We have some lovely goodies to share with you this week!
We were so happy to learn that Victo Ngai was asked to illustrate a full page piece for the New Yorker – possibly one of the most coveted assignments in our industry. The illustration was to accompany a wonderful piece of fiction by Peter Stamm entitled “Sweet Dreams,” and Victo was asked to create an image about the two young protagonists, a couple in Switzerland. Take a peak on her blog to see sketches and to learn more about her interesting process.
We also received these awesome images from Carlo Stanga, who recently completed a fabulous campaign in his native Italy for the cheese manufacturer “Galbani.”Â Here is a closeup of the work, which is classically Carlo:
And here we see the image in context, used in a huge advertisement next to a glorious gothic cathedral in Milan:
Finally, we wanted to take a moment to honor the life and work of Maurice Sendak, who sadly passed away this week. Sendak, who most famously penned the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” had an incredible influence on children’s literature, and he will be greatly missed. You can read more here.
It is so exciting to see one’s work in motion for the first time, and we are very proud of Carlo Stanga who just sent over his very first animated piece. Way to go, Carlo! His clean linework and distinct vision enable this campaign to really grab the viewer, and we hope that the producers are pleased with how nicely it turned out.
Please oooh and aaah with us and take a peek here.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Society of Illustrators has announced the winners for its 53rd exhibition, and Morgan Gaynin is excited to announce that we have had a number of our artists included this year!
To start off, let’s begin with two artists that are being included for the very first time – Pete Ryan and Carlo Stanga!
Pete Ryan’s conceptual piece from Las Vegas Weekly has been accepted into the editorial category:
And Carlo Stanga’s stunning MTA poster has been accepted into the institutional category:
Congratulations, gentlemen! We are certain that we will see your work at the Society many times to come.
Additionally, we are pleased to share that Beppe Giacobbe has had two pieces accepted. ‘N’Drangheta’ will be featured in the editorial show:
and ’20 Years’ has been accepted into the institutional category:
A. Richard Allen had his book cover and the interior for “Bratt Farrar” accepted into the sequential category:
Steven Tabbutt’s ‘Dogwood’ from his recent ABC book has been accepted into the book category:
Rene Milot’s mysterious gentleman has been accepted into the advertising category:
One year ago, Carlo Stanga created an architectural rendering of New York City for the Metropolitan Transit Authority that perfectly encapsulated the energy and sophistication of this great city:
We were so convinced that this was a gold medal winner, and it is always an honor to work with the MTA. So when they contacted us for Carlo a second time, we were extra thrilled.
His second image, entitled “Underground Gallery” is a wonderful homage to the gorgeous artwork that commuters can spot throughout our great metropolis. Featuring delightful vignettes and posters from days gone by (including works from other MGI artists), this engaging piece offers a feast of visual delights.
(It also gives your blogmistress something pretty to look at every morning.)
So you like fine print? Here’s the copy: “Carlo Stanga’s whimsical, rollickign image celebrates the multiple layers of NYC and turns a transit hub into an underground art gallery hung with a selection of Arts for Transit posters. The work honors MTA Arts for Transit’s role in art and design for the MTA region over the past 25 years”
This year, the Italian fashion giant Brioni is celebrating its 65th birthday, and Carlo Stanga’s deft hand is the perfect choice for their elegant and distinctive campaign.
Attracted to his “fresh and modern stroke,” Brioni has opted to eschew fashion’s customary glossy images in favor of Carlo’s playful – yet sophisticated – illustrative style. “We feel that illustration is a warmer art form than photography,” the company says.
In addition, the company has collaborated with Wallpaper* Magazine for their “Wallpaper* Handmade…in Italy” exhibition, which will be celebrating their many milestones with a commemorative Moleskin notebook illustrated by the talented Carlo.
You can read more here, and of course, congratulations to Carlo!
Carlo Stanga’s architectural renderings have always had that ‘wow’ factor, but we are convinced that this latest piece has the potential to be a gold medal winner.
Commissioned by the Italian clothing line Brioni for its international advertising campaign, the intricate and delicate image shows iconic buildings from all over the world, celebrating the company’s growing presence in the global market.
In addition to creating this arresting image, Carlo is especially proud that he was asked to create the composition for the distinctive Brioni logo in honor of its 65th anniversary. Congratulations, Carlo!
As technology continues to advance, it is amazing to see the different venues that turn to illustration. However, it seemed particularly interesting that a law firm – in my opinion, a typically conservative environment – looked to the sophisticated linework of artist Carlo Stanga.
NCTM, a highly reputable Italian firm, has recently redesigned their website, and their new branding is chic, professional – and entirely unique. Take a look here to see the beautiful work that Carlo did for them on multiple pages.Â
Carlo Stanga never ceases to amaze us with the breadth and quality of his work, so it should not be too surprising that he has created this masterwork for his first exhibition in Berlin, Germany:
The gallery, which is the first and only in Berlin to feature Italian artists exclusively, asked the participants to share their reflections on the times surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. Carlo’s exuberant piece captures the joy experienced by Berliners upon reunification. Their smiling faces return the world’s gaze, thrilled at seeing the end of an oppressive era – a fact which is even more impressive when we realize that what is displayed here is only a fraction of Carlo’s characters.
If you happen to be in the area, be sure to catch the entire work at Infantellina Contemporary, on display until December 4th.
Carlo Stanga‘s distinctive MTA poster has been decorating the subway station walls for a few weeks. He purposely timed his visit from Milan so that he could view his poster in insitu.
Although Gail and Carlo had met in NYC a few years ago, the rest of the MGI staff finally had the opportunity to meet him themselves. After a brief office visit, Gail, Vicki and Kate accompanied Carlo to an eclectic sketchbook show at the New York Times. Among the sketches displayed were works by our artist and Carlo’s friend, Guido Scarabottolo. On our way uptown we went on the L and the A trains so Carlo could see his poster displayed in a few different stations.
Here stands a proud Carlo, posing next to his poster:
Which, after being taken by New York’s graffiti culture, he decided to tag:
And here are Vicki, Gail, and I in front of Guido’s sketch book drawings in the New York Times show (we LOVED how they cleverly had paper crumpled and strewn about, like a proper studio):