For those that are not familiar with his background, it may come as no surprise that Carlo Stanga’s elaborately detailed illustrations have roots in architecture. This technical training surely informed his understanding of spatial relationships, and as a result, his stylized drawings are perfectly suited for creating distinctive maps.
Recently, one of his gorgeous maps was included in the new book The Art of Illustrated Maps, and we were delighted to see it extracted for this nice review in Print Magazine. Author Jessica Farris explains:
“While literally hundreds of books exist on the subject of maps and cartography, The Art of Illustrated Maps is the first book ever to fully explore the art form of conceptual, “illustrated” mapping. Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates not-to-scale maps as “the creative nonfiction of cartography,” and in this book he reveals how and why the human mind instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps”.
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.
Noone churns out the holiday hits quite like Laura Tallardy, and she’s back with her latest, “Thanksgiving Puzzles for Kids”!
This adorably animated puzzle game features fuzzy animals, autumnal settings, and of course the beloved Thanksgiving feast. Help the foraging squirrel collect acorns before the winter, jump into a pile of leaves, and grab a second helping of mashed potatoes – Thanksgiving Puzzles for Kids provides loads of fun and cheerful scenarios for you and your family!
Since the beginning, we have been huge fans of Pete Ryan’s sense of humor and visual puns. His amazing wit and clever ideas have been the cornerstone of his work since day one, yet we’ve also enjoyed seeing how his “look” has slowly evolved over the years. It goes without saying that his work is both smart AND aesthetically engaging, and we couldn’t be more excited to learn that a major industry heavyweight just happens to agree.
We’d like to give a massive congratulations to this hardworking artist, who has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators with a silver medal in the editorial category for his piece on being Christian in the city, created for Buzzfeed:
Any acknowledgement from the Society is an incredible honor, but we’d like to humble-brag and mention that the competition for this particular category is especially fierce. Regardless, Pete’s awesome image was able to rise to the top – and we couldn’t be happier for him.
When Carlo Stanga recently sent along this incredible image for Italy’s “Il Venerdi di Repubblica,” the special Friday edition of the national paper, our jaws hit the floor. This is precisely the kind of work that made us so excited to collaborate with Carlo in the first place – dynamic, full of energy, and distinctly his.
We simply had to share!
And don’t forget, you are always invited to check out more of his work here.
Our resident sartorial expert Laura Tallardy has done it again, this time creating a bewitching dress up app that is *just* in time for Halloween!
Be the best mummy or daddy you can be and treat your little monster to some haunted Halloween fun. Monsters and witches and robots – oh my! You and your little ones will delight in the variety of fun and spooky combinations.
Take a look here to download Halloween Dress Up Costume Party – for FREE!
Looking at Bradley Clark’s paintings makes us long for a bygone era. Replete with stylish, jet-setting figures living lives of elegance, he tips his hat to the glamour of the 1920s while maintaining a feel that is entirely au courant.
Bradley’s work blends visual elements harking back to the golden age of illustration to create images that celebrate a refined lifestyle. Gorgeous architecture, luxury travel, and immaculately dressed personages anchor his aesthetic. Some artists excel at creating a distinctive atmosphere, and Bradley’s vision is so sumptuous that his world becomes palpable.
Bradley has lead an interesting life which informs the details in his works – particularly the varied landscapes. Raised in the mountains and deserts of Idaho, educated at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and living in New York City and the Hudson Valley has given Bradley the opportunity to develop his versatile watercolors. He continues to travel often and records his adventures in journals filled with scenes of gardens, mountains, city streets or country lanes. Bradley explains that his “intensity of focus when painting outdoors enriches both my watercolor technique and my travel experience. It gives a balance to the careful and designed images from my studio.”
This exceptional visual storyteller captured our eyes and imaginations with his realistic yet decorative work. Please join us in welcoming this wonderful talent to the group.