Back in 2012, Raul Colon was contacted to illustrate former second lady of the United States Jill Biden’s children’s book “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops”. Inspired by her granddaughter Natalie and told from the point of view of a child with a parent on the other side of the world, this acclaimed title was a proud accomplishment for both the author and the illustrator.
The title’s esteemed editor, Paula Wiseman, recently reached out with a very special request from Dr. Biden: she wanted to acquire some of the original artwork to display aboard the USS Gabrielle Giffords, a littoral combat ship of the United States Navy that she sponsored at the ship’s 2015 christening. Deeply honored, Raul was more than happy to help facilitate this request.
Raul Colon original artwork displayed inside the USS Gabrielle Giffords:
We are deeply moved by this personal gift and Dr. Jill Biden’s sentiments. To this incredible and inspiring woman – thank you.
Josee Bisaillon recently shared a fun “how to” on her blog, and it is so cool to see how her adorable work comes together. From extremely loose thumbnails to the final product, we really appreciate seeing how the artist approaches her work.
Victo Ngai has some pretty major news: the talented artist is honored to announce that her piece “Forest of Memory” has been nominated for a Chelsey Award!
“Forest of Memory”, by Victo Ngai:
The Chelsey Awards, which were established by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, recognize individual artistic achievement for any given year. You can take a look at all of 2017’s nominees here, and check out the artists in the “Best Cover” category here.
But ladies and gentlemen, we are not quite through – Victo has also been nominated for a Hugo Award in the “best professional artists” category! This is an incredibly prestigious honor from members of the Science Fiction community. Worldcon 75 members are now eligible to begin voting – but you know who we’ll be rooting for!
EDIT: Just as we were posting the above news, Victo sent us yet another update – she is also a top ten finalist for the Locus Award! Winners for this annual prize are selected by members of the Locus Magazine community. It goes without saying that winning the popular vote would be quite an honor. We will be sure to keep you updated as the results come in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: