Friday, July 29, 2011

Kim Rosen - Shareholder Activism

Kim Rosen's latest illustration, for the Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, is entitled "Shareholder".

From Kim's blog:
"If Canadian in-house counsel did not feel overwhelmed enough in their role protecting their companies’ interests, a new threat reached their radar screens over the course of the past year: shareholder activism."

Shareholders want more and more say over how the companies that they have stock in are run. According to this article, there are three types of shareholders: Value maximizers who are looking to get the most out of their investments, Corporate governance watchdogs who focus on how executives are compensated and Corporate activists who care most about social responsibilities.

Kim Rosen - "Shareholder"

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jen Lobo for AirVenture 2011

Jen Lobo did this illustration of "Amoolia Earhart" and her Space Ship Moo for this year's EAA AirVenture aviation celebration in OshKosh, Wisconsin. The image can be seen on posters promoting the event as well as t-shirts at the event. So if you like aviation and you happen to be anywhere near OshKosh, you should go check it out!

Better yet, if you're going, grab us a t-shirt!  ;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Animation star Martha Rich!

Martha Rich animations:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Marco Wagner for Deloitte Review

Marco Wagner created this piece for Deloitte Review, a semiannual magazine for business leaders.  The illustration was for an article titled "Evolve or Fail", which raises the question of whether corporate IT security capabilities are evolving with business strategies.  We think the juxtaposition of the old steel maze with the ultra modern high-rise in the middle is a great visual to illustrate that old defenses are no match for clever hackers of today....

Marco Wagner illustration

Marco Wagner - final printed illustration

Monday, July 25, 2011

Calef Brown in Drawn In

Calef Brown's illustrations were found gracing the pages of Julia Rothman's new book called Drawn In: A Peek Inside Favorite Artists' Private Sketchbooks. The 192-page book, which features sketchbook pages and a short interview with each of the 44 artists included, just launched and is available through

more info after the images

Calef Brown illustrations in Drawn In

Product Description
This book shares large full-color images and profiles each of the amazingly talented artists that discuss their sketchbooks and how they use them.

People are fascinated by artist's sketchbooks. They offer a glimpse into private pages where artists brainstorm, doodle, develop and work on ideas, and keep track of their musings. Artists use these journals to document their daily lives, produce their initial ideas for bigger projects, and practice their skills. Using a variety of media from paint to pencil to collage, these pages can become works of art themselves. They often feel fresh and alive because they are first thoughts and often not reworked. These pages capture the artist's personalities along with glimpses of their process of working and inspirations.

See inside the sketchbooks of artists Jessica Hische, Mike Perry, Jen Corace, Matt Leines, Jill Bliss, Camilla Engman, Anders Nilsen and many more.

About the Author
Julia Rothman has illustrated books, bed linens, wallpaper, fabric, ceramics, subway advertisements and much more. She is part of the award winning design company ALSO and has a popular blog about beautiful art books called Book By Its Cover. She also co-authored The Exquisite Book which NPR called "fantastically quirky". Julia lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, July 22, 2011

What's better than a Cathie Bleck illustration?

... how about an animated Cathie Bleck illustration?
Cathie created this logo for MiShinnah Productions. The piece was then animated into this short 5 second sequence.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kim Rosen - When your doctor sells credit cards

Kim Rosen illustrated a story for the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal called "When Your Doctor Sells Credit Cards". Not only do we love Kim's work here, but we also think everyone should read this article!

Some frightening quotes from the story:
"The medical credit cards also have drawn criticism for their billing terms. The cards typically offer interest-free payments for up to a year, but when new rates kick in, they can be sharply higher."

"...GE's CareCredit can surge to 26.99% after the promotional period ends, and the card charges "retroactive" interest rates as high as 26.99%—meaning that if you make late payments, you may be charged interest on the previous year's balance..."

Below is the final illustration, followed by some very rough idea sketches.

Kim Rosen - "Paying for Plastic with Plastic"

Kim Rosen - sketches for "Paying for Plastic with Plastic"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Calef Brown illustrates for Fit Pregnancy Magazine

Calef Brown illustrated a new piece for Fit Pregnancy Magazine. The illustration was for a story on postpartum depression, and ways expectant moms can be prepared and learn about it. We love the way the piece turned out -- so Calef!

In his own words:
"The title of the piece – Out of the Blue – suggested not only something appearing suddenly, but also the isolation of being adrift at sea. I wanted to depict the feelings of isolation and darkness of the subject, but also reflect the hopeful and positive aspects of the article, which is why I included a lighthouse in the painting."

Calef Brown - "Out of the Blue"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dave Stevenson for King of Kahel

Dave Stevenson created this black & white map illustration for a book titled King of Kahel , a story of colonialism, a French child's fantasy, and 19th century Guinea.  It's nice to see yet another variation of Dave's amazing maps, which are created completely by hand without any sort of digital manipulation or effects!

Dave Stevenson - for "King of Kahel"

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cathie Bleck illustrates 100 Years of Solitude

Cathie Bleck illustrated this book, One Hundred Years of Solitude, which is part of an ongoing best selling classics leather bound series that Barnes and Noble has been doing for over 5 years. Cathie also illustrated Dante's Divine Comedy in that same series.

Cathie worked with Jo Obarowski and Patrice Kaplan who are the star Art Directors at Barnes and Noble. Jo discovered Cathie's work at the New York Book Fair a few years ago when she saw her then new book Open Spaces (which you should also check out!)

Check out progress images and sketches from Cathie's Drawger page.

Cathie Bleck illustrates the cover of One Hundred Years of Solitude

Cathie Bleck illustrates the inside cover and opening page of One Hundred Years of Solitude

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bob Dob walks in Lucy's shoes

Bob Dob recently worked on this piece for Illumination Magazine, the official magazine of the MU Office of Research. The magazine chronicles research, scholarship and creative achievement at the University of Missouri - Columbia.  Bob created his interpretation of "Lucy", one of the oldest discovered hominids, for an article that discusses further evidence that Lucy actually stood upright most of the time.  If she'd had the cool kicks that Bob gave her, she probably would have stood up all of the time!

BTW, Happy Bastille Day!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Craig LaRotonda cover illustration for The Scottsdale Times

Great new illustration by Craig LaRotonda for the cover of The Scottsdale Times. The story, written by Shanna Hogan, is called "Elephants in the Living Room: Exotic pets may be man's new best friend..." Once again, Craig's unique style is well adapted to conveying this concept. On a side note, we love the retro wall pattern!

Craig LaRotonda - Scottsdale Times cover illustration

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dave Stevenson for Relic Master - 3rd Reveal

The 3rd installment of Relic Master by author Catherine Fisher is being released today, so we get to reveal another section of Dave Stevenson's map of Anara...check back next month for the 4th and final installment...then you can see the illustration in its entirety!

Dave Stevenson - The Relic map, part 3

The Relic - series + release dates

Monday, July 11, 2011

Chris Buzelli illustrates Epilepsy

Chris Buzelli completed an illustration about epilepsy for the cover of the new issue of The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association.
(Project details below,  after images)

Chris Buzelli - "epilepsy" - 15" X 19" - oil on board


Chris Buzelli - final cover for The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association

From Chris' blog:

"The word epilepsy originates from the Greek word epilambanein, meaning someting that jumps upon you from the outside or a sudden attack. The sudden violent siezures historically has led to explanations of magic or religion. Some cultures saw epilepsy as a sacred illness (a gift or a punishment from the gods). Only 2,000 years after Aritotle understood that epilepsy was a brain disease, it is no longer surrounded by superstition. People living with epilepsy are still living with the unpredictable."  This was part of the brief for the cover of The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association.

Emma Dalby, the art director offered me creative freedom with just one specific requirement—their signature "white" cover design. While painting this piece, the little angel in the lower right of the sketch was not working conceptually for me. I discussed it with Emma and she graciously let me make the final decision. What looked good in the sketch, sometimes doesn't work in the final painting. I'm really grateful to Emma for giving me the opportunity to illustrate her cover and the freedom to continually explore through the entire process.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Spicy Cure for Dave Stevenson

Dave Stevenson worked with AdamsMorioka design to create this illustration for Cedars-Sinai Discoveries Magazine.  This piece is a departure from the intricate map illustrations that Dave is known for, but it is another style that he loves to work in.  The illustration was for an article on a new drug for stroke victims that is derived from curcumin, which is a chemical ingredient found in the spice, turmeric - fascinating!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Craig LaRotonda for Yankee Magazine

Craig LaRotonda created this piece for Yankee Magazine for an article about a Cryptozoology museum in Portland, Maine. As always, we love Craig's unique style ... and here, his quirky depiction of mysterious creatures!

Craig LaRotonda

Friday, July 1, 2011

Marco Wagner in Slanted Magazine

Marco Wagner was published in Germany's typography and design Slanted Magazine #14. The illustration was for a column called Fontnames Illustrated curated by Raban Ruddigkeit. The font is Akkurat

If you wish to read the coverage in German, here is your opportunity!

Marco Wagner - Illustration for Slanted Magazine #14