November 30, 2012

Mark Summers - Tiny Tim and Charles Dickens

Mark Summers does a cover for the Weekly Standard twice a year, in the winter and summer. Out on stands now is the Holiday Reading featuring Charles Dickens and Tiny Tim. 

Also, here's a look back as some of the other covers produced by Mark for WS over the years: 

Rudy Gutierrez will be signing Spirit Seeker this weekend!

Come join illustrator Rudy Gutierrez and author Gary Golio for a book signing of their collaboration Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey.

December 1, 2012 (Saturday) 12-2:00pm

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

A little about the book: 
Growing up, John was a seeker. He wondered about spirit, and the meaning of life. And whether music could be a key to unlocking those mysteries. Like his grandfather’s preaching and his parents’ songs, could John’s music bring people closer to God?

Told in moving prose and powerfully illustrated, this is the story of a shy, curious boy from a deeply religious family who grew up to find solace and inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music. John Coltrane—a legendary jazz musician whose work shattered boundaries and continues to influence countless artists to this day. 

November 28, 2012

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Guy Stauber
"Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations."
- Sun Tzu
Ricardo Martinez
"A spy, like a writer, lives outside the mainstream population. He steals his experience through bribes and reconstructs it."
- John le Carre
Chase Stone
"We have learned in recent years to translate almost all of political life in terms of conspiracy. And the spy novel, as never before, really, has come into its own. "
- John le Carre
Michal Dziekan
"I carried out my orders until arrested. I had no sense that I was spying, and I ask that this be taken into account in deciding my verdict."
- Witold Pilecki
Thomas Ehretsmann
"Since knowledge is but sorrow's spy, It is not safe to know."
- William Davenant
David Johnson
"To betray, you must first belong."
- Kim Philby (British spy)
John Mattos
"The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word"
- Mata Hari (Dutch Dancer and Spy for the German secret service during World War II.)
Mark Summers
"A secret is a secret in my mind."
- Daniel Craig (James Bond actor 2006-)
Bill Sanderson
"Bond was escapism, but not meant to be imitated in real life."
- Roger Moore (James Bond actor 1973-1985)
James Bennett
"What I'm getting at is, you know, if we really want to get serious about helping all the people living in the street and getting people jobs, we could just hire half the people in the country to spy on the other half."
- Jello Biafra
Niklas Asker
"It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results."
- Sun Tzu
CF Payne
"You basically have a group of four spies who are chosen for a mission they feel for the fact of how competent they are and how their expertise and they're the right one for the job. But ultimately they find out they've been actually chosen for their incompetence."
- Matt LeBlanc
Douglas Smith
"This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last."
- Oscar Wilde
Maria Corte Maidagan
"I love the idea of spies in love. How would it work between two people who were so programmed to lie and be suspicious, who have a whole life based on pretence?"
- Tony Gilroy
Tim Bower
"One kills a man, one is an assassin; one kills millions, one is a conqueror; one kills everybody, one is a god."
-Jean Rostand
Murray Kimber
"It's rather fun writing a female spy, because she has so much more kit. Bond never carried a hair dryer or a makeup bag. And he certainly didn't wear an uplift bra."
-Helen Fielding
Jason Seiler
"I find it very easy playing Bond. I think he's hilarious. He gets himself into some extraordinarily funny situations."
-Daniel Craig (James Bond actor 2006-)
Tyler Jacobson
"The camera can be the most deadly weapon since the assassin's bullet."
-Norman Parkinson
Edward Kinsella
"War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade."
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
Dongyun lee
"The more identities a man has, the more they express the person they conceal."
-John le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Chris Gall
"The human spy, in terms of the American espionage effort, had never been terribly pertinent."
-Aldrich Ames
Gary Kelley
"I've always wanted to play a spy, because it is the ultimate acting exercise. You are never what you seem."
-Benedict Cumberbatch
Andrew R Wright
"There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me'."
-Philip K. Dick
Gregory Manchess
"Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense."
-Mignon McLaughlin
Yan Nascimbene
"Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies."
-Jane Austen
Paul Cox
"Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader's daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage."
-John le Carre

November 26, 2012

TIm Bower - The Mamet School of Salesmanship

Earlier this month, The New York Times featured an article The Mamet School of Salesmanship for which Tim Bower did an illustration. Here it is (from the master of minimum color, maximum concept): 

Read the article here

Goni Montes - Clash of the Video-Game Titans

If you picked up your copy of New York Times yesterday, you would have seen Goni Montes' awesome illustration as the cover story for The Arts: Video Games section. But it's likely that you didn't so we will share it here with you: 

Read the article Nintendo Confronts a Changed Video Game World here

November 20, 2012

Goni Montes - Undermining Science

We love working with Scientific American and they love working with our talented illustrators. Take a look at this illustration Goni Montes did for their article How Drug Company Money is Undermining Science

The Workbook Creative Carnival 2012

Poster illustrated by Bill Mayer 

Last friday, we attended the Creative Carnival hosted by The Workbook and just had to mention what a blast it was. Artists, including our own Chase Stone and Dongyun Lee, were invited to draw a cast of circus performers while attendees walked around and enjoyed all the creativity. We met some new friends as well as old with a drink in our hands and a smile on our faces. Big props to Bob Pastore, sales director and our longtime friend, for helping pull off such a successful night. 

We look forward to next year! 

Richard and Dongyun

Snake charmer posing 

Aerial Silk performer, awesome!

And the artists eagerly drew it all!

Chris Gall - Doc Watson for Virginia Living

Starting with the December 2012 issue, Chris Gall will be illustrating the back page "Departure" series of Virginia Living Magazine. Here is his art accompanying Dean King's article about his experience at a Doc Watson concert. 

November 14, 2012

PROJECT:FLOW mission complete!

It's been a long and arduous journey for us since the first inception of FLOW around July of last year. We worked in close communication with each artist and in turn they worked in close communication with each other to create our dynamic new promotion. 

This project was designed to showcase the talents of our artists as well as their adaptability as illustrators. You can view all the images as they flow together on our website.

So here it is folks, in full. We love feedback so let us know what you think... 

Murray Kimber

Tyler Jacobson

Michal Dziekan

Rudy Gutierrez

Paul Cox

Andrew R. Wright
Maria Corte

John Mattos

Tim Bower

David Johnson
Thomas Ehretsmann

Mark Summers

C.F. Payne

Eric Drooker
Guy Stauber

Chris Gall

Niklas Asker

Jason Seiler

Douglas Smith

Edward Kinsella III
Chase Stone

James Bennett

Chris Whetzel

Mark T. Smith

Dongyun Lee

Ted Wright

Ricardo Martinez

Gregory Manchess

Kinuko Y. Craft

Goni Montes

Jon Foster

Kent Barton

Tran Nguyen

Bill Sanderson