Illustrators of the Future Winner Irvin Rodriguez Hired by Prestigious London-based Magazine

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Rodriguez, a New York native, was honored for his illustration talents earlier this year. Now he's working on 2D Artist Magazine providing a tuturial on digital painting.

Irvin Rodriguez from the Bronx, New York was awarded the Illustrator Grand Prize at the 27th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards held on the 15th of May, in Hollywood, California. The event celebrated the annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, where Irvin was one of 12 illustrator winners "going for the gold", making it further than some thousand others who entered the international competition.
"When Irvin's winning art was displayed on the big screen during the event, you could hear 'oohs and ahh's' from the audience. His art is that stunning," contest director Joni Labaqui said.

Irvin's winning illustration of the story, Lies of Convenience, written by writer winner Brennan Harvey of Huntington Beach, CA, was published in the bestselling science fiction anthology series – L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXVII.

So, with a couple of months out-of-the-gate, what does Irvin have to say after the big win? "It was very exciting to see myself in the newspaper. At the workshops I learned so much! I am working on freelance illustration projects for an online magazine in London at the moment. I will keep you very up-to-date on what is happening with my career, and I promise not to disappoint."

"As Irvin's career blossoms, we'll keep you informed too," Labaqui said. "We are proud of our winners and happy to promote their successes."

Irvin also has the support of contest judge Robert Costillo, who lives right across the river from him in New Jersey. "Irvin is very talented," Robert said, "and I expect him to advance very quickly in the field. I'll do all I can to introduce him to projects. In this field you have to get yourself out there, promote your talent in as many places as possible."

The Contests were initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 shortly after returning to the field of science fiction with his bestseller Battlefield Earth.

For more information on the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest, go to


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