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“C is for Canada” – New Title from Sylvie Daigneault

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, Sylvie Daigneault joins author Mike Ulmer in paying tribute to some of the unique landscapes, stories, and the history of this colorful country.

Images by Sylvie Daigneault:

The cover for "C is for Canada"

Sylvie’s bright and vibrant work is perfect for honoring the diversity and distinctive elements of this great nation, inviting us on an exciting armchair tour.

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Be sure to pick up a copy for the little Canadienne in your life, and congratulations, Sylvie!

Victo Ngai for Apple – Happy Year of the Rooster!

Happy New Year from Victo Ngai and Apple!

Utilizing Victo’s capacity for creating exciting and celebratory atmospheres, the newly released Chinese nianhua image is the perfect way to capture the energy surrounding the start of the New Year.

Image by Victo Ngai:

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Happy Year of the Rooster! We do hope this makes those early mornings a bit easier.

To celebrate the occasion, she participated in a packed event at the Hong Kong Canton Road Apple Store on January 10th, where she shared some behind the scenes moments and also lead the group in a life drawing session.

She also treated the audience to details from her very first commission: it seems that contraband junk food was highly covetable to a third grade Victo.

Photo by Jason Li:

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You can download the free wallpaper of Victo’s illustration by clicking here, and again, Happy New Year!

Talking with Raul Colon

Raul Colon was recently interviewed by Lauren Vander Pluym for Booklist Online, and her extensive research and thoughtful questioning culminated in a rave review that we couldn’t have done better ourselves.

Truly, this is a piece that deserves to stand on its own. Thank you to the author for this thoughtful look at Raul as an artist, as well as the in-depth curation of his many titles.

Take a look here.

Image by Raul Colon:

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Image by Raul Colon

Sky Arts Names their Landscape Artist of the Year

For the last several years, A. Richard Allen has been tucked away in his studio and hard at work. After years of building a successful career as a commercial illustrator, he found himself itching for a change and ready to embrace the next challenge. Interestingly, this period of growth revolved around reconnecting with one of his first loves – oil painting – and this personal creative journey was recently rewarded in a rather unique way: by competing on a UK television show and walking away with the grand prize.

Image by A. Richard Allen:

A. Richard Allen, "Petworth Lower Pond"

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As Richard explains it, “The show, Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, (on Sky Arts in the UK and to be shown at some point in 2017 in the US and Australia) pits seven artists against each other over four hours to paint a particular view. Winners from these six heats plus one Wildcard made it through to the semi-final. From there three progressed into the final and did an additional commission piece in the meantime. This piece along with the final four hour piece was used in judging the winner. And that, friends, was me.”

That was him!

Particularly when we consider the fact that Richard was ultimately exploring and developing a new voice and direction, his jump was a bold one. “From not exhibiting my work in any meaningful way over the last four years of painting to taking part in a series of timed, judged, competitive challenges, all the time being filmed for TV, was perhaps a little perverse. Particularly as conventional landscapes and painting en plein air simply haven’t been part of my practice.”

Images by A. Richard Allen:

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But happily, he not only made it out alive, but also with a wonderful affirmation of his work. As a condition of winning, he undertook a commission for the National Trust of the Petworth House, which is also home to an outstanding collection including pieces by Turner, Gainsborough, Bosch, Claude, and Titian. This lead rather notably to the estate’s offer to exhibit his work starting March 25, 2017.

“Fortune favors the bold,” they say – well that certainly seems to be the case today. Congratulations, Richard, on this tremendous accomplishment and adventure!

Image by A Richard Allen:

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Stowen, Margate, Urquhart Castle, Aberdulais, A Richard's original entry A. Richard Allen at work

Carlo Stanga’s Wall Street Journal Debut

For our artists that work in the editorial realm, there are a few publications that are perpetually on our “dream client” list. We were so excited when the Wall Street Journal asked Carlo Stanga to create an energetic lead image for their piece “The World According to Google” – and how perfect that it focused on Berlin, the city that Carlo calls home:

Image by Carlo Stanga:

Carlo Stanga for the Wall Street Journal

Noone captures the excitement and sophistication of the big city quite like Carlo does. Congratulations on this nice milestone!

Gaby D’Alessandro – Fear of Flying

Gaby D’Alessandro recently hit an awesome milestone, and we are very excited to share her news – she has published her first piece for the New York Times!

Images by Gaby D’Alessandro:

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Tackling an interesting concept – a travel writer that copes with a fear of flying – Gaby’s subtle visual solution captures the author’s phobia beautifully.

Take a look at the article here, and congratulations, Gaby!

Valeria Petrone – American Illustration Profile

Valeria Petrone’s striking imagery garners a lot of attention, but it was particularly exciting to see her recent American Illustration profile.

Covering her sun-drenched childhood, inspirations, influences, and the technical aspects of how she creates her graphic work, it provides a colorful snapshot into the life of this fabulous illustrator.

Take a look here!

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Kettle’s Clever Persol Campaign

No matter the size of your brand, there is one marketing fact that is a universal truth: social media matters.

In a world where “authenticity” is critical, however, it can become difficult for major companies to provide the same appeal. This is where we need to tap into clever strategies and unexpected twists: by utilizing existing platforms and working within their parameters, how can we create a unique and engaging experience?

Jonathan Bartlett was contacted not long ago to create artwork for a new Persol campaign, and it seems the hard work and creative thinking have paid off. Kettle, the agency behind the idea, explains, “Activities like Escape The Room and Sleep No More showed us how people enjoyed playing in physical spaces—and we applied those learnings to social, building an experience for the new generation. ” Persol would present an artwork with a new cliffhanger on its Instagram feed while viewers were able to dictate the direction of the story – making for a memorable customer experience and generating upwards of 4,421,105 unique monthly visitors for the brand. We certainly call that a success.

Learn more about this interesting innovation here, and take a look at more of Jonathan’s fabulous illustrations here.

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“Get the Picture” Exhibition Receives Fabulous Review

“Get the Picture,” a phenomenal exhibition of 6 children’s book illustrators featuring Raul Colon, has quite the demanding audience – and few have even finished with kindergarten.

We love this glowing review from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which does a terrific job at applauding the exhibition itself while simultaneously celebrating the art of children’s books in a larger context:

“Children’s picture books are a sort of gateway drug not just to art, but also to literacy, even if the book contains only a few words. They engage their readers and help them deal with anger and fear and other challenges of their everyday lives, but most essentially, they suggest new possibilities, and impossibilities. They help children imagine who they are and what they might become.”

How beautiful and how true.

Take a look here to see our original post about the show, and if you are in the area, do yourself a favor – check it out! It is surely a visual feast for children and adults alike.

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Hold your Horses! Sylvie Daigneault Also Announced as CQ 45 Winner

It seems our blogmistress became so excited while making yesterday’s Creative Quarterly 45 announcement that she’d forgotten to include Sylvie Daingeault’s beautiful suite of imagery. Apologies, Sylvie!

Images by Sylvie Daigneault:

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Sylvie Daingeault Night at the Opera

This gorgeous series was selected as a ‘runner up’ in the Fine Art category. Congratulations, Sylvie!