January 30, 2012

Jason Seiler Will Participate in Drawing Dreams Foundation Fundraiser

Jason Seiler has signed up to help out a good cause. The Drawing Dreams Foundation provides art supplies to hospitalized children through children's hospitals' Child Life and Artist-in-Residence programs. Artists and talented children have donated artwork to be sold to raise money for this great cause. 

Jason has donated an oil painting of his friend Cory Chisel (of Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons) and both of them will be at the event in the New York School of Interior Design, March 1, 2012 from 6 to 8pm. 

Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d' oeuvres, an intimate performance by singer songwriter Cory Chisel, and be able to bid on more than 60 works of art and fine prints that will be auctioned on charitybuzz.comProceeds from the auction will help Drawing Dreams purchase and deliver art supplies to hospitalized children.

Beautiful figure studies from Hermann Mejia

Hermann Mejia is very well known for being a regular contributor to Mad Magazine and for his unique watercolor portraits and illustrations. Here are some figure illustrations he posted on his blog that we just had to share, they are so lovely!

January 27, 2012

Jon Foster's Epic Illustration Now Up as "Cineseek" Game Online!

It was last year that Jon Foster was contacted by the people over at Evolve Media Corp to create a project for their client, Cineworld, a cinema company with theaters in the United Kingdom. The concept very complex and on an epic scale; he was asked to create a giant web mural with about 40 small scenes from different movies. This was all so web visitors can test their movie prowess by finding the hidden images in a "where-waldo" type of game.

Well it is now up on their website and it looks great. Now can you guess all these movie scenes? Test your knowledge here.

Dongyun Lee - "The Mobile Elite"

Matthew Lennert, art director at the Deloitte Review made the right decision when he asked Dongyun Lee to illustrate an article about the growing new mobile developer trend causing a threat to the older, more established companies. You can read the full article here

January 26, 2012

Thomas Ehretsmann Creates a Portrait for Rolling Stone of Leonard Cohen

Thomas Ehretsmann's fine brushwork landed him a commission with Rolling Stone magazine to create a portrait of Leonard Cohen for their album review. He really outdid himself this time, you can see each tiny grey stubble on his face. 

January 23, 2012

Tyler Jacobson helps find Heroes of Conservation

Every year, Feild & Stream magazine launches a call to find "Heroes of Conservation", people who in their efforts, committed to preserving wildlife and natural resources. Sponsored by Toyota, winners receive a brand new car and a cash prize. Tyler Jacobson was contacted by them to create an image for their magazine ad, a "Hero of Conservation". 

If you know anyone who qualifies to enter this contest, they can submit here

Burns & Noble - The Simpsons pays tribute to Mark Summers?

Although Barnes & Noble is one of the most popular book stores in the world, it is the artwork of Mark Summers that helps make it so recognizable. Years ago Mark did numerous portraits of authors for them that they now use on every Nook (their version of an e-reader) as well as other products. So when The Simpsons decided to reference to Barnes & Noble in their version "Burns & Noble", it is no wonder that they used a Mark Summers style portrait to further the likeness to popular store (and thus inadvertently paying tribute to Mark). We think its great his illustration has such a broad distribution. 

Coincidence? We think not.

One of Marks portraits (of Homer) as a Nook screensaver

And here is the original portrait

Mother Goose, another B&N portrait (if we included all the portraits, this blog would go on forever).

January 19, 2012

Happy 202nd, Edgar Allan Poe

Today, January 19, 2011, would have been famed poet's Edgar Allan Poe's 202nd birthday. Probably one of the most illustrated personalities ever, several of the illustrators in our group have drawn Poe's of their own. Whether they were for self promotion or for a magazine cover, they are all great portraits of the man who has been inspiring the gothic imagery for generations.

Another famous birthday happening today is that of Janis Joplin who would have been 69 today. 
Mark Summers

Mark Summers

Scott Brundage

Jason Seiler

The Illustrators take on the topic of travel/vacation...

Mark T. Smith
"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking."
- Earl Wilson, writer
Chris Gall
"Vacation used to be a luxury, but in today's world it has become a necessity."
- Author Unknown
James Bennett
"No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one."
- Elbert Hubbard, writer
Michal Dziekan
"One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."
- Henry Miller, novelist and painter
C.F. Payne
"We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings."
- Erma Bombeck, American humorist
Niklas Asker
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
Martin Buber, philosopher
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need."
- Author Unknown
Paul Cox
"Travel is glamorous only in retrospect."
- Paul Theroux, travel writer
Kent Barton
"A vacation trip is one-third pleasure, fondly remembered, and two-thirds aggravation, entirely forgotten."
- Robert Brault, writer
Murray Kimber
"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in."
- Robert Orben, comedy writer
Ted Wright
"A vacation is like love - anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia."
- Author Unknown
Gary Kelley
"The rainy days a man saves for usually seem to arrive during his vacation."
- Author Unknown
Bill Sanderson
"Vacation:  Two weeks on the sunny sands - and the rest of the year on the financial rocks."
- Sam Ewing, writer
Gregory Manchess
"Not all those who wander are lost."
- J. R. R. Tolkien, writer
Yan Nascimbene
"Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going."
- Paul Theroux, travel writer
Scott Brundage
“Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.”
- William James, psychologist and philosopher
John Mattos
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson, travel writer
Mark Summers
"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings."
-  Moslih Eddin Saadi, poet
Dongyun Lee
“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.”
- Dagobert D. Runes, philosopher and writer

January 17, 2012

Goni Montes - Drawing Crowds and Fire

It just keeps getting better and better for Goni Montes. First came the news of his double Gold and Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in LA, and now he just released 2 fabulous new illustrations. As always, he is very generous with sharing his process from beginning to end. 

The process below is taken from Goni's blog

"The Activist and Trickle Down Effect were both done for the same issue of The Work Style magazine. Both were art directed by Marta Scetta. I had a lot of fun with these two as they were rather active.
From thumbnails to final, here’s the process for The Activist…

… and the process for Trickle Down Effect.

Marta chose #2 with only one change, switching from a male character to female character. This terrific idea lent itself to create a more interesting character, as the male juggler that I’d drawn looked sort of generic.