Jillian Ditner illustrated the Editors' Choice feature entitled, Beasts of the East, about a veterinarian's adventures in Newfoundland. The feature is based on Andrew Peacock's book, Creatures of the Rock. Reader's Digest art director Annelise Dekker, always such a delight to work with, designed the spread to accommodate Jilllian's simple floating images throughout. Goodreads describes Andrew's book as "...a funny, thrilling, unflinching but ultimately heartwarming narrative about the connections between people and animals". Jillian, a lover of living creatures and nature, brings a gentle touch to the illustrations throughout. To see more of Jillian Ditner's art, visit her updated i2i Art portfolio.
Art director Jamie Mitchell wanted to take the need for a diagrammatic illustration for the article "Do a good scan, Stan!" and have a little fun with it.
He chose Rémy Simard for his ability to do just this! Jamie envisioned "...a very cute, funny dog in multiple positions/facial expressions, being scanned by a microchipwand." Our favorite part of this illustration is in fact the dogs facial expressions.
Here is a peek into Rémy Simard's process. Upon receiving Jamie's brief, Rémy began sketches for presentation.
...and after a bit of back and forth as Jamie and Rémy tweaked the sketches, here is the finished art
When the Riverdale Farm's Stewardship Group first approached i2i art to commission a whimsical yet functional map of the Riverdale Farm, Tim Zeltner was chosen for his rich hand painted folk art style (actually painted on wood), and the journey to discover and depict the Farm in all it's wonder began! Below you will see Tim really captures this gem in the heart of downtown Toronto. The map illustration will be used on marketing materials and a give-away map for visitors. To see more of Tim Zeltner's magical paintings visit his updated portfolio here.
Recently I attended the wonderfully successful Riverdale Farm Aid 2014 benefit, which thanks to all the enthusiastic support and dedication of it's volunteers and the community, raised the grand sum of $24,000! At the event, the map (commissioned by the RFSG) and created by Tim Zeltner was unveiled. and large archival prints were auctioned off to benefit the farm.
Tim Zeltner donated the original painting below to The Farm where it will be housed in the main 'Residence'
Below is one of the large archival quality prints Tim donated being auctioned off at the event!
There was a terrific crowd and the fundraising was a big success!
An awfully cute wooly resident of the farm, not too bothered by the crowd that night nibbles on some fresh local produce.
The fabulous Lemon Bucket Orkestra: A big hit!
Tour the Farm, visit the animals and chat with the farmer during daily chores. It's a delightful way to spend a day in the 'country' without leaving the city!
Congratulations to the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group and thank you for caring so much and working so hard to preserve this very important part of the city of Toronto!
For the 5th year running, Betsy Everitt participated in the annual Santa Monica Museum of Art’s 10th annual Exhibition and Benefit Art Sale, 'Incognito'. 'The Art World Up For Grabs' get's it's name, INCOGNITO because all works are signed on the back--the artists’ identities revealed only after purchase! Betsy says, "It is a very special and super fun community event (complete with celebrity sightings!) which helps to fund the museum's free exhibitions. My submissions have sold every year, including this one!" To see more of Betsy's wonderfully delightful illustrations please take a peek at her updated portfolio here.
Happy Day by Betsy Everitt
Uppercase's Special Surface Pattern Design Guide featuring a fabulous collection of surface designers, including Alanna Cavanagh, is now available! Alanna's designs have been featured on products by Lord & Taylor, TeNeues, One King's Lane, Hudson Bay Company and Crane & Co. To see more of Alanna's art check out her portfolio here.
This image (above) called Friends, caught my eye when I first saw it screen printed on a tote bag!
Love the retro car in this illustration!
This is one of her lovely surface design patterns. Can you just imagine it on children's bedding or curtains?
After illustrating the Dogbook app, Monika Melnychuk was asked by Geoffrey Roche, of Poolhouse Enterprises, to dress up the dogs for the 'howlidays'! Monika had tons of fun doing the illustrations (cards designed by Poolhouse). To check out the poodle sporting a string of holiday bling to the mischievous gift ripping duo, and the adorable Chiuaua aka"Rudolph's brother from another mother", click here to get to visit the Dogbook Facebook page (and while you're there go ahead and send a free e-card to your favorite 'pet'!).
Monika says, "I have been a dog geek forever. When I was a teenager I drew x-mas and birthday cards with dogs. Then I worked dogs into any assignment I could. For example in first year illustration we had to design a shopping bag and mine of course, was all dogs. Before I became an illustrator I tried being a dog portrait artist. Wow, I am a nerd, but I just love dogs!" Fast forward... Geoffrey Roche, partner at Poolhouse, saw some of Monika's dog drawings and he had to have her illustrate the landing page for the new Dogbook iPhone App. Can you spot *your* dog? If you're looking to connect with like minded doggie lovers get the free app here. Also below, see a recent piece on the theme, created for surface design applications.
We think it would make a cool wallpaper or fabric for your favorite dog house.
Monika and her dog Boogaloo share a breathtaking moment in their beautiful world.
Margaret Lee produced these dreamy, evocative images to accompany an article on Diane Ackerman's book, One Hundred Names For Love- A Stroke, A Marriage and the Language of Healing. The article, published in the Penn Stater, the alumni magazine for Pennsylvania State University, where Paul West (Diane Ackerman's husband) taught. The book chronicles their journey through Paul's stoke and how they adapted to recover his use of language. The two illustrations were based on a chapter in which Paul mourns the loss of the pet names he used to have for Diane. She notes "It was true. Once upon a time, in the Land of Before, Paul had so many pet names for me I was a one-woman zoo...In our mythology there were golden baby owls, ring-tailed lemurs, axolotls, shoulder rabbits, honeybunnies, bunnyskins...and many more." She encourages Paul to re-invent pet names and endearments for her. Some he creates are : Celandine Hunter, My Little Spice Owl, and Spy Elf of the Morning Hallelujahs.
Recently Ian Phillips was commissioned to bring his humor and whimsy to a very serious story about bone health for the summer issue of Positive Side magazine. The story investigates HIV-related issues with regard to bone density. Bones can be healthy, brittle or too soft… Ian says, "First Goldilocks and The Three Bears came to mind. Then the Three Little Pigs and their houses of straw, sticks and bricks flashed through my mind as a better analogy. The smart-thinking pig built his house with bricks, demonstrating a proactive role in one’s health as the better choice."
Monika Melnychuk created these fun characters for a guide by RIFSSO - an organization that helps the Ontario Francophone community access health and social services provided in French. The guide is for parents to help their teens investigate careers in health and social services, and the necessary education for each option.
Visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound Ontario this summer to see some of the Lost and Found Pet Posters Ian Phillips amassed through a mail art exchange he ran throughout the 1990s. Also on display is some of the merchandising developed with the launch of the Japanese edition of his book LOST. A dog house video installation also chronicles some of the media frenzy that abounded at the time of the book's release. For $50 you can own your very own limited edition print of any one of the posters from the exhibit. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter, a no-kill facility. Prints are available for purchase through Ian's website. The show runs June 25th through to September 12th.