Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ruth Rowland Illustration: Get a Grip



Ruth Rowland’s rock ‘n’ roll approach to hand lettering landed her another music gig, this time for a new single brought out by two era-defining bands, Simple Minds and The Stranglers, that got together to record a version of the 1977 punk classic, “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself).”
Created with a pen she made specifically to capture the raw energy and anarchism of Punk, Ruth hand lettered the single title and added it to distressed versions of the bands' iconic logos. It was then printed as a limited edition onto collectible 7" white vinyl in black and vibrant green. “I had some fun working on a range of options before this version was settled on,” says Ruth. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

JAMES YAMASAKI ILLUSTRATION: BATMAN FATIGUE

James Yamasaki’s illustration for Entertainment Weekly speaks to the oversaturation of Batman themes everywhere: movies, TV, games, even Legos. The image was recently chosen for inclusion in the American Illustration archive.

JASON SEILER ILLUSTRATION: MAN VS BULL

Jason Seiler takes the advice, “draw what you know” to dramatic lengths for this Las Vegas Weekly cover illustration. “Yeah, I happened to work well for what was needed and had no other models available,” says the mustachioed maestro.

PETE MCDONNELL ILLUSTRATION: MAN CAVES

Pete McDonnell ‘s illustrations for the luxe, hi-end publication Hong Kong Tatler accompanied an article about the "Man Cave," defined as a woman-free sanctuary for men where they can involve themselves in activities without interruption or responsibility.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

JOEY GUIDONE ILLUSTRATION: GRACE, RACE AND THE PCA

Joey Guidone’s illustrations for by Faith magazine tell the story of a denomination hungry for reconciliation.

ALEXEI VELLA ILLUSTRATION: CUBICLE REBELLION!

Alexei Vella’s indelible illustration for The Globe and Mail in Canada is a study in modern workplace despair.

ELVIS SWIFT ILLUSTRATION: NUANCE IN THE AGE OF YELP

Elvis Swift’s illustration for the Los Angeles Times accompanied an article about the finer points of writing a thoughtful theater review amid the digital disruption.

TAYLOR CALLERY ILLUSTRATION: BOND… JAMES BOND?

Taylor Callery riffed on the classic film opener for this illustration in The Hollywood Reporter about the future rights to the “James Bond” franchise and who will play Bond next.

SOLENE DEBIES ILLUSTRATION: LOSING IT

Solene Debies created upbeat illustrations for a book of tips and strategies for losing weight, published by Marie-France Editions.

CARLO GIAMBARRESI ILLUSTRATION: INTO THE BLIND SPOT

Carlo Giambarresi’s latest illustration for the Virginia Quarterly Review accompanied a story about a man who suddenly lost his sight in one eye after a freak basketball accident.

MEGAN PIONTKOWSKI ILLUSTRATION: WATERCOLOR WINE FOR WSJ

Megan Piontkowski's watercolor wine illustrations were livin’ it up on the pages of last week's Wall Street Journal “Mansion” section.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Stuart Bradford Illustration: Biometric Authentication



Stuart Bradford created a series of illustrations for the Wall Street Journal on Biometric Authentication, a way of establishing identity using the physical body instead of other more easily hackable methods like passwords, etc. Some of these are currently in use; others are in the research phase.

RUTH ROWLAND ILLUSTRATION: 75 AT 75

Ruth Rowland created casual-cool hand lettering for UK prince of pop Sir Cliff Richard’s 75th birthday album. Keep on Movin’ It, Cliff!

VALERIA PETRONE ILLUSTRATION: A BREATHTAKING PICNIC

Valeria Petrone’s illustrated “A Breathtaking Picnic,” a fun-packed interactive app from award-winning Elastico Srl that helps children discover that lives can be saved with a few simple steps. Available now on the AppStore and Googleplay!

DANIEL BAXTER ILLUSTRATION: TRUMPOPOLY

Daniel Baxter’s medium is the message, with this portrait illustration of Donald Trump drawn directly onto a Monopoly board: prime real estate for “The Donald's” larger-than-life personality.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Christine Marie Larsen Illustration: Amitav Ghosh



Christine Marie Larsen’s “Portrait Gallery” subject this week for The Seattle Review of Books is the dynamic and fascinating storyteller Amitav Ghosh.

KEN ORVIDAS ILLUSTRATION: DEPUTY IMAGINATION OFFICER

Ken Orvidas illustrated a feature story about unique office titles for Chase.com. The “Deputy Imagination Officer” actually exists in consulting and among other things, she develops article ideas and book proposals.

DAVID PLUNKERT ILLUSTRATION: THE FRAUD FIGHTERS

Dave Plunkert’s cover and two interior illustrations for Cornell Law School Forum accompanied a series of articles about alumni that are making a difference as whistleblowers.

ANDY WARD ILLUSTRATION: MODIFY WATCHES

Andy Ward’s second collection for Modify Watches, “Dia De Los Muertos,” has been released, just in time for Halloween. The company makes modular watches, so once the main face is purchased you can collect colored straps and mix and match the faces and straps in the blink of an eye.

SEAN TIFFANY: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS

Sean Tiffany shares his summer work for Sports Illustrated Kids’ super popular “What’s the Call” feature.

CARLO GIAMBARRESI ILLUSTRATION: GUN SAFETY

Carlo Giambarresi’s illustration for Johns Hopkins Health Review accompanied an article about a 1995 law in Connecticut that managed to reduce firearms related homicides.

VIC KULIHIN: HARVARD WILDERNESS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK

Vic Kulihin’s humorous line illustrations are featured in the Harvard Business School’s Alumni Wilderness Survival Handbook. Some of the topics covered on the interactive website are:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

John Tomac Illustration: Better Banking



John Tomac illustrated an article for Money Magazine analyzing the qualities that go into the Best Banks.

Jon Krause Illustration: Burdens



Jon Krause’s wistful illustrations for Experience Life magazine accompany an article on shouldering the burdens of the past.

Janet Allinger Illustration: GD USA Honors



Janet Allinger’s Tap Battle Poster has done it again! The artwork that earned her a Gold Addy Award earlier this year has now produced a win from Graphic Design USA.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

JASON SEILER ILLUSTRATION: EXAGGERATED FEATURES

Jason Seiler’s crazy portrait of Steven Tyler is on the cover of Exaggerated Features magazine this month. If not Jason, who? If not now, when? If not exaggerated, whaaaaat?

JOHN TOMAC ILLUSTRATION: GENERAL SCUM

John Tomac’s challenge from History Net and World War II Magazine was to illustrate their assessment of the worst general during the second Great War: Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner. Not a brilliant tactician on the battlefield, Schörner rose through the ranks anyway because he was fanatically loyal to the Nazi Party.

TAYLOR CALLERY ILLUSTRATION: METS V. DODGERS

Taylor Callery’s fastball illustration for The Hollywood Reporter provided a quick turnaround (and a little humor) to go with an article about Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers taking on the New York Mets.

YANA BEYLINSON ILLUSTRATION: HOME TEXTILES FOR FAB

Yana Beylinson’s refreshing floral illustration patterns are now available on a line of bed linens, to mix and match as you please, from FAB.com. More items to come- stay tuned!

SUDI MCCOLLUM ILLUSTRATION: SHAKER STYLE

Sudi McCollum illustrates in a range of graphic styles, one of which is inspired by American Shaker Folk Art. Her contemporary take on the Shaker style was commissioned by a catalog company for their American folk art-style product line.

MART KLEIN & MIRIAM MIGLIAZZI: ANGELS, DEVILS & ALIENS

Mart Klein & Miriam Migliazzi's latest illustrations for a series of Science Fiction book covers in Germany feature creatures from Heaven, Hell and Alien Planets.

CATHY HULL ILLUSTRATION: ARTS ON THE LAKE

Cathy Hull’s surreal, whimsical/historic artwork will be on display in the Arts on the Lake Fall Exhibition taking place at the Lake Carmel Arts Center in New York’s Hudson Valley during the month of October.

KYLE POLING ILLUSTRATION: GO-KARTS

Kyle Poling shares a peek at his latest kid friendly illustration project. Kyle’s cheerful, vector-based work has illustrated dozens of children’s books as well as toy and game designs, magazines, greeting cards, stickers and ads.

Monday, October 5, 2015

TAYLOR CALLERY ILLUSTRATION: CHALKIN’ IT UP

Taylor Callery created a 6' x 6' chalk drawing live and in person at the Madonnari Art Festival in Baltimore, MD’s Little Italy. The 3 day event with over 40 participating artist celebrated the 125th anniversary of their Columbus Celebration.

CHRIS GASH ILLUSTRATION: IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME

Chris Gash illustrated Steven Heller’s column for Print magazine this month, on the glory of dummy type, which is known as “Greeking” but actually is Latin. Lorem ipsum, Baby!

EDEL RODRIGUEZ ILLUSTRATION: HERE AND NOW

Edel Rodriguez’ stunning, graphic editorial illustration career is the subject of “Here and Now,” a one-man exhibition at Bronx Community College, running through the month of October 2015.

JOHN JAY CABUAY ILLUSTRATION: ONE ROOF

John Jay Cabuay’s section opener for the Washington Post Real Estate accompanied a feature on multi-generational living arrangements.

PETER ARKLE ILLUSTRATION: CADILLAC TAX

Peter Arkle’s Op-Ed illustration for The New York Times concerned the bipartisan drive in Washington to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax to be levied on super-expensive private health insurance plans. Not so fast, says the article…

MART KLEIN & MIRIAM MIGLIAZZI: PLAYBOY

Mart Klein & Miriam Migliazzi's latest illustrations in their “Editor Max Tries to Get Laid' series for the German edition of Playboy magazine features Max in Ascot, Kitzbühel, Pamplona and a Brazilian village populated by nothing but women.

Friday, October 2, 2015

LOU BROOKS ILLUSTRATION: THOM’S MARKET

Lou Brooks’ perky cowgirl illustration makes for jaw-dropping, fender-bending, 14 foot tall roadside signage at the unapologetically retro Thom’s Market in Austin, TX.