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.
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:
NPR continues to honor and promote the contributing artists on their blog, and we were so happy to see this recent entry about Gaby.
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.
Image by Laura Tallardy:
Pete Ryan set aside some time from his incredibly hectic schedule to chat with the folks at Magenta Manor, and his charismatic personality shows through as always. Click here to have a listen and learn a bit more about his process!
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with these awesome updated portfolios – you just might see something that blows you away!
Additionally, you may check out our awesome awards section, which has been updated to include recent American Illustration winners! Click here.
We recently announced our partnership with surrealist collage masters ALE + ALE, and as we strategize how to position their work for the American Market, it is so fun to see their new portfolios popping up.
Those that are familiar with our company know that we appreciate working with the Ispot and the Workbook, so we are very pleased that they were eager to be featured in these terrific venues.
MGI is not only home to a roster of talented visual artists, but the ladies behind the scenes are all creatives in their own right. Alice, our wonderful bookkeeper, has been studying to become an art teacher, and if her involvement in her son’s latest class project is any indication, she is going to be awesome at it.
Recently, she spearheaded a project that taught the class about the Day of the Dead festival by inviting students to create their own sugar skull designs. Here is what she said about the project:
“The children created sugar skull designs by using illustrative references and a lot of imagination. Each child was given a skull cut from thick water color paper. They created their designs in pencil and finished them with sharpie and metallic markers. The final pieces were applied to a painted canvas and covered in gloss gel medium. This painting not only shows an amazing amount of creativity, but also allows each individual’s personality to shine through. They were incredibly proud of their work, and rightly so!”
The skulls are going to be auctioned off to benefit the school, New Explorations for Science and Technology + Math. Congratulations to all the students – and to Alice, of course. They look great!
Patti Mollica has been enjoying a fun gig touring the country as an official ambassador for Golden Artist Colors. And recently, principles Vicki and Gail decided on an impromptu visit with the artist to see what these engaging demonstrations and lectures are really all about.
Showcasing both her marvelous talent as a painter and the quality of Golden’s products, Patti provided an intensive seminar jam packed with information. Moving seamlessly between traditional techniques and manipulating the featured products, the event surely provided patrons at the Woodstock School of Art plenty of information that they could take home and put to use in their own work.
Those interested in the possibility of attending one of these workshops might enjoy following Patti’s beautiful and illustrative blog, which will provide future event information, along with glimpses at her fabulous work.
Here’s the lady of the hour, Patti Mollica:
And here we see Patti (middle) with principles Gail (left), and Vicki (right):
We are big fans of Josee Bisaillon’s joyful and engaging collage-based illustration, and were very happy to learn that Kathleen Temean was intrigued enough by her work to reach out to the artist and write about Josee in her wonderful blog. In particular, we are big fans of learning about an artist’s individual process, so this was a real treat!
You can check it out here.
Image by Josee Bisaillon:
It can be a nerve wracking experience waiting for those first reviews to roll in, but what could possibly be more encouraging than a starred review from Kirkus?
Susan Gal’s “Day by Day,” which she both wrote and illustrated, is a heartwarming tale that follows an adorable pig family in their quest to build a home and become a part of the fabric of their Society. Here is what the reviewer had to say:
“Day by day, brick by brick, a community is built in this winning tribute to fellowship and family.
Across a golden prairie, a family of pigs heads west. Their small actions grow in significance as bricks become a house, beloved paraphernalia create a home, neighbors are welcomed and friendships begin. With each handsome spread, the author rephrases the proverb she was inspired by: â€œlittle by little, the bird builds its nest.â€ Words flow on a curvature that matches the lyrical nature of both text and artwork. Sophisticated, digital illustrations done in a pastel color palette dazzle the senses, allowing readers to feel the vastness of sky, the heat of summer; to smell the scent of flowers and fields; and to hear the slow dance-floor melody as they safely drift to sleep. Gal skillfully employs the computer to create a handmade, collage aesthetic. Through her application of textures, she creates a world thatâ€™s rich in pattern, color and, most of all, love. As pigs gather around a table, under a festive tree at twilight to enjoy the bounty they have grown, they give thanks.
A luminous celebration of family, food and home. (Picture book. 4-9)“
The lovely news was shared with us by Random House’s Nancy Siscoe, with whom Susan collaborated. She sent us an enthusiastic, “I love this book!”
We sure do, too.
You can click here to see a brief presentation of this wonderful tale.Â Why not see what all the fuss is about!