Monday, January 28, 2008

David Plunkert: NY Times Week in Review had the New York Times Week in Review section covered this past Sunday: Dave Plunkert commanded three quarters of the front page with his powerful image illustrating damaged consumer trust in the financial system.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lou Brooks: TIME Magazine Cover, Mind & Body Special Issue

This week's Annual Mind & Body Special Issue of Time Magazine features the cover art of ispot illustrator Lou Brooks. "It was last Friday, and I was coming down off of about two weeks' worth of late nite deadlines. Just as I put my feet up, the phone rang and it was Time AD Arthur Hochstein himself, who easily convinced me to take on the assignment," says Brooks. "It was possibly the best match up of art director and illustrator I've ever experienced. We just really worked perfectly together. Even under the typical news weekly deadline pressure, neither of us ever took our eyes off of making it the greatest cover we could."

The cover headline - "The Science of Romance" - refers to the main feature of the special issue, which deals with the molecular dynamics of sexual attraction. Typical of Brooks's masterful iconic pop imagery, the cover features a closely cropped amorous couple caught mid-kiss, mixed with the irony of them each thinking about the moment scientifically.

Mark Ulriksen: The New Yorker

In the current issue of The New Yorker, Mark Ulriksen gives us a dreamy, cat’s eye view of Grand Central Station on the cover…

…and a hard-hitting Hillary inside.

New York Times Science Section Loaded With Ispotters

Yvetta Fedorova illustrates the lead story, Political Animals:

“Researchers who study highly gregarious and relatively brainy species like rhesus monkeys, baboons, dolphins, sperm whales, elephants and wolves have lately uncovered evidence that the creatures engage in extraordinarily sophisticated forms of politicking, often across large and far-flung social networks.”

Chris Gash works his weekly Observatory gig:

“Tracking the Spread of Contaminants by Testing Blood Cells”

As always, Stuart Bradford gives visual life to Jane Brody’s weekly Personal Health column:

“A Basic Hospital To-Do List Saves Lives”

Friday, January 18, 2008

Robert Weinstock: GIANT MEATBALL

Robert Weinstock’s new children’s book, GIANT MEATBALL, is out in a couple of months, and it promises to be a hit. There’s something about the word “meatball” that got us giggling from the get-go; one glimpse of Robert’s character pretty much finished us off for the rest of the day. Here’s an advance look at a few pages.

Friday, January 4, 2008


The Society of Illustrators in collaboration with The Nation Presents Artists Against the War
Opening reception: Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
6 – 9 pm

128 East 63rd, New York City
RSVP 212.838.2560
$20 for non-members; $15 for SI members

100% of the proceeds go to Disabled American Veterans, in support of disabled veterans and their families.

From the SI Website:

“This show is the expression of over 60 of the top graphic artists and illustrators working in the United States and abroad whose anguish has compelled them to produce works that challenge the self-destructive ignorance, indifference, incompetence and corruption that is the result of US Middle East foreign policy. These works of art will give a voice to those whose views are not represented by the mainstream media. We will be using this forum as a way to support those most directly affected by the harsh consequences of military combat—the brave men and women who serve their country as well as their family members who must live with the affects of war long after the parades are over.”

Click through to the Art News story to see work by other ispotters.