2021 Monster Month: SILA Certificate

Earlier this year, I wrapped up my time serving the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA) as their Illustration West 59 Chair. Illustration West is an annual illustration contest SILA hold for professionals and students.

In my position, I was asked to create the art for the poster that advertised the show. Loving monsters as I do, I made an image inspired by creature features prominent back in the 1950s. I talked about the poster here on my blog in the past, including a step-by-step of that art’s creation. At the end of the contest, the judges chose what they felt was the best in each category, and those select few received a special certificate commemorating the judges’ decision.

While some of the recipients shared their certificates online this past spring, I never posted it before. So, without further ado, here is that certificate with a made up name on the recipient line serving as a place holder.


Needless to say, Joe did not blow. His work would have had to have been excellent to receive one of these!


I created the certificate completely in Photoshop with a new line drawing of the monster that appeared in my poster art. As Show Chair, my signature was printed on the certificates along with SILA’s President and terrific children’s book illustrator Joe Cepeda.