El ilustrador del Año, La Cittá del Sole

We have called this initiative “Illustrator of the year”, not because we cherish the ambition of electing the best illustrator of this year, but because we wish to select what we think the best project for a calendar destined to children aged 2-6/7. For 12 years we have been publishing a calendar illustrated by well-known authors for our best clients, which can be seen further down on this page.

At the beginning of 2008 we have decided to call for a competition among young illustrators from all over the world for our next calendars, and this selection has led us to publish the beautiful calendars illustrated by Anna Castagnoli, Marco Trevisan and David Pintor. We now want to continue on this path.

Any illustrator born after 1 January 1975 can take part in this adventure. If you are interested, please send an illustration of a month to calendar.cds@gmail.com by April 30 2011, together with a few indications as to how you intend to develop the whole project. Your indications can come either in the form of a short descriptive text (in Italian or in English), or of a set of sketches (at least one per season). Don’t forget to clearly state your name and surname, place and date of birth, postal and email address; if you feel it useful, you can join a short CV and a list of publications.

Images must be in jpeg format and not exceed 1MB. Proposals coming after April 30 2011 will not be considered. Illustrations received by post will not be returned.

By May 20 2011, we will invite 3 to 5 candidates to develop their work by sending four illustrations (one per season) within the next forty days (dead end July 2nd); one of them can be the original illustration, which may be further elaborated. This set of illustrations must consist of paper images, either hand-coloured or printed from a digital image, the former to be returned to unsuccessful candidates. Every candidate taking part in this second stage will receive an expenses allowance of 350 Euros. The selected candidate will be directly contacted and invited to develop by September 23 2011 the thirteen images required for the calendar (twelve months plus cover).

An all-inclusive contribution of 3,500 Euros will be awarded for the making of the calendar.

Città del sole reserves the right to postpone the specified deadline (any changes will be communicated to all those concerned), or to unappealably call off the initiative should the received illustrations not meet the expectations.

Calendar size is cm. 31x31 closed and 31x62h open. The space allowed for each month is cm 31x62h, including the month’s calendar table. The 3/5 successful candidates will have to include the graphics in the final project.

For a child of about 3, a calendar is the base for a long learning process that will continue into its first school years. In proposing a calendar as a gift to young Città del sole users, we commit to sponsoring an operation in line with our attitude towards toys. Indeed, we do not intend this calendar to “teach” children about the year and months and seasons, but only to allow them to experiment the emotions of an year painted by an artist. This implies that the illustrator, in designing the calendar’s general project, must be her/himself as much as possible – even perhaps a younger self - as if s/he were depicting the story of her/his dream year, made of ideal seasons and months.

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