Friday, November 30, 2012

Mark Summers: Holiday Reading

Mark Summers’ twice-yearly covers for the Weekly Standard never fail to delight. Out on stands now is their “Holiday Reading” issue, featuring Charles Dickens and Tiny Tim.

Mitch Blunt: Three for Big Issue


Mitch Blunt brings us up to speed on his latest batch of Big Issue Book Review illustrations from the last few weeks. “In Other Worlds” by Margaret Atwood:


Jamie Hogan: Kudos for “A Warmer World”


Jamie Hogan’s recent book project, “A Warmer World,” written by Caroline Arnold has earned a spot on both the National Science Teachers Association “Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2013” list and the 2013 Elementary California Collection list.


Mary Woodin: The Humble Swede


Mary Woodin celebrates the humble swede, one of the under-appreciated glories of the autumn garden, for Country Living magazine. “Heavy roots, cloaked in a fringe of deep purple, tapering to gold, with hints of shocking lime…” 


Ken Orvidas: The Circus Trainer’s Headache

Ken Orvidas illustrated the latest “Think Like a Doctor” diagnosis challenge in the New York Times Sunday Magazine: the case of an animal trainer who develops an excruciating headache after a run-in with a zebra.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ryan Snook: Million Dollar Kid

Ryan Snook’s cheerful illustration for MoneySense magazine accompanies an article about how Tax Free Savings Accounts can make your child a millionaire.

John Tomac: Litigation Battle Tactics


John Tomac calls in the big guns with this illustration for Inside Counsel magazine, accompanying a story that highlights the traits and tactics of successful trial lawyers.


Daniel Hertzberg: SI 55


Daniel Hertzberg will have two illustrations exhibited in the upcoming Society of Illustrators 55th Annual. This theatrical image for “God of Carnage” was selected in the Institutional category:


Alison Seiffer: Guess Who Isn't Coming to Dinner


Alison Seiffer’s gracefully funny illustration accompanies the lead article of today's New York Times Style section which laments the endangered art of the dinner party. 


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Tom Garrett: House, Sweet House


Tom Garrett illustrates the process of how the White House chef creates the annual holiday gingerbread house for the First Family, in the December 2012 issue of Food Network Magazine.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yvetta Fedorova: Occupational Distress

Yvetta Fedorova’s illustration for the Jane Brody’s article in the New York Times Health section this week deals with doctors who care for people with incurable illness, and especially the terminally ill, who often suffer with their patients.

Bryon Thompson: Reducing Waste


Bryon Thompson’s illustration in the latest annual report for EDF accompanies a feature regarding reduction of discarded / wasted fish.


Fian Arroyo: Fianized Fun


Fian Arroyo created this illustration as part of a line of “Fianized” dragons, monster skateboarders and football players to be licensed and let loose on the general public in 2013. The characters will be produced on mini stickers, wall stickers, magnets and more.


James Yang: Financial Order


James Yang’s illustration for the current issue of PlanSponsor magazine is all about keeping your financial house in order.


James Yang: Financial Order

James Yang’s illustration for the current issue of PlanSponsor magazine is all about keeping your financial house in order.


Michael Cho: Occidental College


Michael Cho was commissioned by Occidental College in California to create a series of illustrations for a recruiting booklet, mixing location drawings along with 10 portraits of famous alumni.


Rob Kelly: Smithsonian Portraits


Rob Kelly created the “Contributors” portraits for the November issue of Smithsonian magazine, a total of nine illustrations.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Leon Mussche: WarRoom Document Solutions

Leon Mussche created this series of illustrations for WarRoom Document Solutions, a litigation service provider to law professionals in the Boston area. The images will serve as identity pieces to be used as headers for their new website, as well as in print publications. (more)

Their services are visualized in four steps: From forensic data collection to protection and preservation of evidence, to data processing, de-duping and encoding to reviewing your files from anywhere in the world.

Sean McCabe: In Case of Emergency…


Sean McCabe's fun retro-photo illustrations accompany "In Case of Emergency, Call Offspring," a Wall Street Journal article about a tech-savvy son who solves his mother's most vexing computer problems. 


Shaw Nielsen: The Code of Converse

Shaw Nielsen’s illustration for Amherst College accompanies an essay recalling how the school entered the age of computing with a bit of a lurch, beginning with a ragtag group of self-taught programmers who hung out in the basement of Converse Hall.


Jing Jing Tsong: Taming the Monster


Jing Jing Tsong’s illustration for Educational Leadership magazine accompanies an article discussing how Common Core standards can be feared like a monster, which becomes less intimidating as the children become familiar with it. 


Chris Gash: Two at a Time


Chris Gash has two striking illustrations in the New York Times today.  For Science Times, he illustrates how wormholes in antique prints tell a story about the geographic distribution of beetles in Europe.



Elisabeth Alba: Infinity Ring


Elisabeth Alba illustrated this map for Scholastic as part of their new time-travel adventure series, “Infinity Ring.” Elisabeth designed the map to accurately correspond to the underlying grid layout provided by the publisher. 


Tom Garrett: Scholastic Scope


Tom Garrett whimsically re-imagines the real life story of Deborah Samson in these illustrations for the December 2012 issue of Scholastic Scope Magazine. Ms. Sampson was an awarded hero who fought in the Revolutionary War dressed as a man.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Chi Birmingham: The Digital Frontier


Chi Birmingham’s illustration in the current issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek shows a prospector setting out into a digital frontier. The image was commissioned for a story on newly available domain names and the companies that are grabbing them up.


Agent Illustrateur: Toblerone Holiday Packaging


Agent Illustrateur produced the latest Toblerone holiday packaging illustration, in collaboration with Turner Duckworth (London). The artwork features polar bears and penguins, achieving a cozy, festive visual.


Brucie Rosch: Study Language Abroad


Brucie Rosch created this illustration for a Barnard College alumni magazine article on a scholarship program that allows undergrads to learn less commonly studied languages in the native environment.

Christian Lindemann: Moody Weather


Christian Lindemann was commissioned by Migros magazine in Switzerland to illustrate an article about how one’s mood is influenced by the weather.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Randy Glass: Museum Quality Caravaggio


Randy Glass was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to create a pen & ink stipple interpretation of Ottavio Leoni’s iconic portrait of Caravaggio, to be used as a focal point in the installation of a new exhibit, “Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy.”


Jon Stich:


Jon Stich created this radical/traditional Thanksgiving card for, a website that deals primarily with climate change.


Marilena Perilli: Glamming It Up

Marilena Perilli brings her signature touch of style to this illustration for The Star Tribune.


David Plunkert: Knowledge That Works


David Plunkert created artwork for a banner that will wave proudly on the campus of The University of Baltimore throughout 2013.


Roy Scott: Economic Trends


Roy Scott's colorful digital collage mash-up style was the perfect choice to illustrate two different articles on current trends in US economic segments for Reed Elsevier NV.


Dennis Juan Ma: The Judge’s Last Supper


Dennis Juan Ma was commissioned by Metro Magazine to create a billboard promoting their annual “Best Restaurant” issue. Dennis cooked up a parody of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” incorporating caricatures of the panel of 12 food professionals and critics. 


Larry Jones: Grammar Gumshoes


Larry Jones designed and illustrated “Grammar Gumshoes,” a fun-filled educational game for Edupress. Young detectives examine parts of speech, sentence structure, verb tense and punctuation to solve grammar mysteries… 





Larry Jones designed and illustrated “Grammar Gumshoes,” a fun-filled educational game for Edupress. Young detectives examine parts of speech, sentence structure, verb tense and punctuation to solve grammar mysteries… 



Anthony Freda: Barred From Freedom


Anthony Freda’s cover illustration for SF Weekly addresses the filthy secret of the American judicial system: A majority of county jail inmates have not been convicted of any crime.


Jon Krause: Illustrators 55

Jon Krause has four pieces accepted into the up-coming annual shows at the Society of Illustrators in New York.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gary Alphonso: American Lawyer

Gary Alphonso’s powerful style was the perfect choice to illustrate a retro metal stamp logo commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for American Lawyer Magazine.

Bob Venables: Skinflint & White Wych


Bob Venables' latest labels for The Wychwood Brewery adorn bottles of Skinflint (“No Expense Spared…”) and White Wych (“Dream of Golden Summers...”)


Brian Stauffer: Savannah Music Festival


Brian Stauffer’s poster illustration for the Savannah Music Festival was accepted into the Society of Illustrators 55th Advertising Show, along with five other pieces accepted into the Editorial Exhibit. 



Janet Hamlin: Alumni Portraits


Janet Hamlin used clean, expressive line art to illustrate portraits of prominent alumni for a recent issue of The University of SF School of Law Magazine.


Chris Whetzel: Deathbringer Arpaio


Chris Whetzel was commissioned by Phoenix New Timesto create an image of Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio reflecting his disdain of immigrants, many of whom have died in his prisons. 


Eva Vazquez: Aon One


Eva Vazquez illustrations for Aon One Magazine covered the topics Retirement and Total Rewards.



David Plunkert: The Grand Parade


David Plunkert shares his latest poster for Baltimore's Theatre Project / Double Edge Theatre's production of "The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)" presented by Baltimore Performance Kitchen.


Chris Gall: Departure


Chris Gall will be illustrating the monthly back page "Departure" feature of Virginia Living Magazine. His first piece appears in the December 2012 issue, accompanying an article about the author’s experience at a Doc Watson concert. 


Laura Watson: Happy Thanksgiving!


Laura Watson sends her friends in the States warm Thanksgiving wishes for a fun and festive holiday from her native Canada (where they finished with the leftover turkey sandwiches more than a month ago).


Monday, November 19, 2012

Ellen Byrne: Shop Frederick

Ellen Byrne’s winter postcard for the Frederick Downtown Partnership, City of Frederick, Md., encourages all citizens to get out there and shop local.