• 1.28.10

    Josh Cochran Scores a Hat-Trick at the Society of Illustrators Awards

    The Society of Illustrators was founded in 1901 to promote the art of illustration and to hold exhibitions. Today it continues to uphold this mission, honoring illustrators and showcasing their work in the Society of Illustrators museum and gallery.

    On February 5th, 2010, the Society of Illustrators will be hosting an awards presentation and gala for winners in Illustrator 52: Book and Editorial. Josh Cochran will be honored for his "Sleepwalker" illustration in Medical Marvels, written by George Edward Stanley and published by Sterling.

    Medical Marvels is the last book in the "Mysteries Unwrapped" series. Targeted at young adults, the six non-fiction books aim to bust myths about ghosts, monsters, medical mysteries, and more.

    On March 5th, 2010, the Society of Illustrators will be hosting another awards presentation and gala for winners in Illustrator 52: Advertising and Institutional. Josh Cochran will be honored again for two more of his works, a DVD packaging and an illustration for an annual report.

    "Wise Blood" was for the DVD cover of a re-mastered copy of John Huston's 1979 film Wise Blood, released by the Criterion Collection. The film is based on Flannery O'Connor's debut novel that follows a veteran's disenchantment with God, religion, and everything around him.

    Cochran's influences include Japanese printmakers such as Hiroshige and Hokusai, iconic graphic designers such as Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast, and last but not least - filmmakers such as Wes Anderson and Wong Kar-Wai.

    For Cochran, a film-lover, the opportunity to work with Criterion Collection was a longstanding desired collaboration that finally came true. The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering great works from cinema and re-releasing them uncut in their original aspect ratio with the highest possible quality.

    In the Advertising and Institutional category, Cochran also won an award for "Simultaneous," an illustration for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. "Simultaneous" appeared online as a scrolling, interactive illustration and also in print publications and promotions such as their annual report.

    Josh Cochran grew up in Taiwan and California but has been living in Brooklyn, New York for the past couple of years. Currently, Josh Cochran is finishing up custom wallpaper for a room in the new Ace Hotel in New York City and teaching a class at the Parsons School of Design. His advice for his students and other aspiring illustrators is: "Have good time management and go 110% on everything you can."

    -Helen Shih


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