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.

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.

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


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

Donough O’Malley: Wine Republic

Donough O’Malley brought a burst of color and character to his illustrations for an article, featured in an issue of Wine Republic, which focuses on the talents of the Sommelier – often commonly assumed to be solely dealing in the area of wine.

Donough is represented by Illustration Ltd. See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at illustrationweb.us.

©Donough O'Malley

©Donough O’Malley

Amy DeVoogd for the Wall Street Journal

Amy DeVoogd recently created a series of illustrations for the Ask Teri column of the Wall Street Journal. In the column, fashion reporter Teri Agins answers readers’ fashion and style questions.  Amy worked with Art Directors Ron Plyman and Pete Hausler for this project.

About Amy DeVoogd
Amy DeVoogd is an illustrator based in Chicago. Her illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Progressive, and the Wall Street Journal. Her advertising clients include Band London (IFPI Digital Music Report), Beardwood & Co. (Pfizer), and DeVito/Verdi (Daffy’s). Her last name is pronounced: deh-‘vogued (its Dutch). Amy is represented by Mendola Artists Representatives.

More work by Amy DeVoogd can be seen at mendolaart.com.

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

©Amy DeVoogd

Artist Spotlight: Cristina Guitian

Cristina Guitian, represented by Meiklejohn Illustration, has achieved great success as both a commercial and fine artist. Her strong line work and surrealist concepts have been used across print, digital and ambient campaigns around the world. Here, we take a look at some of her recent projects.

Cristina has been working on a series of typographical illustration, working around a variety of themes. We love ‘Touch My Dreams’, which sees Cristina combine her unique lettering and surrealist imagery in her inimitable style.

Cristina created a beautiful hand drawn artwork to promote the TripTic Improvisation she took part in earlier this year, where she drew to the music of The Junk Orchestra. Cristina has taken part in various live drawing events over the years as well as creating installations and murals for an array of creative spaces.

TBWA London commissioned Cristina to illustrate their campaign for Q-Med’s ‘Azzalure’ and ‘Dysport’ treatments. Cristina’s illustrations were combined with photography by Peter Beavis to create this series of adverts.

Cristina was commissioned by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia to illustrate their ‘Member Stories’ initiative. Cristina was asked to illustrate John’s personal MS story for their fundraising campaign.

You can see many more examples of Cristina’s work on directoryofillustration.com and at meiklejohn.co.uk



Guy Stauber for Mid-Pacific Institute

Raised on a staple diet of Marvel comics, cult TV shows & Kung Fu movies, Guy Stauber has long been obsessed by the visual medium. Having studied both graphic design & editorial illustration at University he set up Shogun Graphic Systems™ in 2001, providing a bespoke digital illustration service to a wide range of clients, such as the Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii. The client wanted Guy to to illustrate the cover story for their magazine, which delves deep into the innovative education practices and facilities of the school.

Guy Stauber is represented by Richard Solomon Artists Representative

Julian De Narvaez for CNN

Julian De Narvaez  had the opportunity to illustrate an article written by Sheena McKenzie for The Art of Movement Section on CNN.

He created eight original illustrations alongside Art Director Nural Choudhury.




You can see the full set here.

Julian De Narvaez is represented by Folio.

To view more of his commercial work please visit his Directory of Illustration Portfolio.

Illustrated Maps

Featured Image Carlo Stanga :: Morgan Gaynin

Illustrated maps can serve a myriad of purposes ranging from magazine features to advertising material. The combination of color choices and hand-lettering can make them more appealing and interesting than the boring “black and white” map we’re so used to seeing.

Check out these particularly engaging maps created by the Directory of Illustration Artists:

Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini_ Illustration Room

John S. Dykes :: Gerald & Cullen Rapp
John S Dykes

Andres Lozano :: Folio
Andres Lozano

David Lindroth
David Lindroth

Mathilda Holmqvist
Mathilda Holmqvist

Chad Geran :: Art Rep NYC
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Carlo Stanga :: Morgan Gaynin
Carlo Stanga

Maria Rabinky

Gary Venn :: Lemonade Illustration Agency
Gary Venn

Anna Hymas :: New Division
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Lucy Dalzell
Lucy Dalzell

Priya Mistry :: Column Arts Agency
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Serge Seidlitz :: Bernstein & Andriulli

Maciej Frolow :: Lemonade Illustration Agency
Maciej Fralow

Peter McDonnell :: Linda de Moreta
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Shaw Nielsen :: Gerald & Cullen Rapp
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Russell Cobb :: Début Art Ltd.

Anni Betts
Anni Betts


As always, you can explore more fresh work from the most talented professional illustrators working today through our easy-to-use Keyword Search and by visiting DirectoryofIllustration.com.