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illustration roundup #30
February 16, 2010
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posted by David Pintor
client: Leer magazine

Illustration for the spanish cultural magazine LEER. Winter books...

The Year in Arts
posted by Robert Neubecker
client: Hartford Courant
art director: Elizabeth Zuhl

 Cover for Arts section, year end, 2009

posted by Joseph Fiedler
client: The Los Angeles Times
art director: Paul Gonzales

Book review of Michael Chabon's new auto-biographical collection Manhood fro Amateurs.

Construction Nukes?
posted by Christopher Nielsen
client: The Boston Globe
art director: Greg Klee

 For an article about how they attempted to package nukes to us as innovations in contruction and development.

Obama: Trial By Fire
posted by Robert Hunt
client: The New Republic
art director: Christine Carr/ Joe Heroun

Cover of New Republic, President Obama faces the trials of his second year in office.

We Will Rock You.
posted by Yuko Shimizu
client: ESPN the Magazine
art director: Siung Tjia, Lou Vega

Portrait of Freddie Mercury. Band Queen's song: We Will Rock You has made the top of American stadium anthem list. I have been a huge fan of Queen ever since I was in elementary school. This assignment was a dream come true.
You can see the creative process here.

Our Atlantis
posted by Michael Byers
client: Family Circle Magazine
art director: Karmen Lizzul

 This images was the opening image for Family Circle's Fiction contest winner. The story was called "Our Atlantis" and was about a woman remembering a time in her life when her and her friends were friends and life was great.

Evening's Empire
posted by J.D. King
client: NYT Book Review
art director: Nicholas Blechman

For a novel about the death of a rock band and of the rock era.

Making Ideas Stick
posted by Greg Mably
client: Alberta Venture
art director: Lindsay Maclachlan

A full page and spot for a feature about meetings and conventions.

Karen's Bakery Mural
posted by Richard Downs
client: Karen Holmes

This Illustration was converted to a giant decal and applied to a window on the bakers side of the building. It was designed to allow children to peer into the viewmaster and watch the bakers work their magic. The bakery is located in Folsom, Ca at the beginning of the American River bike path so bicycling played an important role in the art.


The Best Places to Propose in Westchester County
posted by Brandon Reese
client: Westchester Magazine
art director: Aiko Masazumi

The article is a list of the best places to propose in Westchester County, NY. I chose to go with Playland. Fun Fact- Did you know that the 1988 Tom Hanks movie 'Big' was filmed at Playland in Westchester County?

Eric Rohmer has Passed Away
posted by Kyle T. Webster
client: The New Yorker
art director: Max Bode

A portrait of the late, great French filmmaker, artist, writer, and teacher Eric Rohmer. 

New York Times Op Ed
posted by Zina Saunders
client: The New York Times
art director: Aviva Michaelov

Fifty years ago, four African American college students changed the world by sitting down at an all-white Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. They became known as the Greensboro Four, and their brave and pivotal act sparked student sit-ins all across the South.

I did this piece to accompany the Op Ed piece commemorating the anniversary in the NY Times.

The Dime Store Floor
posted by Yvetta Fedorova
client: The New Yorker
art director: Max Bode

 The story was  about childhood memories of certain smells. 

Michael Douglas/ On My Bookshelf
posted by Zach Trenholm
client: AARP Magazine
art director: Joanna Foucheux

As a designated itty-bitty caricature go-to-guy the past few years (I'm totally primed for print media's eventual move to the iPhone, iPad :-) ), AARP is another fine publication that has been using me regularly to embellish their book page ---a page without a whole lot of room. My spare approach has been useful in keeping things eye-catching as well as discernible.....


Annual Report Cover
posted by Chris Lyons
client: Canandaigua National Bank
art director: Tim Downs, Chuck Bennett - Martino-Flynn

 Annual Report Cover (They still happen every once in a while!) for a local bank. It's their signature clock out front. Designed so that I can change the trees and sky as the seasons roll around.

Panera Bread
posted by Gwenda Kaczor
client: Mitre Agency
art director: Troy Tyner

 This is one piece in a series of three images for Panera Bread Company - my take on 'bread and lifestyle'.

posted by Randall Enos
client: The Hartford Courant
art director: Chris Moore

 Article about the predictions for the new year by some Connecticut Astrologers.

Too much consumption!
posted by Nigel Buchanan
client: The Australia Project

Three recent attendees at Fabrica in Italy have started the Australia Project. The brief was to make a statement about the modern Australian culture. There have been some alarming recent stats about the size of new houses and their occupants and we all know the dire predictions if we don't modify our consumption. This kid is the embodiment of too much of everything. I tried to reference the crazily optimistic babies in Chinese propaganda posters of the 50s and 60s

Project for OCC (Orange County Choppers? -nope, The Options Clearing House
posted by Steven Salerno
client: O'Connor Design
art director: James O'Connor


I recently had the opportunity to work with O'Connor Design in the Chicago area (James O'Connor/Creative Director), on a project for TheOptions Clearing Corporation 2009 Annual Report. (The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), founded in 1973, is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization)

The images were to reflect a handful of themes used to create the thrust of the report: Strength, Growth, Development, etc... Since the process of clearing options is very detailed and high-tech driven, I chose to go low-tech and monolithic with the nature of my images allowing the readers to immediately understand what the core themes were, at a glance. I came up with the idea of using a monolithic financial-esque building as the visual handle throughout all the images, and a repeating the same male character who adds the action to the concept and human value.
Several variations ensued in the sketch stages... first a simple approach, then exploring a more textural background and even trying composing the building shapes out of just financial data, but ultimately we went back to the basic approach as I initially envisioned.
Usually, most of the illustrations I do these days all have layered digital Photoshop enhancements, but all these final illustrations for OCC were done the "old fashioned" way, with just brush and paints, without benefit of the computer, in part because the client also wanted to purchase the originals to display in their Chicago offices. The final artwork was created with gouache, watercolor, and pastels on Arches 260 lb hot press watercolor paper.
The image posted here is for the theme STRENGTH, and shows the main character lifting the financial building up over his head with ease and confidence.


German Catholic Church
posted by Tim O'Brien
client: Der Spiegel
art director: Stefan Kiefer

A  24 hour painting for the cover of Der Spiegel.

Vinos Libre Logo
posted by David Flaherty
client: Vinos Libre
art director: David Flaherty

Logo for wine distributor Vinos Libres

February Food Illustration
posted by Jean Tuttle
client: The Hartford Courant
art director: Tim Reck

A quick and fun assignment to create art for an article, "Finding Food Sexy: Many Young Couples Are Sharing A Passion For Food."

posted by Peter + Maria Hoey
client: Philadelphia Magazine
art director: Jesse Southerland

Bringing new retail to downtown Philadelphia.

Made in America
posted by Daniel Pelavin
client: Pocket Books
art director: Paolo Pepe

 Those glorious days of the WPA when nothing was impossible.

Cover for The Weekly Standard
posted by Michael Sloan
client: The Weekly Standard
art director: Philip Chalk

Thanks to Philip Chalk for the great art direction.

Redford Center / Sundance
posted by Nicholas Wilton
client: Redford Center
art director: Nicholas Wilton

 Robert Redford recently created  a new organization, "The Redford Center" to inspire positive social and environmental change through the arts, education and civil discourse. I attended a brainstorming session at Sundance last year pertaining to upcoming programs, events etc. Besides doing great work in areas of the environment and social justice, what I feel is particularly potent about the Center is their group process they utilize to create dialogue and change. Along with all relevant experts in the particular field of concern, Robert Redford's long standing personal vision of also having artists involved in problem solving and discussions adds an out of the box thinking that can help catalyze solutions. I didi this poster to commemorate the event.

Nassim Taleb
posted by Chang Park
client: ai5000
art director: SooJin Buzelli

 Portrait of Nassim Nicholas Taleb for ai5000.

Bloomberg News vs. Federal Reserve Bank
posted by Christoph Hitz
client: The New York Times
art director: Richard Weigand

The most important lawsuit challenging that mysterious financial operation known in shorthand as "The Bailout" started in New York City.

Metropolitan Section Cover.

posted by James Steinberg
client: The Green Movement in Iran
art director: Morteza Majidi

Poster art created in support of the Iranian people.

Hand Lettering Exercises
posted by Mark S. Fisher
client: Self
art director: Self

As a personal project I am doing a series of hand lettered number words.

Starting with Zero I am working my way to Infinity.

I will eventually be using them as part of a promotion.

Kiss Me
posted by Lou Beach
client: Lou Beach
art director: Lou Beach

A valentine 4 U

Peter and the Wolf
posted by Ellen Weinstein
client: Nashville Symphony
art director: Becca Hadzor

Program guide cover

Day at the Museum
posted by Bob Daly
client: Disney Family Fun
art director: Mark Mantegna

Family travel tips for taking kids to the Museum of Natural History.

What's your 2010 Health-Care Cost Increase?
posted by David Goldin
client: Plansponsor
art director: SooJin Buzelli

Health Care Costs Getting Ridunculous!

Greek Tax Evasion
posted by Jon Krause
client: Time Asia
art director: Cece Wong

It seems as though much of the Greek population feels its their civic duty not to pay taxes...