Friday, October 30, 2009

Zara Picken: Drunken Guest


What to do with the drunken guest?! This Christmas dilemma is sorted in the current issue of UK magazine Prima, with a festive illustration by Zara Picken alongside.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Peggy Fussell: Walters Art Museum Festival

Peggy Fussell, Walters Art Museum
Peggy Fussell designed and constructed an obstacle course based on the 12 labors of Herakles for the Walters Art Museum, Festival of Champions. Held last Saturday it was a great success!

Gemma Correll: Sweet Treats

Gemma Correll,
Gemma Correll’s charming, yummy pattern, Sweet Treats, is now available as a skin for laptops, i-pods and various other non-edible devices. Sweet!

Cat Scott: The Dangers of Cycling

Cat Scott, Louisville Magazine,
The November issue of Louisville Magazine features Cat Scott’s illustration for an article drawing attention to the dangers facing cyclists and the unfortunate deaths that have occurred because of drivers' negligence.

Jesse Kuhn: 417 Magazine


Jesse Kuhn’s monthly Talk of the Town gig for 417 Magazine allows him to explore all kinds of fantastic things happening in the greater Southwest Missouri area.

Jing Wei: Head Lice and Bed Bugs, and Crabs, Oh My!

jing Wei, Magazine Illustration
Cincinnati Magazine commissioned Jing Wei to create three simple spot illustrations for an article about pesky bugs.

Kim Rosen: Coupling

Kim Rosen, Boston Globe, Newspaper
Kim Rosen illustrates the relationship column, “Coupling” in the Boston Globe Magazine every Sunday.

Chris Whetzel: Village Voice Cover


Chris Whetzel’s angry mob on the cover of this week’s Village Voice speaks for all of us: “We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse? Where did our wealth go? How do we claw it back? When are we going to punish the culprits?”

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Geoff Grandfield: Touching the Void

Geoff Grandfield
Geoff Grandfield’s starkly beautiful images of mountain climbing earned him an award for Illustration / Book Design in the 2009 D&AD competition.

Marci Roth: Magenta McPhee

Marci Roth, Magenta McPhee
Marci Roth recently illustrated the cover of a children's book for Holiday House entitled, "Magenta McPhee". This is a humorous story of modern family dynamics.

Urs J. Knobel: Italian Wines

Urs J. Knobel, Utiger Italian Wines
Swiss artist Urs J. Knobel crossed the Alps to create these advertising images for Utiger Italian Wines.

Jason Crosby: PLEASE SHARE!

Jason Crosby, Promotional Mailer
Originally created as an invite to his family’s Halloween party this year, Jason Crosby decided to repurpose this image as a seasonal promo mailer. DIBS!

Marty Braun: Robot Club

Marty Braun, t-shirt, Logo Design
FIRST Corp. and Lego sponsor a nationwide team robotics challenge every year. When Marty Braun’s home team in the beautiful state of Maine, Peaks Island Elementary School, said they wanted a shirt, he, too, proudly rose to the challenge.

“Because we live on an island I include references to that when I can, so the robot is walking ashore from the bay, and carrying one of the ferryboats. It's not often you get a chance to draw a robot!”

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Allen Douglas: Random House

Allen Douglas, Monsters
Random House Books for Young Readers can’t seem to get enough of Allen Douglas’s dynamic, luminous work. Here is a book titled simply "Monsters," done for Diane Choi and released at the tail end of the summer.

Steve Thomason: Selling Tosca

Steve Thomason
The Twin Cities TOSCA Magazine uses Steve Thomason’s funny illustration to make a point about giving people a gift they can really use this holiday season… Like a subscription to TOSCA!

Peter Breese: 4th Wall Gallery

Peter Breese, Gallery Showings
Peter Breese’s show of original work and limited edition prints opens next month at the 4th Wall Gallery in Dallas.

“It is a great honor for me to have my work showcased at The 4th Wall Gallery - among so many of the amazing artists I turn to for inspiration.”

Meet the artist Saturday, November 7, from 7 – 10 PM
4th Wall Gallery
2925 Fairmount Street
Dallas, TX

John Shelley: Disney Prints

John Shelley, Giclee Print
John Shelley’s latest work is a collaboration involving Disney and popular art licensing and print company Art Print Japan, which has retail outlets across Japan. They jointly approached 15 artists to create their versions of Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh.

Bryon Thompson: The Magic Number

Bryon Thompson, Magazine Illustration
What you pay for a house, a car, clothes, even groceries, will likely depend on three digits you probably don't even know. Your credit score, is explained in the October issue of Reader's Digest in the article "Your Credit Score: The Magic Number Explained".

This useful information is accompanied by illustrations by Bryon Thompson.

David Plunkert: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

David Plunkert, Spur Design, Posters,  Gallery Showings
Spur Design’s David Plunkert has produced screen-printed, letterpress, and offset posters that strive to delight, provoke, and persuade. On exhibit at Montgomery College through November 25th are dozens of posters created for charities, theatre productions, and independent films.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: David Plunkert & the Posters of Spur

Montgomery College Silver Spring Campus
930 King Street, Takoma Park, MD

October 26–November 25, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 29, 6–8 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mike Maydak: Gone Extinct!

Children's Books, Mike Maydak
Mike Maydak latest project is MUCH more than a children’s book! “Gone Extinct!” is Groovy Tube Books’ latest title, which includes a 24 page removable hardcover book, a board game and 15 extinct miniatures animal figures in a resealable snap-top tube.

Chris Gash: G Style Cover

Chris Gash, Boston Globe, Newspaper
Chris Gash created this fast turnaround piece for the cover of the Boston Globe Thursday lifestyle magazine, G Style. The story was about parents who feel overwhelmed volunteering at their kids' schools.

“This sketch was in the first batch; with only minor changes to what was written on the Post-its we went straight to finish.”

Ispotters ENLIGHTEN!

Art Show, Furniture Design
Enlighten! One Night of Light” is a group exhibition of table lamps featuring printed shades with artwork by an eclectic roster of over 85 artists working together to support arts education for children in Los Angeles. Each artist’s lamp design will be sold in a limited edition available for one night only.

We’re very proud of the ispotters who have donated their talent to this cause, and their lamps are quite awesome, too! Click here to order.

Alex Fine: Lincoln Center Poster

Alex Fine, Posters
Alex Fine created this poster for an Upright Cabaret production debuting in November. Shoshana Bean of “Hairspray” and “Wicked” fame will be performing a set of Barbra Streisand songs at Lincoln Center on Broadway.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Original Art at The Society of Illustrators

Beppe Giacobbe,Marc Rosenthal, Bonnie Timmons, Adam McCauley, Andy Rash, Edel Rodriguez,
"The Original Art", an exhibit celebrating the fine art of children's book illustration, is on display at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators from October 22 through November 25, 2009. We’re very proud of the following ispotters, and their books, that were included this year.

Bryan Christie: Mars Missions

Bryan Christie, Science Illustration, Astronomy
Data visualizer extraordinaire Bryan Christie created this fantastic graphic of the history of Mars missions

Dave Wheeler: Teaching Cub Scouts to Give

Dave Wheeler, Editorial, Conceptual Illustration
Dave Wheeler encourages generosity by using every Boy Scout’s favorite tool to make his point. (Just don’t bring that thing to school, kiddo!)

Vic Kulihin: Solutions House

Vic Kulihin, Game Illustration
Vic Kulihin creates colorful, engaging, and detailed illustrations for Solutions House, a Florida-based company that develops in-house training programs for corporations such as WalMart. His artwork is the visual focus of the “Let’s Go Shopping!” game and the “Pathways to Your Success” Solutions Map. Because the game and map are used to train WalMart employees throughout North America, Vic was charged with developing English, French and Spanish versions of both.

Jorge Mascarenhas: Monsters

Jorge Mascarenhas, Posters
Jorge Mascarenhas has assembled a series of classic monsters portraits for his latest this promotional poster celebrating Halloween.

Jon Flaming: Cheetos Giant

John Flaming, Advertising, Product Design
Jon Flaming created a fun, fresh look for a new Frito-Lay product called Cheetos Giant.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Aaron Meshon: Jon & Kate Plus 8

Aaron Meshon, Children Accessories, Children's Book Illustration,  Illustrations
When the now-estranged, ever-strange Jon & Kate went back to school shopping with their fleet of children, what did the little ones cry out for? Aaron Meshon’s lunchboxes and bags for Crocodile Creek, of course!

Kyle Webster: Work, Work, Work!

High Point University, Kyle Webster, ESPN Magazine, The Magazine, Replacement Contractor, The New Yorker,
It seems Kyle Webster is always busy these days, and the work just keeps getting better! Here are a few recent assignments…

Carrie Hartman: My Mouth Is A Volcano!

Carrie Hartman, Children's Books, New Yorker Magazine
Carrie Hartman’s first picture book, “My Mouth Is A Volcano!” received a nice mention in the New Yorker recently in a parenting article by Daniel Zalewski, about how in today’s picture books, the kids are in charge.

Paul Morton: Panda Pops

Paul Morton,  Packaging, Pandas
UK’s Crowned Prince of Packaging, Paul Morton, checks in with a fun new project.

Ellen Lindner: Chemo

Ellen Lindner, Graphic Novel
Ellen Lindner has completed her latest graphic short novel, “Chemo,” with text by Sharon Lintz. "Chemo" is Sharon's love letter to all the things that helped her get through breast cancer: biking, Philip K. Dick, her students, and Battlestar Galactica. Ellen’s images give vision to the voice.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bernard Garcia: Sharing Information

Barnard Garcia, Web Illustration
Bernard Garcia created this piece for a college web design team’s site for sharing information among young academic professionals.

Carolyn Church: Marks & Spencer Packaging

Carolyn Church, Packaging
Caroline Church and her fine illustrations for Marks and Spencer’s bring a perfectly vintage look to the British dinner table. Each of six illustrations total is styled with the animal seen in broadside, conjured up in her signature, reassuringly worn, etched linework.

Hugh D'Andrade: Letterforms

Hugh D'Andrade, Lettering
Sometimes Hugh D'Andrade is asked to include lettering or type in an illustration, and sometimes the letterforms ARE the illustration. Here are some recent examples of his intersection of arts and letters.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Vault49: New Scientist

Vault 49, New Scientist Magazine, Magazine Illustration
Vault49 spins a dazzling cover for the venerable New Scientist magazine.

Chris Whetzel: Doin’ Mountain Dew

Chris Whetzel, Posters, Ad Campaign
In addition to tons of editorial work, Chris Whetzel spent the summer working on a poster campaign for Mountain Dew in support of Sidedoor Productions, an independent studio that accepts submissions/scripts from budding film makers. The posters will be featured at events during the 2009/2010 winter season

Doug Alves: Lean & Green

Doug Alves, Business Week, Lettering
Doug Alves’ type treatment hits just the right note for Business Week.

Acme Illustrators: Mac vs. Windows

Acme Illustrators, Magazine Illustration, Business Week
When Acme Illustrators received a plum assignment to illustrate Mac vs. Windows for Business Week magazine, their first impulse was to go wild.

Matt Dorfman: Obama and Fox News

Matt Dorfman, New York TImes, Newspaper
Matt Dorfman’s take on the White House vs. Fox for The New York Times Week in Review section.

Colin Thompson: Career Advice

Colin Thompson, Posters, Scottish Qualifications Authroity
Colin Thompson’s posters for the Scottish Qualifications Authority take a witty approach to helping young people forge rewarding careers.

Gary Kelley: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Turns 25

Gary Kelley, Mural Painting, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary, Concert
Gary Kelley was commissioned to create a multi-panel mural to hang above the stage at Madison Square Garden during a concert celebrating the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary.

Gary, who is well known for his Barnes and Noble mural series of literary giants, here depicts the original ten inductees in the first year of The Hall of Fame... the greatest Rock and Rollers of them all.

Tina Healey: Visions of Chicago

Tina Healey, Posters, Chicago, American Academy of Ophthamology
Tina Healey was recently commissioned to illustrate a poster campaign for the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual convention to be held in Chicago in 2010. The illustrations depict several famous architectural structures throughout Chicago including as Sears Tower and Buckingham Fountain.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Richard Bornemann: Picturing Hypertac

Richard Bornemann, Marketing Materials, 3D Illustration
The Hypertronics Corporation commissioned Richard Bornemann to create a photorealistic, highly detailed, 3D image of their flagship product, Hypertac™, for use in print, PowerPoint, and website marketing materials. Because of the system’s small size (a fraction of a millimeter) and because the product was to be shown so that the individual components would be “floating” relative to one another, traditional photography was not an option.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Leo Kundas: Barnes & Noble Mural

Leo Kundas, Barnes and Noble, Mural Paintings
Leo Kundas spent the better part of this past summer working on a 1000 sq ft wraparound mural of classic Manhattan architectural treasures for the latest Barnes & Noble store at Lexington Ave and 86th St.

New Additions to Theispot.com Bookstore

Children's Book Illustration, Michael Sloan, Kevin O'Malley, Yan Nascimebene, Book Illustration,
Here are a few notable new books illustrated by ispotters, available for purchase directly from Theispot.com Bookstore.
Michael Sloan designs and illustrates in the manner of his Professor Nimbus books for “My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic.”