A beautiful mystery, is how we would describe illustrator Talya Baldwin’s recent book cover for Harlequin Worldwide Mystery. Commissioned by art director Kathleen Oudit, Talya's delicate use of watercolor and fine details created just the right mood for this detective novel.Read More
Illustrator Clare Owen was recently asked to "team up" with one of her favorite authors, Jane Austen, and lend her beautiful visuals to the inspirational journal, 'Pour Your Heart Out'. Designed by Jessica Jenkins, Dana Li and Samira Iravani at Penguin Young Readers this journal invites its users to share their stories and aspirations with fun, thought provoking tasks.Read More
Chiropractor, Dr. Richard Robinson, approached i2i art to have Ian Phillips illustrate a cover for his new book addressing a phenomenon that he'd observed and treated for years. Apparently the vast majority of us have a little wiggle when we walk that actually translates into back problems over time. In his helpful guide he offers suggestions to deal with the wiggle and thus the back. The question that begs asking is, how many of us are willing to let go of our little swagger? Ian ended up wearing both his designer and illustrator hats as he approached this assignment. The striking illustration that emerged from his concept and evocative type treatment work beautifully to communicate what the good doctor had in mind. Don't you just love the illustrative direction this project took Ian in? There's a bit more realism and retro and together it's fabulous!
Ian writes in his blog: "This was a fun project, I think I probably drew about fifty pairs of shoes before I got the right look for this! Note the continued stripe pattern in the fabric folds at the knee, the pockets, and repeated on the bottom of the shoe and on her t-shirt. Adds a little playfulness."
To see more of Ian Phillip's illustrations visit his portfolio.
Working with talented art director Roberta Morris, Margaret Lee created these fun book covers for the Being A Writer Program. With a combination of actual student writing and hand created collage elements Margaret brings her clean and graphic layered treatment to these age-appropriate illustrations. To see more of Margaret's inspiring collage style art visit here.
Tim Zeltner illustrated Little Boo, a wonderful new Halloween picture book for Henry Holt, Books for Young Readers. Shh though, this is just a sneak peek...You're going to have to wait until August 2014 when the book is released to learn all about the journey of Little Boo from tiny pumpkin seed to his first Halloween night!
Sneak peek: Rémy Simard, working with editor, Alison Kooistra, has brought Anna Fienberg's words to life in Annick Press' latest Graphic Novel, Horrendo's Curse. Horrendo and his young friends enter into the dangerous world of swashbuckling pirates, where they are captured and worked to the bone. In the meantime, they are even busier as they conjure up their cunning escape plan! We're sure you'd love to find out what happens next, but I'm afraid you're just going to have to wait until the fall of 2013 when Horrendo's Curse hits bookstores! More to come...
Doug Martin continues in his rather surreal painting style for the Cozy Mystery series for Harlequin, working with Sean Kapitain, art director. Scary Stuff by Sharon Fiffer is a story that takes place on Halloween night, when antiques picker Jane Wheel discovers an estate worth killing for that involves unraveling family secrets and revealing evil ghosts eager to banish her to the afterlife. Doug's meticulous attention to detail includes some eerie elements that add to the tension of the cover image: the twisted stems on the jack o lanterns, the scary face suggested in fence post, the distressed clapboard on the old mansion and the foreboding silhouette of the raven.
I think we've all encountered the 'haunted' mansion in the hood and accepted the dare to ring their doorbell... where will you be tonight on this Hallowed eve?
After much praise for his illustrations in Duped!, Rémy Simard was asked by Colleen MacMillan, Associate Publisher at Annick Press, to illustrate their next book entitled Robbers!. Robbers!, the second book in the graphic novel series for young adults, was art directed by Antonia Banyard. Author Andreas Schroeder, the “resident Scam-meister” on the former popular CBC Radio show Basic Black, spent twelve years reporting on ingenious frauds, swindles, and hoaxes committed around the world. He continues this fascination with a series of books.
Annick says: "Each story (in 'Robbers!') offers a glimpse into the high-octane underworld of the boldest of robbers. The writer’s fascination with criminal masterminds and the illustrator’s action-packed graphic depictions of real-life thievery make this a compelling read for fans of mischief, mayhem, and bad guys on the run."
'Robbers!' hit book stores this month, but why leave the comfort of your computer? - click here to pick up your copy today!