May 31, 2011

VENICE Biennale featuring artist Yan Nascimbene begins June 3rd!

Major contemporary art exhibition, the Venice Biennale, will be featuring artworks from our own Yan Nascimbene in the Italian Pavilion. Since 1985, the Biennale has been a mecca for artists and art lovers from all around the world. 

The opening date and time for the exhibit Italia nel Mondo / Biennale di Venezia is Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 3:30 pm.  It is held at the "Arsenale" in Venice, Italy (Padiglione Italia).  The show will be on until the end of November 2011.

219 Italian artists throughout the world have been selected in the exhibition.

A pre-selection of 400 artists, residing in 60 countries, was established by 89 Italian Cultural Institutes.  The final selection, narrowed down to 219 artists, was juried by a committee  of Italian artists, curators, authors and other prominent intellectuals.

Well-etablished artists such as painter Valerio Adami (who lives in Paris) or video artist Davide Quayola (from London), designer Gaetano Pesce (New York), designer Elena Manferdini (Los Angeles) are shown alongside new, young talent.

Their work will be shown on 89 large screen, along with  musical score written especially by Ennio Morricone.

If you are in Italy from now until November, this is a must see event!

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Yan Nascimbene

May 27, 2011

Tyler Jacobson - Military Portraits

Tyler Jacobson created this series of beautiful military paintings for the Men's Journal. Though the deadline was a tight squeeze, it is impossible to tell with the superb quality of these illustrations of various special forces.


Just a reminder, the deadline for the contest is June 10. To view rules, eligibility, prize, and to apply, go to

We are giving away our fabulous new promotional Factoid poster to the next 100 Breakthrough Contest applicants. If you applied, just email us your mailing address and we will ship one over to you. 

Jason Seiler - Ooh La La

So you can probably see from our previous posts, Jason Seiler is a regular contributor to the New York Observer. Each cover is a combination of wit, sarcasm, absurdity, and downright hilarity. This week's was certainly no exception, showing French skirt-chaser Dominique Strauss-Kahn chasing the Statue of Liberty. We think the French baguettes were a nice touch. 

May 26, 2011

Dongyun Lee for SC Magazine

Dongyun Lee applied his people skills to another great illustration; this time a cover for SC magazine focusing on social media. 

Andrew R. Wright for Notre Dame Magazine

Andrew R. Wright recently completed these 2 illustrations for Notre Dame Magazine. His clean and simple style works well with the relaxed atmosphere of the subject matter.

May 24, 2011

Chris Whetzel - Semper Fi, Oorah!

Chris Whetzel shares his experience of working for Semper Fi magazine: 

"Recently, I was commissioned by Semper Fi magazine to create an image for an article outlining a new approach in the fight against terror: the cyber soldier. Apparently, hacking is a major national security threat, and the military is training soldiers as well as incorporating tech-savvy civilians into a cyber-defense task force. 

"Here are the sketches. #1 is my take on a soldier at a CPU juxtaposed with his "cyber-self." #2 is a Matrix-type approach of a soldier being made of "code." #3 is a soldier in "cyber-gear" that is schematic/blueprint looking and glowing (Tron shown as example of glowing).

"It was decided that #1 was the best visual, and I went to finish. I altered the figure at the desk as it was feeling a bit stiff. In dealing with color, I decided I like a cool feel to represent cyberspace; I also cooled down the camo of the uniform to reflect this. I would have loved to have worked more "tech"-style stuff into the image like the other two sketches, but it made sense to keep it a more realistic figure so that readers (soldiers and veterans) could easily relate and see themselves as this figure.

"Bonus! After completing the art, the AD wanted to use the image for the cover as well!"

-Chris Whetzel

David Johnson - Scholars and Philosophers

What makes David Johnson such a great portrait artist is his ability to convey character through his delicate line work. He is the go-to for art directors looking for clean and simple portraits. Here is a small collection of his portraiture of scholars and philosophers:

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
-Jonathan Swift

Art is the proper task of life.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
-Isaac Newton

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.

Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.
-W.E.B. Du Bois

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
-Charles Darwin

May 23, 2011

Wayshak's Shopping List

A shopping list, for most people, is scribbled on a piece of scrap paper they managed to dig up from their kitchen drawers. This is not the case for Jonathan Wayshak who turned his shopping list into a pretty awesome work of art. The facial expression pretty much describes how most of us feel about food shopping. 

May 20, 2011

Society of Illustrators - Microvisions

Microvisions at the Society of Illustrators features small works from various artists generously donated for auction. All proceeds go to benefit the SOI student scholarship fund. 

Microvisions at SOI - Click Here

Works for Auction - Bid Here

From our collective, artists Tyler Jacobson (auction link) , Gary Kelley (auction link), and Mark Summers (auction link), donated art for this charity auction.  

Tyler Jacobson
Gary Kelly

Mark Summers

Dongyun Lee - How Scandalous!

The sex scandal surrounding IMF leader and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn seems to be on every news channel and on everyone's minds these days. This includes artist Dongyun Lee who created this great illustration of Strauss-Kahn. 

Mark Summers - Last of the Oprah Show Days

As we all probably know, the final episode of the Oprah Show, after 25 years on air, will be airing on May 25th. She finally chose to retire; or did she? She is moving her attention to her new TV network OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) and juggling all of the shows featured on there. 

While half the country gathers a box of tissues and places bets on what kind of car she will give to her audience members at the final taping, artist Mark Summers created this image:

Both Susan Orman and Dr. Phil will have shows featured on Oprah's new network OWN. 

May 16, 2011

The Latest Billboard Cover by Jason Seiler is Out on Stands

Jason Seiler applied his incredible caricature skills to another magazine cover; this time it was Billboard. Putting a spin on an iconic Beach Boys photo, it features 5 artists on tour this summer holding one surfboard. This new issue is out on stands now, so if for no other reason than the great cover, pick up a copy!

U2's Bono, Britney Spears, Rick Ross, Taylor Swift, and Janelle Monae

John Hersey's 3D Worlds

John Hersey is known for creating whimsical worlds with his lines, shapes, and colors. Some of the best examples of his work comes from his 3d portfolio. Here is a compilation of just a few of his quirky, fun, and unique creations. 

C.F. Payne talks about his charity print sale for Cincinnati Reds

"This past Wed., May 4th, we unveiled the new print image I created for the Cincinnati Reds community Fund and Cincinnati Art Museum; proceeds from the sale of the print will go to them.  The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund is a non profit  charity that raises money to repair baseball parks around the Cincinnati area, support local youth baseball, and encourages baseball in urban communities in Cincinnati.

At the unveiling was Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman, Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operations Officer pitcher Bronson Arroyo, Reds Community Fund President Owen Wrassman, and Cincinnati Art Museum Director Aaron Betsky.

The print is the second image I created for the Reds Community Fund and the Cincinnati Art Museum.  The first image was "Redsland Forever" that was unveiled in 2009.

This years print is titled, "Reds Clinch Central - 2010"  The print was designed to celebrate the night the Reds clinched the Central division and the spirit of the teams successful season."

May 10, 2011

Bill Sanderson's Ongoing Spot Illustrations

Artist Bill Sanderson has been working with the Martin Williams design agency for their client Raymond James financial for quite some time now. The spot illustrations he created are simple, iconic, and symbolic. Enjoy!

May 9, 2011

Dongyun Lee's Osama

Artist Dongyun Lee created this striking images in the midst of the recent news of Osama Bin Laden's death. He said with the image what it has been taking reporters hours giving more credibility to the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words".