Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pittsburgh City Paper Winter Guide

I'm finally posting the illustrations for the Pittsburgh City Paper Winter guide, and here they are.

Here's the cover

Here's the inside

and here are the three spots

Here are the original digital files. Colors always look a little washed out on newspaper print so I thought I'd post this too.

And here are the sketches I gave them

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pocketful Magazine

Just found out my submission is part of the new issue of Pocketful Magazine! The theme was "O Brave New World."

Here is some info about Pocketful taken from their website:

"Pocketful is an illustration magazine which is issued two times a year and is printed on demand (POD). What we have in mind is simple. There are a great number of illustrations out there on the internet. People-like us- from different corners of the world put their works online, just to share them with others. But those works don’t appear that often on the illustration magazines we read. So we basically thought having a new illustration magazine which aims to put together and print those illustrations would be a good idea."

You can get it on Amazon HERE!

This is their website!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Interview on The Mongrel!

Check out this interview I was asked to do by Michael Hsiung. It's on a cool blog called THE MONGREL!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Postcards from the Edge (update)

Since I didn't get to attend the 'Postcards from the Edge' event that I had participated in, I decided to scan flickr to see if anyone had posted pictures of the show. After a little sleuthing I found a picture that had my postcard in it.

Tonight I found out that my work sold!

Photos are courtesy of John Hanning. Thanks John!

can you spot my entry on the bottom row?

my postcard is on the left

Here is some info VISUAL AIDS sent out to participating artists:

"1,656 artists from around the world donated work that was viewed by over 1,300 guests. The event was the most wildly successful PFTE yet, cumulatively raising an extraordinary $75,000 for Visual AIDS's work between art and AIDS."

Friday, January 9, 2009

A5 Magazine

The drawing I submitted to A5 Magazine was accepted and is going to be printed in their next issue! The theme was "childhood". The issue will be printed at the beginning of February and I can't wait to get my copy! I will post pictures when I receive it.

As with ANTI magazine, this was my second time submitting work to the publication and my first time being accepted. I guess second time is the charm.

the issue will be printed in grayscale.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

ANTI Magazine

My image, "Some Sort of Mystical Explanation", was chosen to be part of Issue 8 of ANTI magazine which "aims to showcase outstanding visual content as an online magazine and also through future exhibitions all around the world." ANTI is an online PDF publication.

The theme was "GLASSES, EYES, LOOK"

This was my second time submitting and my first time being accepted.

You can see the issue HERE.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Baltimore Magazine January Issue

As promised, I am posting my Edgar Allan Poe illustration that I did for Baltimore magazine. Here it is:

Here is the printed version:

and the contributors page:

Also, you can read the article online HERE

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

They're out there

So I decided to google myself (because I do that periodically) to see what comes up and found that my work has appeared on quite a few blogs. As a maker of art, you always wonder if people are actually looking at things that you make available online and who these people are. Pretty much until now I have never noticed my work appearing on other peoples blogs. I found several:
This one is on a blog called "Phantasmaphile" and they write:
"Jon MacNair's pictures of monstrous beings have a certain joy to them which I find surprising and appealing. They feel like the sort of creatures one might find doodled in a school notebook, but then enhanced via an adult eye."
This one is one a site that I think is written in Russian. They posted quite a lot of my images and there are some comments in Russian(?) down at the bottom. I used a translation site to decode and I think one person said "lovely" and another said "BOMB!"

This one is written in Italian
Badly translated it reads:
"The mystical visions of Jon Macnair"
"Jon Macnair is an artist and illustrator who lives in Baltimore. his drawings represent creatures monstrous, mystical visions, between Bosch and Lovecraft. Some of the figures are telling applicants and seem single Secret History of the world and humanity. Other images conclusions may be drawn from the page on flickr and blog of McNair. The bug is, always careful finegarten. 2d of Jon Macnair"

This one took me a while to figure out that the language is Romanian
One person commented on my image by writing "what is beautiful and God loves"

Here's a blog in english called "Monster Brains"

my link is posted on this site: