Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Veteran globe-trotter and all-around illustration trooper Jem Robinson checks in from the floor of the Houston airport en route to the UK via NYC from the Cayman Islands. Remarkably fresh from a three week “vacation,” Jem shares a few jobs she’s done while frantically relaxing on the road…
Allan Burch channeled the kitschy vibe of those 70s montage-style TV Guide covers for a publication promoting network programming and personalities found on Fuel TV. When the mandate is to include characters from Fuel’s three main shows plus the network's six core action sports… montage is the ONLY way to go!
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Chris Whetzel created the cover plus interior spot for Connecticut Magazine’s annual Rating the Small Towns issue. Best known for his strong graphic figures and portraits, Chris was delighted to flex some landscape muscles for this assignment.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
John Shelley just returned from four days at the Bologna Children's Book Fair where his upcoming non-fiction book, Outside-In was prominently displayed. Apparently the rights have been sold to several countries beyond his native UK.
Jose Pardo illustrated the game board and box art for the Dino-Bump board game from LuvyDuvy Corporation. They wanted the dinosaurs to be realistic looking but not too fierce or scary for the younger children. It's already won an award from creativechild.com.
Garry Parsons created this wonderful illustration for the Red House Children’s Book Award. This charming image has been used on the website, promotional material and keepsake bookplates. Garry’s classic storybook style was the perfect choice to engage children with the project.
Nila Aye was commissioned by New Holland Publishers to illustrate ‘The Girls Guide To Growing Your Own’ by Alex Mitchell. Nila’s vibrant and stylish illustrations were perfect for this fun introduction to Gardening.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Matt Dorfman was the go-to guy for the NY Times Week in Review cover this past Sunday. The lead article concerned all the reactionary threats toward members of Congress who voted in favor of the health care bill last week.
Jason Seiler set a new personal speed record with this one for the Weekly Standard: Nine hours from start to finish! Given this assignment late Thursday night, the final art was due by the end of the next day…
Friday, March 26, 2010
For today’s NY Times Op-Ed, Ken Orvidas shows the tougher-than-uphill push by some Republicans to create a health reform plan of their own, rather than merely opposing the existing legislative proposal.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tina Healey is used to thinking “off-season” thanks to her clients in the gift/stationary business. "Happy Thanksgiving" is an illustration she recently created for a series of Fall 2010 greeting cards.
Traci O'Very Covey's gouache painting Blue Birds will be featured in a fund-raising auction tomorrow night, benefiting the children of Nepal in support of the non-profit Nepal Cleft & Burn Center.
David Fullarton was contacted by merchandising company BlueQ about using his artwork on one of their stainless steel water bottles. They chose the ‘Unbeknownst to you I have been keeping score all along’ piece that had appeared in David’s epic and hilarious “Sisyphus Office” installation, and commissioned him to revise it for the bottle shape.
“I have to admit it seemed like a peculiar thing to stick on a water bottle, but who am I to argue with a crack team of hip marketing experts. Maybe dehydrated stalkers and obsessives are a big target market…”
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Mark Brewer helps celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pittsburgh City Paper with his contribution to an exhibit of the best illustrated covers, featuring 16 of Pittsburgh's most talented artists.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Rusty Zimmerman captures the melancholy of bonding with your lab specimen in this piece for the American Journal of Nursing. The story describes a nurse's recollection of having to take home a frog to dissect back in high school.
As a life-long student of monsters, Eugene Smith was thrilled to be commissioned by Chronicle Books to illustrate "Horrorscopes." The task was to create twelve interior illustrations plus a border illustration to be used throughout the book.
Joyce Hesselberth illustrates a well-balanced, healthy childhood for the NY Times Science section today. New research suggests that interventions aimed at school-aged children may be, if not too little, too late.
More and more evidence points to pivotal events very early in life — during the toddler years, infancy and even before birth, in the womb — that can set young children on an obesity trajectory that is hard to alter by the time they’re in kindergarten.
These are Mark Smith’s latest images for the Times of London Educational Supplement. Two different art directors, one for the magazine and one for the main paper, both commissioned on the same day with overnight turnarounds. Hectic but fun!
Monday, March 22, 2010
The National Cartoonists Society has chosen Lou Brooks’ “Twimericks” as one of just three nominees for this year's prestigious Reubens Award for Book Illustration. The winner will be announced at the annual black tie gala in New York during Memorial Day weekend.
Friday, March 19, 2010
When Paul Mirocha first got the client's sketch for this piece from Bioneers Collaborative Initiative, a group of pragmatic visionary planners, for the cover of their report, "Dreaming New Mexico," he hesitated to take it on for a few days.
Court artist Janet Hamlin sketched suspected terrorist Colleen LaRose for the Associated Press yesterday in Philadelphia. LaRose, who dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" online, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Lynne A. Sitarski at the U.S. Courthouse there. LaRose pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment charging her in an overseas terrorist plot.
Benjamin Rivers' five-page comic for Feathertale Review, Issue 5 is a bit less humourous than most of the publication's contributions — in fact, it's downright dark. The Battle of the Sexes rages into the new century.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Most artists enjoy working in variety of media; Jennifer Thermes includes the Earth itself in her paintbox. Here’s a peek at the finished garden map that she’s been working on since January.
Fast forward to March 18th in Connecticut: it's supposed to hit 70° for the next few days… Get Out There, Jennifer!