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Pete Ryan for the Village Voice

Pete Ryan’s recent trip to New York  (and awesome brunch with the blogmistress!) inspired him to create this amusing piece in honor of the coming spring. How exciting that, upon presenting it to the Village Voice, they decided to run it as today’s cover!

Image by Pete Ryan:

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Those that live in the city know that our current elation is also coupled with the thrilling reveal of at least 3 months worth of trash.

How humbling.

“Eat, Leo! Eat!” Book Trailer from Josée Bisaillon

Josée Bisaillon is back again with her latest picturebook, and we are so excited to see her bright and engaging illustrations bringing life to this wonderful story about family – and more importantly, belonging.

“Eat, Leo! Eat!” is her latest collaboration with Kids Can Press, and we couldn’t be happier to share this wonderful new tale with you.

Take a look at the book trailer here!

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Jonathan Bartlett in the New York Times “Arts and Leisure” Section

It’s always so exciting to see our artists grace the publications that enrich our personal lives.

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So thank you, Jonathan Bartlett, for paying us a visit this Sunday by way of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section!

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The piece discussed the New York Philharmonic and how their current conductor is stepping down – without having named a successor. We just love this simple solution!

Scholarship Opportunities from the Society of Illustrators

Illustration students and educators, take note! The Society of Illustrators has added yet another prestigious scholarship to honor talented, hard-working junior level students.

Many are already familiar with the Zankel scholarship, which awards $10,000 towards the winner’s senior year tuition. But we are very excited to share that there is now a second opportunity for students in the Will Eisner scholarship, which awards $5000.

Schooling is hard enough without having to worry about how to pay for it, and we tip our hats to the Society and its patrons for awarding and commending the next generation of illustrators in such an impactful way.

Teachers, think long and hard about who you know who might be applicable – your vote of confidence could make a profound change in a student’s life.

Image by Raul Colon

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Introducing our Newest Artist – Jonathan Bartlett!

This one has been a long time coming!

We have been admiring Jonathan Bartlett’s ever-evolving work for quite awhile now, and it has been truly enjoyable to follow his ascent as an illustrator. He has continuously impressed us with his juxtaposition of classical imagery and fresh symbols, and we’ve always appreciated his subtle surrealism that is grounded in nature. And don’t even get us started on that impeccable technique!

All images copyright Jonathan Bartlett:

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So it comes as no surprise that we were thrilled when the stars finally aligned and the timing felt right.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please take a moment to check out Jonathan’s wonderful portfolio and welcome this talented lad to the team.

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Honorable Mention for Valeria Petrone’s “Dadas”

Valeria Petrone recently made her debut into the app world, and the results could not have been cuter:

Image by Valeria Petrone:

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This wonderful project, created in collaboration with the burgeoning new studio ‘Elastico’, has already received a few wonderful hat tips from the likes of the Society of Illustrators, alongside others.

And today, we learned that “Good Night, Dadas” has received the honorable mention from this year’s Bologna Ragazzi Digital Awards!

You can take a look at this video around the 3:30 mark to hear the jurors’ comments, and don’t forget to check out this wonderful app!

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Tools and Resources from the Graphic Artists Guild

When is the last time you brushed up on Copyright law? How in tune are you with your rights as a freelance illustrator?

It is prudent that all artists take a moment from time to time to brush up on their knowledge – especially before trouble hits!

The Graphic Artists Guild has a great list of tools on their website that we wanted to share with you, in addition to in their invaluable printed handbook. If it’s been awhile since you’ve last read up on the ins and outs of the legal side of the business, we strongly recommend that you take a look.

Image by Don Kilpatrick:

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New Work from Carlo Giambarresi

Carlo Giambarresi sent us this recent beauty for the German publication ‘Wirtschafwoche’. In it, he tackles the article’s central theme: that one shouldn’t settle for life insurance while investing in more lucrative and diverse ways.

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