Friday, July 31, 2015

ORLANDO AROCENA ILLUSTRATION: THE OMEN

Orlando Arocena’s vector illustration style combines with his love of both classic and contemporary films to create this awesome poster tribute to the terrifying 1976 movie, The Omen.

KOTRYNA ZUKAUSKAITE ILLUSTRATION: ORGANIZATION

Kotryna Zukauskaite’s illustration for McKinsey Quarterly accompanied an article on getting organizational redesign rights.

YEHRIN TONG ILLUSTRATION: MERMAID

Yehrin Tong gets her mermaid on with a mesmerizing repeat print… because Friday!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CHRIS WHETZEL ILLUSTRATION: TAMING THE BEAST

Chris Whetzel’s recent assignment for a financial publication accompanied an article predicting that wild investment markets are finally calming down… Now, now- who’s a good monster?

JIM TSINGANOS ILLUSTRATION: KEEP SAVING

Jim Tsinganos’ illustration for Money Magazine ran with an article about increasing savings of retirees.

SUDI MCCOLLUM ILLUSTRATION: BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU

Sudi McCollum was commissioned by the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, CA to create a poster promoting an exclusive wine tasting event, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

RICHARD MIA ILLUSTRATION: IT’S GOOD TO BE KING

Richard Mia’s illustration for Notre Dame Magazine accompanied an article on income inequality.

DAVID PLUNKERT ILLUSTRATION: WSJ EUROPE

David Plunkert whisks us off to the continent with this series of illustrations about wine that appeared in the weekly “Food & Drink” section of The Wall Street Journal’s European edition.

WESLEY BEDROSIAN ILLUSTRATION: DOOMSDAY

Wesley Bedrosian’s illustration for page one of The Boston Globe Business section uses a classic arcade claw to convey the anxiety of losing jobs to technology.

GRAHAM SMITH ILLUSTRATION: RANDY JOHNSON PORTRAIT

Graham Smith illustrated a portrait of Randy Johnson for the cover of The Phoenix New Times this month in honor of Randy "Big Unit" Johnson’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DAVIDE BONAZZI ILLUSTRATION: ETTORE MESSINA

Davide Bonazzi’s full page illustration for the Italian edition of NBA Magazine is an oh-so-American, Wild West portrait of Ettore Messina, assistant coach of San Antonio Spurs.

JAMES FRYER ILLUSTRATION: LIFE AFTER LOSS

James Fryer’s sensitive illustration accompanied an opinion piece for the Times Higher Education magazine describing the sudden death of a husband, and its impact on his widow. She had to develop a “new normal” to manage the demands of her academic work, while also looking after her children.

KEN ORVIDAS ILLUSTRATION: HELP!

Ken Orvidas incorporated subtle calligraphy into this illustration for California Real Estate Magazine which accompanied an article bemoaning the state’s ongoing (and growing) transportation problems.

ANNI BETTS ILLUSTRATION: F IS FOR FOX

Anni Betts continues her illustrated Alphabet Animal series with F is for Fox Waving a Flag. “It’s always Fun drawing Foxes,” says Anni. “I hope he brings a smile to your Face…and have an F-is-For-Fantastic day!” View & purchase prints of the series in progress here.

ANNA SUTOR ILLUSTRATION: APERITIVO ILLUSTRATO

Anna Sutor’s line drawing of Venice makes a beautiful opening flyleaf illustration for Aperitivo Illustrato, an international photography and contemporary art magazine distributed at art fairs and bookstores worldwide.

MARILENA PERILLI ILLUSTRATION: TOTALLY COOL

Marilena Perilli’s frisky illustrations for Creative Age Publications’ Nail Pro magazine cheerfully demonstrate that beauty is NOT just skin deep!

ELLEN BYRNE ILLUSTRATION: SWEET CITY

Ellen Byrne was commissioned to create this fond farewell portrait of Manhattan, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park, for a couple who had to move from the city.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MARCO MELGRATI ILLUSTRATION: VARIETY

Marco Melgrati’s clean, conceptual illustration style is a favorite at Variety magazine lately. Two recent assignments include an article on the complex subtext of Emmy Award nomination snubs…

DAVID PLUNKERT ILLUSTRATION: LAWYERS LEAD

David Plunkert’s cover and interior illustrations for Stanford Lawyer magazine accompanied a feature on lawyers who choose to go into public service by using their skills to lead non-profit organizations.

YAO XIAO ILLUSTRATION: HARASSMENT

Yao Xiao’s narrative illustrations for BuzzFeed explore how strangers harass lesbians on the street.

KYLE HILTON ILLUSTRATION: LITERARY PAPER DOLLS

Kyle Hilton’s latest project for Chronicle Books is here: “Literary Paper Dolls.” William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and more come to life in Kyle's playful hilariously deadpan illustrations, accompanied by bookish trivia and scholarly accoutrements. Order it now in Theispot.com Bookstore!

DALE STEPHANOS: PRINT MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATOR OF THE WEEK

Dale Stephanos is featured as “Illustrator of the Week” in the Design Inspiration blog on the homepage of Print Magazine.

RUTH ROWLAND ILLUSTRATION: BACK TO BASICS

Ruth Rowland’s free-range hand lettering style was once more requested by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman for his first solo album since 1982, Back to Basics. Having developed Wyman’s website logo previously, Ruth was delighted to be asked back!

KEVIN SPROULS ILLUSTRATION: LOUNGING AROUND

Kevin Sprouls provided a series of color spot illustrations for Conde Nast Traveler magazine, to accompany a reader survey on Airport Domestic Lounges. Kevin illustrated select opinions on various perks offered by competing airlines.

BRUCIE ROSCH ILLUSTRATION: HELPING MANY

Brucie Rosch’s illustration for the San Diego Union-Tribune accompanied a feature on the admirable work being done at the City Heights Wellness Center.

PAUL GARLAND ILLUSTRATION: MR. MEME

Paul Garland’s perky illustration for Baltimore Magazine accompanied a reflective article on Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, as the website reaches its 10th anniversary.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Richard Borge Illustration: Slow Thinking Wins



Richard Borge’s illustration for the Boston Globe yesterday accompanied "The Power of Slow Thinking," an article arguing for the wise, controlled energy of a slow thinker, rather than the automatic, reactive energy of a fast thinker.

Randy Glass Illustration: Smithsonian Museum



Randy Glass was commissioned by the Smithsonian Museum of American History to illustrate a series of portraits for their new permanent exhibit, “American Enterprise,” which opened to the public on July 1st.

Randy’s pen & ink portraits are featured on the entry walls for each of the four major eras in American business history chronicled (Merchant, Corporate, Consumer, Global), as well as the accompanying website and companion book, American Enterprise: A History of Business in America.

Tran Nguyan Illustration: The Fall of Pompeii


Tran Nguyen’s beautiful cover illustration for the Jully/August issue of Smithsonian Magazine accompanies a feature about the unfortunate conditions faced by the archaeological prize, Pompeii, and the rise in fame of its less significant counterpart, Herculaneum.

CHRIS GASH ILLUSTRATION: COOKIN’!

Chris Gash’s illustrative enthusiasm occasionally overheats, but is never half-baked!

VALERIA PETRONE ILLUSTRATION: NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Valeria Petrone’s multi-level illustration for the New York Times Sunday Book Review section accompanies a critique of “Imperium,” a novel about extreme faith and veganism, set in the South Sea Islands.

DANIEL BUENO ILLUSTRATION: SCIENCE TODAY KIDS

Daniel Bueno’s upcoming cover illustration for the Brazilian magazine Ciência Hoje das Crianças (Science Today Kids) will feature his depiction of the hyper-crowded, low income urban communities in that country known as "favelas".

STEVEN SALERNO ILLUSTRATION: THE FANTASTIC FERRIS WHEEL

Steven Salerno's latest children's book illustration project recently garnered STARRED reviews from both Kirkus Reviewsand the School Library Journal. "The Fantastic Ferris Wheel," out this fall from Henry Holt & Co, tells the true life story of George Ferris, inventor of the first giant observation wheel, constructed in 1893 for the World's Fair in Chicago.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Greg Clarke Illustration: Peppermill



Greg Clarke puts a new spin on spice with this illustrated pepper grinder for Fred & Friends. Four figures, alternating heads and bodies, mix and match with merry abandon as you add flavor to your food and fun to your table!

Laura Watson Illustration: Baby Animals



Laura Watson was asked by Chirp Magazine to create some cute illustrations for a spread in their “Baby Animals” issue. The illustrations accompanied two puzzles: one challenged kids to count the eggs in the nests of various birds, and the other asked them to put the life stages of frogs, butterflies and dogs in order.

Chris Gash Illustration: Ricochet



Chris Gash’s illustration for Golf Digest accompanied an article about “bunker lip ricochet” …and thanks to Chris, we now understand what the heck that is!

Chuck Gonzales Illustration: YogaFart!


Chuck Gonzales’ illustration conveys yet another excruciating moment of teenage mortification for Tiger Beat magazine.

BENEDETTO CRISTOFANI ILLUSTRATION: THIN ICE

Benedetto Cristofani’s latest editorial illustration shows how offhand comments can put the speaker on thin ice.

DAVID PLUNKERT ILLUSTRATION: DOUBLE STING

David Plunkert’s illustration for The New Yorker accompanies an article about the power struggle between Russia’s rival security agencies.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BRYAN CHRISTIE: IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD

Bryan Christie’s work from 2012 to the present is the subject of, In the Body of the World, an 80 page full color catalogue. Bryan’s beautifully mysterious scientific illustrations are represented, as well as works in encaustic on paper, silk and wood.

KYLE POLING ILLUSTRATION: TAKE CARE!

Kyle Poling’s sweet illustrations were commissioned by Quaracore Creative Agency for a grade K - 3 “Discovering Activity Book.” Fun exercises help kids learn the responsibility of taking care of themselves and others, and to do their very best.

JON KRAUSE ILLUSTRATION: FAMILY FARM

Jon Krause illustrated the cover of Farm Futures magazine, which featured the story of a woman who returned home, to her family farm.

DAVOR PAVELIC ILLUSTRATION: GETTING THERE!

Davor Pavelic’s illustration for Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera makes a festive header for a feature on gay weddings.

RYAN SNOOK ILLUSTRATION: ADHD

Ryan Snook’s recent illustration about ADHD for Kids’ Health magazine visualizes the dissonant clutter these children cope with every day.

DAVIDE BONAZZI ILLUSTRATION: RELAX & UNWIND

Davide Bonazzi’s two illustrations for O, The Oprah Magazine accompany an article describing five things that will help even the most tightly wound woman relax.

COCO MASUDA ILLUSTRATION: SOMEONE CARES

Coco Masuda’s illustrations for the Guideposts magazine feature, “Someone Cares- Pass It On” accompany an article that tells stories of people sharing kindness, helping those in need and developing deeper connections with God and the people in their community.

NIKLAS ASKER ILLUSTRATION: COWBOY CULTURE

Niklas Asker brings a bit of Wild West drama to the sedate world of insurance sales with a full page illustration for the June issue of Leader's Edge Magazine.

PAUL GARLAND ILLUSTRATION: SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW

Paul Garland’s illustration for the New York Times Sunday Book Review section accompanied a critique of “How Music Got Free,” which traces the decline of the lucrative music industry at the hands of file-sharing technology.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ANNA SUTOR ILLUSTRATION: TUK MUSIC

Anna Sutor designed and illustrated a new CD, just launched at the Umbria Jazz Festival, in celebration of globally famous trumpet player Paolo Fresu's label, Tuk Music, and featuring Raffaele Casarano.

CATHI MINGUS ILLUSTRATION: ALL TOGETHER NOW

Cathi Mingus shares her most recent book cover illustration for the cute tween series, "Picture Perfect," due out from HarperCollins in early 2016. This one is about best friends, vacations and annoying brothers…