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August 23, 2010
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R.I.P. Tiger
posted by Lou Beach
client: Self
art director: Self

 Goodbye to Tiger, a fine old dog........

Habitat for Humanity Ultimate Birdhouse Auction
posted by Alex Murawski
client: Habitat for Humanity
art director: Alex Murawski

"Stanley and Son of Stanley" are the result of hand tools and birds getting together. These guys were genetically engineered to promote an auction of artist built birdhouses benefiting Habitat for Humanity here in Georgia. 

Sanborn Again
posted by Jonathan Twingley
client: JAZZIZ
art director: Michael Fagien

 A cover for the summer issue of the magazine (which is accompanied by a two-disc sampler).

posted by Christopher Nielsen
client: ai5000
art director: SooJin Buzelli

 This for a story on Equity for ai5000. The article was entitled "Life After Death".

What is Your Favorite Retirement Plan Initiative?
posted by Katherine Streeter
client: Plan Sponsor Magazine
art director: SooJin Buzelli

It's always such a pleasure to work with SooJin!

Dogs. Lots of Dogs.
posted by Chris Lyons
client: Papaya King
art director: Joe Guzman

 What a kick to do a job for one of my former RIT Design School students, Joe Guzman. He's an excellent young AD at Skaggs. And luckily I had a house full of college kids to eat all those dogs.

'K' as a swimming towel
posted by Eleftheria Alexandri
client: LetterCult
art director: Eleftheria Alexandri

As part of my contribution to LetterCult's AlphaBattle and my series of Towel Letters.

Following the 'rules' of Alphabattle I am making one letter every fortnight.
The project started in the middle of February 2010 with A and finishes with Z in about one year's time.

To see how the alphabet progresses check out my flickr set: Towel's Alphabet

posted by David Pintor
client: Leer magazine

Summer books. Illustration for the extra summer issue of LEER magazine

silkscreen poster for a workshop/show in Mexico
posted by Yuko Shimizu
client: Amarillo Centro de Diseņo, Mexico
art director: Aida Aguilera

To promote illustration workshop in Xalapa, Mexico, organizer Amarillo Centro de Diseño and I have worked on this fake Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) poster idea. This was printed as three color separation silkscreen and guerrila posted all over town a-la-lucha libre style.

You can see the photos of guerrila posting and creative process of this image here

Grand Parented
posted by Joseph Fiedler
client: Plansponsor Magazine
art director: SooJin Buzelli

This is my new favorite; Grand Parented In.  Can't tell you more!

NY Times Metro Cover
posted by Kyle T. Webster
client: NY Times
art director: Richard Weigand

Thrilled to work with Richard again on such a fun piece (and written by Frank Bruni!). This one ran big and I was really pleased to see it in print. What could be more daunting than taking your driving test as a middle-aged adult, after years of developing lazy and bad habits?! 

Back To School 2010
posted by Linzie Hunter
client: The Washington Post
art director: Tippi Thole

Cover illustration and lettering for the 'Local Living' Section.

The Unnecessary Fall of Barack Obama
posted by Robert Hunt
client: The New Republic
art director: Christine Carr/ Joe Heroun

Cover for The New Republic, Barack Obama as a modern Icarus

Late For the Airport
posted by J.D. King
client: The Washington Post
art director: Marty Barrick / Allie Ghaman

This was for an article by a fellow who's chronically late for the plane, has to make the mad dash.

Green Thumbs Up
posted by Greg Newbold
client: Integrated Marketing Group
art director: Matt Aller

A little job finished recently for an industry specific advertisement.  The intention is to get new clients from the natural and whole foods markets. The advertising/branding agency I worked with (Integrated Marketing Group) is pushing farther into packaging and branding for  natural food product clients and wanted something a little more distinctive than a manipulated photograph ( and good illustration is always better).

Killer Pandemic
posted by Lou Brooks
client: Scientific American
art director: Melissa Thomas

One of a series of eight illustrations for "Handicapping the Apocalypse" in the new Scientific American. A Black Death-style pandemic comes in on the list as the number one most likely cause of the end of the world. Odds: one in two over the next 30 years. Check out all eight on Lou's blog at

What Does Race Have to Do With it?
posted by Joyce Hesselberth
client: The Chronicle Review
art director: Ellen Winkler

Making sense of our 'national conversation'

Object Lettering
posted by Christoph Hitz
client: You
art director: Christoph Hitz

I've created object lettering by drawing silhouetted, everyday objects and arranging them into letters with Adobe illustrator. This style of lettering could be used for editorial contributions as well as covers and opening pages by spelling a word or short headline. Using everyday objects for lettering has a great potential for computer, fashion, gaming, gardening, cooking etc. related projects. For more versions and color adaptations stop by at Illoz or my site.

Design Thinking
posted by mckibillo
client: Associations Now Magazine
art director: Beth Lower

 Cover image for the current issue of the Associations Now magazine. The brief was for how design principles can be applied to any endeavor, with simplicity and directness of purpose being the desired result.

Tactile Virtual Reality
posted by Scott Bakal
client: Penn Gazette
art director: Catherine Gontarek

A fun job and interesting article about tactile virtual reality.  Imagine running your stylus over your Wacom tablet and feeling the pull and texture of a course grained paper...and the pen reacting to it?  Pretty amazing!

Read more at Penn Gazette

End of Summer
posted by Jon Krause
client: The Atlantic
art director: Jason Treat

"End of Summer" is a painting for the Atlantic's gallery section that appears in the September issue.

posted by Michael Byers
client: LAND
art director: My Self

This is a poster I did for a friend's band called LAND. 

Margaret Atwood
posted by Carl Wiens
client: The Walrus
art director: Paul Kim

A real treat to work on this portrait of Margaret Atwood for The Walrus magazine.  The article highlighted Margaret's brilliance and wierdness.

The Nighttime Bellyache. Appendicitis?
posted by Ellen Weinstein
client: The New York Times
art director: Peter Morance

New York Times Science section looks at Appendicitis in children.

posted by John H Howard
client: Budget Press Enterprises
art director: john h howard

Number one in a set of 20 prints titled  White lies on Black Paper.

gerund, parting a dog
posted by Hadley Hooper
client: hadley hooper

Gerund is one image from a series entitled 'word's for writers.
Five paintings from the group were exhibited in July at Ironton Studios, Denver.

April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King writes Letter from Birmingham Jail
posted by Johanna Goodman
client: The Progressive
art director: Nick Jehlen

April page from The Progressive's 2011 two color calendar:  April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King writes Letter from Birmingham Jail.  Each month a pivotal event in history is commemorated by a different illustrator. 


The Canter's Truck
posted by Michael Doret
client: Canter's Delicatessen
art director: Michael Doret

I was asked to design the graphics for a new "gourmet" food truck for Canter's Delicatessen in Los Angeles. I didn't want to post images of the truck, so I created this composite of some of the elements. Please visit my BLOG to see the whole process.

How We Got Cowboys
posted by Everett Peck
client: self promotion


Fiduciary Future
posted by John Ueland
client: Research Magazine
art director: Jason Williams

For an article about stock brokers being forced to change direction and adhere to a fiduciary standard after the passing of the sweeping financial reform bill.

CIA poster
posted by John Hersey
client: the Cleveland Institute of Art
art director: Mark Inglis

a recruitment poster for the CIA

Village Voice Cover
posted by Edel Rodriguez
client: The Village Voice
art director: John Dixon

The Voice story is about the brutal underground smugglers (coyotes) that bring illegals through the Mexican border and into houses of torture in Arizona.  There are many reports that the immigrants are kidnapped and put up for ransom by the smugglers once they're in America.  Please click here for a larger view and more details.

How The Wealthy Avoid Rising Taxes
posted by Michael Sloan
client: Christian Science Monitor
art director: John Kehe

Some wealthy people use loopholes in the system to hide their money and avoid paying rising taxes. Camouflage is one of the most difficult things for me to draw, next to fire.

Just for Fun
posted by Zina Saunders

We just saw Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, which got me to thinking that I’d love to see Nathan Lane playing the part of Hercule Poirot. And that got me to thinking about drawing him in the role, about incorporating some clues and elements of the mystery into the hieroglyphs … and, well, the next thing you know, it’s drawn.

Romantic Predator
posted by Julia Breckenreid
client: MORE Magazine
art director: Faith Cochrane

I’ve known many women, myself included, who ignored nagging feelings and warning signs about partners. It wasn’t difficult to imagine myself in the author’s shoes when I read ‘My Psycho Suitor’. I like to bring those emotions through to the viewer. For the illustration, I was thinking about the boyfriend’s superficial charms, libido and calculated plans... There’s something about the folklore of the wolf that rang true — and the author’s refusal to recognize a wolf when she saw one. 

SeaCock tattoo design
posted by Mick Wiggins
client: Sailor Andy

A 3 color tattoo design.  The sea-cock goes on the left leg ( or is it the right?), and the sea-hog (not pictured)goes on the other leg.  The sailor who wears this set of images is protected from bad luck while at sea.  Guaranteed.    Thanks Andy, for trusting me to contribute to the gallery!

Summertime fun in Cleveland
posted by Mike Moran
client: Cleveland Magazine

One of four illustrations on Summertime fun in Cleveland.

Seized:Seized: Inside the Brutal World of America's Kidnapping Capital
posted by Graham Smith
client: Phoenix New Times
art director: Peter Storch

Art Director Peter Storch called with an assignment to illustrate a story for the Phoenix New Times about immigration horror stories occurring throughout the American Southwest - brutal stories about human trafficking by men called "coyotes" and their victims, known as "pollos".


"A man with wavy, black hair and a pale face can be seen lying on his side, a semi-automatic weapon just inches from his head. A coyote's hand is pushing down the man's head to keep him from moving. The victim's eyes are squeezed tightly shut. For a moment, he opens them — wide — and the horror is unmistakable. The gun still in his face, he squeezes his eyes shut." - Monica Alonzo

American Express Decal
posted by Gwenda Kaczor
client: Siegel+Gale
art director: Tom Grillo

I was approached by Siegel+Gale to create an illustration for an advertising campaign with American Express. The image is being used for point of purchase window decals which are unique to Denver.

I'm just a Love Machine
posted by Rick Sealock
client: AIGA St Louis
art director: Rick Sealock & Kevin Pope

A fun, silly, sweet fund rasing image donated to the 2010 AIGA St Louis " Love Crush Art Party" a few months back. Due to the summer holidays this is my first chance to show off the image. I hope it helped the event and caused a few smiles. Cheers.

Stephen Colbert Vs. Stephen Colbert
posted by Laura Smith
client: self promotion

One of a series of celebrity images.

Brat Farrar
posted by A.Richard Allen
client: The Folio Society
art director: Sheri Gee

This is the cover to the Folio Society's lavish edition of 'Brat Farrar'. It's a 1940s thriller by Josephine Tey. The assignment included eight interior plates and was a dream job. I've posted more about the process (including the other images) on my blog here.

Sideshow #22
posted by James Steinberg
client: Myself
art director: Myself

This is from a series called SIDESHOW

posted by David Flaherty
client: Consumers Union

Image for a story on organic milk and fat content of various milk grades

Finding the Right Balance
posted by Jean Tuttle
client: Studio Hinrichs
art director: Kit Hinrichs

For an article in a medical journal: How DNA testing helps determine the correct dosage of a widely prescribed drug.

Left side or Right side?
posted by Steven Salerno
client: Pittsburgh Magazine
art director: Chuck Beard

Spread illustration created for Pittsburgh Magazine's feature article "major advantage" -a guide to unique majors available at colleges and universities, relative to either the Left Brain/Right Brain spectrum. Are you a left-side mathlete or a right-side maestro? Steven's image, created with gouache and painted on brown paper then embellished in Photoshop, depicts a large head as a university with small characters entering either the left side or the right side entrances. The final printed version also had numerous icons within the brain halves representing the specific major areas of study.  

Silver Tassie Poster
posted by Owen Smith
client: Druid Theater, Ireland
art director: Garry Hynes, Tim Smith, John Foley, Sinead McPhilips

I recently completed a poster for a theater company in Ireland for a production of Sean O'Casey's World War I play "The Silver Tassie" directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes.  This gig got me an interview in The Irish Times.  More work from across the pond?...hope so.


Art created for new mall project
posted by Mary Lynn Blasutta
client: The Bravern Mall
art director: Lianne Onart

This is a new images created for a high end mall in Seattle. It's being used

as shopping bags, bill boards, banners, and a large 18 foot shopping bag at the entrance.

Cyber Exposure
posted by Robert Neubecker
client: MacWorld
art director: Robin Dick

Your social network is a window into your whole life- and everyone is watching.....

Through The Fog
posted by Richard Downs
client: Brown Alumni Magazine
art director: Lisa Sergi

This story was about a hair-raising day of combat in Afghanistan from the perspective of a military doctor and Brown Alum. "Through the Fog" this story describes the emotional experience of “The fog of war” which is a phenomenon unique to armed conflict. It is the intangible force that encompasses the uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity of war. 

Suffer Facetime
posted by Dale Stephanos
client: Bicycling Magazine
art director: Erin Benner

There's a new app for the iphone that lets you share ride data in real time. At first I though "cool!", but then I realized that this technology could make even group rides an isolated experience. For reference I used my face and my lovely wife's, who doesn't really ride but generally kicks my butt.

Lunatic's Manual
posted by Christopher Serra
client: New York Times
art director: Aviva Michaelov

 This one was done for The N.Y. Times letters section.

The letters were in response to Bob Herbert's column, "A Lunatic's Manual" which addresses military leadership in Afghanistan. 




Accidents of Style
posted by Adam McCauley
client: St. Martins Press
art director: Lori Pompilio

Cover illustration for a book citing good advice on how not to write badly.

Surf Shack
posted by Jim Paillot
client: Glitschka Studios
art director: Von Glitschka

Art for the book, "Border, Banner, Frame". I was asked to create full page art - any topic of my choosing - as long as I used a pattern supplied by the art director somewhere in the artwork. The flame pattern I was asked to use is on the surfboard on the Surf Shack.

The Ruling Class
posted by John S. Dykes
client: American Spectator
art director: Joseph Lawler

The July cover for The American Spectator on 'The Ruling Class vs. The Country Class'. The writer’s point is that no one in a position of power in either party - or with a national voice - takes many of the public’s policy objections seriously... and that decisions about money are made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties. Welcome to politics as usual... Is one group more crooked than the next?