December 31, 2009

Edel Rodriguez visually realizes the manic intellectual world of mid-20th century writer Arthur Koestler for a book review in the December issue of The Atlantic. Koestler, says the article, was written off as "a much afflicted scribe of his time, greedy for pleasure, haunted by guilt, who enjoyed a short vogue and was then forgotten." (more)

December 30, 2009

Matt Herring illustrated a thought-provoking article for the Economist that draws parallels between the effect of the telegraph in the 1800’s and the Internet today on the health of the newspaper industry. (more)

December 30, 2009

Pretty fruit illustrations by Jeanine Henderson are being used singly and in combinations on the Made Drinks blog.  The artwork will also appear as branding for in-store signage and displays. (more)

December 30, 2009

Chris Gash’s weekly illos for the Business and Science sections of the NY Times challenge him to keep it fresh, for both the reader and himself, on a regular basis.  For On the Road last week Chris incorporated a photo to illustrate how business travelers are hassled to keep receipts for everything in the face of impending IRS audits in 2010. (more)

December 30, 2009

Kevin Sprouls’ WSJ hedcut style got an international workout recently from Euroman, a lifestyle magazine in Denmark.  First up was a portrait of Danish literary lion Jorgen Leth. (more)

December 23, 2009

Doug Panton has been awarded a silver medal in the category of Illustration Professional and a merit in the category of Fine Art Professional in the up-coming Creative Quarterly 18, the magazine recognizing global excellence in graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art. All medal and merit winners will be exhibited in the next issue of CQ, due out in April 2010. (more)

December 23, 2009

Dave Plunkert’s diner THINKS he knows what he wants… but as the lead story of this week’s New York Times Dining & Wine section informs us, other forces are at play in his decision.  Welcome to the world of menu engineering, where dollar signs are banned and meaningless descriptivism such as “farm fresh” eggs and “smokehouse” bacon guide the diner’s tender psyche to the pellet in the center of the maze. (more)

December 22, 2009

Mark Summers’ signature engraving style was the perfect medium for this ripped-from-currency cover portrait of Ben Bernanke for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year issue. (more)

December 21, 2009

Allan Burch was commissioned by University of San Diego to create a painting of Cathedral at Alcalá de Henares, Spain, a building whose late Gothic style is the inspiration for the campus architecture, also known as Alcalá Park. (more)

December 17, 2009

Valeria Petrone's charmingly illustrated Clarion book, Two at the Zoo, has been nominated for a Cybil Award. (more)