Blossom by Anjo Bolarda

25"x20" Ink on Torchon Paperillustration for The SWAB Art Fair in Spain"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" - Anais Nim

3 Awards from the NESCBWI Conference

©2012 Russ Cox | Smiling Otis Studio

My Mother Goose poster won 3 first place awards at the NESCBWI 12 Conference. They were for the "Published", "People's Choice", and "The Richard Michelson Emerging Artist" categories. My print will be hanging in the DZain Gallery and the R. Michelson Galleries plus I received gift certificates to Viovio. 

Summer Afternoon

Looking at the rain pouring down outside my window somewhat contradicts this blog post, but this is my latest quote-inspired artwork and focuses on slightly warmer weather.  The quote is attributed to Henry James (1843 - 1916) and I feel it perfectly describes the mood of summer (when the sky is not filled with clouds).  For this piece I aimed to add more texture than usual and to really capture the temperature through colour.  I'm quite happy with the results and hope to produce several more of these pieces that use typography as a descriptive form within the drawing.

Summer Afternoon by ardillustration

Living France Magazine

For the latest issue of Living France Magazine I was asked to illustrate a classroom of reluctant French teens who as part of their agricultural course, have to learn English. The teacher seems to have a tough time trying to keep the students interested, as they would much prefer to be outside, hunting game or growing crops. It reminded me of my youth, studying French GCSE. Two long years of hard graft and all I can remember is how to say I'm going to the swimming pool and I'm from Wales-not the most useful of phrases.

Living France Magazine June 2012 by ardillustration

Designers of Asia Japan Exhibtion

Designers of Asia- Kyoto Japan Exhibition
Metropolitan Gallery
April 10-22, 2012

more info here 

A Brief Accident

Type illustration

Hello everyone! It is always very interesting and challenging to explore illustration in its great variety of modifications, such as lettering. Working with type is always a great challenge, 
but through the hard work,  it may show up some beautiful results. 
Hope you enjoy it! 

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Serco Illustration Competition - 2012

Having been shortlisted for this prize last year, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be as lucky with my 2012 entry. The brief was to depict the secret or hidden side of London. As readers of this blog will know, I am rather found of putting on my walking boots and plodding around. There are numerous walking paths around London that bring you close to rare species of plants and animals. With this piece of artwork I have tried to show what is waiting for people in the city, if they are prepared to look for it.


On Public Transport

Obviously did the coloring afterwards.

Aysim Genc

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