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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 AtEdge 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.

Campaign Spotlight: Sergio Ingravalle For ESPN The Magazine

Illustrator Sergio Ingravalle created this intricate series of illustrations for ESPN The Magazine. Ingravalle used pencil, watercolor and ink to bring these two-dimensional NFL players to life and then applied a dose of digital editing to really drive home the effects.

Football is gritty, intense and brutal sport. Emotions run high every time the players take the field. With careful splashes of color and plenty of sharp lines, these illustrations manage to capture the intensity of the athletes in a unique and enchanting way.

According to Ingravalle, whose work shows a strong focus on dynamic sport illustrations, the goal of this series was “to lend movement to the static images and underline the energy of the sport.”

To see more of Ingravalle’s work, check out his Directory of Illustration portfolio.

Gronk Football

World Illustration Awards 2017 Exhibition

The World Illustration Awards 2017 Exhibition is now open to the public!

This week the WIA returns to London’s Somerset House for a sixth year. The exhibition will display highlights from this year’s shortlist, comprised of both emerging and established talent. With over 2,300 entries from 64 countries and eight categories of competition, this year’s exhibition features one of the most diverse collections of arts the WIA has ever seen.

In addition to the award-winning art, the exhibition will also feature fun and free activities workshops for the whole family.

Don’t miss out on this year’s World Illustration Awards Exhibition. The event runs for one month only, from July 31 to August 28. For details about opening hours, please visit the Somerset House website.

The Directory of Illustration, in partnership with the Association of Illustrators, is once again honored to present the 2017 World Illustration Awards in partnership with the AOI. This year’s awards raise the creative bar for both newly-minted talent and seasoned professionals. We’re excited to provide this opportunity for such inspiring artists to promote their work to a global audience.

Artist Spotlight: Rui Ricardo

Rui Ricardo draws on manga influences to create his highly polished illustrations. He often combines cartoon-like exaggerations with magical realism, a technique that his given his artistry an international appeal.

He began honing his skills early on and was first published at the age of fifteen. Ricardo’s love for illustration and comics carried him to university in Porto, Portugal, where he now lives and works.

Ricardo’s illustrious resume includes animation and motion design work for several TV shows, music videos and commercials, as well as editorial work for FHM, Men’s Fitness, The Times, The Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, GQ, Popular Mechanics, The Guardian, Marketing Week, and many more.

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





Illustrated Maps That Captivate & Inform

Featured image: ©Carlo Stanga

Illustrated maps use artistic style to create an accurate representation of an area while emphasizing what’s important and eye-catching.

In this way, illustrated maps give us the ability to virtually travel across the globe and visit places we’ve never been. They also serve to help us navigate our world and help us discover new, exciting things in our own familiar surroundings.

Here are a few examples of informative & captivating maps by Directory of Illustration artists.

Explore more illustration specialties, techniques & subjects through our keyword search.

World Illustration Awards 2017: Call for Entries Now Open

The Association of Illustrators, in partnership with the Directory of Illustration, is back again with the World Illustration Awards, the most comprehensive and significant awards for illustration in the UK.

We’re pleased to announce that the Call for Entries is now open. Enter by February 6, 2017, for your work to be considered.

Work entered into the World Illustration Awards will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished and international industry professionals. The competition shortlist always reflects exceptional work by illustrators making an outstanding contribution to visual culture.

Award winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural center in the heart of London. Selected works will be exhibited in their spectacular Terrace Rooms before touring the UK, as well as being showcased in an accompanying publication, which will be circulated to major commissioners of illustration.

Both Professionals and Students/New Talent are eligible to enter.

Visit here for more info.


Tiago Galo: Casa da Música

This set of illustrations by Tiago Galo were commissioned by Casa da Música (House of Music) in Oporto, to be featured in its annual Educative Service Agenda. Every year they associate with different Portuguese illustrators to work on the agenda, creating different graphic themes each year.

The Educative Service aims to invite all citizens from different age groups, from babies to seniors from distinct social backgrounds, to participate in a wide range of musical activities. Each illustration represents specific shows that will take place at Casa da Música such as on-going artistic/community projects, multidisciplinary performances, and original concerts.

Tiago adds:

“It was my honor and pleasure to participate in this project that has been associated with some of the greatest Portuguese illustrators.”

Tiago is represented by AAARep. See more of his artwork through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at aaarep.net.

©Tiago Galo

©Tiago Galo

©Tiago Galo

©Tiago Galo

©Tiago Galo

©Tiago Galo

©Tiago Galo

©Tiago Galo


Cindy Salans Rosenheim: Town School for Boys

Town School for Boys, a private single-sex elementary & middle school in San Francisco, has continuously commissioned Cindy Salans Rosenheim for detailed pen & ink drawings designated for multiple purposes.

The school has used her illustrations for bronze plaques in honor of distinguished alumni and for lighter projects, such as creating the masthead for their annual newsletter, and illustration 3-panel cartoons for board members & faculty.

Cindy adds:

“I’ve received positive responses and a number of commissions from these pieces but the most gratifying by far have been the Facebook comments from the kids themselves.”

See more of Cindy’s illustrations through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at cindysalansrosenheim.com.

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim

©Cindy Salans Rosenheim