Gary Alphonso created a cover for the paperback edition of Hazards of the Game by Norma Tadlock Johnson. The art director wanted a very graphic feel to the cover where type would be a major element. They decided to place the text within the shape of the sand trap since the story takes place on a golf course. Another requirement of the illustration was to include some of the clues to the mystery: the pink golf ball, the discarded putter and the Siamese cat. The challenge was to design the illustration with the type from the early rough stages as opposed to creating the illustration and having the designer apply type after the fact. Here are two versions to show the importance of type - an early draft and the tweaked type that became the cover.
John Webster is always a natural choice for the "vintage" look. In creating this cover for A Hard Bargain, by Jane Tesh, published by Harlequin he combines elements drawing from the story and cleverly incorporating the film strip as a backdrop for the title. To see more of John's art visit his portfolio here.
Betsy Everitt was asked by Moira Greto to create an illustration to accompany the "Success Story" column of FamilyFun. The story is about a family with the winter blah's--something we all can relate to! The offered solution is to create a treasure hunt for dinner. In an especially magical way, Betsy illustrates the moment of discovery!
Margaret Lee worked with Kathleen Oudit at Harlequin to create the new paperback cover for Ilsa Mayr's novel, Alibi for a Cold Winter's Night. The beautifully nuanced textures used to illustrate cold winter frost is contrasted nicely with the cozy little Spitzbuben cookie, cleverly 'bleeding' it's jam filling : )
Ian Phillips worked with Art Director, Peter Zaver, to create this cover for Marketing Magazine's Top 2011 Marketers issue. Peter wanted to see a cityscape with the logos of 10 marketers incorporated into the illustration. To Ian's delight, Peter suggested an Andy Warhol style soup can for Campbell's! Take a peek behind the process - below we've posted some of the early sketches.
Ian begins with some quick sketches and picks his favourite. He then creates a tight linear to show the client the idea as close to final as possible.
The next step after the above tight linear drawing is choosing colors. A PDF of the cover is helpful to make sure there is room for the masthead. These were some of the color comps. Ian loves drawing buildings and people and even managed to create a cameo appearance of his dog "Fancy". Check out the final image to see if you can spot "Fancy".
The month of November, and now Thanksgiving, puts us all in mind of cooking and family dinners. An article in the November issue of Sunset Magazine starts out..."In Mathattan, she stored her sweaters in her oven and ordered take-out. But San Francisco made her a chef." Eili-Kaija brought her colorful, whimsical style to these illustrations, art directed by Jim McCann.
Jillian was asked to create an illustration for "The Best Worst Thing That Ever Happened To Me", collection of stories. June Anderson, art directed the piece and we thought we'd give you a little sneak peek into the process here:
"Boomerangst" is a new term to describe the worry over the financial strain the aging "Boomer" population has and will have on the Canadian health care system. Janice Kun used her photo-illustrative talents to create this hospital corridor/ graph image to accompany the article The Boomer Effect, Is Canada's Health Care Headed for Trouble? in the Nov/Dec issue of Legion Magazine, art directed by Jason Duprau.
Gary worked with Jamie Mitchell, Creative Director at Bussolati, to create this powerful cover image for ACC Docket, The Journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel, on "How Tomorrow Moves: CSX Uses Scorecards to Help Outside Counsel Stay on Track". He uses the analogy of a child's toy train to illustrate how legal firms stay 'on track' with this program.
The November issue of Parenting has a feature on tech toys (just in time for holiday shopping). Amanda Bardwell, the art director, asked Monika Melnychuk to illustrate the retro 'equivalents' of the toys, which were presented in contrast to the photos of the modern tech toys being recommended in the article. We think this is another great example of how illustration combined with photography makes a very compelling layout.
Thom created these cover images for the Journal of Norwegian Medical Association. The most recent cover, on the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy, was a challenge for Thom. He writes, " I pretty much had to dispel the negative connotations and images that were impressed upon me with films such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. I was asked to create an image that conveyed a sense of hope and positive end results." The article notes that ECT is still used today and with good results on certain types of depression.
The first cover Thom created (issue 6) was on drug addiction and drug screening. The Art Director, Emma Dalby, asked him to illustrate some of the key words. What Thom wanted to convey was "a sense of being 'shackled' to a substance when you are addicted. This comes across in the hands that are almost 'hand-cuffed' by the smoke. The head is floating on purpose......I wanted the head to be almost floating as if you are not present but in your own world. The pills almost form pillows as well. The molecular structure of THC is present on the side. That structure becomes part of the brain structure as if taking over. So the whole image is a mixed up montage to go with the idea of the scattered fragments of logic present in drug addiction. "
Ian created these illustrations for an article on the Provincial election in Ontario. These three variations were illustrated before the election occurred and based on concerns that Ian (and many Torontonians) has about the current slash and burn philosophy of the municipal government in Toronto. The third illustration is the version used for the article, "Déjà Voodoo Economics", in the October issue of In Toronto magazine. To see more of Ian's fabulous maps and lettering, click here.