Neil Brennan & John Lennon .. Imagine

December 30, 2010

IMAGINE: Illustrator Neil Brennan has linked his imagination to John Lennon’s visionary song & produced this wonderfully lyrical image we can all resonate with in 2011. “Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”  Albert Schweitzer  (1875-1965); Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Let us not only […]

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On Being Remarkable: Marketability Through Remarkability

November 28, 2010

By guest blogger, Alex Mathers Particularly with the explosion of Internet use, and massively increasing competition over most things, we live in a time where providing products and services that truly stand out is more important than it ever has been. One of my favourite speakers on marketing, Seth Godin, stresses that for a product […]

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The Magic in Drawing

October 15, 2010

By Cat Bennett I’ve been a working artist and illustrator all my adult life but it wasn’t until I began to teach drawing that I saw how it opens the veins of creativity. My students, all novices, became alive with happiness after they drew. Some took that energy into art making—they all took it back […]

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Art Nouveau Eye Candy

September 20, 2010

The Art Nouveau design book, Combinaisons Ornementales, was a collaboration between Maurice Verneuil, George Auriol and Alphonse Mucha published in 1901. It comprises 60 plates of elegant designs which range from Mucha’s abstractions to Verneuil’s flower motifs. This wonderful collection of images can be accessed at and the  NYPL Digital Gallery , both treasure troves of […]

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Why I’m An Illustrator

May 26, 2010

by Kate Brennan-Hall Let’s start with the obvious—I love color, shape, line, the human form, beauty, imagining spaces & places, expression, psychology, and best of all: working with art materials—paint, paper, glue, crayons, wacom tablet, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, InDesign & Dreamweaver. I like to collaborate. A good collaboration is like a great conversation—balanced in its […]

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Art Is Where You Find It

May 11, 2010

Scouring the urban landscape for visual inspiration is one of artist Ken Brown’s passions. Ken shares his recently discovered treasures here. He has been a legacy contributor to the Laughing Stock image collection since our inception, sharing his visual wit with us as well. (link to Ken’s portfolio) “Last week, I was biking by a […]

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How to Find the Right Illustrator

March 16, 2010

This new post was written by Leighton Hubbell, an industry associate and illustrative designer, who has generously allowed me to repost his informative article. This is a subject that I can share a unique perspective on (pun intended). I have worked on both sides of this particular fence, as an art director hiring illustrators and […]

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Animation Gallery Video

March 7, 2010

Ron Magnes produced this fun video to promote the Laughing Stock Animation Gallery. He also created the time line Flash animations in the gallery. Ron is our go to guy for custom animation requests and, of course, he does his own original work: see his illustration portfolio at Laughing Stock. Share on Facebook Post to Twitter

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An Excellent Visual Adventure

February 6, 2010

Jamie Hogan, a Laughing Stock artist, just celebrated a Pub Day for her work in the book, Nest, Nook and Cranny. Illustrators are the observers, interpreters and “imaginators” of our visual worlds… the “king’s eyes” as it were. Here are a few snippets from her excellent visual adventure including her quest to reinvent “reality”: Hooray! […]

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Illustrated Stock Animation

January 11, 2010

New, fun, and ready to roll: an illustrated stock animation offering from Laughing Stock. These short-run stock concepts for the business and consumer markets by George Schill and Ron Magnes are the perfect vehicle to maximize visibility. From on-line advertising and web banners to trade shows & sales presentations, an animated message will engage your […]

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