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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!

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!

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:

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

“Art Below Summer Show” Features Anson Liaw

Now in its 10th year, London’s illustrious “Art Below” has selected conceptual artist Anson Liaw to be one of 25 featured artists for its upcoming summer show.

Showcasing both emerging and established international artists, the show will open with a private event on June 28th at the Tabernacle Gallery in Notting Hill. Heralded as the “Taj Mahal of Kensington,” the Tabernacle was originally built as a church in 1887 and currently serves as a cultural and entertainment venue that celebrates a distinguished variety of art forms.

In keeping with Art Below’s mission, which aims “to enrich the everyday life of the traveling public by giving fresh insight into the very latest in contemporary art whilst at the same time providing a platform for emerging and established talent,” the featured works will be displayed on billboard spaces across major London Underground stations throughout the duration of the show. We certainly consider that to be fantastic exposure!

To learn more about this event please visit the Art Below website – and we’d like to extend a massive congratulations to Anson Liaw for this fantastic honor.

Image by Anson Liaw:

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American Illustration Winners

American Illustration has recently announced its latest crop of winners, and we are excited to share that some of our MGI’ers have been selected!

Victo Ngai:

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Valeria Petrone:

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Carlo Stanga:

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Congratulations! Thanks for making us proud.

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.

Hey Toronto: Have We Got a Show for You!

Sylvie Daigneault is thrilled to announce that she will be taking place in a terrific group exhibition celebrating 50 years of illustration in Toronto. The opening of The Museum of the Street is tomorrow: check it out!

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Creative Quarterly Update: We Have Another Runner Up!

It seems we allowed our excitement regarding Sylvie Daigneault’s acknowledgement from Creative Quarterly to get the better of us, as we should have waited just a few hours to learn that Anson Liaw was also included in the latest batch of winners! Take a look at his awesome image, “You Had Me at Popcorn,” which was selected as a runner up:

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Congratulations, Anson!

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.

Carlo Stanga Tackles the Volkswagen Scandal

When Carlo Stanga recently sent along this incredible image for Italy’s “Il Venerdi di Repubblica,” the special Friday edition of the national paper, our jaws hit the floor. This is precisely the kind of work that made us so excited to collaborate with Carlo in the first place – dynamic, full of energy, and distinctly his.

We simply had to share!

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And don’t forget, you are always invited to check out more of his work here.