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Victo Ngai x Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Victo Ngai had the honor of collaborating with Johnnie Walker Blue Label on a limited-edition bottle, which will be available exclusively in Hong Kong.

Victo’s striking design incorporates iconic Hong Kong symbols, including a Cantonese opera performer, skyscrapers, and neon lights.

These are some photos of the launch event in Hong Kong last month.

And a here’s closer look at Victo’s breathtaking artwork.

 

“Piece by Piece” Sylvie Daigneault’s New Picture Book

We’re excited to share Sylvie Daigneault’s exquisite illustrations for a new picture book, Piece By Piece.

PIECE BY PIECE written by Stephanie Shaw and illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault is a lovely picture book fairytale for 7-9 year olds about the beauty of nature, creativity and determination.” –The Children’s Bookshelf

In a review from The Picturebook Shelf Piece By Piece was described as an imaginative tale that reminds readers of all ages of the importance of pursuing one’s dreams and following one’s heart.

Piece By Piece is available now on Amazon and in your local bookstore.

Cook Prize Awards

The Cook Prize Awards honor the best science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) picture books published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children’s choice award honoring STEM titles, making it an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, and children interested in exploring these interests through literature.

Cover for “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea”, illustrated by Raul Colon:

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Our very own Raul Colon was proudly awarded an honor award for his work on “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea,” a story about the acclaimed scientist Marie Tharp and her pioneering efforts to map the ocean floor.

Spreads from “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea”, illustrated by Raul Colon:

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As part of the annual festivities, Raul was invited to visit with young students, further encouraging them to follow their curiosity. Take a look at this inspiring interview to see the artist in action.

We are proud of Raul and his commitment to creating beautiful works that celebrate important figures in history – particularly women. Congratulations, Raul!

 

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:

Forest of Memory

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.

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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Victo Ngai Dance

Victo Ngai Dance stamps

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

Illustrative 17 Berlin Showing Steven Tabbutt

Steven Tabbutt has announced that his showstopping image, “The Wasp,” has been selected for exhibition at Illustrative 17 Berlin.

Image by Steven Tabbutt:

Image selected by Illustrative 17 Berlin

Steven’s work left such an impression that he has also been asked by the Direktorenhaus Museum, which will be hosting the festival, to exhibit more of his work after the festivities conclude. Congratulations, Steven!

Happy Nowruz from Anson Liaw!

Happy Nowruz!

Images by Anson Liaw:

Norooz, Anson Liaw

Anson uses his densely layered imagery and energetic lines to celebrate the beginning of the Persian New Year, a predominantly secular holiday that is enjoyed by people of many faiths. Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3000 years in Central Asia, Western Asia, the Caucasus, Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans.

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Falling on the first day of Spring, Nowruz also marks the New Year in the Iranian solar calendar.

Anson’s style – and his multiple variations on this new image – seem fitting for this holiday that is filled with symbolism and shared among various cultures.

Which one is your favorite?

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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.

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!