It’s important for your illustration career to keep an eye out for opportunities. More often than not opportunities are something you have to create for yourself by putting your work out there for the public to see.
Entering art book annuals is a good way to create opportunities for yourself, however you have to be willing to cash out a little to make this possible and the reward isn’t always immediate. None the less I firmly believe it is worth your effort to do so. Creating exposure for your artwork is key to building a name for yourself. Some of the more popular art book annuals are Spectrum Art of the Fantastic and the New York City Society of Illustrator’s annual. The competition for these annuals is steep which makes it extremely difficult to get in, even if your work is top of the line.
A new fantasy & sci-fi art annual
In the spring of 2013 a new art book annual named Infected by Art for Fantasy and Sci-fi artwork launched. It’s is run as a large competition where you submit your artwork for a fee and then have friends and family vote on your submission, after the voting a jury goes through the submission and select which pieces get into the art book. I believe the online voting system mainly affect the cash prices for the artists who win gold, silver and bronze, whereas the jury pick the artwork for the book that they like regardless of the votes.
Being fairly new to the illustration industry I honestly doubted my chances but in the spring I submitted my Sleeping Beauty piece for the first season of Infected by Art and was fortunate enough to have my work selected to go into the book and recently I received the book in the mail.
Let me just say it is a confidence booster to see your work printed in an illustration annual alongside many other skilled artists and it is a testimony to the quality of your work.
Season two: you can enter!
Submissions are currently open for season two of Infected by Art. Here are some of the contest details from their website. You can find the rest on their website linked below:
“Infected By Art is the ONLY art contest that connects artists to a Global Audience through its On-Line submissions and Internet voting. We offer huge Cash Prizes as well as publication in our upcoming Compilation art book. The top 300 images voted on by the jury will be selected for the book. We also offer artists a way to sell their art in our exclusive on-line poster printing service.
How It Works:
1.Create an account. 2.Upload your art. 3.Get your friends and family to vote for your artwork.
Who Can Enter:
Competition is open to Professional and Emerging Artists from all over the world.
$10,000 in Cash Prizes:
Infected By Art is the only open competition that truly gives back to its artists. Artists have a chance to win $10,000 in Cash Prizes.
Our Dream team Jury Panel is comprised of four of the Art World’s Best Fantasy Artists; Chris Achilleos, Larry Elmore, Rowena Morrill and Enric Torres-Pratt. They will select their favorite images for publication in our book and pick the top artists for Cash prizes.”
Entry: November 24th, 2013
Voting: December 1st, 2013″
Vote for your favourites
Whether you enter the contest or not you can still vote for your favourite artwork in the contest and help the artists better their chances. This year I submitted by Mermaid Halloween piece. I’d really appreciate it if you would take a moment to vote for my work, please click the image below to be taken to the website to vote.