Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chris Whetzel: Nerdcore

chris whetzel, nerdcoreCincinnati Magazine emailed Chris Whetzel with an awesome assignment for their March issue: an illustration dealing with “nerdcore,” a new type of hip-hop that is becoming very popular.

Jeff Faerber at Object Image Gallery

Jeff Faeber, China Town, Gallery
A show of Jeff Faerber’s work will open next Saturday, March 7th.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Richard Borge: Telly Awards and New Work

Richard Borge,
Richard Borge has just received word that his work earned him 5 Telly awards, including Best Animation and Best Graphics.

Art for Cats Auction

Mark Ulriksen, Art For Cats
A number of ispotters have generously donated work to “Art for Cats,” a feline rescue operation located here in New York City. The premiere auction consists of 62 pieces by top illustrators and assorted friends to the fur.

Jacob Thomas: Illustration West 47 GOLD

Jacob Thomas snagged the Society of Illustrators LA Gold Medal in the Unpublished Category for this vibrant double-dip of global warming.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Jim Rugg: Cinema Sewer and Sleazy Slice

Jim Rugg drew the cover for Robin Bougie's annual comix anthology of debauchery and filth - Sleazy Slice #3, as well as a 3-page story that Robin wrote in the new issue of Cinema Sewer #22.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Kim Rosen: The Mercy Mess

Kim Rosen,  Seattle Magazine
These illustrations by Kim Rosen are in the current issue of Seattle magazine and focus on a particular intersection nicknamed "the Mercer Mess".

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Brian Ajhar: Gone With The Wand

Brian Ajhar has a beautiful, funny new children’s book coming up this spring, “Gone With The Wand,” written by Margie Palatini.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jason Crosby: Recent Work

Jason Crosby,
Jason Crosby recently completed three illustrated spreads for Filter, Salt Lake, and WNC magazines dealing with everything from rap music to political scandals and highway expansion.

Anthony Freda: All That Glitters

Anthony Freda, Trifecta Gallery
A show of Anthony Freda’s paintings on wood and found objects will open next month at Trifecta Gallery in Las Vegas.

Craig Ward: You Blow Me Away!

Craig Ward
Illustrative typographer Craig Ward teamed up with photographer Jason Tozer to create this new piece of kinetic typography.

Gregory Manchess: A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon

Gregory Manchess, Tor
Gregory Manchess’ haunting artwork appears on sci-fi / fantasy publisher Tor’s website to illustrate Ken Scholes’ story, “A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon.”

Christian Lindemann: Toxic People

Christian Lindemann
Christian Lindemann created this editorial illustration for Migros Magazine in Switzerland. The theme was “Toxic People," or people with VERY bad characteristics.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tom Richmond: St. Pat’s for Penthouse

Penthouse Magazine, Tom Richmond
Recently, Tom Richmond was contacted by Penthouse magazine to create a series of spot illustrations for a humor article about St. Patrick’s Day for their March issue.

Mike Moran: MLB World Series Program

Mike Moran
Mike Moran’s fun illustrations were featured in the 2008 Major League Baseball World series Program.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Justin Reed: Building Batman

Justin Reed shares his process for creating this recent commission based on “The Dark Knight.” The final painting is 20 x 47 inches, acrylic on canvas.

Colin Thompson: Campbell’s Soup-at-Hand

Colin Thompson leads the way from lunch to dinner with these fun maze illustrations for Campbell’s Soup-at-Hand.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cedric Hohnstadt: Chocolate Covered Leprechaun Ears

Cedric Hohnstadt recently designed a character to appear on the packaging of new brand of chocolate covered cashews, "Leahy's Chocolate Covered Leprechaun Ears".

Liz Lomax: The Making of Noel Gallagher

3D Illustrator Liz Lomax shows us how she sculpted rock legend Noel Gallagher of Oasis from a piece of wire, tinfoil, Super Sculpey and oil paint.

Valentine from Elvis!

Artists’ rep Joanie Bernstein is spreading the love this year with a Valentine poster promotion created by the incurably romantic
Elvis Swift.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kirk Manley: Recent Work

Kirk Manely
When Forbes Magazine needed an illustration of battling Hockey Players, they felt Kirk Manley’s style was a perfect fit.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rob Kelly: Capital G Banking

Rob Kelly
A new print campaign, featuring illustrations by Rob Kelly for the banking firm Capital G, is now breaking. All told, Rob produced 19 portraits of Capital G customers under the art direction of agency Concept Farm.

Jacob Thomas: Myths of the Global Recession

Jacob Thomas, Newsweek
Jacob Thomas recently produced this full page image for Newsweek to illustrate an article called “Myths of the Global Recession.”

Rebekah Nichols: Our Friends Place

Our Friends Place, Rebekah Nichols
Eight of Rebekah Nichols’ paintings were used to illustrate a capital campaign brochure to support a women's shelter called Our Friends Place.

Society of Illustrators 51st Editorial & Book Awards

Society of Illustrators, Tim O'Brien
Each year, we proudly post the ispotters whose work is celebrated by inclusion in the annual awards shows at the Society of Illustrators. This year is no different, and we are gathering images for an extensive post next week.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Richard Downs: The Art for The Deal

Richard Downs created this illustration for part of a cover assignment for The Deal magazine. Art Director Lawrence Gendron requested Richard's highly conceptual Inky Style for a story illustrating the borrowing / lending crisis which has made it difficult for companies to borrow money, which in turn restrains them from doing just about anything.

Mario Sughi: Recent Work

We’re always happy to hear from Italian ispotter in Ireland, Mario Sughi: “Here’s a work I have done for the cover of Issue One of Martyrdoom Magazine, a monthly magazine in Manchester, UK. The cover story is a debate entitled: ‘Leader of the Free World: What does Barack Obama mean to Black Manchester?’ I simply depicted Obama as a an ordinary man, a leader and a model, amongst the black teens of Manchester.”

Acme Illustrators: Arkansas Life

Acme Illustrators, Arkansas Life
Acme Illustrators recently created this pair of full page illustrations for Arkansas Life Magazine.

Louisa Bertman: I Smoked Pot With the Governator!

Louisa Bertman's wild, in-your-face portraiture is a perfect match for Tommy Chong’s latest memoir for High Times.

Brad Hamann: IBM Rational Developers Conference

Brad Hamann, Heroes, IBM
Last June, Brad Hamann’s work came to life for an IBM Rational Developers’ Conference. Brad created a series of Rational Heroes that were used in all types of signage including banners and cutouts. They were also projected onto a Saturday Night Live-type setting for presentations.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

DC Langer: McDonald's 365Black

DC Langer
DC Langer's reputation for music-related art lead to a commission for McDonald’s new website, The idea is that that African-American culture and achievement should be celebrated 365 days a year — not just during Black History Month.

Donna Levinstone: Small Works at Washington Square East

Donna Levinstone,
Donna Levinstone’s two pastel drawings were selected by curator Daniel Ferris for exhibit in the 32nd Small Works Show, at 80 Washington Square East Galleries in New York City. This selective, engaging show runs through Friday, March 13

Alanna Cavanagh: Creative Energy

Alanna Cavanagh, New York TImes, Atlantic Monthly, Chronicle Books,
Alanna Cavanagh’s loopy, hip digital work can be found all over the world for clients like Chronicle Books, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly and The Four Seasons Hotel Group. But sometimes a girl’s just gotta get her hands dirty…