ICON, or The Illustration Conference, is a non-profit organization of illustrators, established in 1998 to promote the use of illustration in all media. Every two years it brings together illustrators to discuss issues, hear inspiring guest speakers and take part in workshops. ICON5 will be held July 2-5, 2008 in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Registration for ICON5 is now open and can be done online, by fax, or via mail. More info here.

And 3x3 Magazine, a Gold Sponsor of this year's Illustration Conference, is putting together an illustrated guide for conference goers, with tips on good eats close by as well as near galleries, museums, and other illustrator haunts.



Humane Society Auction

Local psychobilly band The Bible All-Stars were both the host and featured band at a benefit for the local Humane Society last Saturday. Besides a lot of great music, a silent auction took place, and a collage I'd created especially for the BAS was one of dozens of great items on the block. I'm happy to say that this collage went home with one of their most ardent fans, so a good night was had by all -- little furry animals included.




3x3 Magazine will be launching its brand new publication, VOIR, this spring. Issued twice a year, VOIR is devoted entirely to the illustrator's studio, with locations from around the globe. The first issue will feature the studios of Marshall Arisman, Jody Hewgill, Benoît Van Innis, Juliette Borda, Greg Clarke and André Carillho. Sounds both inspiring and intriguing -- it's always cool to see how other artists work! Order your advance copy of VOIR here.



Neural Marketing

This illustration ran in last Saturday's Report on Business section in the Globe and Mail. The article was about neural marketing -- how specific reactions of the brain are being targeted to refine selling to people. So far, the research has developed three different stages in the reaction of the brain to a new product, which I've illustrated as three hoops the brain must jump through before buying the product: (1) Attention, (2) Emotional engagement, and finally (3) Retention.



Bachelor of Arts

I've just realized that it's been a while since I've updated my News section here - my apologies. I've been busy working on a couple of things, but there's really nothing that's ready for viewing so far. What I can tell you about is my new Globe and Mail illustration. It's running in the February 8 edition, in the Facts and Arguments section, accompanying an article by a somewhat disgruntled Bachelor of Arts grad, who feels that his degree has been more of a hindrance than a help in his efforts to become meaningfully employed.