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illustration roundup #29
December 17, 2009
It's the last roundup of 2009. The illoz gang will be back to shoot up the town next year. Until then Saddle up and RIDE.
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It wasn't the wrench in the library that did him in...
posted by Greg Newbold
client: Truth Against Tobacco
art director: Adam Fox- Love Communications

This is one of a series of three anti-tobacco ads spoofing the game "Clue".  Fun project to work on and a healthy cause as well.

Jade Man's Skin
posted by Robert Hunt
client: Random House
art director: David Stevenson

This cover is the second in a trilogy of fantasy books by Daniel Fox, a fantasy is set in a mythic  alternative feudal China. The first book was Dragon in Chains.

Sunny Side Up!
posted by Christopher Nielsen
client: Plansponsor
art director: SooJin Buzelli

Lookin' on the bright side. An article about optimism. 

posted by Gary Taxali
client: The Atlantic
art director: Jason Treat

 Here is an illustration I did for The Atlantic's Gallery section.  This illustration is entitled "Disinclination".


Wine In A Carton
posted by Greg Mably
client: Arrive Magazine
art director: Tamara Kopper

 An illustration to accompany an article discussing the advantages of wine that is packaged in a carton (Tetra-Pak). Cartons are becoming more popular and accepted as the economic benefits of shipping cartons - easier to pack, less fragile, as well as the environmental benefits - less costly to produce and recycle, are gradually usurping the tradtional appeal of glass bottles.

Dream street
posted by David Pintor
client: El malpensante magazine
art director: ----

Cover for extra number 100 of colombian cultural magazine "El malpensante"

Tech Losers
posted by mckibillo
client: Spectrum Magazine
art director: Mike Solita

 I really had fun with this one... a commission from Spectrum Magazine for their annual Tech Winners and Losers issue. I got to illustrate the Losers. This image is one out of five and is about a proposed screening technology the Dept. of Homeland Security wants to install in the nation's airports.

Watch Your Step
posted by Kyle T. Webster
client: Guide
art director: Brandon Reese


This was a really fun piece to draw for a story about a butterfly expedition. 

Hill training
posted by Rob Dunlavey
client: Runner's World
art director: Kory Kennedy

 This was a quick turn-around 1/3 page illustration for an old client. The subject was where in a run, was it best to tackle hills: beginning , middle or end. Thanks for the fun assignment Kory!

Explorium A Nature Classroom
posted by heidi younger
client: Middle Country Public Library
art director: Syntax Communications

 I was commissioned to create an illustrated informational "map" for the Library's new "Explorium" which is a "hands-on" nature classroom. The image will be use as a map, turned into posters, brochures, website etc... 

Kids will be able to place themselves in the area using the map to guide them. The 13 features includes such areas as a willow walk and a nature art center a water feature and more. I  think it's very commendable to get kids to interact with nature.
The Explorium is scheduled to be complete Spring of 2010.
See more, Read more :


Bad Mother
posted by Kim Rosen
client: The Atlantic
art director: Melissa Bluey

Sandra Tsing Loh reviews books about being a bad mother and reveals some of her own pitfalls as a parent

Indoor pollution
posted by David Flaherty
client: Consumer Reports

Image about indoor pollution.

Greeting card for a law firm in San Francisco
posted by Michael Sloan
client: David Makman

The art features a Kirin, which, according to the firm’s website, is “a mythical chimerical creature known throughout various East Asian cultures, and is said to appear in the presence of a wise person. It is a good omen that brings serenity or prosperity to those it visits”. Working on this project was such a pleasure that I’ve started working on a series devoted to mythical beats and monsters.

Berried Alive!
posted by J.D. King
client: The Wharton School Alumni Magazine
art director: Emily Aldrich

 This was for an article about office employees who can't escape their bosses, even at home, even at late hours, because of e-mail, cell phones and BlackBerries.

Program Guide Cover
posted by Ellen Weinstein
client: Nashville Symphony
art director: Becca Hadzor

Part of an ongoing series of Program Guide covers for the season.


posted by Peter + Maria Hoey
client: Forbes
art director: Bob Mansfield

 Google wants to own your mind. How bad is that?

DC Vertigo THE UNWRITTEN cover
posted by Yuko Shimizu
client: DC Comics Vertigo
art director: Pornsak Pichetshote

It is the 8th cover in the monthly graphic novel series The Unwritten. Usually, the covers are more serious and action packed, but this one (published in December) is a nice change with two cute kids reading bed-time stories.
Each cover has to be different from previous in terms of composition, color and ideas. It has been a great experience to work on this kind of project monthly. More to come next year. If you are interested in seeing previous covers, please check my website.

Pot smoking old people
posted by John Ueland
client: GQ Magazine
art director: Drue Wagner

Article on pot smoking parents. The images were of people you just wouldn't expect to see getting stoned... this one of Lil Wayne sparkin' up Dick Cheney's bong.

Moscow Snow Removal System
posted by Michael Byers
client: BusinessWeek
art director: Patty Alvarez

 Moscow is thinking that using the air force to seed snow clouds to force them to drop snow before it hits the city will be cheaper then the snow removal system they're currently using.

PANTALOON (aka: Carnival of Calories!)
posted by Steven Salerno
client: Random House publishers
art director: Roberta Ludlow

Back in 1951 the Little Golden Books classic, "PANTALOON" was published by Simon & Schuster... written by Kathryn Jackson and illustrated by the marvelous Leonard Weisgard. Random House now owns all the rights to all those Golden Books titles (remember, Poky Little Puppy and Saggy Baggy Elephant?).  

Well... PANTALOON is back, and I was given the wonderful opportunity to illustrate this classic and put my own spin on the new illustrations. It's the story of the obsessed poodle, Pantaloon, who will stop at nothing to become the Baker's new assistant... and get his hands on all those "delicious baked-and-iced things!" I had a great time with all these illustrations... with the visual elements of a dog, a baker, pastries and a bicycle, who wouldn't? Yesterday I received an advance copy of the final printed & bound book, and I must say so myself, it looks terrific... The book will hit the stores in spring 2010. The calorie count is high with this story... try not to eat too many chocolate eclairs when enjoying it! (I did a quick count of how many cookies, cakes, pies, breads, pastries, etc... I depicted throughout the book, including the cover, endpapers, etc...   about 490!)

Check out my web site and blog for more images from this upcoming new picture book for children.

Peonies - June/August
posted by Chris Lyons
art director: Chris Lyons

 Personal work. Can't seem to shake my love for Dutch Painting. And my recent obsession with the passing of time. Impending empty nest and other life changes get you thinking.

Connecting the Dots
posted by Joseph Fiedler
client: Tuft's University Medical Center
art director: Betsy Hayes

QP for feature about menories; where they come from and where they go.

Michael Slack's Dinosornatment. A Holiday Download
posted by Michael Slack
client: Painted Words

Nothing says" the holidays" like Dinosaurs and bicycles.  Festoon your tree, mantel, or rearview mirror with a Slackart cut and fold Dinosornament. Guaranteed to bring you and your loved ones at least fifteen minutes of crafty yuletide cheer.

A fun holiday download from me to you.

Happy Holidays!




New Series About Gay Marriage
posted by Zina Saunders

 I was dismayed earlier this month when the New York State Senate voted down the gay marriage bill, so I decided to interview and paint long-standing gay couples, both men and women, and ask them about their stories and their relationships and what marriage means to them. This is the first of the series "Love Stories". To read their interview, here's a link to the article on Drawger

Black Swan Days
posted by Gwenda Kaczor
client: Migrate magazine
art director: Roanna Williams

I was asked to contribute a piece to Migrate, the official magazine of The Loerie Awards in South Africa which rewards excellence in advertising, communication and design. Each issue and submitted work is based on a theme, this edition's concept was "Sign of the Times".


Environmental impact
posted by Robert Saunders
client: MIT/U.S. Geological Survey
art director: Peter Agoos

This is a brochure cover for a report by M.I.T. and US Geological Survey on the harmonizing of science, politics, and policy in natural resources management. The client prepares environmental advisors to coordinate, or "conduct" stakeholders with different environmental agendas to work in harmony with one another. For example, if an industrial facility is producing pollution in a water source needed to sustain a population, an M.I.T.-trained facilitator focuses the attention of those affected by the water (stakeholders), such as mothers, fishermen, farmers, big industry, and so on, on one shared vision, as though making music together.

posted by Tim O'Brien

A personal piece about survival.

From Drawger:

5 years ago I was sitting in a house in the mountains of Pennsylvania feeling quite low.  Outside the winter chill cut through the pines and sent ice crystals against the window I was peering out of.  Inside the family was occupied and staying warm.  It was a holiday visit to the mountains and this left me with idle time.  I don’t know how to deal with idle time.

At this point in my life, things were off kilter.  As a result my work was in a rut and though I had assignments, none were the kind I wanted and I wondered, looking out at the frosty scene, how I would get things right.

Inspiration is the only path I know of at times like these.  I had just been studying the paintings of William Johnson Heade.  I connected to the idea of images as ‘stages.’  One can direct the eye exactly where you wanted to no matter what the liner design was.  Seeing these works, I was pondering the idea of my own little presentations of birds and flowers.  Albert Bierstadt’s grand scenes have always inspired me and standing in front of one of these canvases, it can pull the breath out of your lungs and almost make you shield your eyes.  The crucial element that both Heade and Bierstadt utilize is deep darkness. 

 Staring out a window I drew a giraffe.  Why?  I have no idea but I must have been thinking of past successes, such as my elephant painting.  This giraffe was sketched on a piece of paper on a message pad.  We all know the feeling; when an idea is just born.  It felt good.

Slowly over that winter and year my doldrums lifted.  Many things factored into this change, some of it the energy I got out of teaching at the University of the Arts, some of it helpful shrink visits and most of it from leaning into life and looking forward. 

In the subsequent years I added this sketch to a sketchbook and added many more ideas.  The career took over again as it often does and I was again busy and fulfilled.  The sketchbook ideas give me a deep satisfaction and comfort but I’m starting to think of my unrealized sketches as false bullets.  I feel safe having them but they kind of make me a TV cowboy.  Shiny silver holster and a sure shot but not a real cowboy.  It’s time to get them out and risk having to reload.  I guess all artists have to do this.

 I started to produce this painting with research.  I love alleyways.  They are the stages I see all the time.  Subway rides from Brooklyn to Manhattan can sometimes give you unique views into these wonderful alleys between buildings.  These are often perfect frames for images.  I began photographing them and saving these references.  The Philadelphia zoo is a wonderful place to see animals up close.  The Bronx zoo keeps the visitors far from the action but the old Philadelphia Zoo gets you very close.  I shot many images of this particular giraffe with my class at the University of the Arts 3 years ago.  Still, I did not get the artwork right away.  The alleyways were good, but not what I was imagining.  I would just have to wait and shoot more.

Last spring I was out with my class at UArts for lunch.  It was raining and I was leaving a pizza joint and there it was, the lighting and alley that I was thinking of.  The wet ground made the light even longer in the alley and I knew this was it.  I shot the alley.  I had all the required elements.

This fall, on the heels of success with ‘Chuck Brown’ and perhaps feeling a bit of a TV Cowboy, I did a final sketch. 

This image is what I love to do besides portraits.  Lately I’ve been talking to my classes about the importance of working hard on parts of a painting that were NOT the idea.  A window in the corner, a downspout in the shadows are easily sketched in and forgotten but I practiced what I preach in this one.  There is equal attention all over this painting.

 Feeling low is part of being an artist I fear.  We ride waves of euphoria when we catch a wave of good work or success.  We crash off the board and sometimes just sit in the calm water waiting for the waves to come back.  Sometimes you have to be more proactive that waiting and actually get moving and find a wave.

posted by Randall Enos
client: Rethinking Schools
art director: Patrick JB Flynn

 Article about depriving schoolchildren of play time in favor of testing and evaluating.

Bedtime Ballyhoo
posted by Mike Moran
client: Nicki Granta Bosch

Children's book by Nicki Granta Bosch

Portrait of Struan
posted by Carl Wiens
client: CAPIC Double Vision

This portrait of photographer Struan was completed for the Double Vision show hosted by CAPIC, a Canadian association of photographers and illustrators. I worked with Struan in an outdoor setting, away from the studio, in order to focus on the regenerative and inspirational side of getting outside.

Hopelessly Lost In Someone Else's Account
posted by Christoph Hitz
client: The New York Times
art director: Fred Norgaard

You find my illustration for the "Haggler" written by David Segal every other week in the Business section of the New York Times. I love doing these kind of editorial assignments.

Grading Teachers
posted by James Steinberg
client: The Boston Globe
art director: Greg Klee

This is for the Globe's Ideas section on how we need to develop a system for evaluating the effectiveness of teachers.

Art for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts
posted by Edel Rodriguez
client: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
art director: Joe Hutchinson

These are photographs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts that took place over two nights at Madison Square Garden last month.  My painting was used on all of the merchandising and advertising for the event, in New York City and throughout the country, via print ads, billboards and online advertising.  The concerts were televised on HBO on November 29th.

December Cover for the ABA Journal
posted by Michael Doret
client: American Bar Association
art director: Debora Clark

Doing one of these "Annual 100" or "Best of" covers is always a bit challenging. So I was pleasantly surprised when the American Bar Association—what I would imagine would be a fairly conservative bunch—bought into my approach for this.

get your superhero on
posted by John Hersey
art director: jelani

its about as much fun as anyone who loves dressing up and riding bikes can have while doing great good for local nonprofilts in Marin County and beyond

Greetings From California...
posted by John S. Dykes
client: Barron's
art director: Pam Budz

Cover illo on California's financial dilemma.

Tragic Math Geek
posted by Graham Smith
client: ai5000
art director: SooJin Buzelli

Paul Willmott predicted imminent instititional financial collapse, and no one believed him. His opinion is the very mathimatical foundations taught at the MBA level are faulty and poorly understood. Paul Wilmott is the Quantitative Cassandra.

Its Chili out there!
posted by Rick Sealock
client: LV Weekly
art director: Ryan

 It might be chili outside but it's a burning ring of fire on the inside! Once more Las Vegas dishes up a LAVA HOT Smok'in Chili Competition. Pull up a chair and sweat the night away.

Baseball, New Hampshire, 2009
posted by Larry Ross
client: sketchbook

I did this in my sketchbook while watching a ballgame on TV in New Hampshire.

A Mexican Restaurant
posted by Cathleen Toelke
client: Tito's Tacos

Painting marking the 50th Anniversary of a Mexican restaurant.

Tito's Tacos is a casual local eatery in L.A. that's been owned and operated by the same family for 5 decades.  They commissioned this original, also using it to promote their milestone year in a variety of ways, including ads, posters, and a small run of prints to be framed and given to special customers.

The Lonely Firefly
posted by Andy Ward
client: Tookata People
art director: Andy Ward/George Moot

From an upcoming solo show of new and recent illustration for fashion at Atom Plastic, Milan.

Feet-soaking santa
posted by A.Richard Allen
client: The Times Newspaper (London)
art director: Jon Hill

Father Christmas has a well-earned break. A post-Xmas tv section cover with plenty of blank red space to accommodate type and headline.

Sue Their #@% Off
posted by Hal Mayforth
client: ai5000
art director: SooJin Buzelli

SooJin had seen some of my personal watercolors and asked me to illustrate this article on suits. It gave me the opportunity to step outside the world of little guys with big eyes and big noses.

posted by Dale Stephanos
client: Golf World
art director: Jennifer Cole

This was for Golf World's Newsmakers '09 issue. The forst of what would be a tidal wave of bad news for Tiger Woods.

Death of an Addict
posted by Jody Hewgill
client: Los Angeles magazine
art director: Steve Banks

 " Death of an Addict ", I think the title says it all !