News - 05/13/2013

MiraCosta College Alumnus Wins Award for His Illustrations

James Eads

MiraCosta College alumnus James Eads was honored at the 29th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards, an event held recently at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

The ceremony celebrated the annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest, where Eads was one of twelve illustrator winners, beating out several thousand others who entered the international competition. As a result of the win, Eads has his winning illustration published in the bestselling Science Fiction anthology series L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXIX.

James J. Eads is a freelance illustrator and art instructor from Orange County, California. He received his A.A. at MiraCosta College in 1967, then received his B.A. from CSU Fullerton. He began his career as a public school teacher, then worked as a graphic designer for fifteen years.

Eads became the owner and head designer for VIP Arts, a rubber art stamp and craft supply company, where he had the opportunity to teach art classes across the country. This led him to teach art to incarcerated juveniles and adults at the Santa Ana Jail. For the past decade, Eads has worked at creating an art program for elementary schools, working with children grades K - 6, as well as those with special needs. He has recently retired to work on more personal projects.

Eads works primarily in pen-and-ink and watercolor and currently is writing and illustrating children's books.

L. Ron Hubbard initiated the Writers of the Future writing contest in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get much-needed breaks. Due to the success of the writing contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

For more information, contact Eads at
Pictured: Under the Witch Tree

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