John Mattos has firmly cemented himself as the go-to illustrator for mystery novels. First, he did many of the covers in Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series and now here is a new cover for Rules of Murder in Julianna Deering’s new series Drew Farthering’s Mysteries.
“Last month I was asked to create a conceptual illustration on cyber bullying. I decided to focus on the idea of being overwhelmed by digital media. Instead of being surrounded by bullies, the teenager is surrounded by computers, tablets, phones.
Cyber bullying is a scary thing…There’s a haunting permanence with bullying through social media…No longer does the bullying stop after the schoolyard incident, it lives on for much longer, taunting the abused and inflicting lasting damage.
On a side note…apparently “nerd” is no longer an insult. I guess it’s been a long time since I was in high school because it wasn’t a compliment back then. The editor had me change it to “slut” for the printed version.”
Art director Jay Soysal at Sports Illustrated contacted us in December for an over-the-weekend, fast turnaround illustration of Jeremy Lin. Guy Stauber came to the rescue to produce this powerful portrait of the politicized athlete.
Michal Dziekan worked on a major ad campaign for PKO, a Polish bank. To date, he has done over 70 individual illustrations that were showcased in Poland on billboards, magazines, online, etc (you can see it all over PKO’s facebook page). To top it all off, Michal created an incredibly complex illustration for their 2013 calendar, filled with mini scenes and vignettes that will used for the each of the 12 months.
Physician’s Practice hired Bill Sanderson for their February issue’s cover. The RSAR artists have done so many Uncle Sams over the years that it would be difficult to count them all and now we can add this great conceptual scratchboard rendition into the mix.
The much loved children’s book series Bunnicula is now available in a new, redesigned box set. Does the art look familiar? The cover was illustrated by C.F. Payne a number of years back who gave the title character it’s most famous portrayal.
It’s always pleasant to see the work of our artists out there in the world. For example, while grocery shopping, I was delighted to finally be able to purchase the redesigned 6 pack of Boston Lager (Samuel Adams) for which Douglas Smith did the background art. Cheers!