February 28, 2014

Michal Dziekan - Magic Delivery

Its hard not to judge a book by its cover when it's a cover as fun as this. Last year, Michal Dziekan created this and several interior illustrations for Disney-Hyperion's new book, Magic Delivery by Clete Smith. Although it's not coming out until August, they previewed the cover recently and it's available for pre-order

Orlando Arocena - Hot Hand, WSJ

Orlando Arocena created this dynamic illustration for the Wall Street Journal in yesterday's edition. Read the article here

February 26, 2014

Do you believe in Magic?

Gregory Manchess
"Don't mess with a wizard when he's wizarding!"
Jim Butcher
Goni Montes
"Magic doesn't suit everyone. Only those prepared to take full responsibility for themselves should apply."
Peter J. Carroll
C.F. Payne
"To each his own magic.” 
Libba Bray
Mark Summers
"It's still magic even if you know how it's done."
Terry Pratchet
David Johnson
"Performing the magic, for me, is not about convincing anyone I have amazing abilities. Its about providing a journey which comes to a place where the brain starts spinning. And of course, the best brains spin the most."
Derren Victor Brown
Edward Kinsella III
"But this didn't feel like magic. It felt a lot older than that. It felt like music."
Terry Pratchett
Douglas Smith
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
Albert Einstein
Thomas Ehretsmann
"The first thing every mage should learn is that magic makes fools of us. Now you may call yourself a mage. You have learned the most important lesson.” 
- Tamora Pierce
Sam Spratt
"Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective."
William S. Burroughs
Gary Kelley
"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.” 
- Tom Robbins
Tyler Jacobson
"A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.” 
G.K. Chesterton
Eric Drooker
"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” 
- W.B. Yeats
Jason Seiler
"Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work."
Thomas Aquinas
Patrick Arrasmith
"We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already."
J.K. Rowling
Orlando Arocena
"Magic is just science we don't understand yet."
Sharon McCarragher
Michal Dziekan
"Children see magic because they look for it."
Christopher Moore
Ted Wright
"I am Oz, the Great and Terrible,"
spoke the Beast, in a voice that was one great roar.
Who are you, and why do you seek me?"
L. Frank Baum
Rudy Gutierrez
"Magic is the art of thinking, not strength or language."
Christopher Paolini
Kent Barton
"Where there is woman there is magic."
Ntozake Shange
Kinuko Y. Craft
"To believe a thing impossible is to make it so."
French Proverb
Jon Foster
"A little magic can take you a long way."
Roald Dahl
David Palumbo
"The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is."
Ludwig Wittgenstein
John Mattos
"Magic is the only honest profession. A magician promises to deceive you and he does."
Karl Germain
James Bennett
"He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass."
Edgar Fiedler
Bill Sanderson
"Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action."
Dorothy Morrison
Ricardo Martinez
"Wands are only as powerful as the wizards who use them. Some wizards just like to boast that theirs are bigger and better than other people's."  
J.K. Rowling
Karla Ortiz
"Without patience, magic would be undiscovered - in rushing everything, we would never hear its whisper inside."
Tamora Pierce
Chris Gall
"Magic, madam, is like wine and, if you are not used to it, it will make you drunk.” 
Susanna Clarke

February 20, 2014

Niklas Asker - Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection

Barnard College, an all women's university here in NYC, commissioned Niklas Asker to illustrate the cover story of their quarterly magazine: "Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection", excerpts from Deborah Spar's new book. 

Thomas Ehretsmann - Freddie in the Shade, Scholastic

For Scholastic's Scope Magazine's March issue, Thomas Ehretsmann created the opening illustration for a short story "Freddie in the Shade". 

February 18, 2014

Tyler Jacobson - Doctor Sleep, Stephen King for EW

A lot of excitement circulating around Stephen King's new book (a sequel to The Shining). Personally, a lot of excitement around Tyler Jacobson's portrait of the man himself or Entertainment Weekly. (Article here).

Interestingly, this isn't the first article we illustrated for EW about King's new book, Doctor Sleep. Take a look at Goni Montes' illo for them here

February 17, 2014

February 14, 2014

Patrick Arrasmith - The Line, A Witching Savannah Novel

Really beautiful typographic treatment  by Patrick Arrasmith in this new cover of the first installment of J.D. Horn's book series, Witching Savannah. Stay tuned for the next to covers in the coming year. 

Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.
Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.
A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of...
In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

A repost from a newsletter we sent out several years ago... very much relevant today. 

Tran Nguyen
"Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author
Gary Kelley
"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."
Mother Teresa
Eric Drooker
"A kiss is a rosy dot over the 'i' of loving."
Cyrano de Bergeracplaywright
Chris Whetzel
"Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you."
Loretta Young, actress
Chris Gall
"There is a woman at the begining of all great things."
Alphonse de Lamartine, poet
Scott Brundage
“In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.”
Elizabeth Ashley, actress
Kent Barton
"Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law."
Boethius, philosopher
Goni Montes
"Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never."
Charles Caleb Colton, writer
Mark Summers
"Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion."
Miguel de Unamuno, educator
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Come live in my heart, and pay no rent."
Samuel Lover, artist
Jason Seiler
"Fortune and love favor the brave."
Ovid, poet
Dongyun Lee
"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."
Albert Einstein
Kinuko Y. Craft
"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul."
Judy Garland, actress
Paul Cox
"The art of love is largely the art of persistence."
Albert Ellis, psychologist
C.F. Payne
"Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning."
Author unknown
Ted Wright
"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
Murray Kimber
"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives."
C. S. Lewis, writer
Gregory Manchess
"She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudness climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
 Meet in her aspect and her eyes..."
Lord Byron, poet
Bill Sanderson
“As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.”
William Shakespeare
James Bennett
“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”
- Plato
John Mattos
"In a world where there is so much sadness and so much to be afraid of, good things do happen to people. Romance is still something we can find even if we're not consciously looking for it."
 Kathleen Quinlan, actress
Niklas Asker
“A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.”
Stendhal, writer
Andrew R. Wright
“A historical romance is the only kind of book where chastity really counts.”
Barbara Cartland, Novelist
Yan Nascimbene
“First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.”
George Bernard Shaw, playwright
Thomas Ehretsmann
“All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.”
Julie Andrews, Actress
Tim Bower
“The American is wholeheartedly for love and romance at any cost.”
Leslie Caron
Octavia Monaco
“Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.”
John Greenleaf Whittier
Mark T. Smith
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu, philosopher