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Alumna Kirbi Fagan Among Winners in Worldwide Illustration Contest

Posted March 13, 2014 in AlumniIllustration

Alumna Kirbi Fagan (Illustration, '13) is among the twelve winning writers and twelve winning illustrators from around the globe who will be honored during the upcoming 30th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards. The ceremony honors the winners of both the Writers of the Future contest, started by Hubbard in 1983, and the Illustrators of the Future contest, which was started in 1988.

Kirbi Fagan

Fagan's imaginative illustrations wowed the competition's judging panel, which named her one of the contest's quarterly winners, Fagan will receive a cash prize from $1,000 to $500 and has been commissioned to produce an additional illustration that will appear alongside a short story by best-selling author Orson Scott Card in the annual anthology,  "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future, Volume 30," to be published by Galaxy Press on May 6, 2014.

"Power Puff Girls," by Kirbi Fagan, one of the pieces submitted to the Illustrators of the Future contest

The 276 past winners of the Illustrators of the Future contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies. As a recent grad who's looking to make a name for herself in the industry, Fagan sees this award as both an honor and an inspiration.

“It’s unbelievable," she said of the feeling. "I am so humbled to be counted among these amazing writers and illustrators. I will be taking this opportunity to the fullest."

Fagan's "Boy with Wings," another one of the pieces she submitted to the competition

Raised in the Detroit area, Fagan received her bachelor’s degree in Illustration from KCAD in the Spring of 2013. After graduation she continued her studies at the Illustration Master Class and attended a mentorship program with SmART School. While preparing her portfolio, she had her eyes set on the publishing industry, and simultaneously became extremely inspired teaching young children at the Plymouth Community Arts Council, where she performed theater as a child.

Currently, Fagan is active in the illustration community, both online and at-large, teaching workshops and live art demonstrations and hosting a theatrical life drawing event for local artists. She's also working on her first young adult novel cover, which will be published later this year. Honored to be among the Illustrators of the Future, Fagan is enthusiastic for this next adventure in her blooming career.

Fagan's "Dino Egg," another one of the pieces she submitted to the competition

"I’m looking forward to just being open to all the diiferent things these new comections have to offer me," she said. "I will come ready to learn.”

The awards ceremony, which will be held at the famed Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 13th, 2014, will be highlighted by the announcement of the year’s two Grand Prize winners, one illustrator and one writer, who will each receive $5,000. The ceremony will be recorded and posted on the contest's YouTube page: youtube.com/writersofthefuture.

For more information on the Illustrators of the Future contest, visit writersofthefuture.com.

To see more of Kirbi Fagan's work, visit kirbiillustrations.com.