August 26, 2011

Dongyun Lee gets Psychedelic!

Just recently published, this illustration by Dongyun Lee illustrates an article about the healing power of psychedelic drugs for the Utne Reader.

August 18, 2011

Working on our new website...

For the past 5 months, we have been working on our new website with the awesome design skills of Ana Gomez and the know-how of our staff. We can't even begin to explain how excited we are to launch it at the end of this year.

Finally, we will have a website that caters to all social media, is fun, easy, and accesible. Also getting a much needed facelift is the Art on a Grand Scale website. 

Here are some photos of us working on it in the office, a little sneak preview:

Ana Gomez

Kofong Hsia

Anastasiya Tarasenko

O the frustration! 


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August 17, 2011

Goni Montes - Can This Marriage be Saved?

Goni Montes is continuing his illustrations for The Ladies Home Journal article series "Can This Marriage be Saved?" This article focuses on the tragic and emotional topic of difficulty in pregnancy.

John Hersey creates an icon for The Wall Street Journal

Known for his quirky, colorful imagery, artist John Hersey was contacted by art director Orlie Kraus of The Wall Street Journal to create this conceptual icon. 

August 16, 2011

Jason Seiler - Rupert Murdoch portrait for Adweek

Jason Seiler was contacted by Nick Mrozowski, art director at Adweek, about creating a portrait of Rupert Murdoch with a mafia feel with a super rush deadline of 1.5 days. When Jason finished, they liked it so much they decided to use it on the cover. Jason once again cemented himself as the overnight king. 

Chase Stone - Dramatic Civil War Illustration for The American Interest

Artist Chase Stone was contacted by art director Lindsey Burrows earlier this month to create this amazing dramatic illustration for The American Interest Magazine. The article, "In Memory's Mirror" by David Blight, ponders the causes and affects of the American Civil War 150 years later. 

August 4, 2011

C.F. Payne and Gary Kelley teach at the University of Hartford

Arists C.F. Payne and Gary Kelley went to teach graduate students at the University of Hartford's Art School a couple of weeks ago. 

Here is what C.F. Payne had to say about his experience there: 

"Last week Gary Kelley and I were at the University of Hartford Art School as visiting instructors teaching in their Graduate Studies Program.  The Graduate Studies Program is the product of Murray Tinkelman and wonderfully managed by his wife Carol.  Along with the full time faculty of the school, Doug Anderson, Dennis Nolan and Bill Thomson, Gary and I work with the students an entire week in producing a volume of quality work which they could share with pride. 

A couple of weeks prior, I was in Kansas City at Mark and John English’s Illustration Academy where Gary is now participating just one day following his return home from Hartford.  If Gary shares the same experience I had in Kansas City, he too will have two weeks of intense teaching and learning under his belt this summer.

I enjoyed my classroom experience when I was a student myself at Miami University in Oxford, OH. It is known for its business school and as such the art department there didn’t receive the same acknowledgement or praise. But through the efforts of a couple of key faculty, my experience at Miami was meaningful.  It was in a specific class lead by Joe Cox III that I met John Maggard, Bill Cigliano and Gary Mix. Immediately after graduation, I went to the Illustration Workshop, held in Tarrytown, NY, that featured Alan E. Cober, Mark English, Bernie Fuchs, Fred Otnes, Bob Peak and Bob Heindel. It was more than 25 years ago, when I lived and worked in Dallas, TX, that I was offered a teaching position at Brookhaven Community College at the request of Judy Kaufman. It was because of my positive experience as a student and wanting to recreate the environment for others to learn about illustration that I gladly accepted the position.

Since my days at Brookhaven, I have taught at East Texas State University, Miami University, and now at Columbus College of Art and Design.  Also, I have taught at the Illustration Academy and the Graduate Studies Program run by Murray both at Syracuse University or where it calls home now at the University of Hartford for around 15 years. 

All of this has allowed me to share with a huge number of energetic, inspired, talented young people the notion that illustration is a meaningful art form, that when taken seriously can have impact and be great.  I have tried to be a good teacher knowing that I can learn as much from my students as I hope they can learn from me.  If I have done my job right, they have learned more from me."

August 3, 2011

Goni Montes Shares his Technique in detail...

Recently, on Goni Montes's blog, he posted a very detailed layout of his process as well as helpful information about how to achieve the best composition. Goni, who is a teacher at the Savannah College of Art and Design, was inspired to share his process after receiving a question from one of this students. 

Here is what he had to say:

"During a recent class, one of my students approached me with a very common concern. In her mind, she could visualize her figures and how these fell within the composition of her illustration. Once drawn on paper though, these looked nothing like they did in her thoughts. On the other side, her attention to detail was impeccable. This made me realize that I had been ignoring the basis of her problem. We found out she was paying plenty of attention to detail but ignoring the base gestures to build upon. It is a problem that I had neglected to see, as most of my students have already acquired this knowledge and put it to good practice through their foundation classes. After a few lessons on gesturing and its importance, the student reached a control over her figures she hadn’t grasped before.
The information here is amply discussed on hundreds of books and websites. This doesn’t make it any less relevant. So I’ll take the chance and explain how I use gestures in my process through this project done for Euroman and art directed by Sune Ehlers, who is also a phenomenal artist."
During thumbnail stage, I don’t normally bother with correcting the figures. The main concern here is gesturing the right compositions. Keeping them as simple as possible makes them easier to read.

After moving to sketch level, the real figure gesturing starts. At this point, the main concern is to get the right proportions and motion. Getting into proportions, my concern isn’t really making the figure look correct as much as believable. Sure, the proportions might not be those of a real human, but if it looks alright and makes the illustration interesting, then that’s good enough for me. I also keep the figures undressed at this point… or at least most of them. The ones in the back I don’t care for as much as the one in the front, so I roughly gesture them clothed.
And then they get dressed, keeping in mind that every added clothing detail will seriously affect the composition. 
Once the inking begins, a couple of details may shift here and there, but the main idea remains. Remember that thing I just mentioned about elements seriously affecting the composition? Well, say hello to that unwrapped turban. Nonetheless, the gesture underneath dictates almost everything. This may sound constricting, but it’s a really good safety net to fall upon once the illustration starts getting complicated.
Oh yeah… and there’s that thing about the background. After that, what remains are a few layers to color this number up.
-Goni Montes

August 2, 2011

Forever Stamps from Sterling Hundley and John Mattos

John Mattos and Sterling Hundley were among two of the artists in the Richard Solomon group to do Forever stamps for the year 2012. Over the years, we have amassed quite a collection of stamps done by our artists for the United States Postal Service, The Royal Mail in the UK, and the Canada Post with several yet to be released. Artists include Mark Summers, Gregory Manchess, C.F. Payne, Edward Kinsella, etc.

John Mattos - 2012 Forever Stamp
Sterling Hundley - 2012 Forever Stamp

Gregory Manchess - 2011 Forever Stamp

Mark Summers - 2009 stamp

Gary Kelley - 2010 Stamp

Jason Seiler's blue portrait of blue's savior, Gary Clark Jr.

Jason Seiler created this beautiful, soft portrait of Gary Clark Jr. showing that he is not only a good caricaturist, but also a good portraitist. 

Below is also his step by step process.