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Fun Doodles, Stellar Campaign – New Project from Victo Ngai

Victo Ngai’s kinetic lines and bustling scenes were put to tremendous use recently for Franke’s “Make it Wonderful” campaign. As the artist charmingly put it on her blog, “For those of you who have done intoxicated napkin drawings with me at a bar, you might have noticed that my free-hand drawing behaves like wild weeds. It starts at one corner and grow to fill the whole page.”

Images by Victo Ngai:

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I’m not sure about you, but I’m still trying to get my idiosyncrasies to work for me.

Thank you to the terrific Chrissy from Gyro for this awesome assignment!

In Need of Inspiration? The Guggenheim Released 109 Free Art Books Online!

Via Openculture:

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“Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge.

We’re happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109. Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis BaconGustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes.”

What a wonderful gift the Guggenheim has given us – I’m not sure about you, but I know what rabbit hole I’ll be lost in this weekend!

Morgan Gaynin Artists Mourn Those Lost in Charlie Hebdo Attacks

In light of the recent tragedy at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, we wanted to share the images created by Morgan Gaynin artists that mourn the lives of those lost in the attacks.

Philippe de Kemmeter:

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Beppe Giacobbe:

Carlo Giambarresi:

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Rick Tulka:

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Rick drew his images live from the march in Paris, and kindly shared his experience with those of us that can't be there physically on his Facebook page:

"Today we went to the huge manif (march), in Paris, for Charlie Hebdo and the victims of the terrorist attacks last week. They said that there were one million people there. By the time we arrived we couldn’t even get near Place de la Republique, where the march started. There were a lot of people!! All ages, from kids to grandparents. All colors and nationalities. It was good to see. At one point some people in an apartment above started blasting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony out their window. The crowd loved it and cheered. The chant “Charlie! Charlie!” was always heard as was instantaneous applause. Once we started marching I pulled out my sketchbook to draw. I drew while walking. I only got two drawings done, because after a while the crowd got so packed that it was difficult to hold my sketchbook and draw. We didn’t march to the end at Place de la Nation. Public transportation was free today and the métro was packed getting there. I can’t imagine being at the end with all those people and trying to get on a train. Other people were leaving too, they probably also felt like we did. I am so glad that we went. It was very important. Especially for me as an artist, having been published in Charlie Hebdo."

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this recent atrocity.

“Creative Quarterly 38″ Winners Announced

The celebrated publication “Creative Quarterly” is slated to release its 38th edition, and we are very excited to announce that two talented MGI’ers have been selected for inclusion.

Anson Liaw was delighted to learn that his illustration, “The Perfect Storm,” is a runner up in the ‘professional illustration’ section (personal/unpublished category).

Image by Anson Liaw:

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And Sylvie Daigneault has been honored with not one, but TWO “winners” in the ‘fine art’ category! These images will be reproduced in CQ’s “100 Best Annual”, which we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Images by Sylvie Daigneault:

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Congratulations, Anson and Sylvie!

Eddy Portnoy to Revisit 2014 Presentation on “Cartoon Provocateurs: the Non-Existent Red Lines of Charlie Hebdo”

NEW YORK: A special meeting of the NY Comics and Picture-Story Symposium will be held in light of this week’s tragic attack at Charlie Hebdo.

Via the symposium’s website:

Eddy Portnoy will revisit his 2014 presentation on “Cartoon Provocateurs: the non-existent red lines of Charlie Hebdo,in light of this week’s deadly attack on the offices of the French satirical weekly. Also, a screening of documentary clips concerning the events surrounding the reprinting a set of 12 cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that had originally appeared in the Danish newspaper, Jyllands Posten in 2006, in addition to some of their own. Sued in 2007 for defamation of a religious community by the Great Mosque of Paris, the Union of Islamic Organizations of France and the World Muslim League, Charlie Hebdo mounted a vigorous defense and was ultimately absolved of any wrongdoing.

The talk will take place next Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7 pm at Parsons The New School, Theresa Lang Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.

Image by Beppe Giacobbe:

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Anson Liaw Starts 2015 Off Right

Anson Liaw’s sophisticated piece “The Perfect Storm” made us stop in our tracks, and it seems we aren’t the only ones to appreciate his latest creation.

“The Perfect Storm” by Anson Liaw:

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We kicked off 2015 with an enthusiastic note from the acclaimed artist, who was delighted to share that the illustration has been selected by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, in addition to be named a “runner up” in Creative Quarterly Issue 38. Just to clarify, as each competition has its own specific terms, a “runner up” in this case means that the artist received a majority of votes from the esteemed judges. Not too shabby!

We like to think that this nice kickoff to 2015 is also an auspicious sign of things to come. Congratulations, Anson!

A Happy Norton’s Holiday!

Victo Ngai was recently approached by Peter Norton and his wife, Gwen Hill, to create this year’s holiday card for the annual Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Project. Founded in 1998, this year’s commission was to focus on the couple’s romance, along with the festivities of the season.

Image by Victo Ngai:

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“The Sighting, the Search, the Meeting: A Romance” is a beautiful, whimsical story, told sequentially as this year’s holiday greeting.

Image by Victo Ngai:

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To be invited to work on this year’s card is quite the honor, as Peter Norton (inventor of Norton Antivirus Software) is one of the world’s leading contemporary art collectors – as well as a board member at both the MoMA and Guggenheim Museum. How incredible and flattering it must be to have caught his eye.

We wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season, and we’re looking forward to sharing more exciting projects in 2015!

Cool Careers Dress Up for Girls is Here!

Are you hustling to find a terrific stocking stuffer for the precocious little smarty pants in your life? Well, have no fear! Laura Tallardy has come to the rescue with the release of her newest app, “Cool Careers Dress Up for Girls,” an awesome new take on the traditional “dress up” app.

Progressive and stereotype-breaking,  Cool Careers Dress Up for Girls allows the user to create characters that are scientists, astronauts, doctors, race car drivers, and more. With a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and non-traditional jobs, the app encourages players to engage their creativity while broadening their horizons – simply put, it is a wonderful way to send a positive and inspiring girl-power message that any parent would love.

You can see the app in action here, and check out the website to learn more – and download!

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Victo Ngai Designs SPECTRUM’S latest Call For Entries

Victo Ngai’s latest bid towards world domination has earned her yet another accomplishment: take a look at her fabulous illustration for SPECTRUM 22′s Call for Entries Poster:

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Victo shared a few words describing her engaging design:

“The tile of this piece is Rule Breaker. The girl represent the role of an artist, bringing colors and surprises into the predictable mundane daily routines (monochromatic checker cage). She’s not afraid to break rules and confinements which suck blood and fun out of life (leech monster in square checker suits).”

If you follow Victo’s work closely, you already know that this dynamic young artist is always eager to explore new ways to create her trademark imagery. One could say that, conscious or no, this spunky superhero might contain just a touch of the artist’s own spirit.

“The Art of the Heirloom,” Featuring Sally Vitsky

Ten years ago, Ken Greene founded the Hudson Valley Seed Library to educate and give consumers access to the kinds of beautiful heirloom vegetables that once abounded on nearby farms. With huge corporations controlling the majority of commercial seed distribution, one might be amazed to learn how genetically modified and tasteless varieties have completely replaced the diversity of delicious produce that we were once able to enjoy.

And in a marvelous effort to celebrate the diversity of seeds that he and his company have made available, Greene has teamed up with various artists over the years to celebrate the valiant veggies.

“Art of the Heirloom,” now at the New York Botanical Garden, showcases 59 seed-pack designs created by a terrific assortment of artists – including our own Sally Vitsky!

This wholesome exhibition will remain on display until July 19th, and then will begin to travel throughout the United States. You may learn more about the show and the Hudson Valley Seed Library in this wonderful article from the New York Times – which also featured Sally’s illustration in the slideshow.

Image by Sally Vitsky:

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