Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daniel Baxter: About Town

Daniel Baxter had a great time illustrating the cover for About Town, a publication that's geared towards his Hudson Valley community. His work accompanied an essay which questions how long must you live in a community before you can be considered a true local? "That's a tough one to answer," says Daniel. "But I certainly find illustrating local themes helps me feel more connected to my home turf."

Jacob Thomas: Economic View

Jacob Thomas completed this New York Times illustration for an article elucidating the need for Congress to use self-restraint in matters of the economy.

Carl Wiens: Summer Update

Carl Wiens has had a jam packed summer; here‚s an update on some of his recent work. First, two fun illustrations for PLAN ADVISOR magazine:

Jason Crosby: Crime Blotter

Jason Crosby just wrapped up his 156th straight week of illustrating the Columbia Free Time's Crime Blotter column. "Here's to the three more years of felonious funnies," says Jason.


John Kachik: No Excuse for Ignorance, Financially Speaking

John Kachik’s created this AARP Bulletin illustration for an article concerning the style in which couples structure their household chores along gender lines-- even if they both hold jobs, and how that could affect finances when one spouse is no longer around to take care of money issues.


Oliver Butcher: Black Widow


Oliver Butcher gave us a sneak peek to his dark storyboard illustrations for a music video currently being produced by Lynch and Leigh studios. The video is an abstract and surreal take on the classic story of a black widow killing her prey.

Graham Smith: Corporate Portraits

Graham Smith recently illustrated a set of corporate portraits for T. Rowe Price's plan Link magazine.

Phil Disley: Negotiations

Phil Disley shares his latest political cartoon for the Guardian, UK.

Daniel Hertzberg: Grounded

Daniel Hertzberg illustrated a story for Tablet Magazine about a woman who lost her father on September 9th, 2001 and the process she went through to retrieve his body from Miami and have a funeral in New York, despite the events of 9/11.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Adam A. Doyle: Iron Tyson


Adam A. Doyle captures Mike Tyson's intensity in this portrait of the former World Champion boxer.

David Plunkert: How to Be Like Apple

David Plunkert was commissioned by The Wall Street Journal to create this illustration for an article titled: “How to Be Like Apple.”

Yuta Onoda: Forever

Yuta Onoda illustrated this intriguing cover for Maggie Stiefvate’s latest novel, "Forever” the last sequel in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, published by Scholastic. Order a copy now from Bookstore!

Tom Richmond: Konan the Kardashian

Tom Richmond’s latest hilarious character studies for MAD on the Cartoon Network were for a segment called “Konan the Kardashian” a mash-up of Conan the movie and the Keeping up with the Kardashians TV show.

Goni Montes: Lost

Goni Montes created a number of spot illustrations for an article titled Lost: The definitive guide to pop culture's buried treasure in WIRED magazine.

Jacob Thomas: From MLK to Jay-Z

Jacob Thomas dynamic illustration for the Washington Post explores the place of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream in hip hop.

Tim Foley: Highlights

Tim Foley completed this sweet spot illustration for Highlights earlier this week.

Eric Hanson: Deck O' Card

Eric Hanson had great fun illustrating a deck of 52 playing cards for Deluxe Corporation. Each card presents a reason for people to still carry checkbooks for everyday emergencies.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Nick Rotondo: Global Player from a Small Country

Nick Rotondo illustrated an article for the most recent issue of The Korn/Ferry Institute's Briefings magazine on Liechtenstein-based power-tool manufacturer Hilti's transformation into a global player.

Jesse Lenz: NYC Super Storm

Jesse Lenz created this tempestuous illustration for Popular Mechanics to illustrate an article on what happens when a super storm strikes New York. The author used U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' calculations in addition to data from other super storms to examine how much damage a direct hit by even a mild hurricane could cause the city.

Michele Rosenthal: Dabney Lee

Michele Rosenthal had loads of fun creating her latest batch of hip patterns for stationary company Dabney Lee. The names of the surface patterns are: Arcade, Wild Horses, Mia, Peekaboo, Bruno, and Harvey.

Shaw Nielsen: Scream Scram

Shaw Nielsen’s super-fun map for Scream Scram promotes an upcoming Halloween inspired 5k run/walk in Denver’s Washington Park. Proceeds from Scream Scram go towards helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.


Shaw Nielsen: Scream Scram

Shaw Nielsen’s super-fun map for Scream Scram promotes an upcoming Halloween inspired 5k run/walk in Denver’s Washington Park. Proceeds from Scream Scram go towards helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

Ryan Snook: In the Doghouse

Ryan Snook updates us on his latest illustration for Indianapolis Monthly, to go with a story about the writer's wonderful childhood dog and the difficulties he faces with his new one.  Ryan tells us he jumped at the chance to switch up the colouring, maybe do something more graphic and simple instead of the a fully coloured approach, as requested by the art director.

James Yang: World Wildlife Federation of Canada


James Yang had fun creating these four identity illustrations depicting climate change, oceans, arctic and fresh water, for the World Wildlife Federation of Canada. “Seemed like the perfect time to share after an Irene filled weekend,” says James.

Friday, August 26, 2011

David Fullarton: Imperial Hair

David Fullarton was recently asked by The Imperial College, London to create a portrait of the author of an article in their alumni magazine, Imperial.  “I’m always a bit nervous about doing portraits, but when I received the photograph of my intended victim my heart leapt, since he had topped off a ‘characterful’ physiognomy with this truly remarkable coiffure,” enthused David.

Tim O’Brien: Gaddafi for TIME

Concept and execution once again converge flawlessly in this iconic TIME magazine cover by Tim O’Brien.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Victo Ngai: NY Times Op-Ed

Victo Ngai created this New York Times Op-Ed illustration for an article that follows up on the Hershey chocolate factory strike last week. It discusses the abuse of J-1 visa; companies have used it to exploit foreign guest workers as cheap labors in the name of work-holiday and cultural exchange.

Julie McLaughlin: The Fine Art of Basking


Julie McLaughlin created an illustration plus a set of portraits for literary romp that appeared in The National Post - it began with a sentence given to a writer (“He’d/She’d always hated the summer”), who wrote a few paragraphs then passed it on to another writer, with 11 Canadian writers participating in total. The final product is “The Fine Art of Basking.”

Adam A. Doyle: Tiger Paws

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Adam A. Doyle illustrates another joke for Loaded magazine: If you ever get attacked by a tiger, throw moisturizing cream at it- it blocks the pores. (Pores, Paws… get it?)  “I try to make every illustration my best even if the joke I’m illustrating isn't that funny,” sighs Adam.

James Flames: Blitzen Trapper

James Flames was psyched when Blitzen Trapper approached him to do the poster for their latest tour to debut their new album. “This is now my fourth Blitzen Trapper poster, and they're always one of my most favorite bands to work with,” says James. “For this one, I decided to use one of their songs, ‘The Man Who Would Speak True,’ as my inspiration.”


Daniel Bueno: IlustraBrazil in China

Daniel Bueno’s illustration “Soccer Firula”, created for Continuum, is included in IlustraBrazil, a Shanghai exhibition, organized by Sociedade dos Ilustradores do Brasil (Society of Illustrators of Brazil).

Mark Ulriksen: Good Dog!

Mark Ulriksen’s joyful portrait of his nutty Labrador retriever, Henry, was the obvious choice to illustrate the premiere cover of Good Dog, a new emagazine from Nomad Editions. There's a feature about  Mark inside, as well as a mini-portfolio of some of his dog paintings.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jan Feindt: Flying Solo

Jan Feindt illustrates an article in today’s New York Times outlining the logistics of allowing teenagers to fly alone.

Ryan Snook: Macworld

Ryan Snook had lots of fun doing two recent illustrations for Macworld. The first describes “The Paperless Life…”

Mike Tofanelli: MyPlate

Mike Tofanelli created this full page illustration for an opinion piece in the September issue of Westchester Magazine, about “MyPlate,” the new food guide unveiled by the USDA and Michelle Obama. The humorous article discusses how the streamlined graphic, which replaces the food pyramid, is more confusing than educational.


Pete Ryan: Crime Lab Confidential

Pete Ryan illustrated the latest SF Weekly cover story, about shady DNA crime lab inner workings. The art director wanted to show deception / behind the back / shady dealings. 

Paul Mirocha: Desert Terroir

Paul Mirocha didn't even know what a “terroir” was until he was commissioned to create the lush illustrations for this book of food history and stories by Gary Paul Nabhan. “Desert Terroir” will be published by The University of Texas Press in 2012.

Judith Drews: Eltern

Judith Drews created this feisty illustration for German parenting magazine, Eltern. The headline translates, “I am not small!”

Ashby North has joined Theispot!

Ashby North is the newest member of



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jeff Crosby: Weiner Wolf

Jeff Crosby has written and illustrated, “Wiener Wolf,” a new picture book published by Disney Hyperion.

David Plunkert: One Maryland One Book

This is David Plunkert / Spur Design’s fourth year creating the materials for the Maryland Humanity Council's “One Maryland One Book” reading program.  This year's selection is New York Times Bestseller “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie.


Michael Hirshon: Forced Retirement

Michael Hirshon illustrates the not-so-happily ever after of forced retirement for AARP Bulletin.


Tom Richmond: Parks and Regurgitation


Tom Richmond’s parody of the TV hit “Parks and Recreation” graces the current issue (#511) of MAD Magazine. So what are you waiting for, clod? Go out and buy a furshlugginer copy, already!


Kim Rosen: The Breakup

Kim Rosen illustrated an article for the Wall Street Journal which theorizes that women often cry and talk to their friends after a breakup, while men go out on the hunt for a fling to overcome the pain.

Christopher Jennings: Jacob Wonderbar Shall Return…

Christopher Jennings’ work for Dial Books for Young Readers illustrating “Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow” was such a hit, they’re working on a sequel now (shhhh!) But in the meantime, you can order the original in Theispot.comBookstore. 

James Yang: From Me to You

James Yang shows how to build your business through word of mouth, for Remodeling Magazine.


Peter Diamond: The Orphan Palace

Peter Diamond created a striking wraparound book cover for a independent publisher Chômu Press, illustrating “The Orphan Palace,” an occult  psychedelic horror tale in which the main character is possessed by an obsessive pyromania and scarred by childhood memories of electroshock torture.

Roy Scott - Sick Leave Policy

Roy Scott was commissioned by Wolters Kluwer Health to create a stand out illustration for a feature about a controversial Hospital Sick Leave Policy. Under this new policy, if nurses can’t find a replacement when sick, they can’t leave their shift. Employee illness can seriously impact patient safety.

Eric Hanson: Bike or Car


Eric Hanson played with proportions and reality a bit in this illustration for the back page column of Macalester College Magazine.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Phil Marden: Flexible Work Hours

Phil Marden creates another humorous editorial illustration, this one for the Christian Science Monitor on the subject of companies adopting flexible work hours.

Zara Picken: Operation School Supplies

Zara Picken was tapped by advertising agency Cactus to illustrate “Operation School Supplies,” a joint promotion by Hallmarkand Charter Media which helps to gather school supplies for children in need before they begin the new school year.

Friday, August 19, 2011


Andy Ward’s surface pattern for Tookata People translates into some very cool hand baggage.