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illoz roundup #35
May 25, 2011
It's a dog-gone stampede of illustration, I tell ya Make way for the 35th illustration roundup, folks! Woo hoo!

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

Story about what women desire in a man today.

Spring Arts Cover
posted by Kyle T. Webster
client: The New York Observer
art director: Ivylise Simones

Another fun NY Observer job - Woody Allen, Chris Rock, Gaga, Michelle Williams, and David Foster Wallace. 

Black White & Blues
posted by Joe Ciardiello
client: Strike Three Press
art director: Daniel Smith

A new limited edition book of blues musician portraits by Joe Ciardiello


visit for more details.

Self Managed Super Funds
posted by Christopher Nielsen
client: IN THE BLACK
art director: Kate Barnett

Spread for IN THE BLACK accountancy magazine about passing on your super to the next generation.

The Importance of Foreign Language Education
posted by Kim Rosen
client: Hour Detroit
art director: Cassidy Zobl

 Learning a foreign language can take this and future generations to whole new worlds. 

Sweet Stripes
posted by Fawn Fruits
client: La Luz de Jesus Press
art director: Fawn Fruits

Created for a show in La Luz de Jesus gallery show, "Sweet IMperfections"


Immigration rights
posted by Mark Bender
client: University of Chicago Magazine
art director: Guido Mendez & Amy Puma

 Cover story for University of Chicago Magazine dealing with immigration rights and the failed Dream Act.

Pets and travel
posted by David Flaherty
client: LA Times
art director: Paul Gonzales

 Flying with pets

Not so lone any longer
posted by Eleftheria Alexandri
client: Brunswick Review
art director: Chris Merrett

 The illustration is about Brunswick opening new offices in Texas and focuses on a landscape scene showing iconic images from there.

(size: 43,2 x 8 cm)

Where Travel Takes Me
posted by Chris Lyons
client: Afar Magazine
art director: Steve Powell

  The author achieved transcendence on public transportation in Mongolia. 30 hours on a Soviet-era van near Ulan Baatar with 26 passengers (plus livestock) pushed him to an involuntary spiritual breakthrough. I'm guessing I may have had a different reaction...

Tech's Renewable Resource
posted by Daniel Hertzberg
client: Profit Magazine
art director: Glenn Taylor

For article on the opportunities and risks of cloud computing. 

posted by Ellen Weinstein
client: Barnard Magazine
art director: Anna Simutis

A look at the recent uprising in Egypt.

New iPad Animated App for Cosmo Magazine by Mary Lynn Blasutta and Deep Focus
posted by Mary Lynn Blasutta
client: Cosmo Magazine
art director: Vivian Serratt, Melissa Karten, Paul Clark

New illustrated animated iPad App for Cosmo Magazine.

Cut and paste the link below for the full experience!

The Jude Bugs/Great Strides T-shirt
posted by Brandon Reese
client: The Jude Bugs
art director: Kristy Bochniak

3-color t-shirt design for a friend's baby who has CF. Shirts will be worn for the local Great Strides event.

Surrogacy and the Law
posted by James Steinberg
client: American Bar Association
art director: Debora Clark

This was about the many new legal issues surrounding surrogacy.

posted by Tim O'Brien
client: Time
art director: Arthur Hochstein and D.W. Pine

I have been very fortunate to have been asked many times to do a cover for Time Magazine.  As with all covers for Time, some run, some do not.  The ones that don't run for design reasons or the tastes of the editor are frustrating.  The covers that don't run because of events changing are often less painful and more of a curiosity, an alternate reality that didn't happen.

There was an OJ Simpson cover long ago that didn't run, a Colin Powell running for president cover that wasn't needed and a few Persons of the Year covers too.

Back in the 90's Arthur Hochstein asked me to paint Slobodan Milosevic and to create a new red X for his face.  He was believed to have been killed and I did an overnight portrait of him.  This death never panned out the the cover sat. 

9/11 changed everything for America in numerous ways.  Osama Bin Laden became our nation's constant nemesis, a shape shifter who released gloating tapes and could never be captured and brought to justice one way or another.  It had been a while since I had done a cover for Time when a call came in 2002 to drop everything and do a portrait of Bin Laden.  Again, Arthur Hochstein trusted me with this task and I recall the problems that arose in doing this piece.  First, I aged his beard up a bit.  We imagined that he must have aged some.  Second, he was actually quite striking and often was photographed with a grin or smile.  Other shots that were less crisp offered a more stern look, but a realist works better with crisper reference.  I closed his mouth and too a bit of the smile from his eyes.  This seemed to work.

The next morning the phone got quiet.  Usually on a deadline, I am getting update calls from Time to see how things are going.  When there are no update requests I know it's not running.  In this case it was that there was no confirmation yet that Osama Bin Laden was indeed dead, as was thought to be the case the night before.  It's strange to know a thing like that and NOT be able to tell anyone.  You know people who lost love ones and sharing that would be closure in some ways.  Still, a few days passed, then a month, then years.  I stared to think we must have killed him at some point and would never actually know for sure.

In the meantime, I finally got a chance to use the red X for  a Time cover of Zarqawi in 2006. 

This was a similar process but it was a sure thing.  He was dead.

Years kept slipping by.  We elected Barack Obama president and the task of tracking down Bin Laden fell on his shoulders. 

At Arthur Hochstein's lecture event for SPD; Night of 1000 covers, he showed our Bin Laden cover.  He suggested that should he ever be captured or killed, this cover would probably run.  I had only seen the cover for about 18 hours and handed it in and hadn't seen it since.  This was 2002 and back then I sent the paintings in to Time for them to shoot.  They've had it ever since.

On Sunday night, May 1st, ironically the date the original Time Cover with an X on Hitler ran, I received a text that Bin Laden was dead.

I knew it had a chance to run of course, but it was a thrilling moment for America.  A real, solid achievement and a unifying moment where all can appreciate this success for America. 

This may be one of the assignments that define what I did as an illustrator in my career.  For that, I need to thank a few people.

I thank Arthur for the original assignment, D.W. Pine, Time's current Art Director for making it happen today and actually punching up my red X for more of an impact, and cover coordinator Skye Gurney for relaying the news. Finally, a thanks to managing editor Rick Stengel for using illustration to mark this event.

13 Assassins movie poster
posted by Yuko Shimizu
client: Magnolia Pictures
art director: Matt Cowal

A poster created for the new samurai film 13 Assassins directed by Takashi Miike, Japan's leading contemporary filmmaker. The film opened in the US at the end of April. You can see the creative process of this poster on my blog.

movie review: meek's cutoff
posted by Johanna Goodman
client: the village voice
art director: john dixon

 portrait of michelle williams in "meek's cutoff" for film review column in the village voice

posted by Christoph Hitz
client: The New York Times, Metro Section
art director: Richard Weigand / John Cohoe

Transit apps for the iPhone that lets you find a free parking spot while broadcasting your subway train, bus and  boat schedule in real time.



Camping 101
posted by Carl Wiens
client: Explore magazine
art director: Gary Davidson

Nothing like fresh air to clear the mind and get away from the daily grind. I pictured this ideal campsite purely from memories of past canoe trips to Temagami.

posted by Linzie Hunter
client: Small Wall

Typographic artwork on the theme of London: Urban Jungle.

Limited Edition Silkscreen
posted by J.D. King
client: Water Row Press
art director: Jeffrey Weinberg

This silkscreen is a signed edition of 100 for Water Row Press, a publisher of beat and counterculture books and comics.



How not to assign Kidneys / Giving Life after Death Row.
posted by Jonathon Rosen
client: NY TImes
art director: Aviva Michaelov

 The case for letting prisoners donate perfectly good body parts and who gets who's kidneys.

The Facebook Problem
posted by Adam McCauley
client: Bostonia Magazine
art director: Ronn Campisi

When we social network, we wear our personal information all over our faces.

One of two illustrations selected to appear in American Illustration 30.

Tornadoes for The Green Lantern
posted by Michael Sloan
client: The Washington Post
art director: Brad Walters

Tornadoes and their effect on the environment, for the Green Lantern column about environmental issues published by The Washington Post. I've completed over 50 of these assignments and the topics are always fascinating. I enjoy working on them so much that I've posted a dedicated portfolio of Green Lantern illustrations on my website here at illoz.

Brothers At Bat -the latest picture book illustrated by Steven Salerno
posted by Steven Salerno
client: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
art director: Sharismar Rodriquez

In March 2012 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release the picture book, "Brothers At Bat" written by Audrey Vernick -the true life story about 12 New Jersey brothers who formed and played for their own professional baseball team from the late 1930's through the 1950's... and in 1997 were honored with a special ceremony at The Baseball Hall of Fame. The story follows the brothers from when they were little kids playing backyard ball, then playing professional baseball together, interrupted to fight in World War II, starting their own families, etc... It is wonderfully illustrated with black wax pencil & gouache drawings by Steven Salerno, his 18th picture book to date. The image shown here is from the beginning of the story, and depicts all twelve brothers playing ball near home, with their dog Pitch running across the field.

Gunpowder River Artfest
posted by Joyce Hesselberth
client: NBCAF

I had such a good time working on last year's Gunpowder River Artfest that I just had to do it again. This year's illustration is being printed on t-shirts, posters, banners and more. I focused on the idea of growing an art community for the image.

posted by Jonathan Twingley
client: Jonathan Twingley
art director: Jonathan Twingley

 A painting for NO-LOOK PASS, a short-short story published on-line at Twingley Stories.

Rahm Emmanual takes Chicago
posted by David Cowles
client: The New Republic
art director: Joe Heroun

 A King Kong inspired illo about Rahm Emmanual running for mayor of Chicago, for the charming Joe Heroun.

Bin Laden cover for Newsweek
posted by Edel Rodriguez
client: Newsweek
art director: Dirk Barnett

Soon after the death of Osama Bin Laden, I was commissioned by Newsweek magazine to create a cover for the magazine.   You can read more about the process here.

Mainframe in your pocket…gigabit in your ear
posted by John Hersey
client: Network World
art director: Stephen Sauer

This article talks about incredible increase in processing power -- definitely mainframe power in smart phones. They also talked about 3D holographic storage. And intelligent networks that essentially turn all computers on earth into one big planetary computer.

"SIA", Theatrical Poster
posted by Jonathan Bartlett
client: The Bridge Theatre Company
art director: Dustin Olson

 This theatrical poster image was created in March 2011 and served as promotional material for The Bridge Theatre Company's production of the play SIA. The poster was on display in various locations around New York City and Toronto, Canada, but was also printed as a show program, as well as other forms of online promotion. 


SIA was an exclusive production that ran for only two nights, in April 2011, in New York City's Broadway district. I created the image and hand lettering with some very hands-off oversight by the company's creative director, Dustin Olson.

The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized
posted by mckibillo
client: IEEE Spectrum magazine
art director: Mark Montgomery

The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized: Stratospheric valuations for social media titans assume vast advertising revenue that will never arrive… This is the headline for the article I was asked to create this illustration for. Do you “Like” it?

The Road to Bud Light Bowl 2011
posted by Tom White
client: Budweiser
art director: Greg Litwicki, The Shaw Company

I was commissioned by Greg Litwicki of the Shaw Company in St. Louis to design the logo for the Bud Light Bowl, a Budweiser promotional event held in Texas around the time of the Super Bowl. It was great fun working with Greg, who despite having an in depth client review process and lots of legal scrutiny (the nature of the beast with these logos), gave me much creative freedom in the development process with pretty cool results. Shown below the logo are some of the early prelim designs.

Methadone Addiction
posted by Christopher Serra
client: Boston Globe
art director: Heather Hopp Bruce

 A story about methadone and the need for existing, safer and less expensive drugs/drug programs to kick heroin.

posted by Scott Bakal
client: The Pitch
art director: Ashford Stamper

 For an article about Steve Drain from the Westboro Baptist Church.  Read story here.

Free Speech
posted by Laura Smith
client: Christian Science Monitor
art director: John Kehe

Cover art for feature discussing the pros and cons of whether free speech should have limits in an age of amplified words.

To Boutique, or Not to Boutique?
posted by Jonathan Burton
client: Asset International
art director: Soojin Buzelli

A recent half page illustration for aiCIO with big thanks to SooJin. The title was crying out for the hamlet reference and suited the victorian style. Nice hat.

Institutional Food with Taste
posted by Gwenda Kaczor
client: Utne Reader
art director: Stephanie Glaros

A Wisconsin hospital serves up healthy meals and rebuilds an agricultural network

Seven Guitars
posted by Mick Wiggins
client: Marin Theatre Company
art director: Nancy Yee-Chan

Poster illustration for Marin Theatre's production of August Wilson's play " Seven Guitars".

The play centers on a 1948 blues guitarist, his neighborhood friends  and his brush with success in Chicago.  The 'seven guitars' refer

to Floyd Barton and the six other characters in the all African Amercan cast.

Series of Illustrations Created for BCG
posted by Dave Cutler
client: Boston Consulting Group
art director: Gary Callahan

BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP continues to use my work for their branding and financial reports. This latest one was for their report about successful firms who assemble individuals with diverse abilities and prosper in today's market.

posted by Rick Sealock
client: Rick Sealock

One of the five images created for "Fowl Play" series depicting man's attempt to play music like a bird. Image won awards from SILA West 49 and Applied Arts 2001 Annual.

Shared Gardens
posted by heidi younger
client: Common Ground
art director: Cori Canady

 The piece is about how communities share a common garden. I love this topic, although a bad back prevents me from gardening.