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Listening For Inspiration

June 2, 2011

Judy Stead, Laughing Stock illustrator, shares what inspires her and how she tunes in to her muses. View her recently updated stock illustration portfolio here and when you’re ready to hire an outstanding illustrator, Judy is at your service. Listening. It’s different from hearing. Listening involves…involvement. And attention. And concentration while the brain processes meaning […]

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Cartoon Illustration: Serious Fun

April 14, 2011

Our man in Amsterdam, and esteemed colleague, Ronald Slabbers takes his cartoon work very seriously indeed. Ronald says, “I am definitely not a born cartoonist. I am a ‘line constructor’ and creating a drawing takes me at least 2 sleepless nights and about 6 to 20 pencil sketches. “ Among his many clients is the […]

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Creating An Illustration

March 4, 2011

For Laughing Stock illustrator Neil Brennan, the creative process is all about visual communication. Clients rely on him to develop images that enhance their message and speak to their target audience. With the project’s theme in mind, Neil translates that information into thought provoking images that are hand-crafted and distilled by his unique talents. He shares the creative process with […]

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Distinguished Illustrator, Elwood H. Smith

February 6, 2011

Laughing Stock artist Elwood H. Smith kicks off the distinguished illustrators series at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Feb 19th through May 15th. The series celebrates the contributions of noted contemporary illustrators. Elwood’s World: The Art and Animations of Elwood H. Smith, will take a lively look back at this inventive image-maker’s forty year career through artworks that have […]

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Illustration Goes Public

January 21, 2011

Illustrator Blair Thornley, a Laughing Stock star, was commissioned by the City of San Diego to produce and install her artwork on the facade of the North Park Garage, as part of a civic program to underscore the importance of art in public spaces. Interestingly Blair chose illustration as her visual medium, rather than take […]

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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 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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