Woodside artist wins prestigious science fiction illustration contest

Screenshot courtesy of Galaxy Press

An illustrator from Woodside was recently flown to Los Angeles, CA where he was an honoree at the 33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Event on April 2, as one of 12 winners in an international illustration contest.

Yader Fonseca entered himself in the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest where he beat out thousands of other participants from all over the world to be one of only 12 winners. As a contestant winner, Fonseca earned a cash prize, a trip to Hollywood for a week-long workshop with world-renowned artists, and he got the chance to illustrate the cover for one of the winners of the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest.

Fonseca’s cover art for “Envoy in the Ice” by Dustin Steinacker is now featured in the Science Fiction anthology series, “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33,” which has reached both the reached the USA Today and Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists.

Photo courtesy of Galaxy Press
Photo courtesy of Galaxy Press

“From day one the contest at the Writers and Illustrators has provided me with an amazing experience. The judges and guest artists had such a big impact on me,” Fonseca said of winning the contest. “There was so many advice and tips that was provided to me and my fellow illustrator contestants. I was happy to be here and it will definitely be an experience to remember.”

Fonseca was born in 1990 and grew up in Miami. He realized his passion for art from a young age when he recalls watching his father come home from work and doodle on napkins. Since that time Fonseca instantly knew that he wanted to pursue a career in the arts when he grew up.

After moving to New York, Fonseca studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York where he learned from mentors and expanded his creative knowledge while working in the digital arts and earned his Bachelor’s Degree. He now works as a freelancer in the entertainment industry, doing illustrations for games, film and concept art.

Fonseca’s future is certainly bright since the past 310 winners of the Illustrating Contest have went on to create over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, 594 book and album covers, and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.

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