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Terrorist infiltration and the impossibility of guarding the vast USA/Canada border for Security Management Magazine.

Huffington cover, article “True Colors” about the destructive nature of anti-gay therapy. Josh Klenert, creative director; Andrea Nasca/Martin Gee, associate art directors.

Campaign Spotlight: Brian Stauffer
Pitch Perfect Solutions

I’m not sure what concatenation of events has led to the last few months of work, but Brian Stauffer is on fire. Lüerzer’s Archive chose one of his illustrations for the cover of this year’s 200 Best Illustrators; 11 illustrations were accepted in total. His graphic illustrations are beautifully designed for maximum impact. Sophisticated commentary on cultural and political subjects of the day, they pack a visual punch—their bold conceptual approach and dynamic colors are memorable. They’re powerful. Smart. Arresting. And not for the faint hearted.

The prolific illustrator has won various prestigious awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and Graphis, including garnering gold and silver medals from the Graphis Poster Annual 2014. He has just completed #32 in an ongoing series of covers for Worth Magazine and has produced some hard-hitting on current events.

The affable Stauffer is a tall man (6 feet six inches), with a ready smile. We met at the first Design Family Reunion, held two years ago in Pacific Grove. He and his family, wife Alina and sons Andrés, 12, and Julian, 11, camped in their cool VW Westfalia van at one of the rented guesthouses, and partook of all the outdoors and cultural events with great enthusiasm. In 2010, they moved across country from Miami to San Rafael, California. After three years there, they moved further north where they now live in a lovely house in the woods about 30 minutes from Sonoma.

He loves adventure—he spent his birthday in 2012 in Katmandu with his friend and fellow illustrator Robert Hunt. “We did a grueling two-week trek to [the] Mount Everest Base Camp which at 18,300 feet sits about 200 feet below the Khumbu Icefall (where 13 Sherpas were killed this past May).  It is our plan to go back next May and hopefully take a few other illustrators along,” Stauffer explains. He even tried cliff diving on Oahu’s famed North Shore during a recent Hawaiian vacation.

Stauffer comes from a creative family; both of his parents make art, his father paints and his mother works in mixed media. His two boys are following in his footsteps. They make things like he did as a kid, including miniature skate parks and have been known to take his pen nibs to make darts.

Born and raised in Prescott, Arizona, he graduated from The University of Arizona with a BFA emphasizing graphic design, a background that has enhanced his ability to work with art directors and to create clear, concept-driven art that complements the stories they illustrate.

Stauffer easily combines digital and traditional mediums to great effect. His work has appeared in the New York Times, TIME magazine, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ and more than 300 other publications worldwide.


Mac Conner, detail from How Do You Love Me, gouache on illustration board, from Woman’s Home Companion, 1950. © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist.

What's Hanging
Exhibitions of note nationwide.

Mac Conner: A New York Life
Through January 19, 2015
The Museum of the City of New York
1200 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY

Mac Conner: A New York Life is the first exhibition of more than 70 original artworks by illustrator McCauley ("Mac") Conner, one of New York's original "Mad Men." In the 1940s-60s,Conner's captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines, including CosmopolitanRedbook, and The Saturday Evening Post, helping shape the popular image of postwar America.

This latest in an ongoing series of exhibitions that examines the lives and influence of New Yorkers explores one man's prolific career in New York as the world's media capital and the country's publishing center in the pivotal years after World War II. Conner, still insightful and witty at 100 years old, attended the opening of his first solo exhibition (held September 10th).

"Today, Mac Conner is one of the few remaining voices of an influential group of New York illustrators who created the look of a generation," said Susan Henshaw Jones, the Ronay Menschel Director at the City Museum. "We are thrilled to showcase his incredible work and introduce visitors to yet another remarkable New Yorker."

Mac Conner: A New York Life is curated by Terrence C. Brown, a City Museum guest curator and the Director of the Society of Illustrators, with consulting curator D.B. Dowd, Professor of Art and American Culture Studies at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Faculty Director of the Modern Graphic History Library, both at Washington University in St. Louis. The exhibition is co-sponsored by The Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum.


The Drawing Club by Bob Kato

Good Books
A brief review of notable titles and inspiring monographs.

The Drawing Club by Bob Kato
144 pages, softbound, published by Quarry Books, $24.99

Hundreds of artists come to expand and broaden their skills at Los Angeles's original character drawing workshop, The Drawing Club. Since 2002, artists from all over the LA region have gathered each Thursday night at a special place where story and character are interpreted from life.

In The Drawing Club, many of these professional working artists and the club's founder, Bob Kato, will teach you how to think differently about drawing characters from life—and, in true Drawing Club spirit, have a good time doing it! This book is a master class in interpreting and drawing characters, full of great stories, insights, and a wide array of styles and approaches. It is a great tool, and would make a fun gift.


PLAY Illustration Directory of Illustration Medical Illustration
PLAY! Illustration and Design
for Toys & Interactive Games

Directory of Illustration
Medical Illustration Source Book

Good Surfing — Founded in 1998 at Brown University, The Arts Literacy Project develops curricula and professional development practices linking literacy and the arts; creating powerful learning opportunities for students both in core academic subjects and in the arts. — I’d like to give a shout out to Secession Art & Design, a cool space in my former San Francisco neighborhood, Bernal Heights. It’s a gallery, boutique and workspace that just celebrated its 7th anniversary. — is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting artist organized media, events and cultural education.


Job Showcase
Fox Sports
Tavis Coburn
Christopher DeLorenzo
Adhemas Batista
Matt Herring
Début Art Ltd.
Out Magazine
Edward McGowan
Colagene, illustration clinic
Cristina Guitian
Meiklejohn Illustration
Smithsonian Magazine
Zina Saunders
Sunday Times
Bob Venables
Newsweek Magazine
Wesley Bedrosian
Playboy Magazine
Edward Kinsella III
Richard Solomon Artists Representative
National Geographic Traveller UK
Freddy Boo
Nature's Path
Kim & James Neale
Mendola Artists Representatives
Stanford Business
Richard Mia
Gerald & Cullen Rapp
Dental Crafters
Scott Alberts
Nebraska Public Schools
Jim Atherton
Brainbox Candy
Ashley Percival
The Florida Bar Journal
Barbara Kelley
Variety Magazine
Dave Murray


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Industry Advice

Industry Advice
Another way to be inspired

Northern California painter Nicholas Wilton focuses on the subject of creativity beyond his own canvases, to help others bring their creativity alive. Wilton’s paintings are highly sought after both in the United States and Europe. He is the founder of the ArtLife Creativity workshops and classes. Nicholas also has established the Creative Visionary Mentoring Program, which offers artistic, business, and creative coaching to artists. He speaks and writes extensively on the subject of life purpose, inspiration and creativity. His blog, artwork and instructional offerings can be found at This recent post from Nicholas offers great advice on how we can re-inspire ourselves.

Three Ways To Get Re Inspired On Your Art by Nicholas Wilton

Sometimes you just lose momentum. Sometimes you look at everything you are making and it all feels flat. Sometimes you just don’t feel like going into the studio.

Here are 3 easy ways to get re inspired on your Art.


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