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Illustrative 17 Berlin Showing Steven Tabbutt

Steven Tabbutt has announced that his showstopping image, “The Wasp,” has been selected for exhibition at Illustrative 17 Berlin.

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Image selected by Illustrative 17 Berlin

Steven’s work left such an impression that he has also been asked by the Direktorenhaus Museum, which will be hosting the festival, to exhibit more of his work after the festivities conclude. Congratulations, Steven!

Happy Nowruz from Anson Liaw!

Happy Nowruz!

Images by Anson Liaw:

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Anson uses his densely layered imagery and energetic lines to celebrate the beginning of the Persian New Year, a predominantly secular holiday that is enjoyed by people of many faiths. Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3000 years in Central Asia, Western Asia, the Caucasus, Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans.

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Falling on the first day of Spring, Nowruz also marks the New Year in the Iranian solar calendar.

Anson’s style – and his multiple variations on this new image – seem fitting for this holiday that is filled with symbolism and shared among various cultures.

Which one is your favorite?

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Light on Biodiversity – We Have a Winner!

Josée Bisaillon’s beautiful illustration entitled “Light on Biodiversity” was recently acknowledged by Applied Arts as a ‘winner’ in the unpublished/personal illustration category:

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We just love the exciting mélange of colors, patterns, and textures. There is so much action in this piece that we manage to find a new element to admire each time we revisit it.

Congratulations, Josee! This award winner is truly worthy of the acclaim.

“C is for Canada” – New Title from Sylvie Daigneault

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, Sylvie Daigneault joins author Mike Ulmer in paying tribute to some of the unique landscapes, stories, and the history of this colorful country.

Images by Sylvie Daigneault:

The cover for "C is for Canada"

Sylvie’s bright and vibrant work is perfect for honoring the diversity and distinctive elements of this great nation, inviting us on an exciting armchair tour.

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Be sure to pick up a copy for the little Canadienne in your life, and congratulations, Sylvie!

Welcome to Suplex City

ALE+ALE traded their romantic European digs for something a bit more sinister while working on one of our favorite projects from 2016, the inimitable “Suplex City” – home of WWE® 2K17 and the latest addition to the flagship WWE video game franchise.

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ALE+ALE: Suplex City intro

Showcasing the ALE’s more ominous side, the atmospheric artwork for Suplex City creates a chilling environment for wrestling fans to engage with their favorite heroes and antiheroes. Per their press release, “WWE 2K17 delivers an unprecedented combination of authenticity, realism and action-packed gameplay in a WWE video game experience, including the largest roster of WWE and NXT Superstars in franchise history”. It was pretty exciting to be involved with something of this magnitude.

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While we are excited to share the images with you here, it goes without saying that you should allow yourself a moment to explore this remarkably detailed and atmospheric environment. Just click here – and don’t forget the way back home.

Inside the Studio: Josée Bisaillon

The prolific Josée Bisaillon invited our friends from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre into her studio, where she’s created over 20 picture books and established images for brands and editorial.

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From the studio of Josee Bisaillon

Charming and thoughtful, we recommend getting to know this incredible illustrator a bit more personally. Take a look here.

Victo Ngai for Apple – Happy Year of the Rooster!

Happy New Year from Victo Ngai and Apple!

Utilizing Victo’s capacity for creating exciting and celebratory atmospheres, the newly released Chinese nianhua image is the perfect way to capture the energy surrounding the start of the New Year.

Image by Victo Ngai:

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Happy Year of the Rooster! We do hope this makes those early mornings a bit easier.

To celebrate the occasion, she participated in a packed event at the Hong Kong Canton Road Apple Store on January 10th, where she shared some behind the scenes moments and also lead the group in a life drawing session.

She also treated the audience to details from her very first commission: it seems that contraband junk food was highly covetable to a third grade Victo.

Photo by Jason Li:

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You can download the free wallpaper of Victo’s illustration by clicking here, and again, Happy New Year!

Talking with Raul Colon

Raul Colon was recently interviewed by Lauren Vander Pluym for Booklist Online, and her extensive research and thoughtful questioning culminated in a rave review that we couldn’t have done better ourselves.

Truly, this is a piece that deserves to stand on its own. Thank you to the author for this thoughtful look at Raul as an artist, as well as the in-depth curation of his many titles.

Take a look here.

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Image by Raul Colon

Sky Arts Names their Landscape Artist of the Year

For the last several years, A. Richard Allen has been tucked away in his studio and hard at work. After years of building a successful career as a commercial illustrator, he found himself itching for a change and ready to embrace the next challenge. Interestingly, this period of growth revolved around reconnecting with one of his first loves – oil painting – and this personal creative journey was recently rewarded in a rather unique way: by competing on a UK television show and walking away with the grand prize.

Image by A. Richard Allen:

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As Richard explains it, “The show, Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, (on Sky Arts in the UK and to be shown at some point in 2017 in the US and Australia) pits seven artists against each other over four hours to paint a particular view. Winners from these six heats plus one Wildcard made it through to the semi-final. From there three progressed into the final and did an additional commission piece in the meantime. This piece along with the final four hour piece was used in judging the winner. And that, friends, was me.”

That was him!

Particularly when we consider the fact that Richard was ultimately exploring and developing a new voice and direction, his jump was a bold one. “From not exhibiting my work in any meaningful way over the last four years of painting to taking part in a series of timed, judged, competitive challenges, all the time being filmed for TV, was perhaps a little perverse. Particularly as conventional landscapes and painting en plein air simply haven’t been part of my practice.”

Images by A. Richard Allen:

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But happily, he not only made it out alive, but also with a wonderful affirmation of his work. As a condition of winning, he undertook a commission for the National Trust of the Petworth House, which is also home to an outstanding collection including pieces by Turner, Gainsborough, Bosch, Claude, and Titian. This lead rather notably to the estate’s offer to exhibit his work starting March 25, 2017.

“Fortune favors the bold,” they say – well that certainly seems to be the case today. Congratulations, Richard, on this tremendous accomplishment and adventure!

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Stowen, Margate, Urquhart Castle, Aberdulais, A Richard's original entry A. Richard Allen at work

Carlo Stanga’s Wall Street Journal Debut

For our artists that work in the editorial realm, there are a few publications that are perpetually on our “dream client” list. We were so excited when the Wall Street Journal asked Carlo Stanga to create an energetic lead image for their piece “The World According to Google” – and how perfect that it focused on Berlin, the city that Carlo calls home:

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Carlo Stanga for the Wall Street Journal

Noone captures the excitement and sophistication of the big city quite like Carlo does. Congratulations on this nice milestone!