Anthony Kieren Illustrates Hollywood Legend, Burt Reynolds

A.E. Kieren was recently commissioned by the Smyth Hotel to document the hosting of the press facilities for TriBeCa Film Festival.

A.E. was able to draw a live portrait of Hollywood legend, Burt Reynolds, during a festival promoting his new film, Dog Years.

Check out more of A.E.’s work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and website.

From Paint to Pixels: A BTS Look at Dahl Taylor’s Art Process

Check out this behind-the-scenes video showcasing Dahl Taylor‘s process for creating promotional artwork for PERMA. Watch as his paintings are transformed into animations.

Dahl is represented by Mendola Artists. Browse his body of work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at mendolaart.com.

Dahl Taylor: Boston Beer

Dahl Taylor (represented by Mendola Artists) created watercolor art for the packaging design of a new product, a spiked seltzer in three flavors, from Boston Beer.

Dahl’s artwork is featured on the bottles and on the six-pack cartons.

Check out more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at mendolaart.com.

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

Clementine for Jimmy Choo 20th Anniversary Memento Collection

In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Jimmy Choo have launched Memento, a capsule collection paying tribute to their iconic red carpet moments.

The Illustration Room artist, Clementine, was commissioned to illustrate 20 of these beautiful shoes and bags. Her detailed watercolor illustrations intricately and expertly captured the magic of crystals, glitter, snakeskin and lace used throughout the collection.

View the collection here. Scroll down to the shoes and bags and click on “Pre-order Now”.

Also created by Jimmy Choo Creative Director, Sandra Choi is a Memento Trunk – a handmade trunk with twenty individual drawers to house a treasured shoe collection. Each drawer is finished with a brass card holder to accommodate one of the Memento sketches.

To see more of Clementine’s work, visit her Directory of Illustration portfolio or the website: illustrationroom.com.au.

© Clementine

© Clementine

© Clementine

© Clementine

© Clementine

© Clementine

Katharine Asher’s Wine Labels for Yellowglen’s Vintage Botanic Series

Katharine Asher was commissioned by Denomination Design to create imagery for Australian winemaker Yellowglen’s new Vintage Botanic series. Katharine painted flower studies and alluring figures which were then combined to produce the finished labels. The client wanted to celebrate “the beauty and joy that flowers bring.”

Katharine Asher is represented by Illustration Ltd. See more of Katharine’s work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at illustrationweb.us.


©Katharine Asher


©Katharine Asher


©Katharine Asher


©Katharine Asher


©Katharine Asher


©Katharine Asher

Maury Aaseng: The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor

Maury Aaseng is currently in the process of creating 7 step-by-step painting projects of various sea life for a new book from Walter Foster Publishing in Irvine, California entitled, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor.

From the publisher:
The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor opens with a guide to essential information on the necessary tools and materials for both sketching and painting, including pencils, paints and brushes, palettes, supports, and mediums. In addition to learning about basic drawing and painting techniques and color theory, readers will learn how to create compelling compositions, achieve depth, and render realistic textures.This new title in the Collector’s Series features a large variety of stunning sea life, from an adorable sea otter to an magnificent whale. With a fresh, modern spin on this majestic subject, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor is a comprehensive and indispensable resource, packed with beautiful illustrations and expert instruction, for all artists smitten with the animal kingdom.

The book is now available for preorder through Amazon with an expected release date of April 2016.

About Maury Aaseng:
Starting with his grade school days, drawing dinosaurs and animals in notebook margins, Maury Aaseng has always been excited about drawing and art. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design from the University of Minnesota—Duluth, Maury began his illustration career. The work spans a variety of subject matter and illustration styles. The range of work includes anatomical illustration and cartoons for medical textbooks, informative illustrations for young adult non-fiction, illustrated guides for out-patient care, How-to-Draw books, custom watercolor work for independent authors, and logo design and creation.

More of Maury’s work can be seen through his Directory of Illustration Portfolio and at mauryillustrates.com.


Parrotfish by Maury Aaseng for Walter Foster Publishing


Dolphins by Maury Aaseng for Walter Foster Publishing


Walrus by Maury Aaseng for Walter Foster Publishing

Haydn Symons for Cracked Eye Magazine

Haydn Symons recently collaborated with the great people over at Cracked Eye Magazine to produce four illustrations for their latest digital issue.

Responding to the story of Hope Street, Haydn came up with the illustrations which are shown alongside the story. Hope Street tells the tale of a Mother and Son living in Liverpool, and reveals their close relationship with each other.

Haydn created all of the illustrations using water color and gouache, and then transferred them into Photoshop for final editing.

He says,

I worked hard to make my illustrations fit well within the story; to not distract the viewer from the story, but to compliment instead. It was a great project to work on, which I had a lot of fun producing.

Great work, Haydn!


Haydn Symons, Cracked Eye



Haydn Symons, Cracked Eye



Haydn Symons, Cracked Eye



Haydn Symons, Cracked Eye


Hannah George: Wonderful Watercolor

Hannah George is a freelance illustrator living and working on the south coast of England. With a fluid and versatile approach she creates her illustrations using a combination of watercolour, pencil, ink and digital process.

Hannah works regularly with a variety of publishers and has illustrated several children’s picture books. Thriving from the challenge of a new brief, Hannah also provides artwork for a diverse range of clients and markets both in the UK and internationally. Her client list includes, Period Living Magazine, Conde Naste Traveller, House and Garden Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, BBC Good Food and Country Living Magazine.

She is represented by Meiklejohn Illustration.





The Featured Five: November 2014

Featured Image ©Anna & Elena Balbusso :: Shannon Associates

This month’s featured lineup includes five different illustrators from all around the world with versatile skills ranging from watercolor to collage. As seasoned artists, they have all been recognized for their superb bodies of work and have also collaborated with some of the most prominent names in the industry.

Here are our Featured Five for November 2014:

Michael Koelsch :: Shannon Associates


Michael Koelsch is an illustrator, designer and digital artist who acknowledges the beliefs of some of the great illustrators of retro era 50’s and 60’s – the giants like Coby Whitmore and Austin Briggs, who thought that keeping up with the times and evolving your style is as important as your sense of design and color… along with the fundamentals of drawing and painting. He has worked with every major publishing house, countless advertising agencies, and a large number of design agencies and magazines. Best known for his retro style and horror film posters, Michael Koelsch continues to evolve and adjust his styles for each client.


Bruno Mallart :: David Goldman Agency


Bruno Mallart is one of the most talented European illustrators. He lives and works in Paris, France. He graduated from ESAG (Superior School of Graphic Arts) where he studied with professors like Roman Cieslewicz and Peter Knapp. A free-lance illustrator since 1986, Mallart first worked for several children’s book publishers and advertising agencies, using a classical realistic watercolor and ink style. Some years later he began working in a more personal and imaginative way. He makes his art with a mix of drawing, painting and collage. His work speaks of a surrealistic and absurd world. Bruno’s art has appeared in some of the most important French and International publications including The New-York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Le Monde, Computer Word and The New Scientist. Advertising clients include Sun Microsystem, Guidant, Volkswagen, Dexia Bank, Audi, City of Paris and Air Liquide. He illustrates all of Paul Auster’s books published in France.


René Milot :: Morgan Gaynin, Inc.


René brings his boundless energy and years of communications to solving visual problems with elegant, realistic oil painting. Of course he also works digitally when required, but oils are his main love and the medium that has garnered him an impressive list of international honors. As both an instructor and illustrator, René addresses work with humor and pragmatism. His college illustration courses and lectures are touted as ”Everything you’ve always wanted to know about illustration and your other teachers were afraid to tell you.” Clients appreciate his creativity coupled with straight forward professionalism. For René, work and play must be closely related: ”mens sana in corpore sanum” (a healthy mind in a healthy body). When he has the chance, he relishes the excitement of windsurfing, mountain biking and snowboarding. After long hours of painting, he enjoys ending the day with friends around great food and of course wine.


Anna & Elena Balbusso :: Shannon Associates


Anna & Elena Balbusso, twins from Italy, live and work in Milan. Since 1994 they have worked as a freelance team illustrating in Italy, France, U.S., United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea. Their works have been published by major publishers and companies through out the world on various media types such as book jackets, magazines, newspapers, in house corporate, ads, children’s books and classic novels. The Balbussos’ work has been recognized by Communication Arts, 3×3 The Magazine Of Contemporary Illustration, Applied Arts Magazine, the Society of Illustrators NY, American Illustration, Print European Regional Design and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In 2010 they were awarded the Gold Medal in the book category of the Society of Illustrators, NY 53 Annual exhibition and a Silver Medal, 3×3 children’s show. Anna and Elena Balbusso graduated from the Brera Accademy of Fine Arts where they specialized in painting.


Bradley Clark


Bradley Clark paints in watercolors in a modified retro style ranging from stylized to realistic. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, his projects include packaging, advertising, surface, books, travel, and magazines. Clients include: American Express, BBDO, Daymon Worldwide, DDB Needham, Grey Adv., Dreamworks SKG, Federal Reserve Bank, Godiva Chocolates, Royal Caribbean, Waldorf Astoria Collection, Walt Disney Company, Wedgewood/Waterford, Fiskars Home, Harry & David, Leanin’ Tree, American Airlines, Family Fun, Harper Collins, Macmillan, Random|DoubleDay|Dell, Reader’s Digest, Scholastic, Simon & Shuster, Spider/Cricket, NY Times, New York Magazine, and Warner Books. He is also the art director for “Living Celebrations” telling personal histories through original commissioned art. His love of plain air landscape painting can be followed on his blog.


Make sure to explore all of the Featured Illustrators for November and visit us on Directoryofillustration.com to browse hundreds of searchable illustration portfolios from the best commercial artists working today.

Fabulous Fashion

Featured Image ©Miss Led

As long as fashion has existed, so have fashion illustrations. They serve a number of purposes including editorial content for magazines and advertising for boutiques, fashion lines, and companies. The fluid lines and use of bold colors still translates an intimate experience between the pencil and the hand that captures and engages the viewer in a different context from fashion photography.

Here are a few selections of fabulous fashion illustrations from the Directory of Illustration artists:

Sarah Dahl
Sarah Dahl

Suzanne Simmons
Way Art, Inc.


Jacqueline Bissett
Illustration Ltd

Jacqueline Bissett

Elisa Mazzone
Illustration Room


Meegan Barnes


Barbara Von Tannenberg
New Division


Miss Led
Illustration Ltd


Pat Chiang
Art Rep NYC


Marguerite Sauvage
JSR Agency


Sarah Hankinson
Illustration Room


Luis Tinoco
Lemonade Illustration Agency


Aasha Ramdeen
Way Art, Inc.

Aasha Ramdeen

Marta Spendowska

Yordanka Poleganova
Illustration Ltd


Christina K
Début Art


VG Waymer Illustration

If you’re interested in seeing more fashion or other types of illustration, please visit Directoryofillustration.com, where you’ll find hundreds of illustration portfolios and our Keyword Search which makes it easy and effortless to locate artists by style, technique and subject.