exhibit through Thursday at the Creative Arts Center in Burbank. With
the Gold Award came a $1,000 scholarship that Faught will put toward
tuition at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she is in
her senior year.
"I was really surprised," Faught said. "I entered last year and
got honorable mention and my name was placed onto the society's
She's been entering competitions sponsored by other organizations,
but her entries were all rejected.
"I was really happy to hear from this organization," she said. "I
felt honored. I felt really special."
The vote of confidence has given her a renewed feeling that she
has a future in the illustration business, because it's harder to get
work in the field today, she said. The industry is using computers,
film and photography for advertising today, she said.
She would like to become a freelance illustrator for newspapers or
magazines and plans to take a trip to New York after graduation to
introduce herself to editors of publications. Eventually she would
like to organize shows of her works and those of fellow illustrators.
If a career in illustration doesn't pan out, she said, she may
enter the fine art or computer graphic design fields. Some of her
classmates are going into website design.
Her winning piece titled "Victor" is of two women facing each
other gazing at a man in the middle who they are both in love with.
It's done in oil and acrylic on a wood panel.
"I'm a painter at heart," she said. "I'm glad I'm being recognized
for it. I don't want it to be just a hobby."
At the opening reception at the Creative Arts Center, Faught was
introduced to society members who she hopes to consult as mentors
while she is starting out in her career.
The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles was founded in 1953 by
a handful of Southern California advertising artists and designers
primarily to promote the professional status of illustration art as
well as foster both philanthropic and educational goals. Today,
membership has grown to 150 people whose work is seen locally and
nationally by millions each year in all printed media, television,
films, on the Internet and in gallery exhibitions.