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The Illustrations of Scott Gillis

Scott Gillis is a born and raised New Yorker. Growing up near Buffalo, Gillis soon found himself at Syracuse University, where he would later graduate from with an art degree. After that, it was off to New York City and all the big names that come with the Big Apple.

Over the years, Gillis has worked as an illustrator for Esquire, The NY Times, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Raw Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Yorker and many more. He’s created comics for Dark Horse Comics, did a graphic novel for Neon Lit and even art directed a rap video for MTV staring Miss Melody.

Among his latest projects is a series of charcoal and pastel illustrations that were used for a French magazine called The Networker.

Gillis’ unique look sometimes comes from his use of China ink on British scraper board. His distinct style has garnered him worldwide attention and has landed his paintings and drawings in exhibits from Japan to Amsterdam and Australia to France.

You can see more of Scott Gillis’ work on hit Directory of Illustration portfolio or on his website.

An Interview With Linocut Artist Sue Todd

Sue Todd is a brilliant illustrator based out of Toronto and living in two worlds, the analog and the digital. She’s literally carved out a niche with her linocut technique, which she then colors digitally, thus enjoying a variety of activities to fire her passion for problem solving with imagery. Her client list includes Barnes and Noble, Crown Publishing, Pearson Education, Klutz Press, Andrews McMeel Accord, The Wall Street Journal, the American Bar Association, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Walmart Canada and more.

We recently had the opportunity to have a chat with Sue about her art, her inspirations and her obsession with Marie Antoinette.

Tell us a little about what your process is like. 

Everything begins in my sketchbook where I scribble ideas and develop characters. Once I have established a particular look, I create a small dummy, about half size, to keep a consistency and flow throughout the story. After approval of rough sketches, I begin my final art process.

My technique is linocut, which is a form of relief printmaking similar to woodcut. The medium is linoleum, just like the flooring material but without the finish. With relief printing you carve away the bits you don’t want and whatever is left will be the image that is rolled with ink and printed on paper. I have a table-top press for smaller images and use an old fashioned burnisher and lots of muscle for larger pieces. The black and white print is then scanned and colored in Photoshop.

How is Linocut Art Used Commercially?

Linocut art can be used in pretty much all the same ways as more traditional illustration methods. My work has been applied to all kinds of commercial products ranging from something as small as a flash drive to the children’s health-mobile that was wrapped in my art and driven all around Phoenix. I’ve had work in a TV commercial, on t-shirts, posters, signage, coffee mugs, shopping bags, pens, books, magazines and greeting cards.

 How did you come to start working in linocut?

I had another career before illustration, as a layout artist in retail advertising. This was the pre-digital era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. We designed and drew by hand every catalog, flyer and newspaper ad to create a guide or map for photographers, typographers and assembly artists. As digital technology took over, all of these positions eventually became amalgamated into one: the designer. While this change was occurring in the industry, I felt the need for a personal change and began looking around for a creative outlet. My husband introduced me to linocut and I fell in love with printmaking, a love affair that continues to this day. A friend saw my work and suggested I turn it into an illustration style. I took her advice and never looked back.

 What are the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of what you do?

Undoubtedly the most challenging part of any assignment is the conceptual stage before the rough sketches have gelled. I sometimes call it the ‘drowsy rough stage’ because I feel an overwhelming desire to take a nap. Even after all these years there is still the nagging fear that the muses will abandon me in my hour of need.

But the whole process is incredibly rewarding and I love the variety that comes with this technique. I am working in an ancient analog medium one minute and modern digital the next. Carving is a bit like knitting and allows me to catch up on the news, listen to podcasts or think about the next assignment while working. My favorite task is adding color in Photoshop. It’s a thrill to watch what’s been a black and white process transform into full color!

What do you enjoy most about your career?

Art has been a lifelong passion of mine and now I get to do what I love and make my own hours doing it. I’m making a living doing what I did in kindergarten, you can’t ask for much more than that.

Do you have any new projects coming up? Anything exciting you’re working on?

Now more than ever, I’m inspired by strong women in history, ordinary women who have led extraordinary lives. I am working on a graphic novel series on this theme and enjoy re-telling stories in a way that is relatable to a younger audience. I’ve also fallen into an obsession with the period of the French Revolution and I can’t stop making images of Marie Antoinette.

I have a couple of big projects going on right now that are still mostly under wraps, but you might be able to catch a sneak peek at them if you check out my social media.

You can see more from Sue on Directory of Illustration portfolio page or on her website.

 

Fatinha Ramos’ Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color

Illustrated by Fatinha Ramos, Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color is as delightful introduction to abstraction and one of the early twentieth century’s most groundbreaking artists.

Published by the The Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA), A Life of Color tells the story of Sonia Delaunay and her young son, Charles. “Together they fly across Europe in their magical car so that Charles-encountering new sights, sounds and feelings-can learn how, for his mother, life and art are one and the same. Featuring vivid reproductions of Sonia’s work from the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Centre Pompidou, Paris, this book brings her most fundamental ideas about art and life into focus for young readers.”

The picture book earned Ramos an Excellence Global Illustration Award from the Frankfurt Book Fair for her brilliant illustrations and interpretations of of Delaunay’s work. In a raving New York Times review, Maria Russo says “Ramos’ lovely, playful art pulls off the tricky task of evoking Delaunay’s while standing strongly on its own.”

You can see more of Fatinha Ramos’ signature style in her Directory of Illustration portfolio or on her website.

Illustrating the Holidays: Halloween Showcase

Happy Halloween!

With every holiday comes another round of incredible themed illustrations from our distinguished collection of artists. From illustrations for candy and other Halloween-themed products to a poster for the premier of Stranger Things 2, the Directory of Illustration artists were hard at work these last few months preparing for the holiday.

To see more fantastic Halloween Illustrations, visit the Directory of Illustration website.

Myles Talbot

Myles Talbot

Kasia Serafin

Joseph Wraith

Jim Atherton

Chris Scalf

Claire Lordon

Colette Alexandratos

Michael Mills-Winkler

Marcus Marritt

Adam Graff

Marikworld

Artist Spotlight: Karen Hollowell’s Creations

Karen Hollowell is an award-winning illustrator, designer and art director.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and continued her education with a year in London studying with the illustrious Edward Booth-Clibborn.

Over the years Karen has worked with several top-tier clients including Disney, The Smithsonian Institute and more. Her creations are full of emotion and nuance, traits that are often lost in the world of modern illustration.

You can find her work displayed across the country and around the world. From passionate portrayals of Jazz musicians to fun recipe posters, Karen’s signature style shines through in everything she creates.

To see more from Karen Hollowell visit her Directory of Illustration portfolio page or her website.

  

Cover Showcase: Dave Plunkert For The New Yorker

Dave Plunkert’s illustrations have appeared in advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, they’ve graced the folds of major newspapers, and more recently, they’ve been popping up on the covers of magazines. In the past couple months, Plunkert’s work has twice been featured on the cover of The New Yorker. Each illustration was a strong statement piece that elicited plenty of reactions from people of all beliefs. The first image, an illustration of Trump providing the wind for a white supremacist sail, debuted shortly after the incident in Charlottesville and Trumps subsequent inflammatory remarks.

The second illustration came after the deadly mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival that ended with 58 people losing their lives and over 500 being injured. Each cover gained national attention for it’s emotional imagery and political statements.

To see more of Plunkert’s work check out his Directory of Illustration portfolio or his website.

 

Artist Spotlight: Nick Mayer

Nick Mayer is an award winning nature illustrator with an M.A. in Biology from Brown University. His artwork combines the natural beauty of fish and other marine life with a unique scientific perspective. From loose gestural sketches to complex scientific illustrations, Nick’s signature style is generally achieved through a mixture of watercolor work and Photoshop. His work and licensed products can be seen in galleries and stores in over 30 countries around the globe.

As the principal of Nick Mayer Nature Illustration, an art and illustration studio specializing in science-based, nature, and informative art, particularly in regards to marine subjects, Nick always manages to stay busy. This summer he split his time between working on privately commissioned projects and running workshops on Catalina and Fishers Islands.

The ‘Seychelles Dream Project’ and ‘Fossil Sea Monster Reconstruction Project’ both put Nick to the test over the last few months and you can read more about each of them here.

You can see more of Nick’s work on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page or on his website.

Artist Spotlight: The Illustrations of Danny Schwartz

Danny Schwartz is an editorial illustrator from Westfield, New Jersey, now living in Astoria, Queens. He has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and currently teaches editorial illustration as an adjunct professor at his alma mater.

All it takes is a quick glance at his portfolio to realize that Danny has an unmistakably unique style. That distinctive look has earned him favor with publications across the country. The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Barron’s Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post are just a few of the editorial clients that he works with on a regular basis.

Below you can find a series of illustrations from Danny along with his own descriptions of each work.

To see more, check out Danny’s Directory of Illustration portfolio page or visit his website.

Sam Rael — a W&M alumni — was a budding film maker back in 1995 when he hired Gary Hilton as a story consultant for a horror movie he was shooting in Georgia. The film eventually finished shooting and the two went their separate ways — Rael continued making movies, and Hilton became something of a horror movie himself — he was arrested in 2008 for the murder of Meredith Emerson, as well as several others. (The College of William and Mary Alumni Magazine).

For the Los Angeles Times — the article was about a humorous alternative Golden Globes category for miscellaneous achievements in television, like how Psych had a pineapple in every single episode the whole series, or how Scandal hid Kerry Washington’s pregnancy for a whole season, or how intensely Veep lobbed insults at Jonah. There were many others. Great story.

FDU Alumni Magazine ran a feature about a student who studied in South America for a semester. She went on all kinds of wonderful adventures, and so we obviously wanted to showcase the spirit of adventure for the cover illustration.

Every year, Westfield, New Jersey holds a fall apple festival. I’ve painted an image for the poster each year since 2009. This year, I was told to keep a 1950s theme, and so I decided to showcase the diner theme the café was taking on. Something about a happy, comfortable looking date both accurately represents the gentle pleasure of the festival itself, and also my relationship with the client, which now goes back many years.

Created for Rutgers University’s anniversary issue’s cover story, reflecting the changing body of students that have passed through a great institution over it’s history. We thought a literal parade of changing faces would suit the concept nicely.

Every year, Westfield, New Jersey holds a fall apple festival. I’ve painted an image for the poster each year since 2009. This year, I went for a retro advertisement — like, really retro, because the client wanted an image that was inspired by the imagery of the 40s.

For The Atlantic — a look at the quintessential British-ness, along with the contradictions, of A. E. Housman.

Artist Spotlight: James Lebbad

James Lebbad is a graphic designer specializing in typographic design and handlettering. He has created award-winning designs for domestic and international clients including NBC, CBS, Arista Records, Campbell Soup, Viacom and Random House Publishing to name a few. James’ artistic genes came from his Dad, Anthony, a Pratt alumni himself.

Ever since he can remember, James has had a pencil in his hand and has been drawing away. Even in grade school he was designing and drawing art pieces for friends and relatives. During high school he was the art department for the local newspaper and upon graduating from Kutztown University, James headed straight to New York where he started his career at New American Library as a book cover designer. While he was there, his handlettering skills won awards from the Type Directors Club. After that, James moved on to Berkley Putnam Publishing where he was named Art Director. Under his art direction, numerous PTB covers won awards from the Society of Illustrators.

Since creating Lebbad Design in 1981, James’ work has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Type Directors Club International Typeface Design Award.

You can see even more of James’ work on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page.