Friday, October 29, 2010

Can you draw the internet?

SAINT @ RKCR/Y&R are working with Internet Week Europe and Creative review on an experiment called 'Can you draw the internet?'.
They are challanging the creative industry to see if you are more creative / imaginative than a group of 10 year old kids.
THE BRIEF: Show us your interpretation of the internet: 
The brief is as open as you want it to be. There is no limitation on what you can do, please interpret the 'internet' in your own way - pictures, drawings, photos, models, words etc etc. We'll just need the image uploaded, ready to compare the "professional adult" version, against the kids versions. 
Deadline: 12th November
Voting commences: 15th November

The end product will be something along the lines of an insert within Creative Review with all the work collated into a little booklet. 

Alyana Cazalet's Scrapbook

This week leading illustrator Alyana Cazalet takes us behind the scenes to reveal what inspires her to create her amazingly popular work.

The Sauce Always Justifies The Means

The latest from Caroline Church sees her bringing to life some amusing proverbs with her unique illustrations.

Commissioned by Lisa Lee at Crispin Porter & Bogusky, for Domino’s Pizza she explains, "They were after a serious engraved feel but with a tongue in cheek note. The illustrations play on the idea that proverbs guide and inspire Domino's to perfect their pizzas.." The illustrations feature on their new boxes and on the Pizza Proverbs site.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Andy Hammond's Scrapbook

This week leading illustrator Andy Hammond takes us behind the scenes to reveal what inspires him to create his amazingly popular work.

Healthy Portions

Tim Bradford is the creator of these vibrant characters which can be found within the pages of a fantastic booklet he has produced for Doctor Foster.

The project for Birmingham East and North NHS is aimed at reducing childhood obesity. Primarily aimed at adults, Tim’s free booklet is one element that will be distributed to 4-6 year olds to encourage them to eat healthily with the correct portion sizes.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


A warm welcome to Eric Van Den Boom who joins us this month with his edgy but elegant illustrations.

Based in the Netherlands, his style is one of fresh imagery and strong design under the name of BoomArtwork. A recent graduate, Eric is already causing a stir and has been commissioned by the likes of Ray Ban, shoe designer Fred De Bretoniere as well as his own temporary exhibition at Amsterdam Central Station. Inspiring stuff!

Steinar Lund's Trick or Treat Scrapbook

In time for Halloween, realistic illustrator Steinar Lund shares his two portfolios, dare you Trick or Treat?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Max Gregor's Scrapbook

This week leading illustrator Max Gregor takes us behind the scenes to reveal what inspires him to create his amazingly popular work.
Max Gregor's Scrapbook

Songlines Cover

Danny Allison’s stunning illustration is currently gracing the cover of Songlines's latest issue.

The brief for the popular music magazine was for the cover to have a retro but contemporary feel, whilst incorporating an African theme that subtly celebrated FELA's life and accomplishments. Danny handled the brief perfectly, "I screen printed the main title "FELA" and "Songlines" masthead to give it an overall handmade feel. It’s been one of my favourite projects so far."

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chris Ede's Scrapbook

This week leading illustrator Chris Ede takes us behind the scenes to reveal what inspires him to create his amazingly popular work.
Chris Ede's Scrapbook

Philip Smiley's Video Premiere "Freakscape II" On Testmag

Philip Smiley's debut video on Jaime Perlman's website.

Freakscape II from TEST on Vimeo.

The website is a visual platform that fuses a combination of new and established artists
on a constantly changing series of image-led projects; home for fashion, design, film and music projects.

See Philip Smiley's portfolio here.

Gail Armstrong for Macy's

Gail Armstrong has been working on this wonderful campaign for Macy's, for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Check out the website for Gail's beautiful illustrations and details of the event.

It's Macy's 84th Thanksgiving Parade in New York on the 25th November! It is usually watched (this year on NBC, on 25th Nov) by more than 3.5million people on the street of New York and about 50milion more on TV.

See Gail's portfolio here.

The Apple Book

Sink your teeth into this mouth watering illustration created by botanical artist Rosie Sanders.

It's part of her latest project entitled "The Apple Book", published by Frances Lincoln and out now. This charming book contains 144 gorgeous watercolours of apples, from Cox’s Orange Pippin to Peasgood Nonsuch, combined with a practical essay by the Royal Horticultural Society’s fruit officer Harry Baker. Watch a short film about the making of The Apple Book.

Friday, October 22, 2010

John Lennon's 70th Birthday

More lettering mastery from Ruth Rowland who was thrilled to create the lettering for John Lennon’s "Gimme Some Truth Campaign" to commemorate his 70th birthday.

Overseen by Yoko Ono and EMI Music and using many samples of Lennon’s own writing, Ruth developed hand drawn lettering for use across the album to capture some of his light humour. The logo for the campaign was inspired by the small calligraphic self portraits that often accompanied his signature.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mike McGavick Portrait

A high profile commission for Ron Borresen recently sees him create a powerful portrait for the front cover for Insurance Times / Global Reinsurance magazine. Ron says: "...It was the cover story on Mike McGavick, businessman and candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006. It was sketched out, scanned in and done in painter..."

Andrew Beckett's Scrapbook

Wildlife and natural history artist Andrew Beckett tells of how living near the Ribble Estuary on the Flyde Coast inspires his work.
Andrew Beckett's Scrapbook

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

London Fashion Week Sugar Cave and Liberty Prints

Emma Rios has been ever so busy! Two major commissions have recently been completed, the first of which is the "Sugar Cave" created for London Fashion Week. Emma produced a Jules Verne adventure using sugar as an architectural scale alongside art directors Bompas and Parr. Silver Spoon sugar was used to build a crystal cave that imagined the visitor had been shrunk to the size of a standard grain of table sugar!

Emma has also designed a range of prints for Liberty inspired by London. She says: "...I love Liberty and London so this was even more of an honour and a great treat to work on, even more so when I found out my designs were going on everything from tea pots to silk scarves …I even heard someone say socks! These prints include a map of London, a gentleman pigeon and a theatrical paper-cut of a haunting Thames..." This image shows the map which will be in Liberty from November.

CVS Nexxus Brochure

Christian David Moore has created 12 images for CVS Nexxus in New York, this one is going to be used on the front cover of their latest brochure. Classy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nadia Flower's Scrapbook

New Zealand based illustrator Nadia Flower, shares her love of all things Japanese and lending her creative skills to online retailer ASOS.

Nadia Flower's Scrapbook

Laurence Cleyet-Merle and La Musique Classique

In time for Christmas Laurence Cleyet-Merle has put the last touches to this melodic illustration for Atlas, music tales by Marlène Jobert.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Philip Smiley's Scrapbook

This week leading illustrator Philip Smiley takes us behind the scenes to reveal what inspires him to create his amazingly popular work.
Philip Smiley's Scrapbook

Friday, October 15, 2010

QI Annual

Peter Thom comes to the rescue this month with this lively superhero inspired illustration created for the cover of this year's QI Annual.

Commissioned by Eleanor Crow at Faber and Faber, Peter greatly enjoyed the project and explains, "..I felt that the job which involved creating caricatures of some of the larger than life presenters and guests of this show, would be fraught with difficulty, but in truth the job was a delight to work on." The QI Annual will be available to buy from November 4th.

Christopher Corr's Scrapbook

This week leading illustrator Christopher Corr takes us behind the scenes to reveal what inspires him to create his amazingly popular work.
Christopher Corr's Scrapbook

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Max Gregor's Graffiti

Our very own Max Gregor has been hanging out on the streets creating some fantastic art. Getting back to his roots in Bristol Max says:" this is my return after a hiatus for a few years", his powerful art certainly looks comfortable in an urban setting.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Diet Coke / Johnny Rocket Collaboration

Our favourite celebrity jewellery designer, Mr. Johnny Rocket, (lovely hubby of our agent Vicky!) has joined forces with Diet Coke and the world's best department store Selfridges.  

In a fashion first, Diet Coke fans and fashionistas alike will be able to create their own bespoke
crystal bottle in Johnny's pop up workshop "The diet Coke Crystal Customisation Boudoir".  

For 2 weeks from 14th October (during store opening hours) you are invited to come & get creative on Selfridges ground floor where Johnny and his team will be on hand to help create individual bespoke designs.

- Introducing the diet Coke Crystal Collection by Johnny Rocket made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS -
- Create your own bespoke bottle at the pop up
diet Coke Crystal Customisation Boudoir - 
Listen up girls, it’s time to grab yourself a piece of sparkling fashion history. In THE creative collaboration of the year, diet Coke is joining forces with cult celebrity jewellery designer Johnny Rocket, and the world’s best department store Selfridges, to bring you the limited edition ‘diet Coke Crystal Collection’ made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

In a fashion first, diet Coke fans and fashionistas alike will be able to create their own bespoke crystal bottle in Johnny’s pop up workshop – ‘the diet Coke Crystal Customisation Boudoir’ at Selfridges’ London flagship store this October.  Perfect for anyone looking for a sprinkle of sparkle and glitz this autumn!

From catwalk to stage, Johnny Rocket’s designs are the pinnacle of Britain’s creative jewellery scene, fusing fashion, individual style and fine craftsmanship.  Now a cult figure, Johnny has a string of top designer and celebrity clients to his name, including Julien MacDonald, Tom Ford and Jamiroquai.  Not to mention, creating Kylie’s signature embellished hot pants and The Darkness’ diamante tattooed guitar.  Now it’s your chance to take home a nugget of crystal couture as Johnny turns his expert hand to the iconic diet Coke original glass bottle and launches the exclusive ‘diet Coke Crystal Collection’ and pop up ‘Customisation Boudoir’ this October.

For two exciting weeks from the 14th October diet Coke girls are invited to Johnny’s dazzling workshop – ‘the diet Coke Crystal Customisation Boudoir’ – housed in Selfridges’s Ground Floor, to create their very own bottles.  Inside, Johnny and his team will be on hand* to help create individual bespoke designs, with shoppers choosing from a selection of striking SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to be embellished onto a limited edition pink or silver diet Coke glass bottle.  Before topping it off with your name or initials and crowning it with yet more crystals.  All for just £5!

And, for those fashionistas short on time but still desperate to get their hands on this iconic collection, pick up a limited edition pink diet Coke bottle, lovingly pre-customised by Johnny - a snip at £1.50 each!

Johnny comments: “It’s great to be working with diet Coke in a collaboration which combines unique style, and sparkle. What better brand to create sparkling creations with than one of the most iconic soft drink brands in the world! I’m thrilled to be getting a chance to get cool and creative with the famous diet Coke glass bottle. The fabulous contours are a perfect fit for my sexy and stylish crystal creations.”

Boom Artwork for Preacher's Son

Our talented illustrator Eric van den Boom (BoomArtwork) has created these wonderful designs for Irish Folk band Preacher's Son who are currently on tour.
Preacher's Son's manager Justine Doswell was delighted with the designs: 
'They are fantastic! I just had a feeling in my bones that Eric was the man to do something special.'
See their website for tour dates and images.

See BoomArtwork's website here.

Daniel O'Leary's Scrapbook

After 25 years in Manhattan Daniel O'Leary packed up his mac, wacom tablet & paintbrushes to live & work on the edge of a lake.
Daniel O'Leary's Scrapbook
Daniel O'Leary's Realistic Portfolio

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Powerful Porfolio of Artist Creations for Penfield Children’s Center

For the past five years, ad agency Cramer-Krasselt has partnered with Milwaukee’s Penfield Children’s Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping infants and children reach their full potential, to promote its primary annual fund-raising initiative, the Croquet Ball.
Each year, C-K commissions artists from around the world to bring their unique vision to the event’s promotional posters. The caliber of talent is widespread: from international artists such as Catalina Estrada, James Jean and Red Nose Studio and others who have worked on brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Target, Microsoft, Nike and American Airlines and publications such as O, The Oprah MagazineThe Wall Street JournalNewsweek and Time, to local students at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Each artist brings a distinct perspective and enviable talent to the continuing theme of “Make an Impact. Have an Impact.” It’s a fascinating study into these artists’ styles and chosen media. 
These donated illustrations are auctioned off at the event to raise money for Penfield and have gained industry recognition from Communications Arts and The One Show. (Travis Lampe’s “Robot” won a 2006 One Show Award and most recently, Chris Buzelli’s “Tiger” was featured in the prestigious Communication Arts 2010 Illustration Annual.)
Below is a list of all the participating artists and attached a PDF with several posters from the collection, including Lampe’s “Robot” on page 3 and Buzelli’s “Tiger” on page 11. For more information on Penfield Children’s Center, please visit

Artist List:
2006 James Jean
Travis Lampe  
2007 Ronald Kurniawan 
Jon Han 
Frank Stockton

Laura Plansker: check out her children's book project!
2009 Chris Silas Neal 

2010 Catalina Estrada