Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Every year we are thrilled when the Communication Arts Illustration Annual arrives. As we browse through the pages that celebrate the world’s most gifted illustrators, we are delighted to see some of our very own among them. Each illustrator chosen has a unique style that showcases their creative skill. This year CA received 4636 entries with only 189 projects accepted. Our artists account for 6 of the winners (pretty good.) Below you can see each artist's winning entry and a couple of other images from their portfolio.

Brad Yeo, illustrator | David Plunkert, art director
| Spur Design, design firm | Serbin Communications, client


Brad Yeo was selected in the advertising category for his cover image  for the Directory of Illustration advertiser's brochure. 

He was one of four artists invited to work with David Plunkert of SPUR and Serbin Communications. The illustration was based on the theme of "perpetual motion." 

The project had only one catch: he had to stay clear of using any mechanical imagery.

Take a look at his recent work below.

CLICK HERE for his portfolio.


Dan Page, illustrator | John Montgomery/Marc Sullivan, art directors| Profit, client
Dan Page received an award for his mixed media illustration, “Tsunami Warning” which he did for a double page spread in Profit Magazine. Dan needed to represent the topic “succession” and what business owners 
need to do to avoid problems. 

Also, below is Dan's book cover illustration for "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" and a piece for Corporate Counsel. 

CLICK HERE for Dan Page's portfolio

 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Night Gwen Stacey Died
Corporate Counsel / Patent Suits Rise


Nigel Buchanan, Illustrator
Australian illustrator Nigel Buchanan's three “Velo” illustrations, influenced by a new cycle track in his neighborhood, were chosen in this category. They were created as part of an ongoing series for an exhibition in Sydney.

CLICK HERE to view Nigel's portfolio and below are a couple of recent illustrations.
Wall Street Journal

James Steinberg, illustrator | Cathy Kelly, art director | Sarah Hacala, writer
James Toedtman, editor | Eric Seidman, design director | AARP Bulletin, client

James Steinberg’s op-ed illustration for AARP Bulletin represents the world as a better place by replacing rudeness with civility. 

The snakes symbolize bad behavior in today’s society.
'Thinking Cap'

Check out his recent work below for PM Network Magazine and an image for a series of self-generated Public Service Announcements. 

CLICK HERE for his portfolio. 
PM Network Magazine: Agility

Whitney Sherman, illustrator/designer

Whitney Sherman’s iPhone size business card was chosen in this category. She created a conceptual self-portrait that was hand drawn, scanned, then letterpress printed in one color for each side on 5 pt. museum board.

CLICK HERE for her portfolio. She is always looking to build new relationships!

David Brinley, illustrator

David Brinley has made multiple appearances in the Communication Arts Annual. His acrylic on wood illustration was selected for the unpublished category this year. 

‘Handschuhschneeballwerfer’ was developed from a story which celebrates bizarre words from other languages.

Below you will find recent illustrations from The Washington Post and the image 'Michael.'

CLICK HERE for his portfolio. 
Washington Post:
'What's In a Name...'


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Bloomberg Business Week: Domain Frontier 
A new conceptual illustrator has joined the ranks!
We are excited to welcome Chi Birmingham as the newest member of our group.

You may have seen his regular contributions in AARP Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The New York Times, among others. We've posted examples of some of his recent vector illustrations--take a look!

CLICK HERE for portfolio.
NY Times Sunday Business: Paying the Toll

Inside Counsel: Hostile Takeover
Brooklyn LaunchPad:
"Curses, Hexes, & Whammies"

The Pitch: The Blues Scoiety

Chi is from scenic Big Sur, California but has transplanted to the beautiful Brooklyn to pursue his illustration career.

NY Times Sunday Business: Paying the Toll

Listen Magazine:
Franz Mittler Portrait
SCT Magazine:February Cover


Wednesday, April 3, 2013


The calendar may say spring, but for most of us in the east and Midwest, spring has only made a cameo appearance. Fear not, we are here to lift your spirits with images of spring and summer provided by our very own Pushart. Pushart, for those of you not familiar with their work, creates lovely, uplifting cut paper scenes. The creative duo of Megan Berkheiser and Mike Caldwell are ready to work on your next editorial, advertising, or publishing project with their unique paper assemblage illustration. Please check out their latest warm weather pieces plus a last glimpse of winter fun.

Pushart recently created "Signs of Life" for Orange Coast Magazine, for a story on nature and wildlife co-existing in Orange County, CA. They begin with pencil sketches followed by acrylic-gouache painted buildings and mountains made from paste-papers. The final art is digitally photographed and delivered as a Photoshop file.

Illustrations for GULFSHORE MAGAZINE

Pushart created the promotional materials for Arby's limited edition peppermint shake: a world created out of peppermint. Very refreshing!


Arbys (Alcone Marketing)