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The art of Alé Mercado and his sketchbook

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A few weeks ago Alé Mercado uploaded a page from his sketch book that reminded me what a fantastic artist he was. Seeing a professional illustrator’s sketchbook is always a pleasure and the page featuring Alé’s Sea Creature/Evil Merman is no exception to this rule.

This isn’t the first time we’ve noticed Alé Mercado’s illustration, a couple of years ago he also took part in Mail Me Art with the piece below and we were very happy he did.

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As you can see, Alé’s work has a very nice quality to it and he isn’t afraid to tackle subjects and compositions that may send less established illustrators running for the hills. Below is a personal piece of his titled Happy St. Jordi. Great use of colour.

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If you’re interested in seeing more of Alé’s work, you can check out his portfolio website at alemercado.com or you can follow him on Facebook.

Sue Todd’s 3×3 Merit Award

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The Picture Book Show of the next 3×3 Directory of Illustration includes a merit award to Sue Todd Illustration for four illustrations from the play, Steam! Taming the River Monster. Steam!, published by Red Chair Press, is a work of historical fiction dramatising the first voyage of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, The Clermont.

External Link: Sue Todd’s 3×3 Merit Award

Showcase 100, available now!

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DSCF2112Showcase 100: Illustration is now available from the LCS shop. With only a week left to go until the exhibition we’re very proud to release the accompanying book of the project. It’s a fantastic publication and I’m sure it’d feel right at home in anyone’s art book collection. It features 100 illustrations from 100 fantastic illustrators, and not just that, it includes a number of sketches, descriptions and bios. Whether you love illustration, want to support the LCS or just want a copy for yourself… Order a copy of Showcase 100! Worldwide shipping available.

About the book…
Showcase 100: Illustration is a 160 page publication of high quality illustrations and sketches from some of the best professional illustrators working in the industry today. We have strived to showcase a wide variety of illustrations that represent the trends and quirks of this creative profession, and have encompassed artwork created for all markets, and countries, and by artists who may be 30 year veterans of the industry or just starting out in their careers. Only 100 illustrations were selected from over 1,400 entries in association with Hire an Illustrator.

DSCF2116Order Showcase 100: Illustration…
thelittlechimpsociety.com/product/showcase-100-illustration

Available exclusively from The Little Chimp Society
Exhibition: sc100.co.uk/exhibition
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Muddy Colors: Do Awards Matter?

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After announcing the winner of the Little Chimp Award earlier in the week it’s nice to hear what other people think of all the other general art awards out there. Have a read of this opinion piece by Arnie Fenner over on Muddy Colors. It’s not too long a post and it’s worth reading.

External Link: Muddy Colors: Do Awards Matter?

Image:The Spectrum Grand Master Award.

2015 Little Chimp Award Winner Annouced

LCAWe’ve very happy to announce Mark Hammermeister is the winner of the 2015 Little Chimp Award! It was a very close call and Violet and Brian were just pipped to the post. All of the artists who were shortlisted for the award actually deserved to win, which is why they’ll all be getting Chimp Coins. But in the words of Connor MacLeod “There can be only one” and the 2015 award goes to Mark Hammermeister. Continue Reading →