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Shinola Detroit poster.

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Artist Spotlight: Don Kilpatrick III
His print work is emblematic of Detroit’s “can do” spirit

Don Kilpatrick III switches smoothly from digital to traditional illustration styles for a variety of clients including Fortune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He helped design the Olympic medal, torch, and official poster art for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and has received numerous awards from Communication Arts and The Society of Illustrators. His fine art work has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, and Miami. The Butcher’s Daughter hosted Kilpatrick’s first solo exhibitions in 2012 and 2013.

He received a BFA from Utah State University, and an MA from Syracuse University; in 2012 he was an Adobe Education Leader, and he has been involved in past ICON conferences as the organizer of the pop up bookstore featuring illustrators’ products.

He employs letterpress to great effect with his vibrant action-oriented designs. He’s also the head of the illustration department at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Last December UNESCO designated Detroit its first American “City of Design”, which will help elevate its can do businesses cropping up after a devastating downturn.

Don gives back to his community in artistic ways: He is a founding member of The Detroit Wood Type Co., and Signal Return, a community letterpress print shop in Detroit’s Eastern Market where he serves as a board member.

To see more of his work, visit, and

Q: How has living in Detroit influenced you and/or your work?
A: In so many ways! I moved here close to nine years ago not really knowing much about the area, and have grown to love it as much as my hometown. There is a never give up attitude and culture that has always been here in Detroit, and I was attracted to that. I was also very attracted to its authenticity and sincerity. There is also a distinct do it yourself attitude here as well that is a wellspring of inspiration for me. It has led me to expand beyond what I typically do as an illustrator and is expanding my work into new areas and with interesting people.


Current cover of Kim Jong-un for The New Yorker. Françoise Mouly, cover editor.

The Four Seasons, acrylic on board, personal work, 40" x 30" each.

Artist Spotlight: Anita Kunz, O.C., D.F.A.
A love of anthropology and zoology informs her art

There are few awards that Anita Kunz has not received from Canada: she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2007, voted one of the 50 most influential women in Canada by the National Post, and garnered a Lifetime Achievement award from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and an Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Not to mention that in 2010 she was appointed as an Office of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor, and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour, And that’s not even counting all the awards from Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, and more.

Her client list is stellar and staggeringly long. From 1988 to 1990 she was one of two artists chosen by Rolling Stone magazine to produce a monthly illustrated “History of Rock’n’Roll” end paper, and she has produced cover art for many magazines as well as 50 book jacket covers.

Anita has lived in London, New York, and now resides in Toronto, where in her spare time she rescues feral cats in addition to other good deeds.

Many years ago I judged a Los Angeles Society of Illustrators show and my fellow judges (illustrators all) and I had a spirited debate about one particular work. We all thought it was a piece by Anita, but it was a blind judging and we didn’t want to award work that was a copy of her style. It all hinged on the shape of the fingers! We petitioned to know the artist’s name, and thankfully it was Anita. I was deeply impressed by my colleagues’ detailed analysis of this one telling feature in her paintings.

Anita’s own delicate features reappear in various works, and her women all have a touch of Botticelli about them. There is a subversive sense to her work and her attention to detail is impeccable. Her work is immediately recognizable and impactful.

To see more of Anita’s work, visit

Q: What is it like to be the most highly awarded illustrator in Canada?
A: Well that’s a very nice thing to say! There are actually lots of amazing artists in Canada. I think we may be unique in that we are influenced by the great American illustrators and also the great Europeans. And we are such a young country, and almost all first or second generation immigrants, so our influences are quite vast and varied.


Mark McGwire, for Sports Illustrated.

New York Times Book Review cover. Alcoholic Authors: Hemmingway, Berryman, Cheever, Carver, Tennessee Williams, Fitzgerald.

Artist Spotlight: John Cuneo
His work is sometimes NSFW, but always hilarious

John Cuneo labeled a compendium of his work published by Fantagraphics, nEUROTIC, a sobriquet that pretty well sums it up. He seems to be drawn to human foibles and peccadillos, and his work featuring social gatherings can best be described by Arthur Conan Doyle’s quote, “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”

Cuneo’s work appears in most major publications including Esquire, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Garden & Gun, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones and Town & Country. He’s racked up 11 Society of Illustrators medals, and in 2011 he received the Hamilton King Award. Last year he was one of 7 illustrators featured in the Delaware Art Museum exhibition, State of the Art: Illustration 100 Years After Howard Pyle. He's been the subject of a Communication Arts feature and his work appears in American Illustration and Society of Publication & Design annuals as well as many magazines and satirical publications abroad.

In person John is shy and unassuming, the opposite of his drawings that often picture frenzied party scenes or bedroom foibles. His drawings of animals are hilarious and insightful, being that they are often imbued with human traits and expressions. It’s clear that he is most comfortable observing human nature with a pen in hand. Something we’re all the richer for.

To see more of John’s work, visit, or or check out the eponymously titled collection published by Goya: LP View Series

Q: Your powers of observation must be astonishing, given the level of detail in your drawings. Do you draw from your imagination or do you use reference materials?
A: I mostly just make things up. But often I will have to research some specific element or object; a certain animal, a kind of vehicle, what a bagpipe actually looks like. Using photo reference can make for an awkward visual transition, it can look obvious and jarring in my stuff, but I'm getting better at incorporating it into my stew of a style.


World Illustration Awards 2016

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

Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World by Mirko Ilić, Steven Heller
320 pages, hardcover, published by Princeton Architectural Press, $50

The name Shakespeare almost immediately conjures up images of a proffered skull or a bloody dagger. His tragedies, comedies, and unfailing insights into power, treachery, and betrayal are well known to fans of literature, theatre, and film after 400 years of exposure. Assembled here for the first time in a single volume, Presenting Shakespeare is a great resource for those interested in, or promoting, Shakespeare events. Work from a roster of international artists representing 55 countries is shown, including original theatrical flyers from the 18th century.

No less a theatrical luminary than Julie Taymor offers an introductory essay that places frequently employed design paradigms in a historical and cultural context. From star-crossed lovers to murderous rulers, every treatment of these immortal themes is shown to advantage in this handsomely designed book. It’s instructive to see the juxtaposition of styles used to render a common theme.


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

Directory of Illustration
Medical Illustration Source Book

Job Showcase
PlayStation 4
Andy Singleton
Central Illustration
Smithsonian Air and Space magazine
Pete Pachoumis
Billboard Magazine
James Yamasaki
Linda de Moreta Represents
Garth Glazier
American Artists
Alexa Fishman
Yahoo News
Zina Saunders
Barnes & Noble
Allen Garns
Nirvana Chocolates
Sophy Tuttle
Ascii Flower
Ashley Almeida
Vom Fass/// Gourmet Company
Olaf Hajek
Max Mara
Brian Grimwood
Central Illustration
Simon & Schuster USA
Lucy Truman
Kids Corner
Bob Venables
Illustration Ltd
Albino Dragon
Tony Santiago
Pittsburgh Quarterly
Jim Starr


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Anne Telford
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As I See It
A compendium of interesting things culled from a variety of sources, offered here for your delectation

A new year has arrived, and with it, the hopes for a year of lucrative and interesting assignments for all. I am not given to New Year’s Resolutions: Who keeps them anyway, and who really wants to give up the occasional two fingers of single malt Scotch? Not me. I am inspired though by the idea of a clean slate, and better business practices. This will be the year I finally join Instagram. I am also determined to curate an illustration exhibition in the not too distant future. I am heartened by all the gallery shows that illustrators are having here in the U.S. and abroad. Many of my favorite illustrators are producing fine art work as well as commercial work, and there are innovative galleries in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, and many points in between that are championing great work. Etsy shops are full of hand-made products bearing original artwork, and pop-up shops offer new outlets. For example, the San Diego Main Public Library hosted a maker’s fair before the holidays including work from illustrator Susie Ghahremani of, among others.

When I checked to find out their favorite prints ads of 2015, I was heartened to see that of the 10 ads that proved most popular with Archive’s readers on Facebook the majority were illustration-centric.

A venerable French comics festival has been marred by sexism. After the list of 30 nominees for this year’s Grand Prix d’Angoulême was announced, and did not include even a single female creator, 10 comics creators have withdrawn their names from consideration for this year’s Grand Prix d’Angoulême and called for a boycott on voting for this year’s list as a result. Along with Fantagraphics Books they have endorsed the French group BD Egalite [ ] in their call to boycott the awards. I salute them for their stance.

A colleague shared a good artist resource, Drawing Den, an online collection of helpful resources and tutorials; Don’t visit unless you have a little free time, as you will likely find a variety of interesting threads.

ICON 9 is coming up this summer, July 6–9 in Austin, TX.
Visit for more information or to register to attend.
I’ll see you there!

Anne Telford
Carol Tinkelman pictured between at left, Leslie Cober-Gentry, daughter of Alan Cober and right, illustrator/educator Lisa L. Cyr, at an event the day after her husband, illustrator Murray Tinkelman received the 2014 Artist Laureate Award from the Norman Rockwell Museum.

In Memoriam

Many of my illustrator friends on Facebook posted notice of the recent passing of Carol Tinkelman after a two-year battle with cancer. Wife of illustrator Murray Tinkelman, she was a champion of illustration, and a member of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s board. “Carol was a driving force behind Norman Rockwell Museum’s illustration collecting mission, and her passion was to help the Museum build its collection of original illustration art,” notes Museum Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Stephanie Haboush Plunkett. “She and Murray donated from their own collections extensively, and invited other artists to do so as well. Carol will be greatly missed.” Carol Tinkelman had been her husband’s partner in Tinkelman Studio since its inception in 1957. From January 2006 to August 2015, she was the Program Administrator for the Low Residency MFA in Illustration Program at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, of which her husband is Illustration Program Director, touching the lives of many in the illustration community. (Information from the Norman Rockwell Museum, and Hartford Art School FB notice.)

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