Diana Ponce Illustration Web Site Relaunch!
A ton of fresh art, a brand new interface and an entire section devoted to licensed artwork are what is featured in the relaunch of the new Diana Ponce Illustration Web site. Much thought has gone into the new design of the site, especially regarding usability and artwork choices showcased.
DPI Wins Pcom Creative Award
Diana's piece Encouragement (greeting card art for Real Expressions) wins a merit award in the illustration category of the Fourth Annual Pcom Creative Awards hosted by Web site portfolios.com. The piece features a woman holding her head up high, despite a storm of negativity.
Diana Lectures at HS of Art and Design Career Fair
Diana was one of a number of guest speakers at the High School of Art and Design's Career Day event held on March 20, 2007 in midtown Manhattan. She spoke to five classes during the school day about all the ins and outs of the illustration business and answered questions posed by students and teachers. It is the second time Diana has spoken at the school about the business of illustration; the first time was at an after school Career Day event in May 2004.
DPI Artwork Featured at Shecky's Girls Night Out
Diana's artwork was prominently featured on all promotional materials advertising Shecky's Girls Night Out, an event held at the Puck Building in NYC in March 2007. Shecky's Web site, e-newsletter and e-mail promotion showcased the illustration of two ladies shopping with a male companion. Large banners and printed support materials were also displayed at the event. Diana has created a number of pieces for Shecky's events, including several for their new store in SoHo, Shecky's Shop.
DPI Artwork Featured on Environmental Web Site
Diana was invited to have her work showcased in the artists’ gallery at gotrainforest.com, an environmental Web site, that features art, music and animations supporting Earth's well-being. She felt her piece Brasil was a good fit, as it represents the wild beauty of the Amazon rain forest.
DPI Featured in Big Book of Fashion Illustration
Diana's piece Jani Paris is to be featured in the beauty and glamour section of Big Book of Fashion Illustration: A World Source of Contemporary Illustration by Martin Dawber (published by Anova Books). Mr. Dawber is an authority on the history of fashion illustration, and has published several titles on the subject since 2004. The book will be available in the U.S. by July 2007.
DPI Works with Webgrrls NYC at Careers in Technology Career Fair
Diana was one of 10 female guest speakers sharing their experiences in technology with teens at Mercy Center, a women's empowerment center in the South Bronx. The event, held on Saturday, February 24, 2007, was well-received. The teen girls were very excited about the artwork displayed, as well as the fact that Diana is also a Bronx native. Webgrrls is an international organization that provides a forum for women in new media and technology to network, create alliances and mentor others.
"It's Me!" Portrait Paper Dolls Auction Donation for Trevor Day School Fall Festival
Diana's portrait paper doll package was one of several donations to the school's annual fundraiser, held in November 2006. The money raised directly benefits the school by helping fund faculty salaries, scholarships, building improvements, teacher programs, as well as new classroom projects and equipment.
DPI Participation in Joey Pauline Hair Loft Exhibition
Three of Diana's glamour illustrations were chosen to be included in the group art show Body Related at the Joey Pauline Hair Loft in New York City. Her work was displayed along with other illustrators and fine artists' beauty-related pieces in the West Village salon from June through July 2006.
DPI Strong Girl Written Up on Playboy.com
80 Strong Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was reviewed in an online article posted on the Playboy.com Web site in March 2006. Specifically mentioned was the cool retro design of the label, as well as the peekaboo enticing glance of Diana's sexy blonde pin-up in black hot pants.
DPI Written Up in Brandweek Magazine
Diana and her classic pin-up girl created for the 80 Strong Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey brand were prominently featured in the February 6, 2006 online issue of Brandweek magazine. The article details the recent trend of the liquor industry's collaboration with artists, in an effort to appeal to their customer base.
80 Strong Bourbon Whiskey Launched Featuring the Pinup Art of DPI
80 Strong debuted in November 2005 at Pioneer Bar, a lounge in downtown NYC. A festive event was held in the theme of Vegas Night, in the spirit of the brand. 80 was very well-received, lauded by both aficionados of bourbon and by those whose drink is normally something different. The bourbon, a new brand by Strong Spirits, is available regionally and will have nationwide distribution in 2006-2007. The pinup logo and the brand label packaging was a collaboration between Diana Ponce Illustration and Bill Cwiekalo Design.
DPI Showcased at NY Picture Show
Diana Ponce Illustration participated for a third year in the Graphic Artists Guild’s NY Picture Show held in October 2005 at the Art Director's Club in New York City. It was a well-attended trade show, showcasing the wonderful talent of many illustrator members of the Guild. Additionally, Diana's artwork was chosen to be featured on the Picture Show Web site, as well as the oversized postcard mailers sent to art buyers across the region.
DPI Creates Note Cards for Hurricane Katrina Charity
Immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many were looking for possible ways to help those directly affected by the storm. Several artists came up with wonderful fundraisers, donating their art to raise money for various charities involved in the support of the hurricane survivors. Kards for Katrina asked artists to create at least one handmade art card to raffle off for charity. Diana happily created five cards. The subject that made the most sense to her was to create Mardi Gras masks, a symbol of good times for all. They were crafted of handmade paper, fabric, feathers and sequins. Kards for Katrina raised over $4,000 with over 200 artists donating over 1,278 cards.
Diana Gives Art Business Lecture for CT Artist Group
Diana was invited to give an art business lecture to the Connecticut chapter of ODACT, a regional fine art doll artists group, in August 2005. The group of professional dollmaker artisans eagerly listened to the topics of contracts and negotiation, as well as copyright and licensing. Diana's affiliation with dollmaking began in the mid-1990s, having dabbled in the field for several years. She garnered many friends and colleagues, and is best known as the 'copyright girl,' offering friendly business tips to her fellow artists, both online and in person.
DPI Studio Featured in Art Buyer Magazine!
Art licensing collective B3 Art Licensing Group, was featured in the Art News section of Art Buyer Magazine (Summer 2005 issue). A significant portion of page 13 was dedicated to the history of B3 and the artists represented. Diana's piece, Bride and Groom on Scooters was chosen as the illustration that accompanied the article.
DPI Studio Debuts at Surtex 2005!
DPI Studio, the licensing arm of Diana Ponce Illustration, met with wonderful response after debuting at Surtex in May 2005. Surtex is one of the major art and design licensing trade shows in the country, held annually at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Diana was one of three artists featured at the booth of B3 Art Licensing Group, a dynamic New York City-based artists’ collective. The group represents Diana Ponce, Inga Poslitur and Tim Goldman, three successful illustrators with over 30 years of combined experience in the fields of graphic and fine art. Their work has been featured in numerous publications, advertisements and galleries, as well as on a wide range of consumer products. Diana's lines, developed specifically for the licensing market, are geared toward young adults, focusing on bridal, beauty and lifestyle themes.