Monday, December 30, 2013

Taylor Callery: Ending on a High Note

Taylor Callery wraps up 2013 on a high note with two covers out on the newsstands now.  For Remodeling Magazine, he illustrated the feature story on monitoring the health of your business:

Dale Stephanos: The Year of the Zombies

Dale Stephanos illustrated Dave Barry’s Review of 2013 for the Washington Post Sunday Magazine.

Elisabeth Alba: The Shadowhunter's Codex

Elisabeth Alba contributed sixteen mesmerizing illustrations to “The Shadowhunter's Codex,” published by Simon & Schuster. These four were drawn with pencil on vellum.

Ellen Byrne: Tivoli Society Holiday Card

Ellen Byrne illustrated this festive holiday card for the Tivoli Society of Fredrick, MD, which supports education and heightened community awareness of the performing arts.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jacob Thomas: Range Wars

Jacob Thomas illustrates the cover of the Fort Worth Weekly, for a story about the aggressive tactics used by a drilling company against their critics.

Science Times: December 24, 2013

The New York Times Health and Science section was dominated this week by the husband and wife team that make up Spur Design.  Page one featured David Plunkert’s illustration of a wacky but informative article, “For That Zeus Bug in Your Life”:

Daniel Guidera: The Nutcracker

Daniel Guidera's illustration from the “Night + Day” section of the Riverfront Times of St. Louis highlights the many versions of The Nutcracker to be staged in the Gateway to the West.


Roy Scott was commissioned by Wolters Kluwer Health to illustrate a feature article on an ethically questionable photo post on social media of a hospital patient by a nurse... in violation of HIPAA privacy provisions.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Thodoris Tibilis: Christmas at the Bottom of the Sea

Thodoris Tibilis illustrated a fun children’s book for Psichogios Publications, a holiday fantasy about a land where Christmas is forbidden until a little sea urchin organizes the first “Bottom of the Sea Christmas.”

Karla Ortiz: Christmas Angel

Karla Ortiz beautifully illustrates the cover feature for the 2013 holiday issue of Angels on Earth magazine.

Allan Burch: Pope Francis

Allan Burch was commissioned by Loyola Press to create this thoughtful, painterly portrait of first Jesuit pope for their book, Pope Francis.

Iker Ayestaran: Happy New Year

Iker Ayestaran delivers glad tidings for 2014!

Jon Krause: Data Dictionary

Jon Krause illustration for Deloitte Review accompanies an article on the “Data Dictionary.”

Jacob Thomas: Bangerz

Jacob Thomas channeled Andy Warhol on behalf of Entertainment Weekly to produce this bangin’ silkscreen portrait of Miss Miley Cyrus.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tim O’Brien: What’s in a Brand Name?

Tim O’Brien’s illustration for Playboy’s 60th Anniversary Issue accompanies an article musing on the idea of “brand names,” their power to influence society and people, and the meaning behind those names and labels.

James Yang: The Impolite Gentleman

James Yang combines his gift for illustration with a notorious flair for dry humor to create The Impolite Gentleman, a weekly comic that will allow him to play all the gentleman games… without always being a gentleman. Follow him here.

Bob Staake: $ea$on$ Greeting$

Bob Staake captures the acquisitive spirit of the holiday season…!

Thodoris Tibilis: Merry Christmas!

Thodoris Tibilis checks in from his beautiful native Greece to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Valeria Petrone: Happy Wild Holidays!

Valeria Petrone takes a page from Sweet Wild Dreams (co-created with her husband Umberto Sebastiano), to send you all the best!

Jason Seiler: Bum Steer Awards

Jason Seiler’s  cover for Texas Monthly illustrates their annual “Bum Steer Awards” issue.

Leticia Plate: Holiday Traffic Pattern

Leticia Plate’s new repeat pattern, Holiday Traffic, might just make the best wrapping paper ever!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Paul Garland: Season’s Greetings!

Paul Garland sends Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for a Peaceful, Prosperous (and Stylish!) 2014 to all…

Jacob Thomas: King’s Top Ten

Jacob Thomas illustrates Stephen King’s Top Ten TV Shows of 2013 for Entertainment Weekly.

Keith Negley: Santa Series

Keith Negley’s Santa series shows the Jolly Gentleman somewhat lost in negative space… but in a good way!

Peter Grundy: Design Week Survey 2013

Peter Grundy sums up the year very nicely in this illustration for the Design Week Survey 2013.

Brucie Rosch: Lost in Translation

Brucie Rosch’s challenge for the Winter 2013/14 issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine was to illustrate an article on the art of translation.  For example, Franz Kafka never wrote anything about a "cockroach" or "insect" - he used the word “ungeziefer,” which literally means “unclean animal not suitable for sacrifice."

Rafael López: Warm Holiday Wishes

Rafael López sends Warm Holiday Greetings from San Miguel de Allende.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Chris Gash: Holiday “Fun”

Chris Gash had a great time coming up with ideas for a Variety article about annual War on Christmas nonsense, including a perceived “Jewish conspiracy” subtext. The writer also discussed the controversial “Happy Holidays” greeting... Yeesh! Chris supplied some great sketches:

Ruth Rowland: Happy Creative New Year!

Ruth Rowland sends her best wishes for the holidays via email this year, donating the postage money saved to Because I Am a Girl, a global initiative to fight gender inequality.

Anni Betts: Farming in a Whole New Light

Anni Betts was commissioned to illustrate the University of Minnesota’s latest campaign, which centered on a theme of light. For her part of the campaign, Anni illustrated two scenes that tied in with research done at the University.

Elizabeth Sayles: Cheers!

Elizabeth Sayles’ fun holiday card this year features a friendly polar bear with a gift for fast wardrobe changes!

Laura Watson: Happy Holidays!

Laura Watson wishes everyone a bright and glowing new year with her annual Holiday Illustration.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Goni Montes: The Christmas Show

Goni Montes illustrated “The Christmas Show,” a holiday story about a pair of sisters under a mysterious curse that forces them to travel the country, endlessly producing local theater. Read it now on 

David Vogin: Blackberry’s Next Move

David Vogin created this photo-illustration portrait of John Chen, newly appointed interim chief executive of Blackberry, for the Wall Street Journal.

James Yang: Age Demographics

James Yang’s bell curve cover for CFA Institute magazine illustrates a feature story on age demographics.

Brian Taylor: Golden Globe Portraits

Brian Taylor’s new portrait series for Variety illustrates a feature on the recently announced Golden Globe Award nominees. Shown are Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela;  “American Hustle” ensemble cast; Taylor Schilling of “Orange is the New Black”; Oscar Isaac of “Inside Llewyn Davis”; Andy Samberg, “Rush”;  12 Years A Slave”; Greta Gerwig of “Frances Ha.”

Aaron Meshon: Brooklyn

Aaron Meshon is here to solve your advanced case of empty wall syndrome with this mind-bendingly detailed poster map of his beloved Brooklyn, now available to pre-order on Kickstarter.

Chi Birmingham: Points & Perks

Chi Birmingham’s new illustration for the New York Times Business travel column, “On the Road,” accompanies a story evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of various credit card rewards.

Dennis Wunsch: Powering Ahead or Grinding to a Halt

Dennis Wunsch’s full page illustration in December's Scotsman Guide Commercial edition accompanies an article that explains why working capital is the "oil" that keeps small business running.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Alex Nabaum: Canadian & USA Merger

Alex Nabaum illustrated an article for the Wall Street Journal exploring the feasibility of a single North American currency for use by both Canada and the United States.

Taylor Callery: The Other Washington

Taylor Callery’s illustration for The Washington Post accompanies a report on four companies thriving in work not tied to the federal government…  Can they show the way toward a more diversified local economy?

Davide Bonazzi: Eden

Davide Bonazzi’s updated, down-and-out illustration of Adam and Eve earned him top honors and a page in the 2014 Eden-themed Tapirulan Calendar.

David Plunkert: The Future of Evil

David Plunkert’s illustration for the article "The Future of Evil" is featured in the spectacular 60th Anniversary issue of Playboy.

Oli Winward: The Death of Coal in the USA

Oli Winward created these three illustrations for an article in the Milken Review on how the implementation of the Clean Air Act will mean a move away from coal power plants to renewable sources to supply America's energy needs.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Colin Hayes: The Reluctant Recyclers

Colin Hayes encourages New Year’s resolutions with this new infographic illustration for ISRI (the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries), which points out that too few Americans are recycling their small electronics. 

Dave Clegg: Ranger Rick

Dave Clegg gives us a peek at some super-cute new work for Ranger Rick magazine for kids.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Brian Stauffer: From Butkus to Buttercup

Brian Stauffer illustrated "From Butkus to Buttercup" for Playboy Magazine, wherein the writer laments the watering-down of NFL play by attempting to make an inherently dangerous sport painless and injury averse.  New rules about using the top of the helmet to tackle are called out.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Michael Sloan: Taking it Slow

Michael Sloan takes a break from the super-fast world of digital illustration to step back and work on a nice big painting, based on a sketch of a street scene that he did in Paris last summer…

Jason Seiler: TIME Person of the Year

Jason Seiler’s  portrait of Pope Francis graces the cover of the 2013 TIME magazine Person of the Year.

Paul Mirocha:

Paul Mirocha’s gorgeous botanical illustrations, created for the redesigned Altavita Organic Tea packaging, now anchor their brand new website.  The homepage features a leisurely slideshow of favorites: