contest judges and Workshop Instructors Lazarus Chernik (left) and Echo Chernik (right).
Winners meeting and getting to know each other.
Winners meeting, Rachel and Michael Michera.
Winners getting briefed on the week’s activities.
Contest judge and Workshop Instructor (center standing) Val Lakey Lindahn.
Contest judge and guest speaker (far left) Ciruelo talking to the winners.
Guest blogger, Joshua Meehan
Joshua Meehan is a freelance science fiction and fantasy illustrator. He was an Illustrators of the Future winner in 2013 in Volume 29. His client list includes Paizo Publishing, Analog Sci-fi magazine, Fantasy Flight and Bethesda. Joshua’s illustration for Robert J. Sawyer’s short story “Gator” is in the latest Writers of the Future anthology, Volume 33.