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Mantha, John

John Mantha is a Toronto-based illustrator.

His major commissions include the design of nine coins for the Royal Canadian Mint, one of which was chosen coin of the year. He has done commemorative pieces for The Ford Motor Company and the Toronto Transit Commission, as well as 34 paintings for The Church of Our lady Of Good Counsel.

Working for book publishers, advertising agencies, magazines, corporations, television and movies, his work has been seen throughout North America.

Thus far, John has illustrated twenty-four books, including the Kids book of Canada's Railway, which won The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada 2001 Information Book Award, and was an official selection for the 2003 Red Cedar Book Awards. The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration was nominated for the 2006 Hackmatack Award for non-fiction.

He works in oils and oil-wash, and uses photoshop to enhance the finished piece. His style is realistic in nature with an emphasis on texture.

Allyn, Virginia

Virginia lives above a chocolate shop in a beautiful New Hampshire village. She enjoys collecting children's books, hiking, and eating all her vegetables (except peas).

Hargreaves, Martin

History and humor marry together beautifully in the illustrations of Martin Hargreaves, and his versatile style has seen him creating everything from pastiche images mimicking the great masters to fantastical beasts and still life paintings. You’ll find his work in advertising, children’s books, magazines and newspapers, and even at Hampton Court Palace.

It’s no surprise to learn that Martin’s greatest inspiration comes from classical painters like William Hogarth, Hans Holbein, Rembrandt and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. In fact, he says that if he could travel back in time he would visit the 18th century, and alongside his love of Renaissance artwork he also loves classical music.

Martin works from a shed in his garden, with large windows through which he can see apple trees and the rolling hills of East Sussex. If he ever gets creative block, he likes to dig in his vegetable garden, or look after his many pets, which include two dogs, three horses, two guinea pigs and seven chickens.

Martin has a BA Illustration from Brighton Polytechnic (now Brighton University).

His approach and the media he uses vary from project to project, but he always begins drawing with a simple pen on paper until he has an idea of what direction the image will take. Martin works in traditional media – oil paints, watercolor, pen and ink – and is also adept at making changes digitally as required. The 2B pencil is his all-time favorite art tool.

Martin’s inspiration comes from the old masters, and the styles he works in follow on from that. In his portfolio you’ll see fine paintings that look just like Rembrandts, and others that are more like 18th century engravings or 19th century book illustrations. In short, he will come up with a style that suits the brief.

Sherman, Erwin

Erwin is a freelance illustrator based in Golden Colorado. Working with a combination of traditional scratchboard and digital media and a range of styles from detailed realism to vintage to conceptual. Clients include: Southwest Airlines, Pilgrims Pride, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Georgia Pacific, Burlington Northern RR, Colonial Williamsburg, Pier 1 Imports, Six Flags, Men's Journal, Runner's World, Wired, American Cowboy, Boy's Life, Seattle Metropolitan.

Morrow, JT

JT Morrow is known for his parodies and ability to mimic virtually any style from any era. From Stone Age art to Picasso and Norman Rockwell, JT also does caricatures and works in a graphic novel style.

Williams, Dan

I am a graduate of the Royal College of Art and am currently living in London renovating a large old Victorian house and building a magnificent studio. My time is divided between illustration, painting on location and lecturing. For me all 3 disciplines feed each other, keeping me on my toes and keen to explore new uses for my work. Travel is a very important ingredient in all of this and a strong element within much of my work. The last few years I have been traveling in South Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and Europe. I love the insight, excitement and energy of geography and people

Riegel, Margaret

Margaret Riegel is an award-winning illustrator who works for many prominent national magazines, major metropolitan newspapers and Fortune 500 corporations. Since graduating from The Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art, Margaret has received many awards including ones from American Illustration, The Society of Publication Designers, and The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. She has been recognized by several top trade publications and her work was exhibited in the “Illustrators of the New York Times” show at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Margaret continues to work on a wide range of commercial commissions including corporate, editorial, advertising and publishing. Margaret lives in Manhattan with her husband, two kids and her large picture collection. Some clients have included: The Boston Globe, Business Week, Mademoiselle, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Travel & Leisure, The Washington Post, Coopers & Lybrand, Deloitte & Touche, Frankfurt Balkind, Merrill Lynch, Little Brown & Company, Oracle Communications, and Scholastic Books

Low, William

William Low is an award winning painter & illustrator with a reputation for using light, color, perspective. Creating images that viewers find an immediate emotional connection with.

Rugh, Douglas

Douglas Rugh is a classically trained oil painter (and Copley Master) who works quickly and will provide digital images shot in-house as well as original art. Realistic oil paintings, Representational Landscapes, Imaginative, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Animals, Cartoon or Character Development, Children, Children's Book, Editorial, Emotive, Historical, Illustration, Impressionist, Lifestyle, Medical, Nature, Painterly, People and Figures, Posters and Covers, Product Still Life, Realistic Paintings, Realistic Stylized, Sports,

Bauer, Carla

Carla Bauer has been president of Carla Bauer Design for over thirty years. The firm's clients have covered a broad range of industries and included Prudential, General Electric, Genworth Financial, Dow Jones, Deutsche Bank, PaineWebber, EF Hutton, Travelers™ Insurance, Kidder Peabody, McGraw, Hill, IBM, Estee Lauder, Aramids, Christian Dior, Time Life Medical, Redbook Magazine, NewYork Transit Museum, E & J Gallo Winery. The group provides marketing and design consultation, and produces print collateral, advertising, package design and corporate communications.

She also works as a woodcut illustrator. Her clients in this area have included: National Geographic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Franklin Library, The New York Times, AH Robins, CTW, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural History Magazine, Franklin Watts, American Express, Borghese, Estee Lauder, Aramis.

Books illustrated are Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent, for National Geographic, the children's book Thanksgiving, two volumes of Euripides for The Franklin Library and a book of poetry by Jason Bell.

Her woodcut illustrations have been exhibited at the New York Art Directors Club, Print™ Design Annual, the McGraw Hill Book Design Show, the FIFI awards, and received a Gold Medal in the One Show.

Carla was commissioned to produce 3 life size woodcut portraits for the Museum at Fort Necessity including: George Washington, Tanaghrisson, a French soldier.

Her fine art work has been exhibited in the Albany State Museum, National Academy of Art Biannual Show, Pratt Graphics Center Biennial Miniature Shows, International Miniature Print Show, Cadaques, Spain, Artist Fellowship Inc. Benefit Show, NY, The New York Society of Etchers Shows, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT.,12 Printmakers, Research Foundation, City University of New York, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 61 Main Gallery, Andes, NY., The Catskill Art Center.