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Peace and Love from Morgan Gaynin

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It has certainly been a difficult week. We have been bombarded by images and messages of hatred, violence, murder, anger, misunderstanding, and misinformation. It has been exhausting.

There have been multitudinous artistic reactions to these horrifying acts of terrorism, and it is always inspiring to witness creatives reacting to such ugliness by making something beautiful.

I took a moment this morning to come at it from a different direction however. I wanted to see the images in our archives that were tagged with words such as “love” and “peace”. I wanted to feel joyous, to feel warmth, to see vibrant colors – and admittedly a lot of doves.

And I’d like to take this moment to share these images with you.

-Kate

Image by Victo Ngai:

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Image by Raul Colon:

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Image by Josee Bisaillon:

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Image by Don Kilpatrick:

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Image by Lisa Adams:

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Image by Beppe Giacobbe:

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Image by Tonya Engel:

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Image by Elizabeth Rosen:

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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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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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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!

Your Weekly Victo Ngai Update

Victo Ngai is a remarkably prolific young woman and as usual, she’s been quite busy – so let’s just consider this entry your one-stop-shop for all things Victo this week!

First and foremost, check out the latest issue of Communication Arts for a wonderful interview with the talented young artist – even after working with her for a few years, your humble blogmistress felt that she had learned something new about the artist. The piece is well-written and illuminating, and those that are fans of Victo’s work will be thrilled. We were very impressed, to say the least.

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The artist is everywhere these days, it seems, but for those that would like a little extra Victo in their lives, she is now offering her distinctive artwork on iPhone cases through the site Gelaskins. Take a look here to see her beautiful designs!

Painting Workshop with Patti Mollica

Do you long to paint quickly, boldly and fearlessly? Do you enjoy working en plein air, and perhaps most importantly, would you enjoy working and learning in beautiful Cortona, Italy? Then Patti Mollica’s got quite the experience lined up for you!

Join her in September of 2014 for the learning experience of a lifetime. Just click here to learn about this incredible opportunity…painting in idyllic countrysides, unparalleled Italian cooking and wine…it sounds just incredible.

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Victo Ngai for Tiger Beer

Victo Ngai’s recent campaign for Tiger Beer will make your jaw drop, and it would be doing her a great disservice to take away from her articulate post about the experience. So instead, we’ll just go ahead and link to her blog and let her explain in her own words.

Prepare to be amazed!

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Gaby D’Alessandro on NPR Blog

Gaby D’Alessandro’s recent inclusion in the 2014 NPR calendar was an exciting moment, as it is both a high profile gig AND a venue that enriches the artist’s own personal life. Her piece, which was used for the month of June, is stellar, and the work she put into it clearly demonstrates her admiration and appreciation for their programming:

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NPR continues to honor and promote the contributing artists on their blog, and we were so happy to see this recent entry about Gaby.

Check it out!

Laura Tallardy Creates Exciting New App Article!

Laura Tallardy is stealing the blogmistress’s thunder!

She was recently asked to create a second article for Corona Labs’s blog, and this time the expert chose to focus on the art of collaboration. Laura’s energy and enthusiasm for her craft is evident throughout the piece, and it’s a fun read for those that are considering jumping into the app world.

Give it a read!

Image by Laura Tallardy:

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