The COPIC AWARD, which was held for the first time in 2017, is an event aimed at providing an opportunity to share the artworks created using Copic on the web, connecting Copic fans around the world by their art, and making their Copic experience more fun.
Last year the COPIC AWARD attracted more than 1,000 entries from all over the world and after the rounds of judging of prestigious juries, the winners for three categories (Design, Illustration and Craft) were finally decided.
The second annual COPIC AWARD is scheduled to be held in 2018. We are looking forward to many Copic fans taking this opportunity to participate!
Oliver Neuland [Dip. Des. PG] is a practicing industrial/transport designer as well as experienced educator. He started his career as motorcycle designer at BMW and MuZ after graduating from Offenbach University of Art and Design (Germany) in product design. Then he worked as design & event consultant for various companies, lead the Product Design Department at Massey University, Auckland (New Zealand) and acted a Head of AUTs Industrial Design and Innovation Department. In the mid-2000s he released an educational video series about marker rendering in cooperation with Too Marker Products Japan and Holtz Germany in which he revealed his expert knowledge for idea visualization using Copic markers.
Ms. Houghton has been a creator all of her life studying art through college and teaching high school art for several years. She is an avid scrapbooker, cardmaker and mixed media journalist and added Copic markers to her tool box over 10 years ago. Michelle started teaching Copic markers and ink techniques online and in live classes 8 years ago and is still currently designing and teaching new Copic classes throughout the US and on-line.
Ms. Olson has loved coloring, drawing, and painting for as long as she can remember, The busy-ness of motherhood shifted that love from canvas to paper seventeen years ago, and she has since been privileged to work for several paper crafting companies, including die-cutting, scrapbooking, and stamping companies, in a variety of capacities over the past fifteen years. Debbie began blogging for Imagination International, Inc. about ten years ago and has been a Copic Regional Instructor for the past eight years.
Ms. Dove has been an artist her whole life with all mediums, but have found Copic markers to be the medium she is drawn to on a daily basis.
Establishing my Copic technique in both fine art as well as card making and teaching students from all over the world since 2010.
Working closely with Imagination International Inc over the years, supporting the Copic creativity of people all around her.
Mr. Kubonouchi is a famous Japanese manga artist/illustrator. His best-known manga series such as "Tsurumoku Dokushin Ryo" and “Chocolat" were adapted into the TV dramas, and translated and published overseas. Mr. kubonouchi’s works attract a wide range of audience with his vivid, beautiful characters created with Copic markers and colored pencils. The latest offering from Mr. Kubonouchi is character design for animated TV commercial series for Nissin Foods' Cup Noodles titled "Hungry Days".
Tokyo born Mr. Koyama is a prominent designer who has contributed to many anime series. He debuted in the industry in the 2004 OVA “Gunbuster 2: Diebuster”. In 2015, He directed his first short film “Obake-chan” as one of the lineup title for Japan Animator Expo. Also, the art design for Good Smile Racing team is directed by Mr. Koyama since 2014.
The Netherlands (Holland, Europe)
All three Grand Prize winners of COPIC AWARD 2017 (Mr. Nigel Muller from Netherlands, Mr. Chen Yuming and Ms. Yu-Shan Huang from Taiwan) were invited to Tokyo and attended the awarding ceremony took place on April 2018, as a part of the Copic Thanks Party event.
Mr. Muller, a Grand Prize winner of Art & Design category, is only 19 years old. His achievement on this artwork, especially his excellent skills for expressing reflection of light and outstanding realism, were highly evaluated.
Here's a comment from Mr. Eisaku Kubonouchi, a jury of Illustration category:
“Seeing each and every entries was fresh and exciting experience for me! There were a lot of surprises and revelations to me – Seeing people use Copic in ways I’ve never imagined was a great learning opportunity. As for the grand prize winner of Illustration category, the idea of hiding chameleons into the various different materials was really amazing! I picked this masterpiece as a winner without hesitation.”
The second annual COPIC AWARD is scheduled to be held in 2018.
We are looking forward to many Copic fans taking this opportunity to participate!
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