Thursday, December 30, 2010

Jason Seiler: CG Choice Award

Jason Seiler ends 2010 on a high note with the news that he has just won a CG Award for excellence in the field of creative computer graphic art, design and technical execution for his Johnny Depp portrait.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kim Rosen: Rockin’ the Year’s End

It seems Kim Rosen is busy right up until the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve with all kinds of new projects. First, for the Facts and Arguments section of the Globe and Mail, Dr. Feng Shan Ho, one of the first diplomats to save Jews by issuing them visas to escape the Nazis and the Holocaust.

Steven Heller’s Favorite Holiday Cards

Steven Heller gives a shout on his Imprint blog to a few of his favorite Holiday 2010 cards, including these made by ispotters:

Kurt Huggins & Zelda Devon: Godiva

Kurt Huggins & Zelda Devon created lush portraits of the Lady Herself for the 2011 Godiva Chocolate gift tin and cup.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jurgen Mantzke: Game Changer


This illustration by Jurgen Mantzke creates a metaphor for the concept of energy game changers. While the status quo is to find your way with a flashlight, one person has discovered that a squeegee changes everything.

NY Times Science Section 12/28/10

Despite the crazy snow storm that blankets the east this week, the last Health and Science section of the year for the New York Times is once more filled with the work of ispotters.

Kurt Huggins & Zelda Devon: Fairy Tales

The lyrical teamwork of Kurt Huggins & Zelda Devon produced the perfect cover image for a collection of fairy tales for Nightshade Books.

Bill Greenhead: Fun with Animation

Bill Greenhead has just finished working on a humorous animation for the Sunday Times of London. Bill had to balance using bitmap graphics in Flash with the file size and the animation speed… a fun challenge!

Roy Scott: Decoding Genetics

Roy Scott recently finished a series of graphic illustrations on the topic of decoding genetics, to be published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Critical Care Magazine.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ellen Weinstein: What My Stutter Says About You

Ellen Weinstein reflects it right back atcha in this illustration for the Washington Post

Charrow: Wine Totes

Charrow’s signature kitty gets into all kinds of not-a-plastic-bag mischief on these cool wine totes.

Ryan Snook: Marathon 2011

Ryan Snook created a full page illustration and icons for Runner's World Magazine’s Marathon Guide 2011.

Sarah Beetson: Popular Workshop

Sarah Beetson illustrated a CD cover for UK band Popular Workshop. Their single, “All About Vikki,” provided Sarah with the opportunity to focus her pop genius on portraiture.

Ruth Rowland: Noel!

Ruth Rowland created a splendid Noel logo for Crabtree and Evelyn.

Caroline Halliday has joined Theispot!

Caroline Halliday is the newest member of

George Schill has joined Theispot!

George Schill is the newest member of

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jon Reinfurt: Weather Wizard

CIO Magazine commissioned Jon Reinfurt to illustrate an article about Warner Brothers’ ability to accurately predict the number of DVDs that need to be distributed to retailers, using the most recent Harry Potter movie as the primary example. Jon chose to depict Harry as a weathervane.

Jonathan Williams: Santa Shrink

BlackBook magazine asked Jonathan Williams to illustrate a bittersweet holiday memoir from Augusten Burroughs, author ofRunning With Scissors.

Jason Seiler: 3 x 3 No. 7 Annual

Jason Seiler is honored to have two pieces published in the 3 x 3 No. 7 Illustration Annual. “I'm so glad my painting of Poe was accepted into 3x3, I want to do more work like this, and plan to soon. I absolutely LOVE painting with watercolor and acrylics,” says Jason.


Tyler Jacobson: Bramble Queen

Tyler Jacobson’s Bramble Queen is featured on the cover of D&D Dungeon #185.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gary Kelley: The Trains That Climb the Winter Tree

Gary Kelley illustrated this shivery holiday story by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn for

Jesse Kuhn: Creative Quarterly 22

Jesse Kuhn’s cube, created for the Art Directors Club of NY, has earned him winning inclusion in the Professional Illustration category of Creative Quarterly 22, due out this spring.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

James Yang: Superbowl

James Yang did this illustration for a special Superbowl magazine in the Dallas Morning News. The article was about various events coming up at Cowboy Stadium after the big game.

Samuel A. Minick: There Was an App for That!

Samuel A. Minick created a set of device app icons for Smithsonian Magazine to illustrate a humor piece by Bruce McCall describing helpful software throughout the ages.

Urs J. Knobel: Tolerance for All

Urs J. Knobel created the Christmas / New Year cover for Swiss newspaper, Zugerbieter, encouraging tolerance for all religions.

Mark McGinnis: Missing Links

Mark McGinnis' newest illustration for San Francisco Weekly depicts cover-up problems with law enforcement and DNA evidence.

Kim Rosen: Shambhala Sun

Kim Rosen created a freewheeling illustration for the current Shambhala Sun magazine about a divorced man with his two teenage sons on Christmas. 

Ken Orvidas: Exiled by Fear

Ken Orvidas illustrated a personal essay for the Sunday LA Times Op-Ed describing the author’s fear of returning to her homeland in Mexico for the holidays because of crime and violence. 

La Boca: Black Swan Merch

La Boca’s iconic design for the Fox Searchlight film, Black Swan, has now been translated into a range of tie-in merchandise. The line includes T shirts, posters and the very first mouse pad to feature a La Boca design. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ellen Weinstein: Another Test?

Ellen Weinstein’s illustration for the Wall Street Journal speaks for itself, even as it accompanies an article titled, “Another Test? No Thanks!”

Akiko Kato: La Fanciulla del West

Akiko Kato landed on the pages of the New Yorker once again, this time to illustrate Puccini's 1910 opera "La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West)" currently in performance at The Metropolitan Opera.

Sarah Hollander: Twelve Days of Christmas in DC

Sarah Hollander’s incredibly charming book, “Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington DC,” has made the Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf!

Jason Seiler: Class Warfare

Jason Seiler worked this illustration for the Weekly Standard into one day, sketch to finish. “I really could have used more time to work on the guillotine,” he mused… 

Chris Jennings: Top Turkeys, 2010


Chris Jennings was contacted by The Fort Worth Star Telegram to illustrate their list of this year’s Top Turkeys, celebrating twelve months of bad behavior in America.  Here are few highlights:

Leon Mussche: NLkabel

Leon MusscheLeon Mussche was commissioned by NLkabel, the association of cable companies in the Netherlands, to create a series of six illustrations for a brochure featuring the possibilities of cable.

Milt Klingensmith: Impaired Santas

Milt Klingensmith received a request to create something on bar-crawling Santas for the entertainment section of the Kalamazoo Gazette. Too much fun!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Michael Hirshon: Hear Ye!Hear Ye!

Michael Hirshon recently worked with art director Cathy Kelley on two sets of illustrations for the Hear Ye! Hear Ye! section of AARP Magazine.

Tim Foley: Growing Up Laughing

Tim Foley created this caricature of comedian Steven Wright for Marlo Thomas‚ new book of comedy reminiscences, "Growing up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny."

Peggy Fussell: The Whole Wide World

Peggy Fussell recently enjoyed illustrating this wide-format map for an upcoming issue of Walden Alumni Magazine.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Margaret Lee: Alibi

Margaret Lee worked with Art Director Kathleen Oudit of Harlequin to create the new paperback version of A Timely Alibi by Ilsa Mayr.

Mark Smith: Health at Work

Mark Smith illustrated a recent story for You Magazine about employers’ attitudes toward staff members who are suffering from serious illnesses. 


Ruth Palmer: Museum of Liverpool

Ruth Palmer created these mural-sized illustrations, the largest of which measures an impressive 4 feet wide, for the Museum Of Liverpool. The job was to make background “lifestyle” imagery for the museum's new Ancient Egyptian Gallery, which opened earlier this month.


Sarah Beetson: Wibble-Wobble

This cheery culinary image is the creation of Sarah Beetson for The Times of London "Body and Soul" section. The illustration accompanies an article on jell-o, and how it makes a low-fat alternative to the usual cakes, creams and pastry.

Kim Rosen: Grandma’s Christmas Gift

This story, visit with the writer’s grandmother in ae nursing home, had Kim Rosen crying her eyes out as she illustrated it for the Globe and Mail.


Rob Kelly: Jeff Bridges for Time Out

Rob Kelly created this week's Hot Seat portrait for Time Out New York, the subject this time being film legend Jeff Bridges.

Jon Reinfurt: Birth Control of the Future

Here's one of Jon Reinfurt’s latest illustrations for the Utne Reader. The article was about new developments with male contraceptive techniques and how some of them might even be safer and more effective than birth control pills.

Marty Braun: Good Eggs

Marty Braun created a feature piece for Bates, the magazine of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, to illustrate an article titled "Good Eggs." The story describes the on-going work Bates students have been doing with the migrant labor community at an egg "factory" in a nearby town.

Carl Wiens: The Dragonfly Effect

Carl Wiens masterfully illustrates the dragonfly effect of using social media for positive change for Stanford Review.


Mary Uhles: Big Apple Adventure

Mary Uhles created this board book, Everywhere I Go, for Lifeway's series Big Apple Adventure. The illustrations were a blending of Uhles' watercolor style over photographs. Each illustration was meant to capture a toddler's view of a trip through New York.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pete Ryan: Ontario Principals Council

Here are a few fun spots Pete Ryan did for Ontario Principals Council magazine. The first illustrates principals setting and reaching new standards.

Rudy Gutierrez: Arena Stage

Rudy Gutierrez created this vibrant poster for the Arena Stage theater production of “She Who Saves.”

Wacso: Dunn Bros Coffee

Wacso’s loose, festive pen work decorates the 2010 Holiday Cups for the Dunn Brothers Fine Coffee chain.

Ian Phillips: Secret Liaisons

Ian Phillips has always wanted to illustrate for Utne Reader and now his illustrations grace page 28 of the Nov/Dec 2010 issue! Check out “Secret Liaisons in the Middle East”, an author’s experiences while traveling and writing about gay life in the Middle East. 

Jon Burgerman: Puma + Size ?

Newly minted Brooklynite Jon Burgerman collaborated with Puma and Size? on these special and rare sneakers to commemorate their 10 year anniversary. They are perfect for sneaking around in.

Stephen Savage: Death and Taxes

As Stephen Savage wryly observes, nothing is certain in the illustration field, except that after a few years in the business, you'll probably have to tackle the subjects of death and taxes.  He did just that for the Op-Ed page of today’s New York Times.

Shawn Finley: Rock Star

Shawn Finley occasionally collaborates with talented bands to solve some rock star-sized design problems. Such was the case when Chicago band Lola Balatro asked him to create cover art for their soon to be released album

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Brucie Rosch: OK Cupid

Brucie Rosch created this illustration for a college magazine article on OK Cupid, the dating service that matches people using algorithms. Which means: asking you a lot, LOT, LOT! of questions to pin down exactly who you are, and who you might like.

Tom Richmond: Latest for Penthouse

Tom Richmond channels the zaniness of MAD or a series of humorous headers currently running in Penthouse magazine.  The illustrations accompany a new monthly feature column by musician/celebrity Dave Navarro.