Fantastic news for Irish illustration – two Irish-based illustrators have won awards in the prestigious 3×3 Children’s Illustration international competition!

Peter Donnelly is an illustrator with a background in animation design. His project Rotkäppchen - a series of stylized illustrations based on a traditional German folk tale – received a distinguished merit in the unpublished section of this year’s awards, while his illustrations for Féasta Filíochta - an Irish language poetry book published by An Gúm received recognition in the published section. Peter says: “I was delighted with the samples of my work the jury accepted. I have been working hard this year pushing my style in a new direction, so to receive recognition for these particular illustrations is very rewarding” Editioned prints of Peter’s work are available to purchase from The Copper House Gallery, Dublin.

Kilkenny-based Alé Mercado’s work is normally associated with edgy graphic design and illustration for posters, poetry publications, advertising campaigns and websites. Alé has made his first foray into children’s illustration with his Pablo books, which document the wild imagination of four year old Pablo as he lives life as a bird, or a tractor, or a superhero! They are unique in that they have no words – the idea being that the child tells the story to the adult – improving their creativity, communication and visual literacy. Alé’s Pablo series has just received a publishing deal that will see the first of a series of five being published next year. Alé was delighted to hear about the award: “It’s great not just because the style and approach used is different and quite edgy, but also because the book is modeled on my five year old son, therefore the award means something extra to me”. You can learn more about Pablo’s books here and about Alé here.

Peter and Alé’s work will appear in the 3×3 Children’s Illustration Annual No. 9 which is due out this winter.



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