Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sean McCabe Makes TIME's Top Ten

One of the great pleasures of December is TIME Magazine’s highly subjective Top Ten lists, recapping the best of the year that was. Ispotter Sean McCabe rocks the #4 position on the Top Ten Magazine Covers list with his over-the-top portrait of Steve Jobs for New York Magazine.

To take a look at all 50 Top Ten Lists (you know you want to) go here.

Friday, December 7, 2007

IMAGES 32: The Best of British Contemporary Illustration

Now in its 32nd year, Images is an awards book and touring exhibition. Distributed to over 4000 commissioners, the Images book is considered British illustration's most important document.

Each year the contents are selected from hundreds of entries by seven separate juries of influential figures in the creative industry. was thrilled to learn that 16 of our growing expatriate community of artists were chosen for inclusion this year.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Contribute Magazine Nov / Dec 2007

Contribute Magazine is a new publication about modern philanthropy. Beautifully designed and printed, Contribute showcases the work of many ispotters on a regular basis. In the current issue, every single illustration was created by an artist on

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Si Scott: Resonate

British designer / illustrator Si Scott has created an amazing series of lyrically hand drawn, bespoke posters and CD packaging for Silent Studios in London. See more of his posters in Art Talk.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Robert’s Snow 2007

Illustrator Grace Lin and her husband, Robert Mercer, founded Robert's Snow: for Cancer's Cure auction in 2004 which has raised more than $200,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This past August, Robert lost his fight against sarcoma; he leaves behind the legacy of this very worthy cause that is powered each year by the generosity of the participating artists.

There will be three auctions of beautiful, unique snowflakes in the coming weeks; we are very proud to preview samples of those created and donated by members of View all of the snowflakes now and place your bids as each consecutive auction opens.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bob Eckstein: The History of the Snowman

Bob Eckstein, illustrator, humorist (and humorous illustrator) has spent the past six years writing and compiling the definitive book on the snowman.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Simon Danaher: Cannes Lion 2007 Winner!

Simon Danaher was tapped to do a job for Ultra Tide Stain Remover through Saatchi & Saatchi NY, who found his portfolio on theispot. The campaign went on to win the Grand Prix! Read more about it in Art Talk...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Spectrum 14: Loaded With Ispotters

Each year, Spectrum celebrates the very best of fantasy art. The latest edition is out, and once again, among the ranks of Spectrum winners are numerous ispotters..

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

PRINT Magazine Regional Design Annual 2007

Every November, we are thrilled to see so many of our subscribers recognized in the pages of Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual. This issue of Print breaks down the very best of design trends geographically; a close examination shows how essential illustration can be to any project, anywhere. See which artists were featured in this years' Annual.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Louisa Bertman: Rock & Art

Louisa Bertman will have two portraits on the block in the Live Nation Bank of America Pavillion's Rock and Art Auction in Boston next month. Rock & Art is a program that pairs visual artists with national touring musicians. Read more about it in Art Talk.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Original Art Show at The Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators in New York is host to so many wonderful shows throughout the year. But the hands-down, all-out, gotta-love-it, most charming is always the Original Art Show. This juried exhibition, which is on display through November 21, “celebrates the fine art of children’s book illustration.” Click here to see the full list of ispotters appearing in show and their book covers.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dave Wheeler: HOW Magazine

Dave Wheeler’s unique blend of illustration, 3-D objects and photography landed him a plum assignment for HOW Magazine’s Special Business Issue. Working non-stop for a month, Dave conceived, created and shot fifteen dimensional illustrations.

“I had a little over a month to do the project. And it sent me on some amazing shopping trips; people look at you strangely when you ask if they carry rotary phones…”

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Around the World with Ingo Fast

While continuing to work as a freelance illustrator for publications and advertising agencies in the US and various other countries, Ingo Fast traveled twice around the world over the last several years. Read more about it here.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

3 x 3 = 9

Three cheers for the very special 9th issue of 3 x 3 magazine, (volume 3, number 3)! Congratulations to publisher, designer and visionary Charles Hively for creating this beautiful magazine devoted to contemporary illustration and for reaching this landmark. And congratulations to all of the ispotters who appear throughout!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Otto Steininger: Primo Promo Calendar

Otto Steininger’s 2007 calendar did more than just mark time. Created as a promo piece for a select group of about 75 clients, the calendar made it into the competitions of American Illustration 26 (due out in November), Communication Arts' Design Annual (November issue) and 3x3 magazine's Pro Show #4 which will be released in Jan/08.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Michael Gibbs: Artwork Inspired by Songs

Illustrator Michael Gibbs starts a new creative chapter with a handmade book of artwork inspired by lyrics alluding to color.

Michael’s upcoming Gallery exhibition features handmade books in two sizes and bindings, plus thirty framed giclee prints of all artwork from the book.

Urban Art Space With A Mission
87 Florida Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Opening Reception: Saturday Oct. 13, 6-9pm

Thursday, October 4, 2007

James Taylor: Hello It’s Me

UK illustrator James Taylor's first London show 'Hello It's Me' is an exhibition of prints, paintings and drawings, some of which were originally commission work. If you’re in London during the next couple of weeks, be sure to catch it at The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London.

James Taylor's brand new Portfolio can be found here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Alicia Buelow: Collage Works

"Alicia Buelow collects many of the elements of her work from the streets and outer neighborhoods of San Francisco. Combining found objects with photographs, type, drawings, and other surprises, she creates strong, provocative, and richly-textured imagery.” Alicia has an art show coming up in San Francisco.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Noah Woods: Graphic Artists Guild PEGS 12th Edition

The latest edition of Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines can now be purchased through the Bookstore here. And as always, Noah Woods’ Portfolio can be found right here on

Friday, September 21, 2007

Diane Fenster: Ghost Stories

Celebrated photo-illustrator Diane Fenster has now produced a haunting book of large format Polaroid photographs, appropriately titled “Ghost Stories.”

Fenster began the series because she felt compelled to photograph people who appeared either haunted or haunting.  Some of the photographs from the book will be on exhibit at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle opening October 3rd, 2007, in plenty of time for Halloween. Preview and purchase the book here.

View Diane Fenster’s Portfolio here.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Shino Arihara Interviewed in Communication Arts Magazine

The September / October, 2007 issue of CA has a wonderful interview by editor at large Anne Telford with Pasadena illustrator Shino Arihara.

Over the course of eight pages of luminous paintings, Arihara reveals her roots, her inspiration and the depth of her love for making images.

See Shino Arihara’s full portfolio here.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Stephen Savage: Munchlers!

Illustrator Stephen Savage teamed up with wine-tote inventors Built NY to take
on the project of creating zoo animal lunchboxes. Practical, whimsical, soft,
colorful~ What's not to love?
See the whole project here.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Having scrupulously researched the market by having three kids of their own, Joyce Hesselberth and Dave Plunkert of Spur Design have launched PrestoBingo, a collection of limited edition prints designed to engage and delight those fertile little minds. See the ArtTalk post.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Jill Calder: New Yorker Mini Takeover

Jill Calder’s whimsical artwork takes over the April 16, 2007 issue of the New Yorker magazine with a narrative series of ads for Mass Mutual Financial Group. The New Yorker selected about 40 illustrators for Mass Mutual and their ad agency, Mullen, to choose from, which eventually whittled down to Jill; her job was to bring their concept to life. Jill shares the collaborative process that went into this very special interplay of editorial and advertising here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Jacob Thomas: Germ of a New Insanity

In addition to a vibrant career that includes commissions from clients such as The New Yorker, Ralph Lauren and Continental Airlines, Jacob Thomas pursues his own personal vision via the graphic novel. Here, he walks us through the making of the cover of his latest collaboration, “Germ of a New Insanity”.

Monday, February 5, 2007

The Award Winning Professor Nimbus

Congratulations to Michael Sloan for following his personal vision through a
remarkable series of graphic novels. His true north alter-ego, Professor
Nimbus, has earned Michael a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators.
Michael talks about the inspiration, process and future of his creation here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Mark Hess: Paintings for The 401K Company

Sibley/Peteet Design asked Mark Hess to bring to life a campaign featuring American Revolutionary War leaders as exemplars of high ideals. The idea was to present heroic historical quotes, coupled with traditional portraiture, to convey the strengths and purpose of their client, the 401K Company, a financial services firm. Mark offers insight into how the job was ultimately done… and originally won. See the full article here.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

David McLimans: 2007 Caldecott Honor for “Gone Wild”

Congratulations to David McLimans for winning a Caldecott Honor for “Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet.” This black-and-white alphabet book which melds animals and letters into 26 unique and elegant graphic images, is sophisticated enough to captivate readers of any age. David shares a few of his favorite letters and discusses the inspiration for “Gone Wild” here.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Lara Tomlin: Fortune Magazine "Businessman of the Year" Covers for Euro & Asia

When Fortune Magazine turned to Lara Tomlin to create two portraits in her edgy style for their annual European and Asian editions, they broke ground twice. Lara’s medium, etching, is an art and science seldom used in illustration, particularly portraiture. And according to the art director, Lara is the first woman ever tapped for this assignment. See the full layout here.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Laura Williams: “Because of You, I Like My Job!”

Laura Williams dropped us an email to tell us about her interview in DPI magazine this month. Based in Taiwan, DPI is devoted to cutting edge illustration, design, gaming and toy industry culture worldwide. Who among us wouldn’t be delighted to work with an editor whose signature file reads: “*Because of you, I like my job! When I can contact you, it makes me traveling around the world everyday*” See the full layout here.