I was recently asked by Benefits Selling Magazine to work on an illustration for the December 2013 addition. The feature, titled “PPACA’s Pivotal Point”, is about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the pros and cons of what the public, insurance brokers and their clients might expect in the coming year. After reading the article, I kept thinking about how the ups and downs, unanswered questions, fear of the unknown, etc. seemed equivalent to navigating stormy seas. Below, is the four page spread. I think that it turned out great and I really love how the designers worked the compass idea from my illustration in the title!
Ahmir Khalib Thompson A.K.A. professionally as ?uestlove, BROther, ?uestion, Questo, Brother Question or Qlove (wow that’s a lot of aliases) is a drummer, DJ, record producer and music journalist from Philadelphia, PA. He is best known as the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning band, The Roots, which currently plays as the in-house band for the TV show, “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”.
I created this illustration of Questlove and the beautiful Philadelphia skyline using Photoshop CS3 on my trusty old circa 2008 iMac. This is the last illustration that I will ever create on it. I really like the way that the illustration turned out, so I think it is an honorable farewell for the old Mac. I have recently (as in the past weekend) upgraded my studio to a brand new 27 inch iMac and have finally graduated to CS6 Creative Cloud so keep your eyes out for BIG NEW GREAT THINGS soon!
I recently had the great opportunity to work with Citadel FCU on their 2013 Citadel Heart of Learning Award (CHOLA) commercial. The Citadel Heart of Learning Award honors Chester County PA’s most outstanding educators. Each finalist receives $500.00 to use in the classroom. From these finalists, three winners are selected. Each winner receives the Citadel Heart of Learning Award along with $1,500.00 to use in the classroom. You can read more about it, see the finalists and nominate your favorite teacher here.
I’ve seen illustrated commercials that were animated on TV but is the first time I have ever had any of my own work animated so it’s a pretty big deal for me. It’s exciting to see the magic. The (fantastic) Art Director at Citadel who I worked with supplied the animation house with my layered static files. The result is simple, clean and pretty awesome. You can see all of the illustrations if you watch the commercial. If you live in Chester County, you might even catch it on TV. If not, you can watch it on Youtube:
This past Friday night we went to World Cafe Live at WXPN studios in Philadelphia to catch the Stray Birds show. Walking in, I realized that the illustration I created for American Express a while back was on the door!
And without further ado –
I present to you the 2013 edition of the Isserman-Melcher Halloween Greeting postcard!
(for those of you who do not know us personally…that’s us pictured in the illustration)
Illustration by Michele Melcher
Design and Type by Brian Isserman
We hope you have a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!