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Campaign Spotlight: Nathan Smith’s Robotics Images

Nathan Smith was asked to produce a series of visual works for a large UK organisation earlier this year. The brief was to create a robot that was both intelligent and inquisitive, and who would elicit an emotional response from the viewer.

Staying true to the brief, Nathan used a limited and subtle color palette made up of mostly of whites and grays. He managed to create an image that felt edgy and cool, while remaining non-threatening, even with visible tech under the body plates acting as an homage to the history of robotics.

He gave the robot’s almost human face green gel eyes to induce a curious, cognitive response from the viewer.

Nathan composed the image in a way that conveys a sophisticated, yet sensitive relationship between the robot and the object rising from its hand. He kept the design minimalist, thus allowing for it to have a strong silhouette and plenty of negative space and screen estate for text.

Nathan is represented by AAARep. You can see more from him on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

Creative Showcase: The Best of Food

Food is terrific. The worst part about food illustrations is that you can’t just reach into the screen and take a bite out of whatever it is you’re seeing. But you know what? Food illustrations make us think about food and did you thinking about food is actually better for you than trying to repress those thoughts? Studies have shown that people who suppress their food thoughts are actually more likely to have cravings and binge eat later on.

There’s nothing wrong with sitting at your desk and daydreaming about that perfect bite of a crisp and cinnamon-y apple pie on a cool summer’s night. Or driving home while imagining the most delicious slice of deep-dish pepperoni pizza you can imagine. And if thoughts of food aren’t enough for you, you’ll simply have to enjoy these heavenly illustrations.

You can see all of the food images on the Directory of Illustrations website by using our new specialty search function.

Scott Wulf

Luigi Russo Sas


Lemonade Illustration Agency

Jonathan & Georgina Rosenbaum


John Brewster Creative Services

Glenn Gustafson

 

Myles Talbot

Matthew Holmes

For more brilliant illustrations like these, visit the food section of the Directory of Illustration website.

Artist Spotlight: Rob Peters

Rob Peters is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He has a degree in Visual Communications from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, and worked as a cover artist and designer in the yearbook industry for over five years. He currently lives with his wife and family in Topeka, KS.

He started as a freelance artist in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. Peters has designed logos and book covers and has illustrated dozens of children’s picture books, including Russel T. Jones: On The Edge Of Forever and Go Cubs, Go!. He’s also written and illustrated a few comics, including those on Crazy Cal Presents.

You can see more work from Peter on his Directory of Illustration Portfolio page or on his website.

All Images © Rob Peters

A Collection of New York Times Illustrations

Directory of Illustration artists regularly lend their talent to some of the biggest newspapers and magazines in the business. Recently, three of our artists worked with the New York Times.

Lindgren & Smith artist Chris Lyons created a piece titled “Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes.” It accompanied a story “about the way that studios believe that movies are increasingly living and dying (mostly dying) based on Rotten Tomatoes scores.”

Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes

Another Lindgren & Smith artist, Cannaday Chapman, created an image for the New York Times “Skin Deep” section. You can read the full article here and you can see Chapman’s image below.

Cannaday Chapman

Earlier this year, artist Mary Ann Smith created a four-panel piece for a Times article on the different types of art shows in New York.

“I was asked to illustrate the different characteristics of the multiple art shows being held in New York City each spring. I decided to solve it by imagining a guest at each of the shows near art that reflects their style.”

Art Fair Season in NYC

You can see even more images like these in the ‘Jobs Showcase’ section of the Directory of Illustration website.

Debut Art Showcase

Debut Art was established in 1985 and has offices in London, New York and Tokyo. With a roster of incredibly talented illustrators, motion and animation artists, and illustrative designers, Debut Art is one of the most premiere illustration agencies in the world.

They represent 140+ artists specializing in just about every type of art and illustration you can imagine, including motion and design.  Their clientele includes Fortune 500 companies from around the world, as well as various magazines and publications.

Today we’re showcasing just a few of the most brilliant artists Debut Art has to offer.

Morten Morland

Redseal

Neil Webb

Ronald Kurniawan

Benedict Campbell

 

To see even more incredible Debut Art artists, be sure to check out their Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

Mendola Artists Showcase

Mendola Artists is among the top illustration agencies in the world. Their artists have worked with everyone from Jack Daniel’s and Penguin Random House to GQ and Pepsi. They have decades worth of experience and extremely diverse skill sets that lend themselves to almost any project or situation. They’re masters of Mixed Media, Pen & Ink, 3D, Animation, CGI, Illustration,  Calligraphy, Caricature and Photoillustration and more.

Today we’re showcasing just a few of the most brilliant artists Mendola has to offer.

Robert Ball

Robert Ball

Michael Crampton

Michael Crampton

Neil Duerden

Neil Duerden

Luke Lucas

Luke Lucas

Aaron Sacco

Aaron Sacco

To see even more incredible Medola artists, be sure to check out their Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

Rapp Artists Spotlight

Gerald & Cullen Rapp is one of world’s top illustration agencies. They’re home to some of the most recognizable artists and art work in the industry. The artists of Rapp have had their work grace nearly every major publication in circulation today. From National Geographic to Rolling Stone, you’ve probably seen the work of one of their artists without even realizing it.

Today we’re highlighting just a few of the most creative artists Rapp has to offer.

Raul Arias

Raul Arias

Raul Arias

Nigel Buchanan

Nigel Buchanan Nigel Buchanan

James O’Brien

James O'Brien

Traci Daberko

Traci Daberko Traci Daberko

Dan Page

Dan Page Dan Page

You can see portfolios from all the Rapp Artists on the Directory of Illustration website here.

Artist Spotlight: The Style of Gavin Reece

Gavin Reece has style, a lot of it. Represented by the New Division agency, he’s one of London’s leading fashion illustrators. The majority of Reece’s work has a distinctively graphic feel to it. Having started his career by studying Fine Arts at Edinburgh and St. Martins, Reece has since taken his work worldwide, creating art for clients including Mercedes, Budweiser, Virgin Atlantic, Aquafresh, Elle, Penguin Books and more.

According to Reece, he gets his inspiration from cocktails, coffee, Italian design, 60’s LA, red wine, fashion, travel and movies. If you look closely, it isn’t hard to see many of these inspirations come to life in Reece’s works. One of his most recent projects was an illustration for Imbibe Magazin titled Bevvy Metal. Reece’s graphic novel style was the perfect fit to bring this gritty biker image to life.

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

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To see more New Division artists, visit their portfolio page on the Directory of Illustration website.

A look at the Art of Brett Stiles

Artist Brett Stiles gets his inspiration from his son, skateboarding, music, graffiti, table tennis, industrial design and travel. Based in Austin, Texas and part of Homestead Creatives, a renowned agency and production company, Stiles is a master of logos, posters, brochures, books, album covers and more.

Throughout the years, he’s worked with such prestigious clients as Nike, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Nabisco, The United States Air Force, Vans and many more. Over the years Stiles has become a highly sought after illustrator, specializing in “what you wanted all along but couldn’t quite explain.”

He’s also the creator of the 50 Licks series, in which he created a new and unique stamp for each of the 50 states. You can see more of Stiles’ work, including a few images from 50 Licks, on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

All Images © Brett Stiles

 

An Abstract Spotlight

“There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”

—Pablo Picasso

 

For many, abstract art can be difficult. Difficult to create and difficult to understand. It’s inherently different than most other types of art, almost by definition. Thus, many people look at it with reserve and misunderstanding.

It’s been argued that no one can truly tell you how to look at a piece of abstract art, not even the artist behind the creation. Whether that is true or not is up for debate. At the end of the day, abstract art, like almost all art, is deeply personal and it’s up to the beholder to abstract from it what they will.

All that being said, here’s just a handful of our favorite pieces of abstract art from some incredibly talented Directory of Illustration artists.

Next Disruptive Thing  by John Hersey

Next Disruptive Thing John Hersey

Untitled from Olivia Knapp

Olivia Knapp

Brainy Beauty  by Dave Plunkert

Brainy Beauty Dave Plunkert

Pattern 04  by Christina K

Pattern 04 Christina K

Paintbox  by Linda Carruth

Untitled from Simon Prades

Simon Prades

 

You can see more from all of these artists and others on the Directory of Illustration website.