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Valeria Petrone Recognized for New Children’s Title

Valeria Petrone is pleased to announce that her illustrations for “Abitare Sottosopra, un Parco di Notte” and “Tilda e la Luna” have received the ‘distinguished merit’ and ‘merit’ awards, respectively, from the 3×3 Magazine Picture Book Annual – wonderful!

Valeria’s strong graphic work appeals to adults and children alike, but there’s no ignoring the fact that the “cute factor” is totally maxed out in her adorable picturebooks.

Sometimes it’s best to let the art speak for itself….congratulations, Valeria!

Images by Valeria Petrone:

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UN Stamps Celebrate Dance Cultures

Ahhh, the ecstasy of dance – truly one of the purest forms of human expression. According to UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and a recent project’s brief and objective, “Dance promotes in a lively manner reciprocal knowledge and respect of diversity. Dance is both an art form and a method of communication in cultures around the world.”

How fitting to team up with some of the world’s foremost visual communicators, including Victo Ngai, with the purpose to connect and celebrate this glorious art form. In partnership with the United Nations, Victo created two illustrations that are comprised of elegant, stand out elements (the stamps themselves) that come together to create a complex composition. The results are stunning.

Images by Victo Ngai:

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Thank you to Sergio Baradat at the United Nations for commissioning this extraordinary project. We are in awe of the results!

Rosé all Day! New Design from Valeria Petrone

Who doesn’t love a glass of rosé once spring hits? Please take note: noone is raising their hands!

This latest project from Valeria Petrone is a real showstopper, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Created for Tormaresca Vineyard in collaboration with animator Silvio Mancini (and art directed by Valeria), it is a thrill to see her illustration come to life.

Image by Valeria Petrone:

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We strongly recommend taking half a minute to check out this delightful animation – and don’t forget to raise your glasses!

“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:

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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!

Welcome to Suplex City

ALE+ALE traded their romantic European digs for something a bit more sinister while working on one of our favorite projects from 2016, the inimitable “Suplex City” – home of WWE® 2K17 and the latest addition to the flagship WWE video game franchise.

Image by ALE+ALE:

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Showcasing the ALE’s more ominous side, the atmospheric artwork for Suplex City creates a chilling environment for wrestling fans to engage with their favorite heroes and antiheroes. Per their press release, “WWE 2K17 delivers an unprecedented combination of authenticity, realism and action-packed gameplay in a WWE video game experience, including the largest roster of WWE and NXT Superstars in franchise history”. It was pretty exciting to be involved with something of this magnitude.

Images by ALE+ALE:

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While we are excited to share the images with you here, it goes without saying that you should allow yourself a moment to explore this remarkably detailed and atmospheric environment. Just click here – and don’t forget the way back home.

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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Silver Medal for Victo Ngai

Superstar Victo Ngai received a wonderful call from the Society of Illustrators, and we are thrilled to announce that she has won a silver medal – along with having 5 singles and one series admitted. This is a huge accomplishment, yet while it ain’t her first rodeo, she remains humbled by the honor.

I am detracting from how deeply meaningful this year’s accolades were for the artist, however. In Victo’s own words:

“Making art and promoting art have been trivial these couple weeks after the presidential election but this piece of good news from society reminds me that art can be the best tool to bring people together, it’s a universal language that embraces all. I have never felt any adverse effect on my career for being a female minority, and I think I have taken that for granted. The current political climate has been a reality check, it reminds me that it’s very easy to hate and demonize, to thinking the world as “us” vs “ them”, while it takes the best of us to understand and empathize. I have been extremely lucky to be born at this time and be working in an industry and living in cities that’s very accepting. I need to remember that I am able to live the life I live now because of those who fought the battles before me, for me.”

Congratulations, Victo, and thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts with us.

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Carlo Stanga’s Elaborate Maps Celebrated in New Book

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.

Images by Carlo Stanga:

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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”.

Take a look at this great article here.