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Kiwi wins sci-fi trip to US for L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of Future

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Amit Dutta. IMAGE: Colin Engelbrecht.

AN UPPER HUTT freelance illustrator has won a major prize in an international illustration competition.

Amit Dutta, who is a self-taught freelance illustrator, won the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of The Future competition and a prize including a cheque and a place at an illustration workshop in America.

He started teaching himself three years ago after attending a two day concept design workshop in Wellington, run by Paul Tobin, a senior concept artist at Weta Workshop.

The Illustrators of The Future competition is run every three months and three winners are selected each time.

At the workshop in Los Angeles, the winners meet with big names in the industry.

Amit Dutta who returned from the workshop last month says the schedule was pretty intense, some days they worked more than 11 hours.

He says one of the best experiences at the workshop was doing the 24 hour illustration.

During this they met Cliff Nielsen, an illustrator who worked on The Chronicles of Narnia and the Cirque Du Freak series.

Other big names present at the workshop included agents and members from renowned art colleges like the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena.

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One of Amit’s winning illustrations. IMAGE: Supplied

“The great thing about this completion is that no pros are allowed,” Amit Dutta says.

Entrants cannot participate if their work has been published in three or more publications or if they have been paid for it, meaning that this is a great opportunity for amateurs to get some experience.

Despite being named after the founder of Scientology, the competition is not linked to it.

“It’s a shame people automatically link the two,” says Amit Dutta.

You can see Amit’s work on his blog at

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