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Illustration Roundup!
Illustration Roundup #2
March 1, 2007
New and notable illustration works from the past two weeks, from the good people here at illoz.

The next issue of illustration round up will wander in on March 15th.

Illustration by Laura Levine

Trying to Clear Absinthe's Reputation
posted by Scott Menchin
client: The NY Times
art director: Nick Kalish

A Dining Out section article on an old cocktail recipe for mixing champagne and absinthe called "Death in the Afternoon" . The drink dates back to Hemingway. The article goes into the history of Absinthe

oscar night benefit
posted by James O'Brien
client: city pages
art director: jane sherman

This is for a local benefit for the Minnesota AIDS project, an Oscar night benefit at the State Theater in Minneapolis. Attendees enjoy appetizers and desserts from local restaurants while watching the awards ceremony live on the big screen.

King of the Blurbs
posted by Zach Trenholm
client: Los Angeles Times
art director: Kirk Christ

Larry King apparently has never seen a film he doesn't like...

Printed a bit dark alas---gotta remember to keep my color percentages free of black where some papers are concerned....

Came with plenty of latitude (thanks Kirk!) & ran on the 13th of Feb.

Not Just For The Big Guys
posted by Joseph Fiedler
client: Business Week Magazine
art director: Vera Naughton

BW is often a tough solve.  Here’s the brief, all I had to go on.

” Private equity funds run by the likes of Thomas Lee and Henry Kravis have been among the most profitable investments over the past two decades, though mainly restricted to university foundations, pension funds and the superrich. More recently, some Wall Street firms have opened funds (really fund of funds) for the not-quite-so-super-rich. But there are several big caveats for new investors: private equity returns are likely to be lower in the future, new funds may not have access to the best performing PE funds and PE returns may not provide the benefit of diversification that some proponents claim.” 

What!?? I tried to avoid a “little people” picture providing bird metaphors  instead of humans but threw in a people sketch as a CYA measure.  Naturally they picked it.  It went without a hitch though and I like it! It’s totally handmade, nothing digital except the scan. The headline was based on the art image.

Is Leadership Teachable?
posted by Robert Saunders
client: Pitney-Bowes
art director: Barbara Chilenskas

Here's an opener for a spread in Priority, a  Pitney-Bowes magazine art-directed by Barbara. The article is on the topic of leadership, its different permutations, and whether it can be taught to executives who need improvement. Barbara found my portfolio here on illoz. She has a great sense of humor, and is skilled at guiding a project through the editorial shoals. We both enjoyed the collaboration.

Sugar Rush
posted by Hanoch Piven
client: The Guardian
art director: Richard Turley

Richard called me on Tuesday needing a British lad made out of sweets and fruits for wednesday. As the sketches evolved, in the next hours, he came up with the idea of writing the headline with candy. I had bought just the greatest candies a couple of months earlier in Brazil. We shot them with my photographer Cristina Reche using with back light and thought the combination of image and type came up beautiful.
It was a really fast and enjoyable job due to the good process we have had.

It ran on 2/15/2007

Why Schumer Slept
posted by Roberto Parada
client: The Village Voice
art director: Ted Keller

This was done for the cover. The story explores why Senator Chuck Schumer of New York remained so silent about the toxic health effects of ground zero and all who have become ill from it.

Silver Medal at Society of Illustrators 49
posted by Michael Sloan

My self-published graphic novel, The Heresy of Profesor Nimbus, received a silver medal in the sequential category of the Society of Illustrators 49th Annual Exhibition. My family and I went to the awards ceremony in NYC last month, which was quite a thrill for all of us. I'm very honored by this award, and am already planning the third book in the series.

You can learn more about my books and artwork featuring Professor NImbus here.

Tug of War group show in DC opens March 3
posted by Laura Levine

March 3 – April 7, 2007
Opening Reception - Saturday, March 3, 2007, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
202 234 5601

see the show online here:
or here:


participating artists:
Ana Bagayan
Glenn Barr
Gary Baseman
Tim Biskup
Scott G. Brooks
Daniel Martin Diaz
Bob Dob
P-Jay Fidler
Tony Fitzpatrick
Jason Houchen
Yumiko Kayukawa
Laura Levine
Chris Mars
Elizabeth McGrath
Scott Musgrove
Nathan Ota
Daniel Peacock
Corey Sandelius
Joe Sorren
SHAG aka Josh Agle
Yoko Tanaka
Gary Taxali

+ Sunday, March 4, 3 - 5pm,
La Luz de Jesus Press/BSFA Book signing
with Glenn Barr, Bob Dob, Elizabeth McGrath & SHAG
Scott G. Brooks will sign the poster from the show.
Please call (202) 234-5601 to order a personalized book.

Artists who will attend the reception (as of this release): Ana
Bagayan, Glenn Barr, Gary Baseman, Scott G. Brooks, Bob Dob, TonyFitzpatrick, Jason Houchen, Elizabeth McGrath, Nathan
Ota, Corey Sandelius, SHAG aka Josh Agle as well as Billy Shire and Annie Adjchavanich.

The Feminists Mistake
posted by Christopher Silas Neal
client: Cookie Magazine
art director: Alex Grossman

This writer argues that the feminists' perspective has softened to the idea of a domesticated woman which has back fired and stunted efforts to create gender equality in society. I'm not sure I agree with everything in the article but, it's interesting nonetheless.

Metrocafe Products
posted by BOBBERTOLINI Staake
client: Fox Run Craftsmen
art director: Bob Staake

A little different project for me, and three years later, can FINALLY see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel! I was asked by Fox Run Craftsmen of Philadelphia to create a line of coffee and tea products and to design the packaging as well. A very interesting project and got me thinking on 3-d levels rather than the usual 2-d ones. The product line comes out in the US and Canada in the spring of 2007.

More images at

Limited Edition Shirt
posted by Joshua Gorchov
client: CNET Networks
art director: Karen Wood

CNET Networks commissioned an original painting for their collection, which was also used for a limited edition shirt.

posted by J.D. King
client: The New York Times
art director: Virginia Cahill

The latest in filing systems.