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A Personal Touch – Raul Colon, Dr. Jill Biden, and the USS Gabrielle Giffords

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.

Illustration by Raul Colon:

Cover, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops"

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:

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We are deeply moved by this personal gift and Dr. Jill Biden’s sentiments. To this incredible and inspiring woman – thank you.

How To: in the Studio with Josee Bisaillon

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.

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Thanks for sharing, Josee!

Major Nominations for Victo Ngai

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:

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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.

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!

Light on Biodiversity – We Have a Winner!

Josée Bisaillon’s beautiful illustration entitled “Light on Biodiversity” was recently acknowledged by Applied Arts as a ‘winner’ in the unpublished/personal illustration category:

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We just love the exciting mélange of colors, patterns, and textures. There is so much action in this piece that we manage to find a new element to admire each time we revisit it.

Congratulations, Josee! This award winner is truly worthy of the acclaim.

“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!

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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Image by Raul Colon

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!