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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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“Jam on the Vine,” Tonya Engel’s Latest Book Cover

Tonya Engel took the time to swing by our offices this afternoon to celebrate the release of her latest project, “Jam on the Vine” – just in time for Black History Month!

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And a detail of the painting:

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From author LaShonda Katrice Barnett:

“”Jam on the Vine” is a new American classic: a dynamic tale of triumph against the odds and the compelling story of one woman’s struggle for equality that belongs alongside “Jazz” by Tony Morrison and “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker.

Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith from central-east Texas, first ignites her lifelong obsession with journalism when she steals a newspaper from her mother’s white employer. Living in the segregated quarter of Little Tunis, Ivoe immerses herself in printed matter as an escape from her dour surroundings. She earns a scholarship to the prestigious Willetson College in Austin, only to return overqualified to the menial labor offered by her hometown’s racially biased employers.

Ivoe eventually flees the Jim Crow South with her family and settles in Kansas City, where she and her former teacher and lover, Ona, found the first female-run African American newspaper, Jam on the Vine. In the throes of the Red Summer—the 1919 outbreak of lynchings and race riots across the Midwest—Ivoe risks her freedom and her life to call attention to the atrocities of racism as witness in the disproportionate incarceration of black men.”

“Jam on the Vine” has been receiving incredible support and reviews from major publications since its release last week, and Tonya is honored to have been selected to create the dignified and emotive painting for its cover. We simply couldn’t be more proud.

We would like to extend a huge and heartfelt congratulations to Tonya – and, of course, her delightful assistant, Zoe.

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(Don’t let that sweet smile fool you: this one is a real task master!)

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A. Richard Allen and Victo Ngai are Joining the CA Party!

Ain’t no party like a Communication Arts party because a Communication Arts party don’t stop!

Today’s great news comes from both A. Richard Allen and Victo Ngai, who have also been selected by this terrific publication. We are simply delighted to have such an established presence in the upcoming issue!

Images by A. Richard Allen:

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A detail of one of the interior illustrations:

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Images by Victo Ngai:

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Congratulations, A. Richard and Victo!

 

Gaby D’Alessandro Accepted into Communication Arts

Gaby D’Alessandro’s lush portrait of Charles Darwin has garnered a lot of attention from clients – and we are thrilled to announce that the awards circuit is beginning to acknowledge this spectacular piece, as well:

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Congratulations, Gaby, on your inclusion in the latest issue of Communication Arts!

News Roundup from Valeria Petrone

Valeria Petrone has been kicking off 2015 with quite a bang, and we are delighted to share a few of her most recent announcements with you.

First up, her adorable app for children, “Good Night Dadas,” has been selected as the “Editor’s Choice for Excellence in Design” from the Children’s Technology Review:

“Playful and responsive, this Italian app is part of a series that features small creatures called “dadas” that help children overcome their fears…in this case, the fear of the dark. The storyline follows the logic of “Where the Wild Things Are,” only with a trip into space. This app is extremely “crisp” and high in child control, so could work well as a child’s first app.”

Her charming characters definitely deserve the hat tip, and we are so happy to learn that these cute little dudes are doing such a nice service for children everywhere.

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Valeria’s fine art is also off to a great start, and the talented artist is proud to announce that her latest show, “Where Did I Land,” has been met with great enthusiasm. If you happen to be in Rome, be sure to check it out before it closes – and please consider joining the artist for the closing party, slated for this Thursday, February 12th. We are certain that it won’t disappoint!

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