I'd like to to give an intro to our judges this year for show. We are fortunate to have two judges; Sam Weber, and his wife, Jillian Tamaki!
Sam Weber is the Art Director at the New York Times, and an award winning illustrator from the Society of Illustrators. Some of his clients include The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Playboy, SPIN, ESPN Magazine, and many more. A somewhat dark recurring theme is evident in his work, and lends part to his favorite medium, ink. While a lot of his work is initially done traditionally, a large number of his pieces are digitally enhanced, lending them to his unmistakable style.
Jillian Tamaki lives and works alongside Sam in their Brooklyn home. Although she mainly works on editorial illustration, she enjoys comics as well; Skim for example, a graphic novel co-created with her cousin Mariko Tamaki. Alongside her editorial work, she recently took up an illustration position at Parsons School Design. She, like her husband Sam has won a Gold medal from the Society of Illustrators, and houses many clients such as the New York Times, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN, Runner's World, just to name a few. The diversity of her work is wonderful, with much of her work first employing ink and later digital color.