Editorial Illustration

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.

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: 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: 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

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.

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.

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, a Folio artist, 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.

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

 

 

 

Artist Spotlight on Mercedes deBellard

As a freelance artist based in Spain, Mercedes deBellard lets her expressive work speak for itself.

With an ever-evolving style, Mercedes creates intricate and realistic artwork that showcases her attention to detail; which has led to her to work with brands such as Warner Bros, Random House, and The Telegraph.

Mercedes is represented by Folio Art. Delve into her Directory of Illustration portfolio and folioart.co.uk to find more of her engaging portraitures.

©Mercedes deBellard

©Mercedes deBellard

©Mercedes deBellard

©Mercedes deBellard

 

 

Bijou Karman for Annabelle

Bijou Karman was commissioned to illustrate a spread on the emotional topic of mother-daughter relationships in a special issue of the Swiss magazine, Annabelle.

The article deals with topics of identity, jealousy and in-law relations with Bijou’s perfectly accompanied illustrations that show the complex aspects of contemporary mother-daughter conflict.

Bijou is represented by Pocko. See more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at pocko.com.

©Bijou Karman

©Bijou Karman

©Bijou Karman