Monday, September 30, 2013

Jacob Thomas: So Out of It

Jacob Thomas’ cover illustration for the Boston Globe addresses the issue of people who don't like popular TV shows… and how very left out they feel.

Jon Krause: Neutralizing Threats

Jon Krause’s illustration for Investment News accompanies an article on neutralizing threats in your own backyard.

Mark McGinnis: Affordable Care Act

Mark McGinnis illustrated an article for the San Diego Union Tribune about efforts by employers, large and small, to interpret the staggering 10,000-plus page Affordable Care Act.

Jason Seiler: Ghosts of Mayors Past

Jason Seiler’s quadruple caricature of New York City’s past and possible future mayors appeared as a section opener in the Sunday New York Times.

Mark T. Smith: Kickstarter

Mark T. Smith illustrated an article for Briefings Magazine about Kickstarter.com, a platform that allows emerging artists to source funding for themselves and bypass the painful process of negotiating with major record labels.

Alex Gallego: Tata Martino

Alex Gallego’s caricature of Tata Martino, the new trainer of world renowned soccer team FC Barcelona, appears in Spain’s Ara Newspaper this week.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Traci Daberko: Again and Again



Traci Daberko recently illustrated a can-recycling project for Fixation Marketing and their client, the Can Manufacturers Institute, promoting the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of cans.


Brian Stauffer: Thank You for Your Service



Brian Stauffer’s illustration for the New York Times Book Review this Sunday accompanies a review of “Thank You for Your Service,” which addresses the pain that soldiers face in psychotherapy.


Thomas Pitilli: Mibblio

Thomas Pitilli’s first children’s book project is tied into the thoroughly modern, interactive musical storybook app, Mibblio. Collaborating with New York City's afterschool arts and music program, Wingspan Arts, Thomas presented the children with a simple black and white image of a boy and his dog, kicking off the creative story telling sessions with students voicing imaginative ideas and infinite possibilities.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Davide Bonazzi: Boil This

Davide Bonazzi created this elegant commentary on the Barilla Pasta Company’s assertion that their advertising will only feature “the traditional family” and that if gays don’t like it, “they can always go eat someone else’s pasta.”

Karen Greenberg: Hershey’s Blissisms #1

Karen Greenberg illustrates a series of whimsical truisms about women and chocolate for the Hershey’s Bliss social media campaign on Facebook.

Paul Garland: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Paul Garland was commissioned by Feltrinelli, the famous publishing house based in Milan to illustrate the cover for a new Italian edition of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence.

Zara Picken: Scaddabush Italian Restaurant

Zara Picken worked with the agency Giants and Gentlemen to create a series of illustrations for Scaddabush, a new Italian restaurant in Ontario, Canada. The artwork is being used in many forms, including print and online.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chuck Gonzales: The Dwarf in the Drawer



Chuck Gonzales created the characters and illustrated the book for The Dwarf in the Drawer….the very funny spoof of the bestselling Elf on the Shelf phenomenon. Publishers Weekly says: “Chuck Gonzales’s loosely rendered cartoons play up the humor of the verse, giving the elf a sinister leer and emphasizing the exhaustion of the mixed-race family under his watchful eye”.

Buy a copy of this new holiday classic (complete with drawer-ready plush dwarf included in the gift-box package) in Theispot.com Bookstore!

Tim O’Brien: Portraits and Illustrations



Tim O’Brien’s paintings will be the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut, on view October 11 through January 11, 2014.

Michael Sloan: Yale Daily News



There is an article in today's Yale Daily News about Michael Sloan’s current exhibit of paintings of Hong Kong Street Markets. The artist’s reception is tomorrow at the Yale-China Association.


Mark Smith: Alternative Assets



Mark Smith used Monopoly game pieces to illustrate the concept of “alternative assets” for a Canadian Business Magazine article about diversifying your portfolio.

Dave Clegg: The Ugly Duckling

Dave Clegg manages to channel plenty of human emotion into this sweet illustration for a read-aloud script of “The Ugly Duckling,” appearing in Scholastic’s StoryWorks Magazine.

Urs J. Knobel: Bashar al-Assad

Urs J. Knobel created this portrait of Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, as a comment on that country’s civil war.

Stuart Bradford: Fortune 100 Fastest

Stuart Bradford created a series of illustrations for Fortune magazine’s special issue featuring “100 Fastest Growing Companies.” The yearly list examines which industries and corporations are up and down, providing detailed statistics on recent business history, market conditions and more.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Steven Noble: Sterling Vineyards

Steven Noble was commissioned to create a scratchboard illustration as part of the rebrand for the incredibly successful winery, Sterling Vineyards.

Chi Birmingham: Buy the Friendly Skies

Chi Birmingham’s “Business Travel” piece for the NY Times this week illustrates an article on in-flight commerce.

David Vogin: Financial Aid

David Vogin’s characteristically surreal illustration for Duke University Alumni Magazine accompanies an article on financial aid.

James Yang: Inner Vision

James Yang’s recurring illustration series for CFA magazine yields a secret reward for the observant reader: James uses the same everyman character for all stories, to create a sense of continuity. This illustration was for an article about making plans reality.

Gemma Robinson: The Science of Coffee Stains

Gemma Robinson had great fun creating this illustration recently for BBC Focus magazine, accompanying an article about the science behind coffee stains and the way they dry.

Taylor Callery: The Week That Was

Taylor Callery was super-busy least week with illustrations for The Wall Street Journal, Phoenix Magazine, and Advertising Age.  The millennial generation has consumer technology figured out, according to the WSJ. They keep costs to a minimum while their parents pay hundreds of dollars a month on cellphones, cable or satellite TV, and internet services.

Shaw Nielsen: Halloween for Publix

Shaw Nielsen shares a series of Halloween-themed illustrations he created for Publix supermarkets, including several costumed kid characters; seasonal backgrounds that the characters could be placed on; and artwork that could be wrapped around bins filled with various candies.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Richard Borge: The Anitrust Undercard



Richard Borge created another one of his signature ROBOT illustrations for the Wall Street Journal, accompanying an article about blocking large tech mergers.

Jason Mecier : Theresa Caputo

Jason Mecier continues his Celebrity Junk Drawer Pop Portrait series with this image of Long Island Medium's star, Theresa Caputo. "I went off the color scheme of the items she sent me but I also wanted to give the portrait a supernatural feel,” says Jason. “Her face literally glows in the dark!"

Anna + Elena Balbusso: The Importance of the Afterlife

Anna + Elena Balbusso created this cosmic illustration of life after death for the New York Times Sunday Review Opinion page.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Phil Marden: Honey, How Could You?

Phil Marden illustrated a great series for the Wall Street Journal on different ways in which your spouse can embarrass you, and whether it is better to confront or carry on.

Brian Taylor: Emmy Awards

Brian Taylor created two Emmy-related illustrations for Variety magazine recently. The first one is about the battle for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series; the second is about a writer who missed covering the Emmys for the first time in 25 years due to the birth of his son.

James Bennett: Signs

James Bennett’s illustration for this year’s World Series Program is titled "Signs," referencing the complex, and sometimes confusing secret communication that takes place during a game.

Bryon Thompson: Nexcare First Aid Tips

Bryon Thompson’s illustrations appear in an extensive on-line project for healthcare giant Nexcare, depicting numerous everyday injuries and the first aid tips used to treat them effectively.

Anni Betts: Dead Between the Lines

Anni Betts illustrates her third cover in the Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery novel series, Dead Between the Lines,” publishing in March 2014 from the Penguin Group.

Keith Negley: The Violence in Our Heads

Keith Negley’s illustration for the New York Times Op Ed accompanies a piece about schizophrenia, pegged to the Washington Navy Yard shooter, and the true realities of hearing voices in your own head. Here are the web (color) and print (b+w) versions.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thomas Pitilli: Playboy

Thomas Pitilli proudly shares his first illustration for Playboy magazine, accompanying an article about the internet called “Devil’s Playground.”

Chuck Gonzales: The Lazy Hostess

Chuck Gonzales illustrated the amusingly louche new lifestyle book, The Lazy Hostess. Watch the super-fun book trailer, featuring Chuck’s illustrations brought to wiggly, jiggling life.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pete Ryan: Wild Ride in Real Estate



Pete Ryan’s illustration for a Washington Post section cover accompanied a feature about the local real estate market which, after a huge plunge, is starting to rebound.


Robert Neubecker: Autumn Art Round Up


Robert Neubecker brings a back-to-school sense of energy to this latest batch of illustration commissions.

Thomas Pitilli: Who Are You Wearing?

Thomas Pitilli’s new illustration for The Hollywood Reporter accompanies an article about famous fashion designers focusing more attention on The Emmys as a way of getting their styles out there. Featured are Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace and Marc Jacobs.

Roy Scott: Nursing Magazine

Roy Scott was commissioned by Wolters Kluwer Health recently to illustrate two feature articles for Nursing Magazine.  MUCOSITIS - End painful tooth brushing:

Dave Wheeler: Creating More Birthdays

Dave Wheeler’s cover illustration the American Cancer Society’s magazine, “Triumph,” consists of a giant 3-D birthday cake celebrating their 100th anniversary and tying in with their slogan, “Creating More Birthdays.”

Nigel Buchanan: Familiarity Breeds Content

Nigel Buchanan’s illustration for page one of the New York Times Dining & Wine section accompanies an article by a former food critic on the joy of the “aaaah” moment at a favorite restaurant, rather than the constant hunt for the new “aha!”

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Taylor Callery: iPads, iPhones, iPods, Oh My!

Taylor Callery created an opener and spot illustrations for a Macworld feature that takes an in depth look at the quantitative financial health of Apple through its various products. The four spots cleverly chart the sales of each individual product.

Gemma Robinson: Post-Op Surveillance

Gemma Robinson’s illustration addresses the many pathogens that can affect patients undergoing lung transplantation and the critical importance of post-operative surveillance.

James Yang: Perception and Reality

James Yang’s illustration for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s magazine appears in the iPad edition, accompanying an article about the problems Asians have with being perceived as one homogeneous group. On closer inspection, it’s clear how varied the groups are culturally.

Keith Negley: Office Space

Keith Negley’s illustration for The Chronicle of Higher Education accompanies a story about an adjunct professor who briefly gets a full time position and loves it, although his new office leaves much to be desired.

Jason Seiler: Der Spiegel Cover

Jason Seiler’s cover for Der Spiegel , done in just two days, is actually comprised of seven distinct portraits. The copy reads, "Slothful, Frustrated, Arrogant – How Non-Voters F@#k Up Democracy"; the concept was to depict characters using their ballots for things other than voting.

Marty Blake: Gamification

Marty Blake created a series of illustrations for LA design firm Ross Madrid to appear in Briefings magazine, accompanying an article on “gameification.”  Who knew that prisons held rodeos?