August 29, 2012

Bill Sanderson - Obama for The Atlantic

In the September issue of The Atlantic, Bill Sanderson created this brilliant portrait illustration of President Obama surrounded by important figures in African American History, (Frederick Douglas, Booker T Washington, WEB DuBois, Martin Luther King Malcolm X, Jessie Jackson Senior, and Rosa Parks) for an article that discusses how Obama's race played a role in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting. 
In addition to the finished b&w illustration, Bill did a color version that was never used in the magazine. 



August 28, 2012

Chase Stone - Wall Street Journal, Investmant Moves

The talents of Chase Stone were employed in last weekend's issue of Wall Street Journal, Weekend Investor section. Mark Tyner commisioned Chase to create a large illustration for "Six Investment Moves to Make Now". Read the full article here




Jason Seiler - "Lawless" for The New Yorker

Jason Seiler loves to work in this sketchier illustration style, and he got the perfect chance to for this illustration commisioned by The New Yorker for their movie review of "Lawless". 



August 23, 2012

Tyler Jacobson - How Far Can Climate Change Go?

Tyler Jacobson did a series of illustrations for an article in Scientific American discussing just how far climate change can go. The images are of a landscape affected by a changing climate over time. Take a look these other epic illustrations Tyler did for a past issue of SciAm.



The Art of Literature


Chris Whetzel
"He that is robb'd, not wanting what is stolen,
Let him not know 't, and he 's not robb'd at all.
"
- William Shakespeare, Othello (Act III, Sc. III)
Ted Wright
"Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read."
- Mark Twain
James Bennett
"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."
- E. L. Doctorow
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Each day had a tranquility a timelessness about it so that you wished it would never end. But then the dark skin of the night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us glossy and colorful as a child's transfer and with the same tinge of unreality."
- Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals
Gary Kelley
"Each man delights in the work that suits him best."
- Homer, The Odyssey
Kinuko Y Craft
"Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never."
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
Ricardo Martinez
"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Gregory Manchess
"You see things; and you say: "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say: "Why not?""
- George Bernard Shaw
Bill Sanderson
"I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride."
- Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Tim Bower
"An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself."
- Charles Dickens
John Mattos
"Some Books leave us free and some Books make us free."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
David Johnson
"I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature."
- John Steinbeck
Yan Nascimbene
"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her."
- Shirley Jackson, The Lottery and Other Stories
Mark Summers
"Books, the children of the brain."
- Jonathan Swift
Eric Drooker
"Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness."
- Allen Ginsberg
Douglas Smith
"Fiction is the truth inside the lie.""
- Stephen King
Tyler Jacobson
"To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell's heart, I stab at thee; For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee."
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Jason Seiler
"A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled."
- Raymond Chandler
Kent Barton
"In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed."
- William S. Burroughs
Niklas Asker
"Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity."
- L. Frank Baum
C F Payne
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
- C. S. Lewis

August 13, 2012

Maria Corte - Deloitte Review

In the same issue for which Dongyun Lee did the cover, Maria Corte was commissioned to create several illustrations for Deloitte Review's article "Enhancing Decision Quality in Capital Planning". For the article and to view the illustrations in context, go here






Jason Seiler - Cyrano de Bergerac

New York's Roundabout Theater company commissioned Jason Seiler to illustrate the poster for their production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" starring Tony Award winner, Douglas Hodge. To get the clothing and hair just right, Jason had to rent a costume, wig, and hat. You can see him posing in them for reference below.
You can purchase tickets here




August 10, 2012

Chris Gall - Hungry for SciFi

The Library Journal publishes an issue once a year about scifi and fantasy literature. For this years issue, Chris Gall was commissioned for the cover; art director Kevin Henegan appreciated the sense of irony in his work. 


August 8, 2012

Dongyun Lee - Cover of Deloitte Review

Deloitte Review is a semi-annual business and economy publication published by Deloitte University Press. Creative director Matthew Lennert frequently commissions our artists for the various DU publications and for this issue, he employed the talents of Dongyun Lee for the cover. 



RSAR Presents: Heroes and Villians


This week's e-mailer just went out: Heroes and Villains, we all had a favorite growing up. 



Niklas Asker
"Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale."
- Peter S. Beagle
Guy Stauber
"We villians are a very select group indeed. In the very desperation of our hate rests our strength."
- Cyclops
Murray Kimber
"A society manufactures the heroes it requires."
- Colson Whitehead
Gregory Manchess
"The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture"
- Alfred Hitchcock
Ted Wright
"Perhaps elements like tenacity and humility combine to form a heroic compound."
- Brad Herzog
Jon Foster
"Being a hero, the man had observed, is largely a matter of knowing one's cues."
- Lev Grossman
Mark T Smith
"Being a hero means ignoring how silly you feel."
- Diana Wynne Jones
Thomas Ehretsmann
"Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments."
- Kevin Costner
Bill Sanderson
"As there is a use in medicine for poisons, so the world cannot move without rogues."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rudy Gutierrez
"With any good story, you need the adversary, the heroes and villains. You need a good mixture to make it work."
- Phil Keoghan
Douglas Smith
"A hero is defined by what he or she can do, not by what he or she cannot do."
- Damon Throop
Chris Whetzel
"There are heroes in evil as well as in good."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Tyler Jacobson
"There are no heroes...in life, the monsters win."
- George R.R. Martin
C.F. Payne
"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by."
- Will Rogers
Kent Barton
"To be heroic may mean nothing more than this then, to stand in the face of the status quo, in the face of an easy collapse into the madness of an increasingly chaotic world and represent another way."
- Mike Alsford
Michal Dziekan
"Damn you villains, who are you? And from whence came you?"
- Edward Teach
Edward Kinsella III
"Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with."
- Brodi Ashton
Dongyun Lee
"It was so much more comfortable to be able to divide people into heroes and villains and expect them to play their allotted part."
- Mary Balogh
Tran Nguyen
"If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes."
- Mark Twain
Mark Summers
"To be heroic does not have to mean possessing the ability to stand against the evils of the world, either well or successfully, but just that one is willing to stand."
- Mike Alsford
Goni Montes
"I believe that interest in heroes is universal and eternal."
- Norman Spinrad
Kinuko Y Craft
"Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary."
- Gerard Way
Jason Seiler
"The noir hero is a knight in blood caked armor. He's dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he's a hero the whole time."
- Frank Miller
Eric Drooker
"There is power within great sacrifice, within noble deeds. There are moments... brief, shining moments when the impossible becomes possible."
- Kelly Keaton
Tim Bower
"Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver 5 minutes longer."
- Ronald Reagan
Yan Nascimbene
"But protagonists are protagonists and heroes are heroes."
- David Baldacci
Chase Stone
"A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted."
- Andrew Bernstein
John Mattos
"And I believe we need heroes, I believe we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by."
- Richard Attenborough