Friday, May 30, 2014

Cathi Mingus: The Smart Girl's Guide to Middle School

Cathi Mingus illustrated the newest edition of “The Smart Girl's Guide to Middle School,” published by American Girl.  Cathi clearly had a blast creating the many cute, spirited tween characters throughout!

Brian Stauffer: Wish Upon a Wedding

Brian Stauffer cover for Westword illustrates a feature about a writer who donated her wedding dress after her fiancé died of cancer. The donation, through “Wish Upon a Wedding,” makes it possible for couples where one or both are a facing a terminal illness to wed before dying.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Daniel Hertzberg: Everybody Wants a Piece of Pelé

Daniel Hertzberg created a fun full-page illustration for Sports Illustrated this week, for a feature about Pelé (still widely considered the greatest soccer player of all-time) and how he has become so marketable later in life, especially with the upcoming World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Dean Rohrer: Parents as Writing Partners

Dean Rohrer's illustration for a recent issue of Educational Leadership magazine accompanied an article about how parents can best support their children's writing skills at home.

Oli Winward: Saveur

Oli Winward's sophisticated illustrations have begun appearing regularly in the high-end foodie bible, Saveur magazine.

Michael Morgenstern: E-Cigarettes

Michael Morgenstern’s illustration for John's Hopkins Public Health magazine accompanied an article about the popularity and possible health benefits of e-cigarettes.

Peter Strain: World Cup 100

Peter Strain created a dynamic cover and interior series of illustrations for Sport Magazine, UK, in anticipation of the World Cup 100 next month.

John Jay Cabuay: Maya Angelou

John Jay Cabuay got the call from the Washington Post to create this moving portrait of Maya Angelou, minutes after news of her death broke yesterday. By 6:00 that evening, the image was finalized to run as a special tribute on page one of today’s Style section.

Ken Orvidas: Bid Protests

Ken Orvidas created this arresting illustration for Engineering News Record to accompany an article on the increasing complexity of winning public sector work, giving rise to many more bid protests as a favored weapon.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Eric Larsen: Brent Ozar

Eric Larsen’s hip, ironic instructional illustration style was the perfect match-up for IT experts Brent Ozar Unlimited’s website.  Eric combined intelligence and humor to portray the company as the team you actually want to work with, setting them well apart from the rest of the nerd-herd.

Chris Gash: Identifying Killers

Chris Gash created a smart, subtle illustration for The New York Times Op-Ed today, accompanying a piece that asks, “Why Can’t Doctors Identify Killers?”

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Michal Dziekan: World Cup

Michal Dziekan recently completed a set of illustrations for Technology Development, a company that is making an app inspired by soccer and the upcoming World Cup. Futbol!

James Yang: Keep Running

James Yang’s illustration for the Wall St. Journal accompanied an article about Social Security payments being insufficient at retirement, requiring people to work longer.  Naturally, the idea of a treadmill or the hamster in a wheel metaphor came to mind…

Megan Piontkowski: Biohacking

Megan Piontkowski illustrated a feature for Pando Quarterly about the growing number of people in Silicon Valley who practice “biohacking” to optimize their bodies to work longer and more efficiently.  One example is "Bulletproof Coffee," which is low toxin coffee mixed with grass-fed butter and MCT oils.

John Tomac: Bug Spray

John Tomac illustrates the age-old struggle of Man vs. Insect, and the real truth about bug spray, for Mother Jones magazine.

Valeria Petrone: Ouch.

Valeria Petrone illustrates the exquisite pain of all womankind for one of her favorite clients, Io Donna magazine in Italy.

Goni Montes: Joan of Arc

Goni Montes illustrated a beautiful cover portrait of Joan of Arc for Lighthouse Catholic Media, to accompany a feature on the saint’s many virtues.

Pete Ryan: Blockbuster Summer

Pete Ryan illustrated this spread for Orange Coast magazine, along with several other images, for their summer issue, out this week. The challenge was to pair a beach theme with a subtle movie theme, so Pete subbed sunglasses for 3D glasses and “sand-lettered” the headline as well.

Janet Allinger: For Jacob’s Heart

Janet Allinger contributed her artistic skills to illustrate a cool t-shirt logo for the “Hot Rods for Kids” event, benefitting the organization Jacob's Heart.

Danny Schwartz: Spectrum of Care

Danny Schwartz combined numerous elements in this sunny illustrated and hand lettered logo for the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers University.

Elvis Swift: Another Great Day at Sea

Elvis Swift channels the spirit of Edward Hopper for this Boston Globe Book Review illustration of “Another Great Day at Sea” by Geoff Dyer.

Shaw Nielsen: Sturdy and Stylish

Shaw Nielsen’s snappy illustration for this past Sunday’s Boston Globe accompanied an article about how to kid- and pet- proof your home while also maintaining domestic flair.

Leon Mussche: Follow the Money

Leon Mussche's illustration for financial watchdog blog Follow the Money comments on the continued legal aggression by the Dutch bank ING (whose logo is an orange lion) against a renowned entrepreneur.

James Fryer: Luerzer’s 200 Best Illustrators

James Fryer will have two illustrations in the “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide” 2014/15 edition, published by Luerzer's Archive. Both were editorial commissions for the Times Higher Education magazine's opinion page. “Great Expectations” looks at how students' post graduate aspirations are sometimes unrealistic.

John Jay Cabuay: Valedictory Issues

John Jay Cabuay’s illustration for the Boston Sunday Globe accompanies an article discussing the problems with high school valedictorian awards.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anna + Elena Balbusso: Namibia

Anna + Elena Balbusso illustrated "Namibia" for WWF World Wildlife Magazine, Summer 2014.
The article, "Health Service: How statistics helped uncover a hidden benefit of Namibia's communal conservancies," was beautifully enhanced by the twins’ lush new art graphic style.

Dave Clegg: Technical Difficulties

Dave Clegg’s illustration for The Weekly Standard pokes gentle fun at the technology-challenged older generation

Tim O’Brien: Sports Illustrated Cover

Tim O’Brien was commissioned by Sports Illustrated to paint the new (and suddenly famous) NBA commissioner Adam Silver, for their cover. Silver was thrown into the public consciousness by handing down a harsh, but widely supported, sentence to team owner Donald Sterling for making racist remarks.

Guy Stauber: X-Men

Guy Stauber illustrated this dramatic poster for the new movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, based on the Marvel comic book, "The Uncanny X-Men," published in 1981.

Roy Scott: Spring Update

Roy Scott’s graphic photo illustrations provided visual solutions to several diverse publications recently. A full page for The Miami Valley School Magazine, Emergence, is a montage portrait of a recent alumnus whose spiritual journey has led him to rabbinical school.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Daniel Hertzberg: The Normal Heart

Daniel Hertzberg’s illustration for this week’s New Yorker accompanies a review of the new HBO production of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart.

John Mattos: Queen of Hearts

John Mattos brought vintage glamour to the cover illustration of Rhys Bowen's royal mystery novel, "Queen of Hearts" for Penguin Group. The story tells of complicated love affairs on a dramatic transatlantic crossing…

Michael Gelen: Blood Ivory

Michael Gelen uses his considerable powers of illustrative persuasion for a new poster deploring the ongoing trade in illegal ivory continues, which results in the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants every year.  Learn more at

Edel Rodriguez: Beyond Diplomacy

Edel Rodriguez created the Op Ed illustration for “Go Beyond Diplomacy on Syria” in The New York Times, detailing the new, more violent terrorist groups sprouting up in Syria after the defeat of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Roman Muradov: Lucky Peach

Roman Muradov’s series of illustrations for cult food magazine, Lucky Peach, includes an opening spread, ten spots and recipe drawings for an article on Georgian cuisine and festivities.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tyler Jacobson: D&D Core Books

Tyler Jacobson illustrated the covers of two new core books for Dungeons & Dragons’ 5th edition: the “Player's Handbook” and the “Dungeon Master's Guide.”

Pete Ryan: Summer Music

When Pete Ryan illustrates Summer Music, we stop, look and listen with pleasure!

James Yang: Crime and Punishment

James Yang created a fun cops and robbers sequential illustration for DBusiness Magazine.

Yuta Onoda: Rising Waters

Yuta Onoda’s full page illustration for the latest issue of USA Today's Green Living Magazine accompanies an article warning about the impact of the future climate change and rising waters on homeowners.

Rob Dobi: Going Digital

Rob Dobi’s recent illustration comments on how even the most traditional artists have been embracing digital formats to share their music.

C.F Payne: King of the Road

C.F Payne illustrated the June cover of Texas Aggie, reflecting on the deep-rooted spirit of the “Aggie Ring” tradition, in which alumni from A&M University maintain their strong Texan and school pride.

David Plunkert: Timberrrrr!

David Plunkert illustrated this promotional poster for Sawkill Lumber Company, which specializes in reclaimed lumber for architects, millwork shops and builders.

Karla Ortiz: The Walking-Stick Forest

Karla Ortiz created this breathtaking cover illustration for "The Walking-Stick Forest," published by Tor. com. The beautiful painting was also exhibited at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live earlier this month.

David Palumbo: Jekyll & Hyde

David Palumbo created this mesmerizing full page illustration of the crazed Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde for Scholastic's Scope Magazine.

Gary Kelley: Club Indigo

Gary Kelley recently completed an 8 foot by 10 foot mural for the Iowa African-American Museum in Cedar Rapids. He seems pleased with the results!

Tom Chitty: Zayfti Animation

Tom Chitty created the nifty 90 second animated video for Zayfti, a mobile application software system.  Tom handled the entire project from storyboarding to witty character design to actual animation.

Esther Loopstra: Keka Case

Esther Loopstra’s wide range of colorful phone and iPad covers are now available on line at Keka Case.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Judith Drews: Magnetic Dress-Up

Judith Drews illustrated Ava and Lucas, a pair of cute magnetic dress-up dolls, for Atelier Flora in Germany.  Buy both and double the wardrobe for each: Sweet!

James Yang: Puzzlehead

James Yang’s visually delightful children’s book, “Puzzlehead,” published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, is all about exploring the sometimes puzzling world to find out where you fit.  Order a copy from Bookstore.