May 30, 2013

Yan Nascimbene - National Endowment for the Humanities

Maria Biernik, art director for the National Endowment for the Humanities, frequently comes to us with illustration requests. So when she asked me for illustrations of ocean landscapes, my mind went straight to Yan Nascimbene's work. More than anything, his art reflected his sensitive observations of nature. Its a great tribute to have his work posthumously on the cover of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

It is a happy talent to know how to play...

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
C.F. Payne
"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men."
Roald Dahl
Mark Summers
"Whoever wants to understand much must play much."
- Gottfried Benn
Ted Wright
"When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED."
Dr. Seuss
Goni Montes
"Play hard. Play, play, play like your life depends on it. Because it does."
 - Dean Koontz
Paul Cox
"We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play."
Charles Schaefer
Niklas Asker
"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct."
- Carl Jung
Rudy Gutierrez
"In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself."
Lev Vygotsky
Tran Nguyen
"A child loves his play, not because it's easy, but because it's hard."
Benjamin Spock
Dongyun Lee
"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
Guy Stauber
"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning."
Fred Rogers
Michal Dziekan
"The child amidst his baubles is learning the action of light, motion, gravity, muscular force…"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
James Bennett
"Play is training for the unexpected."
Marc Bekoff
David Johnson
"The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable."
Carl Jung
Gregory Manchess
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
Khalil Gibran
John Mattos
"My childhood may be over, but that doesn't mean playtime is."
 Ron Olson
Tim Bower
"Play has been man's most useful preoccupation."
Frank Caplan
Douglas Smith
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
Maria Corte Maidagan
"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bill Sanderson
"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."
Roger von Oech
Murray Kimber
"Life must be lived as play."
Eric Drooker
"Do not…keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play."

May 29, 2013

Patrick Arrasmith joins our team!

We our proud to introduce a new member into illustration family, Patrick Arrasmith. We look  forward to developing a strong relationship with him and sharing the journey with you. 

Patrick is a California transplant who's been happily living and working in Brooklyn, New York for over 13 years. After graduating from the California College of the Arts with a degree in illustration, he was lured to New York by a scholarship from the Society of Illustrators. He specializes in scratchboard illustration, and his work has appeared in a range of media, from the New York Times to HarperCollins books to Shiner beer bottles. Patrick barely gets out of the house when working, but when he does, he tries to make it something interesting. Stamps in his passport include Nepal, Burma, India, Panama, Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam, Jordan, and Bolivia. His goal is to one day collect stamps from every country.

Dongyun Lee - Summer Books, LA Times

Dongyun Lee's newest illustration made a splash across the cover of the Summer Books section of the LA Times.

May 22, 2013

Guy Stauber - What Still Ails Penn State, Sports Illustrated

For the past few months, Guy Stauber worked with some frequency for Sports Illustrated, starting with a Jeremy Lin portrait. In the most current issue, he was asked to illustrate Athletic Director of Penn State Dr. David Joyner and Team Physician Dr. Peter Seidenberg.

Jason Seiler will be a host on Best Ink tonight!

Jason Seiler's famous for his realistic portraits and caricatures, and if you ever met him, you'd see he's also covered in some awesome tattoos. So it's totally appropriate that he was asked to be a judge on tonights all new episode of Best Ink judging photorealistic tattoos. 

Catch the episode tonight at 10/9c on the Oxygen Network (check your local listings for the channel). 

Jason talking to the contestants (he's out of the camera's view here)

May 21, 2013

Goni Montes - Next Testament

Here is Goni Montes's first comic book cover, Next Testament by Clive Barker. First, but certainly not last... there are about 11 more in the series so stay tuned! Read more about the author and his new series here

Thomas Ehretsmann - Jackie Robinson for The New Yorker

The April issue of The New Yorker featured a film review of the biopic of Jackie Robinson's life, "42". Thomas Ehretsmann was asked to illustrate actor Chadwick Boseman portraying Robinson for the article. After seeing the article and accompanying illustration, the film's writer and director, Brian Helgeland, purchased the art for the actor. It's always an honor to have the art in the hands of the subject. 

May 20, 2013

Guy Stauber - The War in Chicago, CBS 48 Hours

Guy Stauber's most recent commission made it's debut over the weekend on the CBS show, 48 Hours. This particular episode of the popular crime documentary series focused in on the gun and drug related violence of Chicago. Guy was asked to create a large scale and multi-element "mural" that would server as a transition in between scenes and interviews.

You can now view the entire episode on their website here.


May 16, 2013

Dongyun Lee and Hyunyoo Cho Launches Toyoil!

Dongyun Lee and Hyunyoo Cho (who happen to be married), have combined his illustrations skills with her fashion design skills to launch their new brand, Toyoil. They have a great selection of t-shirts and prints for sale now and have recently collaborated with the men's skin care line, DTRT to create this (pretty insane) illustration thats used on their packaging and promotion. 

So, keep up with them on their blog, buy t-shirts on their site, or just stare in admiration... your choice.

May 15, 2013

Man's Best Friends

Ted Wright
"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend."
Corey Ford
James Bennett
"Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children."
- William Penn
Chris Gall
"All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog."
Charles M. Schulz
Tim Bower
"You may have a dog that won't sit up, roll over or even cook breakfast, not because she's too stupid to learn how but because she's too smart to bother."
 - Rick Horowitz
Mark Summers
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
Mark Twain
Rudy Gutierrez
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
- Josh Billings
C.F. Payne
"From the dog's point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog."
Mabel Louise Robinson
Gregory Manchess
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace."
Milan Kundera
Gary Kelley
"The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's."
-Polish Proverb
Bill Sanderson
"A cat sees us as the dogs...A cat sees himself as the human."
Kinuko Y. Craft
"The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic."
Henry Ward
Niklas Asker
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
Ben Williams
Ricardo Martinez
"Acquiring a dog, may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative."
Murray Kimber
"Every dog must have his day."
Jonathan Swift
Patrick Arrasmith
"If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one."
 Andy Rooney
Goni Montes
"In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you."
Michel de Montaigne
Eric Drooker
"Even the tiniest poodle is lionhearted, ready to do anything to defend home, master, and mistress."
Louis Sabin
Maria Corte Maidagan
"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
Abraham Lincoln
Tyler Jacobson
"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends."
Alexander Pope
Paul Cox
"I wish all men were like dogs."
Halle Berry
Douglas Smith
"It's no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk."
Thomas Ehretsmann
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
Roger Caras