Monday, December 29, 2014

Stephen Barnwell: Oneirognosis

Stephen Barnwell has written and lavishly illustrated Oneirognosis, a book designed to look like a 17th century alchemical folio. Filled with poetry and lyrical prose, it is a deep dive into an exploration not only of dreams, but of perception, reality, and the spiritual and material world.

Davide Bonazzi: Thawing Relations

Davide Bonazzi illustrates the thaw in diplomatic relations between USA and Cuba after 53 years of embargo for French artzine Picturalis.

NYT Notable Opinion Art of 2014

The New York Times “Opinion” section commissions about 1,400 original illustrations, animations and comics per year from a diverse pool of artists. Choosing the top 20 for 2014 wasn’t easy, but we are proud that three members of Theispot.com made their list.
Chris Gash: Why Can’t Doctors Identify Killers?

Peter Crowther: One Year, Ten Stories

Peter Crowther illustrated the year end cover for Nature, The International Weekly Journal of Science, reviewing the achievements of 2014.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Larry Jones: Merry and Bright

Larry Jones sends warmest wishes for days that are merry and bright!

Pete Ryan: Bubbly

Pete Ryan illustrates a full page of effervescent percentages for an article in Research Magazine about celebrating Municipal Bonds.

Jean Tuttle: Cheers!

Jean Tuttle’s lush layers of illustrated goodness wish you the Joys of the Season.

Michael Waraksa: Guilt-Prone

Michael Waraksa illustrates how the guilt-prone can hold back the team for the New York Times Business section.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ruth Rowland: Deck the Halls

Ruth Rowland was commissioned to decorate the cover of Country Living Magazine with hand lettered holiday abandon. Traditional rural imagery and cursive script were the inspiration for this festive piece.

James Yang: The Known Unknown

James Yang’s illustration for Notre Dame’s alumni magazine accompanied a list of 10 things we know we DON’T know, mostly relating to science and outer space.

Alexei Vella: Food + Health

Alexei Vella’s illustrations for Mother Jones’ “Food + Health” feature dispel the health mythology behind fitness apps and diet soda.

Dennis Wunsch: Shine a Light

Dennis Wunsch  created this illustration for December's Scotsman Guide Commercial Edition to accompany an article about how investors are searching everywhere for new commercial opportunities.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Marilena Perilli: More Dora!

Marilena Perilli has illustrated “The Princess and the Ring,” another in the popular “Dora and Friends” series for Golden Books and Nickelodeon.

Pietari Posti: Happy Holidays!

Pietari Posti maintains a delicate balance this holiday season…

Graham Smith: Officer Friendly

Graham Smith illustrated the inevitable cover story for Phoenix New Times about police brutality against an unarmed black man. Graham shifted impact subtly with three different colorways based on the same charcoal drawing.

Dennis Wunsch: Forging Ahead With Millennials

Dennis Wunsch's full page illustration for December's Scotsman Guide Commercial Edition accompanies an article about the different path that mortgage professionals may be required to take when working with the millennial generation.

Paul Garland: Happy Holidays

Paul Garland keeps it creative and colorful this holiday season.

Vince McIndoe: Over Here, Santa!

Vince McIndoe illustrates a Santa Claus devoted to locating each and every one of us, both naughty and nice…

Roy Scott: Humbug!

Roy Scott mashes up the holiday in a curmudgeonly way.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pete Ryan: Mystery Dinosaur

Pete Ryan’s illustrations for Canadian Wildlife accompanied an article about Deinocheirus mirificus, a dinosaur discovered in 1965 that remained a mystery for 50 years. All that was found were the massive and terrifying arms and hands - the rest was a total unknown.

Jerome Studer: Yellow Submarine

Jerome Studer’s illustration is proof positive that the bathroom can be the most fun corner of the house!

Reed Sprunger: Hidden Blessings

Reed Sprunger's luminous illustration for Guideposts Angels on Earth magazine accompanies a story about the hobby of “Letterboxing,” a sort of inspirational treasure hunt.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Laura Watson: Best of the Season!

Laura Watson Illustration and her band of Woodland Friends wish you very Merry Holidays from the forest!

Reed Sprunger: Build-a-Bear

Reed Sprunger spent the months of June and July like a busy elf in the off-season, illustrating a holiday app, “Santa’s Merry Mission,” for Build-a-Bear Workshops. Download the app free in the iTunes store, be be forewarned: you will totally want to build at least one bear by the end of play!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Edel Rodriguez: Sunday Times Book Review

Edel Rodriguez created a simple, powerful image to illustrate a review of “Fields of Blood,” a book about faith, politics and violence in the Middle East, for the New York Times.

Tom Chitty: Phone Home?

Tom Chitty’s time travel cartoon for this week’s issue of The New Yorker is captioned, “You’re a demanding little chap. The nearest telephone is in the next century.”

Eva Vazquez: Books of the Year

Eva Vazquez illustrated the “Books of the Year” special section for The Wall Street Journal.

Dennis Wunsch: Crowdfunding

Dennis Wunsch's illustration for the December Scotsman Guide Commercial Edition accompanies an article showing mortgage brokers and bankers how originators can benefit from the speed, transparency and reach of online peer-to-peer lending.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Orlando Arocena: Breaking Bad Santa

Orlando Arocena was commissioned by SHORTLIST Magazine to illustrate a Holiday “Breaking Bad” parody. Scroll down for a timelapse view of how he built the vector…

Barbara Hranilovich: The Red Dress

Barbara Hranilovich shares a preview of her exhibition coming up in February that will include the Red Dress series of paintings.  “I wanted to explore a woman’s relationship with herself and the world around her through her simple interaction with a dress,” explains Barbara.

Urs J. Knobel: Amal and George

Urs J. Knobel illustrated a double caricature of Amal and George Clooney for VIC-Newsletter.

John Tomac: Ethics & Business

John Tomac’s illustration for the Swarthmore College Bulletin takes us to the small, sunny place where ethics and business intersect.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chris Gash: C.I.A. Torture

Chris Gash illustrated the New York Times Letters section, featuring reactions to news of the C.I.A. revealing the extent of U.S. torture.

John S. Dykes: A Dream, Realized?

John S. Dykes was commissioned by American University to illustrate a series of illustrations commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  John created a cover plus three and a half spreads in a sketchbook style, utilizing portraits, spots, and hand lettering to provide an overview of major moments in our country’s history.

Pete Ryan: Location, Location, Location

Pete Ryan nails it with this illustration for BC Business magazine’s article about getting your companies location exactly right.

Jason Seiler: TIME Magazine

Jason Seiler was commissioned for the second year running to participate in Time Magazine's Person of the Year selection. This year Jason illustrated a searing portrait of Massoud Barzani, who was chosen as a runner up to the Ebola Fighters.

Kirk Manley: Walker Stalker Posters

Kirk Manley was commissioned to illustrate the official Walker Stalker New York/New Jersey Convention posters. The show two-day event is a celebration of the entertainment phenomenon that is “The Walking Dead,” featuring exhibitors, artist, actors, producers and fans of the TV show and comic book.

Molly Jacques: Wakeup Call

Molly Jacques' hand lettered a series of tough-love #Rockism teasers for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new motivational TV show, Wakeup Call, premiering on TNT network.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Esther Loopstra: Happy Holidays

Esther Loopstra wishes all of us a warm Holiday Season and successful New Year!

Diana Marye Huff: Isabella’s Big Bow

Diana Marye Huff’s next children’s book, Isabella’s Big Bow, is all about a little girl who can’t resist tying one onto everything she sees: kittens, paintings, bumblebees… Diana’s jazzy, humorous illustrations keep her lighthearted story buzzing along.

Liz Lomax: Welcome, Royals!

Liz Lomax sculpts a great big New York City Hello for Wills and Kate this week! Now where did I leave my tiara…?

Anna + Elena Balbusso: Father Christmas

Anna + Elena Balbusso’s latest dreamy illustration for Tor.com accompanies the story, “Father Christmas: A Wonder Tale of the North.”

Daniel Hertzberg: The Future of Everything

Daniel Hertzberg was commissioned by the Wall Street Journal to illustrate “The Future of Everything,” a special section that explains where we’re heading and how we’ll get there. No pressure!

Gary Hovland: Battle of the MegaMansion

Gary Hovlands illustration of the Great Southern California Megamansion was planted firmly on page one of The New York Times “Sunday Styles” section.

Taylor Callery: December Update

Taylor Callery’s illustration for The Atlantic accompanies an article about a man wrongfully imprisoned and the lasting consequences caused by the mishandling of his case by the Supreme Court.

Dennis Wunsch: Four Trends

Dennis Wunsch created this feature illustration for the December Scotsman Guide Residential Edition to accompany an article about what lies ahead in 2015 for the mortgage industry.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Roy Scott: Software and Cigarettes

Roy Scott was commissioned by The Society of Human Resource Management's HR Magazine to illustrate a feature on “Evaluating Custom HR Software Programs.”

Doug Panton: Creative Quarterly Winner

Doug Panton’s artwork is a consistent cross-category winner in Creative Quarterly’s competitions.
“L'Ephemera” was awarded Fine Art winner in CQ37:

Adam Niklewicz: Outlook for Oil

Adam Niklewicz illustrated an article on the impact of falling oil prices on U.S. refining companies for The Wall Street Journal.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Nell Pierce: Blue Moon over Wichita

Nell Pierce provided the lush painterly settings in a series of illustrations for Blue Moon Brewing Company’s regional advertising campaign.  Her first landscape places the viewer at a riverside table with a cold Blue Moon beer, overlooking the city of Wichita, Kansas.