New Dinosaur Paintings by Phil Wilson

Dimetrodon paintingLiopleurodon painting

 

Phil Wilson just illustrated two new dinosaur paintings using a combination of acrylic and airbrush. The first painting – “Dimetrodon” – was a 12 foot long reptile that pre-dated the dinosaur age and was the first predator of its time. The second painting – “Liopleurodon attacking Mosasaurs” features Liopleurodon, which is nicknamed “T-rex of the ocean” or “Sea-rex” ┬áIt was a top ocean predator of the late dinosaur age and is shown attacking Mosasaurs, which was a sea-going lizard related to the modern day Komodo dragons and reached a length of 30+ feet. As usual – like the majority of his dinosaur art being used for various publishing books – Phil uses a combination of scientific fact and super realism.

 

 

New Children’s Books by Alfred Schrier

Alfred Schrier recently wrote and illustrated two children’s books and is looking to have them published. The picture books contain roughly 27-34 beautiful illustrations each and exist as prototypes completely designed with all text in place. Contact us if you have interest and Alfred can submit printed laser copies for your review. Here are a few examples of the inside page art.

Prop – The Story of a Little Airplane

Clouds Are Kookoo

Pop Art Logos by Ron Magnes

Direct Energy had a workshop/conference in which (28) corporations/companies/ universities were invited. Ron Magnes was commissioned to create their logos in a Warhol “pop art” style and the participants were given the framed logos at the end of the event. Great idea and a fun project! Here are more of the logos that Ron created.

Skype Ad Campaign Slams Social Media

Skype has just introduced an ad campaign and what a message! Directed at social media – in particular Facebook and Twitter, it is all about the “art of conversation.” Now, we all are involved in social networking and it is certainly a good thing but there are times when we need to speak directly with people – through “real talk” on Skype or just on the phone. We are supposed to be in the communications business and most clients only want to communicate through social media and email. Acquiring information about a prospective illustration assignment can be easily achieved through a “real conversation” rather than an impersonal message that almost always lacks enough information to even understand the scope of the project. In a few minute human conversation all details can be discussed and everyone will feel comfortable that the project is on track to be a success! Hats off to Skype!

The Legend of St. Nicholas

As most of us know the legend of St. Nicholas goes back hundreds upon hundreds of years to various European countries. He had different names depending on the country and some historians believe that a Bishop in Asia Minor became St. Nicholas as far back as 325 A.D.! Legend states that after his death on December 6 he was adopted as the patron saint of children and this became St. Nicholas Day. For centuries, children were visited on that night by a gift bearing old man with a long white beard who rode on a horse. Over the years he went through many name changes – Father Christmas, Pere Noel, etc. depending on country and religion and he also developed a split personality or alter ego – meaning he could either reward or punish. That brings me to my name – Knecht – and German heritage! In Germany, St. Nicholas’ alter ego was Knecht Rupert who rewarded good children with fruit but in most cases arrived to frighten the naughty ones. Maybe I’m related to him! Many years ago I acquired this original newspaper illustration of Knecht Rupert from the December 25, 1880 issue of The Queen – notice the frightened looks of two of the children!

Our modern Santa Claus is a composite figure, drawn from the history, legends, and folklore of many countries. He evolved from a Saint, was demoted to a somewhat evil gift bearer at times, and finally became the jolly, robust character that children know and love today. Over the years our artists have illustrated many Santas for Christmas projects – here are a few of them. Enjoy them – they will bring a smile to your face during this holiday season!

Welcome To Our New Website!

Welcome to our new and improved website! We offer an exciting group of award winning illustrators that can provide you with just about any style of illustration you desire. One of the new features we have added gives you a short description of each artist’s expertise and how their work is created. Click on the Artist Portfolios in the black bar to see image thumbnails of each illustrator in our group – click on the artist image and you will be directed to their portfolio and any blogs that are posted about recent projects. You can also click on any of the tags to direct you to areas and subject matter that interests you. Powered by the WordPress platform we can now blog about projects that we have created for clients and show how an individual illustration is created. Feel free to leave comments – we like to hear from you! And…check back regularly to see new blog postings!

Lee Steadman

Lee is an internationally acclaimed fine artist who captures all facets of nature and wildlife in his beautiful water color paintings. He has provided art for corporate brochures and books such as the Galapagos Island, National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America and two children’s books. His paintings can be found in various museums and galleries.