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Tiny MenagerieTiny Menagerie Series No. 1: The Pangolin is the first in a series of self-promotional post cards sent out by my reps at Those Three Reps in Dallas.

Goin In HotGoin’ In Hot was created for the album “Goin’ In Hot” by recording artist Moot Davis of CrowTown Records.

Campaign Spotlight: Denise Gallagher
A Natural Artist

New Orleans, Louisiana born Denise Gallagher put out her shingle as an illustrator January 17, 2013. She just won three Gold ADDY awards for illustration from the Acadiana Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. All in all, she’s had a good year. Formerly a senior art director at an ad agency, she took the plunge last year to start her own business.

Drawing always came naturally to her. “I sometimes draw as an escape. Sometimes to exorcise demons. And, sometimes, to express pure joy,” Gallagher explains. Some of her favorite pieces are very personal and infused with meaning. “And yes,” she says, “I drew constantly as a child. My first grade teacher once marked all of my answers wrong on a math test because I decided the numerals could be fancier and made them curly and swirly and decorative.”

Denise is charming, funny, genuine, and has enough joie de vivre to light up a room. There’s joy, but also pathos, in her depictions of nature, most vividly in her treatment of a handful of Aesop’s Fables—the holiday self-promo piece was sent to clients and friends as a small book, neatly packaged and lettered. Her animals are a bit fantastic, like ones you’d see in a dream, stretched out or curled into poses reminiscent of early century still life paintings.

Living in Cajun country, Denise captures the idiosyncratic spirit of Louisiana through sensitive depictions of its creatures—alligators, fish, snakes, possum, bears, with a somewhat primitive feeling pen and ink and watercolor treatment. It’s a fertile world where even the smallest denizen has personality.

She describes her style as “a unique blend of whimsy and sophistication”. True. Her work also has a purity of line and emphasis on detail and symbolism that transcends its subject matter.

I met Denise at ICON 7 in Providence, Rhode Island. When I saw her big, toothy smile across the hotel bar crowd, I knew I’d like her. You can tell from her illustrations that she is a sensitive soul, and a happy person. (She loves Prince. That says a lot.) She lives in Lafayette with her husband Donny and their seven-year-old son Oliver (her mini-me without a doubt, down to the smile). She is a great mom, who makes the most artful pancakes you’ve ever seen, turning batter into illustrations of snowflakes, Groundhog’s Day, and a plethora of animals.

If her first year is any indication, it’s only a matter of time until we see much more from this emerging artist: children’s books, products, the sky’s the limit.


Fort Funston
Mark Ulriksen, Fort Funston 2013, egg tempera on board, 24 x 18 inches.

What's Hanging
Exhibitions of note nationwide.

Irrational Exuberance
Through April 26

685 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

Mark Ulriksen’s solo exhibition, Irrational Exuberance is aptly named. The San Francisco-based illustrator/artist paints joyous odes to baseball, the love of dogs, and other all-American pursuits for a range of clients, none perhaps more recognized than his wonderful New Yorker covers. Here, he presents a group of paintings, some in the exacting medium of egg tempera, celebrating life in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as paintings of other cultural topics, and of course, dogs—each with plenty of personality. Ulriksen’s quirky and colorful paintings have garnered him many awards over the years and his work is included in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. He balances his time between illustration assignments, children’s books, gallery work and private commissions—primarily family portraits and dog portraits.


Bad For You

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

Bad For You, Exposing the War on Fun by Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham
189 pages, softbound, published by Henry Holt & Company, $12.99

Any book this packed with information, facts and compelling drawings can’t be bad for you! Ostensibly a book for kids, to explain the history of stuff that’s supposed to be bad for you, to find out why these things are not really bad for you, you must keep reading. Kevin C. Pyle, author and illustrator of graphic novels teams up with writer Scott Cunningham who pens comics for DC, Archie and Nickelodeon magazine and parodies for Mad to debunk myths and give kids (and adults) good arguments for the power of having fun. I learned about such arcane things as “moral panic”, a term coined by sociologist Stanley Cohen, to describe how the media by overreacting to new behaviors, ends up defining and necessarily distorting how people understand social behaviors. The graphic novel concept applied to a wealth of information, can make it both memorable and palatable. Bad for You is chock full of interesting, scary and useful facts. And like many things that are labeled “bad for you”, it’s a lot of fun.


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

Directory of Illustration
Medical Illustration Source Book

Good Surfing — Momentage is a new multimedia app that combines photos, videos, and Soundimages™ to create posts that express all the elements of an experience. — Revelite makes art lights custom tailored to provide even and accurate illumination of the entire painting surface. — Located at the Fashion Industry Gallery – adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the revitalized downtown Arts District – the 2014 Dallas Art Fair will feature over 90 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists.


Job Showcase
Emory University
Linda Nye
Gibbs Smith
Peter Cook
Metro Magazine
Neil Webb
Début Art Ltd.
Kaiser Family Institute
Dave Cutler
Queens Film Theatre
Peter Strain
Début Art Ltd.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Jon Buckley
Scotsman Guide Media
Dennis Wunsch
Reader's Digest
Benoit Tardif
Colagene, illustration clinic
Sports Illustrated
Guy Stauber
Richard Solomon Artists Representative
Playboy Magazine
Dave Murray
Adhemas Batista
The Walrus
Sonia Roy
Colagene, illustration clinic
Charleston Magazine
Sawsan Chalabi
Ashley Percival
Cerner Corporation
Tom White / 9 Surf Studios


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Industry Advice

Industry Advice
Embracing Fear

A few years ago I challenged myself to do something each year that scared the s--- out of me. This challenge has variously taken the form of delivering the closing speech at a national conference, going back to college at an age where I am older than every one of my professors, taking a freehand drawing class (I write about art but have always felt that I can’t draw), and pursuing a new career. It keeps me on my toes and pushes me out of my comfort zone. My challenges are more intellectual than physical: having once skied down Mt. Hood (the tallest mountain in Oregon), I can move on to less dangerous, but still scary episodes that involve social contact and stepping into unfamiliar worlds.


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