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And the Silver Medal Goes to….

Attendees of this year’s Spectrum Live event were recently treated to the best in fantastic art, and in addition to all of the optic treats we were delighted to learn that Victo Ngai has received the silver medal for her vibrant celebration of the Chinese New Year for Tiger Beer. Huzzah!

This incredible piece became a virtual wallpaper for Singapore, which your intrepid blogmistress can state as fact after having seen it everywhere throughout her February travels. It certainly captured the spirit and energy of the season!

Congratulations on this terrific win, Victo!

Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The world recently lost an amazing artist and inspiring mind – RIP, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

In honor of an amazing life, we wanted to share this lovely interview with the author of “My Name is Gabito,” illustrated by our very own Raul Colon.

“….Márquez was the perfect inspiration for a children’s book because children more than adults perhaps can understand the way the magical and the real exist in one moment.”

Take a look and join us in remembering this beautiful soul.

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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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CQ 35 Winners

Creative Quarterly 35 recently announced its winners, and we are very honored to have two of our artists featured in the upcoming issue!

A huge congratulations to Sylvie Daigneault, who is a “winner”:

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And to Paul Garland, who is a “runner-up”:

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We shall be sure to alert you should we learn that another artist has been “selected”, “chosen”, “elected,” or “named” (little industry joke).

Congratulations, Sylvie and Paul!

Victo Ngai Graces the Cover of the New York Times Sunday Book Review

As seen in Victo’s original post:

“Family Life- NYT Book Review Cover 

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This is the second time I illustrated for author Akhil Sharma’s writing. The first one was for his New Yorker short story “We didn’t like him”.  I have always loved the beautiful melanchonia in his work.

Family Life is about an immigrant family from India living in New York, with 2 children. One of the brothers, Birju, suffers from brain damage from a swimming pool accident. This incident not only impairs Birju, but also his parents. They are blinded with grief and neglects to provide the nurture and attention the younger brother Ajay needs. Check out the book review by Sonali Deraniyagala here.

What I tried to capture in this image is how the pool has segregated and orphaned Ajay from the rest of the family. I curl my toes when I am trying to endure something painful, so I added that detail.

Big thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman for this great project! Look for it in the Sunday paper!”

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Winter’s Coming (no worries – it’s just the title of Josée Bisaillon’s latest!)

Josée Bisaillon is thrilled to announce that she’s recently completed the artwork for her latest picturebook, “Winter’s Coming” – just in time for spring! Join Lily the snowshoe hare as she explores the environmental shifts that signal the changing seasons.

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Josée’s charming collage style is the perfect fit for creating engaging environments, full of palpable textures and adorable critters. Be sure to check out Josée’s first book with Owlkids!

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You can check out the original post on Josée’s blog.

APRIL FOOLS!!!

DC Comics have teamed up with a surprising cult celebrity in honor of April Fool’s day, creating a special treat for fans and enthusiasts. As USA Today reports, Alfred E Neuman, the infamous MAD Magazine coverboy, will be gracing the covers of 21 DC titles, including Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman. The amusing treatments have been created by various artists, including our very own Rick Tulka, and we can’t way to see them! It’s certainly quite the departure from DC’s usual approach.

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Be sure to keep an eye out next month!