Mikal Barker Wins Illustration Scholarship Award

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

When Barbara Palacios and Lluvia Agustin contacted Nossi College of Art and encouraged students and alumni to submit ideas for her upcoming children’s book series, Nossi College had just one response, “Challenge Accepted!” Lluvia is the founder and owner of The Agustin Agency, a global literary agency connecting authors with audiences around the world. “I’m a firm believer in supporting young people with these types of programs,” said Lluvia Agustin. “When you win something, big or small it boosts your self-esteem.” Agustin, who spent twenty years in the publishing industry before launching her own agency, said she is passionate about helping young people advance in their field. “It’s a way of giving back,” she said. With a $1,000 scholarship award on the line, Nossi College hand-selected seven commercial illustrators based on their previous experiences and portfolio of work. Each illustrator focused on bringing Palacios’ dragonfly characters to life. From pencil sketches to digital concept to inked comps, these illustrators used videos to pitch their ideas and concepts to the Agustin Team in hopes of earning the top prize The quality of Barker’s work stood out to Palacios, who said she was drawn to Barker’s use of color and his portrayal of the characters. “When I saw Mikal Barker’s art, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Palacios. “I thought, ‘Yes, that’s it. They will fit my stories.’” In addition to the scholarship, Barker’s art will be included in Palacios’ book proposal, providing him a unique opportunity to have his work…

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