Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Jon Stich: Be Somebody’s Fool

Jon Stich will be having a show of new paintings, opening is Friday March 2nd from 6-9 pm at Rise Above Graphics / 4770 Telegraph / Oakland, CA. The show runs through March; in addition to originals and prints for sale, the gallery will be selling t-shirts of Jon’s “Mr. T-Rex”.

Stephen Savage: Girlchild

Stephen Savage illustrates a review of "Girlchild" with felt appliqué, for the Boston Globe Book Review.

Keith Negley: A Filibuster Alternative

Keith Negley illustrated today’s New York Times Letters to the Editor, which focused on promoting dialog between the parties in DC, instead of automatically fighting to block each other.

Victo Ngai: Floating Finance

Victo Ngai created this portrait of Cees Dert for the latest issue of aiCIO. Art direction from SooJin Buzelli was "Amsterdam theme" and “having options."  Since Mr. Dert once used different canals as an analogy for different investment choices, Victo knew it would be a good fit for this piece in many ways.

Jamie Hogan: Happy Leap Day!

Jamie Hogan celebrates February 29th with this golden toad from her latest children’s book, A Warmer World, written by Caroline Arnold and now available in Bookstore. “Adapt or face extinction…” is well worth a leap!

Ken Orvidas: Suicide Risk

Ken Orvidas used a combination of color, imagery and symbolism to convey the violent despondence of suicide in this cover illustration for Current Psychiatry magazine. Guns remain the most common method of completed suicide in all age groups.

Debbie Tilley has joined Theispot!

Debbie Tilley is the newest member of

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Malin Rosenqvist: The Future

Malin Rosenqvist gives us a sample of the cover and five illustrations she created on the topic of the internet and its future for German Impact Media.

David Fullarton: Clinical Trial Blues

David Fullarton Just completed this illustration for an article entitled “Jim Allison’s Long and Winding Road,” for UC Berkeley’s California Magazine. Allison, the subject of both article and illustration, discovered a protein which attaches to T cells and went on to develop a drug to block its action. If the new drug did its job, it would free up the immune system to identify and attack cancerous cells, even those that have resisted chemotherapy.

Janet Hamlin: Inside Camp 4

Janet Hamlin returns to Guantanamo Bay once again, to court report the Majid Khan arraignment tomorrow. “Today we took a tour of the camps where the detainees are held, and were allowed inside a recently vacated camp,” says Janet.

Jennifer Taylor: Skunk Chef

Jennifer Taylor shares the latest in her series of strange and anthropomorphic characters, Skunk Chef, most likely prepping dinner for Frog Boss.

Ellen M. Byrne: Strathmore Celebrates Ellington

Ellen M. Byrne created the cover illustration for Applause at Strathmore magazine, featuring the Strathmore Music Center’s celebration of Duke Ellington's influence on American culture.

Jon Krause: Sustainability 2.0

Jon Krause’s image for the Deloitte Review illustrates an article about using sustainability to drive innovation and growth.

Jon Reinfurt: Made in the USA

Jon Reinfurt illustrated an article for Babson Magazine called, “Made in the U.S.A,” which focused on the positives that have sprung up from foreign competition. Among the “pros” are the superior quality of American made products and how those industries have helped the communities around them.

Ruth Rowland: Scrapbook Interview

Ruth Rowland was interviewed for the “Scrapbook” series by Illustration Ltd in the UK this month. She discussed everything from her singular hand lettering to her start in the record industry, the creative chaos of her East London studio and her secret obsessions… The interview also includes a free download of the specially designed poster, below.

Neil Duerden: Lucozade

Neil Duerden’s campaign for Lucozade seems to be everywhere lately. Here are a few of the media buys for the sports drink that’s all about the combination of energy and skills making a participant WIN!!!!

James Yang: Borrow from the Best

James Yang’s illustration for PlanSponsor Magazine demonstrates the wisdom of borrowing ideas that work from other countries rather than reinventing solutions from scratch.

John Tomac: There’s No Place Like Home

John Tomac illustrates an article for ABA Journal about proposed legislation that would allow companies to file for bankruptcy closer to home, in the jurisdiction where they are headquartered. This would shift business away from the giant firms in NY and Delaware to more modest-sized, less expensive, local law firms.

Edel Rodriguez: Intervention

Edel Rodriguez illustrates the question of intervention in Syria for today’s New York Times Letters to the Editor.

Roy Scott: Bariatric Surgery?

Roy Scott's visceral mixed media style was requested by Wolters Kluwer Health to illustrate an article about a nurse who questions the merits of bariatric surgery for an obese family member. The Art Director went with the version without type.


Richard Borge: Mr. Fix-It

Richard Borge grabbed page one of the WSJ Journal Report this past Monday, ably demonstrating the “simplicity” of fixing executive compensation.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Yuta Onoda: Double Feature

Yuta Onoda’s work is currently featured in both Advanced Photoshop magazine (Issue 92, in the project focus section) and Gestalten’s fabulous book, Illustrators Unlimited.

Chris Gash: February Update

Chris Gash’s drawing table ranneth over this month, as usual!  Here are a few of the jobs he’s done that we somehow missed earlier: For The Wall Street Journal, illustrating an article about how to interpret all those baffling letter classifications for mutual funds:

Vlad Alverez: CQ25

This intriguing image by Vlad Alvarez is featured in the current issue of Creative Quarterly Magazine, volume 25.

Carl Wiens: Green House

Carl Wiens’ illustration for beloved client On Earth magazine accompanies an article about a new generation of greenhouses built in hot, arid environments that draw salt water from the oceans, use the water to cool and control the temperatures inside the greenhouses, and produce fresh water for the operation.

Jon Krause: The Crusade for Cleanliness

Jon Krause’s double page spread for Mormon lifestyle publication LDS Living Magazine illustrates “The Crusade for Cleanliness,” an article bout fighting the battle against pornography.

Kim Rosen: February Coupling

Kim Rosen rounds up her witty batch of February illustrations for The Boston Globe magazine’s popular “Coupling” column.

Ellen M. Byrne: Calendar Wins ADDY Awards

Ellen M. Byrne’s calendar of regional scenes won her a Gold ADDY and Judges’ Award at The Greater Frederick AAF Club. Below is the image from April.

Brian Stauffer: The Girl Who Fell to Earth

Brian Stauffer’s cover for this week's Westword, illustrates an article about a young woman who falls in love with a thug who takes her on a killing spree that ends with his suicide and her incarceration.

Kevin Sprouls: Figuratively Speaking

Kevin Sprouls employed his hedcut engraving style for a spate of recent portraits. First is this duet for the Drury University Semi-Annual magazine.

Kevin McFadin: The Mind of the Entrepreneur

Kevin McFadin illustrated a recent article for Research Magazine about getting through to the bustling, churning mind of an entrepreneur. How do you turn some of their precious attention away from “the next big thing” to focus on their investment and financial needs?

Joyce Hesselberth: Why the Sea is Salty

Joyce Hesselberth gives us a look at another book that she illustrated this year for the McGraw-Hill KinderBound series, a 4-week educational program designed to transition preschoolers to kindergarten. Why the Sea is Salty is based on a Filipino folktale.

Richard Borge: Type Treatments + Film Titles

Richard Borge shares a self-generated film title sequence he created for his own dream client, Brooklyn Animated Shorts Festival.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Jacob Thomas: Jeremy Lin

Jacob Thomas contributes to the Linsanity phenomenon for New York Magazine this week.

Keith Negley: Tax Time

Keith Negley created the cover of this year’s tax guide for the Los Angeles Times.

Javier Medellin Puyou: Feria Nacional Potosina

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Javier Medellin Puyou designed this poster for Feria Nacional Potosina, a famous Mexican fair held every August. Various attractions of the fair are highlighted on each balloon, such as the art scene, food and commercial area, and amusement park.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jeanine Henderson: Baby Food Rules

Jeanine Henderson had the super fun opportunity to illustrate a feature article in the current issue of Babytalk Magazine. The content was about new “rules” for feeding your baby certain foods at certain ages.

Robert Dale: Time for Lyme

Robert Dale was commissioned by Morris Media Group of Ridgefield, CT publishers of several magazines including Ridgefield Magazine, to create an eye-popping illustration, literally, of a Lyme Disease carrying tick and its potential meal.

Kim Rosen: New Gear Guilt

Kim Rosen’s illustration in the current OnEarth magazine addresses the joy of buying cool new outdoor gear versus the guilt that getting rid of all the old, heavy stuff causes.

Mark Smith: One is the Quirkiest Number

Mark Smith’s page one image for the New York Times Living section illustrates an article about the joys, and oddities, of solitary living.

C.F. Payne: BolognaRagazzi Award

C.F. Payne’s collaboration with Ogden Nash, "Lineup for Yesterday", has earned him the BolognaRagazzi Award for a children's nonfiction book at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy.  Chris illustrated the greatest baseball players of yesteryear to accompany the witty verses of Nash.

David Navas: iPaint

David Navas adds another dimension to his work with the advent of the iPhone and iPad. “I started doing work with the iPhone and iPad about four years ago,” says David. “I am still pushing the limits and experimenting with it, but I already find it to be a pretty perfect portable studio to produce illustration work quickly and in a very creative way.”

Taylor Callery: Personally

Taylor Callery is inspired by politics, medicine and business in this new series of personal work. "Rebel China" is a portrait of artist and political activist, Ai Weiwei.

Richard Downs: Google Goggles

Richard Downs checks in with one of the very earliest conceptual sightings of Google Goggles, for the NY Times Business section. Later this year, Google is expected to start selling eyeglasses that will project information, entertainment and, this being a Google product, advertisements onto the lenses.

Ruth Palmer: Blackbear the Pirate

Ruth Palmer is now working on her third book in the Blackbear the Pirate series. The books follow a pirate bear and crew who are named after actual pirates from what historians call the ‘Golden Age of Piracy.'

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dale Stephanos: Boylands Go Bust

Dale Stephanos commands the cover of this week's New York Observer with his caricature of William Boyland, the last of the "Brownsville Kennedys," and possibly the end of a political dynasty.

Bob Staake: Vegging at the White House

Bob Staake illustrated a series of six flashcards to be given to schoolkids who visit Michelle Obama's White House Vegetable Garden. Each character will be tossing a tomato, carrot, potato, etc into their mouth, the back side offering a veggie-based recipe. “Sometimes I solve the multi-race issue by simply depicting my kiddies with red, yellow, green and blue skin tones…”

Michael Sloan: Obesity

Michael Sloan’s minimalist brush and ink drawings bring a sense of immediacy to this assignment on obesity for the Yale School of Public Health.

A. Richard Allen: Lucky Jim

A. Richard Allen’s elegant, understated work is the perfect match for the Folio Society’s new edition of “Lucky Jim” by Kingsley Amis.