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Illustration Roundup!
illustration roundup #20
May 14, 2008
A fine selection of fresh elucidations brought to you from the cowpokes at the illoz ranch.


illustration thanks to: Richard Goldberg


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spots for stanford lawyer
posted by Greg Mably
client: David Armario Design
art director: Dennis McLeod

A series of spots dealing with the law &...intellectual property, education, crime, environment.

Power Players
posted by Joseph Fiedler
client: Hour Detroit Magazine
art director: Cassidy Zobl

Another QP for a feature about alternate energy sources for Detroit's Metro magazine.  Big news for automakers:  the "green" car is from a 1960 Matchbox catalog!

posted by A.Richard Allen
client: BusinessWeek
art director: Don Besom

A peach of a job- book review about how the beast that is Wall Street needs reining in. I did try submitting a few rodeo-themed roughs involving steers being lasso-ed just so that I could have a title image to stick up top here for Illustration Roundup but the big gorilla's the one that made it. Expertly AD-ed

Mysteries of the Turntable Explained
posted by Lou Brooks
client: Sound & Vision Magazine
art director: Jose Trujillo

When given the opportunity, I'm always prone to try and stop the readers from thumbing through, and to make them have to start reading! An all-out fun approach to another otherwise "dry-tech" assignment. Thanks once again to Jose and his editors at Sound & Vision for allowing me to do so. They even allowed me to rewrite the title!

Retirement Funds with Strong Roots
posted by Michael Sloan
client: Plansponsor
art director: SooJin Buzelli

This is my first assignment using my "Ewan MacLeish" style (I've been working on a portfolio of watercolor paintings using the pseudonym Ewan MacLeish). I've had the pleasure of working with SooJin several times before at Plansponsor.  For this assignment, much to my delight, she specifically asked me to create a painting using this style, which she saw in my Ewan MacLeish portfolio right here on illoz. The accompanying article was about the importance of investing in retirement funds with strong roots. I hope I get more assignments like this one; I really enjoy working this way.

Black Dog of Depression
posted by Scott Bakal
client: Minnesota Magazine
art director: Barbara Koster

For an article dealing with depression and medication.

airport healthclubs
posted by John Hersey
client: hemispheres magazine
art director: jody mustain

instead of wandering around looking for bad food to eat and playing on the moving walkway satisfy your workout addiction while waiting for your next flight

I Love NY
posted by Chris Lyons
client: Saatchi NY
art director: Shayne Millington

It was fun compressing NY State down to 10 inches. Nice art direction by Shayne keeping it relatively simple.

The Laptops Are Coming! The Laptops Are Coming!
posted by J.D. King
client: Rethinking Schools
art director: Patrick JB Flynn

This was for an article about the arrival of free laptops for all the kids in a poor school district, and how what seemed like a blessing turned out to be more of a curse.

LA TUNA: Escape From the Belly of the Beast
posted by Chang Park
client: Santa Fe Reporter
art director: Angela Moore

Cover art for the story covering one man's experience & struggle to be released from inside the federal treaty prison, La Tuna.

Get a crew cut and a punch in the face
posted by Joshua Gorchov
client: The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine
art director: Dorothy Yule

At Michael Onello's barber shop, there is a chair in one room, and a boxing ring in the other. "Iím the trainer. I tell you what to do and youíll do it. But there is nothing I will ask of a student that I canít do myself. If I asked you right now to give me 12 pull ups, I guarantee you that I would do 13. This conceptual portrait accompanies the story.

Aloha holidays
posted by Coco Masuda
client: Hawaiian Resources Company
art director: Lisa Okino

Just finished creating 10 images for Hawaiian Christmas cards.  I did 6 last year, all sold well, and they came back to me for some more.  Greeting card jobs don't pay well, but this job forced me to work on multiple images, and gave me more images to promote in the market.

To get into the Aloha groove working in New York City, I play A on iTune and eat pineapples.

If you want to see more of my Hawaiiana, see my portfolio. Mahalo!

I500: Large Cap Stocks
posted by Rob Dunlavey
client: Canadian Business
art director: Tim Davin

This was one of eighteen illustrations for the annual review of stocks by Canadian Business magazine. This illustration follows a tradition of using bulls in the Small, Mid and Large Cap index sections.

America Swings!
posted by Michael Doret
client: Taschen America L.L.C.
art director: Josh Baker

This is a cover I did for photographer Naomi Harris' chronicle of her 4 1/2 year long odyssey of swingin' America. None of the photography was "appropriate" for a cover so Taschen recruited me to create a sort of "Route 66" sign for this limited collectors edition book. My lovely wife Laura Smith helped me out a little with the illustration of the girl. A larger version can be seen in my Illoz covers gallery (#5).

Country Crooner Cy
posted by Rick Sealock
client: Rick Sealock
art director: Rick Sealock

Country Crooner Cy is just a good o'boy singing the sweet sweet serenades of Work & Life! Uppercase is once more brewing up a hell-bent for leather stampede by creating a Rawhide action book, this wild hombre is titled "Work/Life". Janine Vangool of Uppercase, infamous for her " The Shatner Show" Book, has a bucking bronco of a new project on the range showcasing the work and life of Canadian Illustrators. You see some of your old cowhand favorites in it plus a wagon load of raw new talent, green and just bursting at the seams to be the next rodeo stars of illustration. Let's Ride!

The Google Game
posted by Jim Paillot
client: School Library Journal
art director: Mark Tuchman

"The Google Game" is an article about an online search game that helps students learn how to search the web quickly and effectively. The students learn how to use less time and energy looking for the information they need.

posted by Hanoch Piven
client: Spin
art director: Devin Pedzwater

A great assignment to make a portrait of Keith Richards for Spin. Devin Pedzwater the AD took a very active role in suggesting elements to use and I thought he was right on with his suggestions! So 'together' we ended up with this piece.

Travel Art
posted by Ellen Weinstein
client: Naples Health Magazine

For a story on staying well while traveling.

Do you have a noisy computer?
posted by David Flaherty
client: SXmedialabs
art director: Chris Phillips

Well do ya?  I guess it can be fixed.  Take this guy for instance, he is clearly troubled no?  Yes.  I forget how you actually fix it.

They feel the blues
posted by Rafael Lopez
client: UTNE Reader
art director: Stephanie Glaros

I just did this quick illustration for UTNE reader for an article about how Native American writers relate very closely to Blues Music and it's lyrics. They approach their writings in a similar fashion.

posted by John S. Dykes
client: Milwaukee Magazine
art director: Anne Baesemann

Some assignments are fun.... and some are real fun. This is to go along with an article on adventurous eating - you know... grasshoppers on tostadas and medium-rare kangaroo loins... This concept arose while sketching various ideas. Anne Baesemann was great to work with. Medium: acrylic on the oldest, baddest plywood I could find.

Rochester International Jazz Festival 2008 Poster
posted by David Cowles
client: Rochester International Jazz Festival
art director: Self

Here's the poster I did for the Rochester Jazz Fest for this year. I'm psyched about Al Green coming!