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Carlo Giambarresi’s Latest Accolades

Carlo Giambarresi shared some exciting news to share this morning, as he has received a wonderful acknowledgement from the 3×3 Magazine annual.
His awesome graphic illustrations have been awarded a merit and honorable mention – how wonderful! Considering the caliber of the artists that submit to this contest, this is quite the honor.
Congratulations, Carlo!
Images by Carlo Giambarresi
Image by Carlo Giambarresi

Image by Carlo Giambarresi

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Victo Ngai: Four Freedoms

Victo Ngai was recently contacted by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy to create a suite of inspiring images honor the 75th anniversary of FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech.

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Victo’s contemporary interpretation was embraced by the art director, much to her liking:

“Art director Madeline and I agreed that a modern interpretation that’s more whimsical and less propagandistic was preferable. I believe Four Freedoms remain applicable today. And they are rights that everyone, not just one country or one group of people, deserve. So I decided to go a different route and forgo depicting human altogether. I wasn’t sure if this unorthodox interpretation would fly but Madeline being wonderful as usual, was completely on board with the pitch. Thank you Madeline!”

Take a look at Victo’s blog to see all of the images, and to learn more about this cool project.

Susan Gal: Guest Blogger!

So much work goes into creating a beautiful children’s book, and thankfully, much of the “behind the scenes” effort ultimately reveals itself in the quality of the illustrations and engaging storylines. However, it’s incredible to consider the amount of work that many artists and authors put into helping to market these gems after they hit the market – and one way that they often try to reach their target audience is through blog posts and guest blogging.

Susan Gal recently did a terrific job discussing her work on “Abracadabra, it’s Spring!” and we are delighted to share her post with you.

Take a look at her guest post on Dulemba here.

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The Children’s Book Council Honors Simona Mulazzani

The Children’s Book Council, one of North America’s foremost supporters of children’s literature and reading, recently honored “Rock-A-Bye Romp,” a darling play on the famous lullaby, written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by our own Simona Mulazzani.

Their “Hot off the Press” list, which features anticipated bestsellers, is a unique and impressive collection of fun titles, and we couldn’t be happier to see Simona in such nice company.

Take a look at the complete list here.

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“Rock-A-Bye Romp,” Illustration by Simona Mulazzani

 

“Apes A-Go-Go!,” Illustrated by A. Richard Allen, Announces its US Invasion!

“Apes A-Go-Go!,” the catchy title from avant garde fashion designer-turned-author Roman Milisic and our very own A. Richard Allen, has been receiving warm praise in the UK for its endearing and wacky narrative.

But our furry friends cannot be contained! No no – in fact, they will be headed stateside, where they will be gracing the shelves of children everywhere. You have been forewarned!

Knopf/Random House has picked up this fun title and is very excited to be releasing it in July. Moreover, we are delighted that the news is spreading quickly, as Kirkus gave “Apes A-Go-Go” a very nice review, which you can read here.

Congratulations, Richard! We can’t wait to see this book on our local shelves!

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“I am Milan” – New Book from Carlo Stanga

Carlo Stanga’s stylized drawings occupy a distinctive place between architectural design, fine art, and illustration. They are more imaginative than a blueprint, but rooted in impeccable details and the scientific realities of engineering. They offer an energetic and narrative spin on the cities we live in – the cities that Carlo loves.

Ever-inspired by his surroundings, Carlo recently approached Moleskine with the idea to create a series of illustrated books about the places we call home – but from an extraordinary and personified point of view. In “I Am the City,” each title will introduce a different locale by referencing the local lifestyle and mood, in addition to the different monuments and other architectural characteristics that most define it. This series is not just an architectural homage, although it certainly tips its hat. Instead, it very rightly remembers that a city is a living and breathing entity – one that has a unique history, but continues to evolve and grow.

The series begins with “Milan,” which you may now preorder here, and will move on to publish a new title every year. We are so excited to join Carlo and Moleskine as they take us on these beautiful illustrated tours.

Congratulations to Carlo on this inspiring and exciting project!

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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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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!

Fun Doodles, Stellar Campaign – New Project from Victo Ngai

Victo Ngai’s kinetic lines and bustling scenes were put to tremendous use recently for Franke’s “Make it Wonderful” campaign. As the artist charmingly put it on her blog, “For those of you who have done intoxicated napkin drawings with me at a bar, you might have noticed that my free-hand drawing behaves like wild weeds. It starts at one corner and grow to fill the whole page.”

Images by Victo Ngai:

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I’m not sure about you, but I’m still trying to get my idiosyncrasies to work for me.

Thank you to the terrific Chrissy from Gyro for this awesome assignment!

“Creative Quarterly 38” Winners Announced

The celebrated publication “Creative Quarterly” is slated to release its 38th edition, and we are very excited to announce that two talented MGI’ers have been selected for inclusion.

Anson Liaw was delighted to learn that his illustration, “The Perfect Storm,” is a runner up in the ‘professional illustration’ section (personal/unpublished category).

Image by Anson Liaw:

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And Sylvie Daigneault has been honored with not one, but TWO “winners” in the ‘fine art’ category! These images will be reproduced in CQ’s “100 Best Annual”, which we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Images by Sylvie Daigneault:

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Congratulations, Anson and Sylvie!