By Jamey Christoph
“Like so many artists today, I try to conserve art supplies and paper where I can. I save a good deal of paper by drawing on the backside of old drawings and junk mail. I drive a hybrid car and am fortunate to live in a community with a great recycling program. One of my favorite things to draw are trees, their complexity and grace is so beautiful for me – I find their soaring branches to be very spiritual.”
Michael Paraskevas’ new children’s book, Mr. Moon, will soon land on shelves. Published by Crown Books, great fun is in store for kids everywhere in 2016 with Michael’s new book. Due out in the fall, we’re giving you a sneak peek at the wonderful and whimsical illustrations. Usually working in acrylic, oil or watercolor, Michael gave his new digital tablet a spin and the result is just as impressive.
Michael Paraskevas lives in the Hamptons and has had the pleasure of working for such magazines as Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone. See more from Michael here.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. for MLK Day, we want to show Jamey Christoph‘s illustration below. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929. A social activist and visionary, he delivered the famous and prophetic “I have a dream” speech, which in part says, “I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” We celebrate a great man, his amazing life and enduring legacy.
Robert Crawford was selected as a finalist in the esteemed Southwest Arts Finalists “Artistic Excellence” Competition. His painting Maddie’s World was chosen out of hundreds of submissions. Robert was interviewed by the magazine about the inspiration behind the painting. The magazine’s Q&A appears below in its entirety. Winners and Honorable Mentions appear in the December issue of Southwest Arts.
Be sure to take a look at more of Robert’s impressive work in his online portfolio.
What inspired this painting?
It kind of evolved. I started with a modeling session with Maddie, and it grew from there. The room is my studio, and I just imagined the life of this little girl. I think it has a lot to do with my own daughter growing up and the loss you feel when she leaves and has a life of her own. I loved those times when she was young and full of imagination.
Where did you study art?
Rhode Island School of Design.
What have been some of the highlights of your art career? I love seeing my art published as well as in galleries. It was great seeing my art on the cover of the L.L. Bean catalog, and having my work in a museum show was awesome. I’ve had shows all over the world, but a great thrill was my New York show in 2014.
What are your goals for the future?
I want to continue to grow and evolve as an artist. My work should be more than just a pretty picture—it should have depth and meaning. I want my patrons to still love the work many years after their purchase. My biggest goal is to continue to expand my collector base. I am currently seeking galleries in Virginia and Florida.
Jamey Christoph sends a lighthearted ‘Cheers’ for 2016! We can’t think of a better sentiment ourselves. With the holiday festivities behind us, which went way too fast, we would like to send a wish for a wonderful and successful journey in the coming new year. Happy 2016 everybody!
All of us at Lindgren & Smith wish everyone a Happy New Year! May 2016 be filled with blessings, success and good health! The illustration below is from the talented Anna Lazareva.
Beauty abounds in Jon C. Lund’s Hudson Springs park poster. Located in Ohio, Jon considers his hometown park one of his best kept secrets…although maybe not anymore. The image below shows a summer morning sunrise at Hudson Springs Park.
Jon beautifully depicts the tranquility of his favorite hometown park with breathtaking views. With a 50-acre lake, meadows and hiking trails and enough wildlife to make you feel like you’re far removed from any nearby city, we can see why it’s one of Jon’s faves.
Jon creates his work digitally and you can catch more of his work in his online portfolio.
Jon C Lund travel illustration
Merry Christmas to all! Robert Rodriguez created this lovely illustration of the three wise men as they make their way to deliver their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus. Guided by the Star of Bethlehem, the three wise men arrive to the birthplace and present their gifts and worship the arrival of the newborn king.
Robert’s illustration is beautifully detailed and colorful and tells the story of the birth of Jesus. You undoubtedly have seen Robert’s numerous and varied works, from the Quaker Oats logo to the Boardwalk Empire and Pin Up posters. He’s prolific in the amount of work he creates and you can see more of it here!
Michael Robertson put his own colorful stamp on a holiday staple, Santa’s reindeer! Each reindeer is unique with its own distinctive personality. They’re colorful, whimsical and ready to sail across the sky. We wouldn’t mind seeing Santa’s sleigh with these guys leading the pack.
Michael has an interesting, varied background creating characters and toy designs before deciding give illustration a shot. Safe to say, we’re glad he made the leap. So, don’t miss out! Be sure to view more of Michael’s imagery!
We would like to show a plethora of snowmen from our illustrators. From whimsical and playful to nostalgic, our talented artists get immersed in the season.
Chris O’Leary‘s illustration harkens back to simpler times. His image has a magical quality to it and we love the emotions it conjures up seeing father and son work together.
Michael Paraskevas has a little fun and puts his own twist on this snowman.
Kim Johnson‘s sweet digital illustration showing a snowman getting a gift of his own.
Jerome Studer‘s attack of the snowman! You can only push them so far…