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.
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!
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.
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.
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.