Joanne Renaud

Joanne Renaud is a graduate in illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California who currently lives in the Atlanta area. Recent clients include Simon and Schuster, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Inc., McGraw Hill Glencoe, Mazer Creative Services, Delta Education, Zaner Bloser, Bold Pueblo Games, GOS Multimedia and Dark Valentine Magazine. Check out her new Wordpress blog.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sarah MacLean's site is up!

Sarah MacLean's newly redesigned website is up, and it features my artwork! She hired me earlier this year to depict her characters from her novels "The Season" and "Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake," and they're all there now on her site. It was a great job, a lot of fun, and I can't wait to read more of her books.

Here's the intrepid trio of girls from "The Season," Vivi, Alex and Ella respectively, dressed in day dresses circa 1815. "The Season" is Alex's story, and it's a fun, frothy story very much in the vein of Georgette Heyer, with romance, ballgowns, adolescent angst, a murder, and a villainous rake I'd love to see more of. It can be purchased here.

And here's Callie and Ralston, the hero and heroine from Sarah's upcoming romance from Avon/HarperCollins, "Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake." These two are dressed to party like it's 1820, with miss in a hyacinth-blue ballgown with Renaissance-inspired trimmings, and milord in a frock coat and riding boots. I read a few chapters to get the feeling of the characters, but it was smart, sexy and charming. I'm excited to read the rest of it when it comes out next year!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Mad Men fanart

"Mad Men" is probably my favorite show on air right now (even more so than "Dollhouse" or "30 Rock"). I've loved it since the first episode, and I'm pleased to see it's been renewed for a fourth season. Yay!

Here's a few pieces I've done of the past few years. This first one, I did after the second episode in August '07. Ah, the memories! This was before Peggy Olson had gotten pregnant, and a beardless Paul Kinsey was still hitting on her. (But Pete Campbell is still pouting, so at least that hasn't changed.) This predates the awesome art of Dyna Moe -- I think it might be the first piece of Mad Men fanart ever. I am slightly embarrassed by it, though.

I did this next piece last week, right after episode #6, "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency." It's Guy "Footless" MacKendrick (Jamie Thomas King) and everyone's favorite office manager, Joan Holloway Harris (Christina Hendricks). Both so pretty, and yet so doomed!

I hope to do more sketches over the next few weeks. This show certainly has its share of eye candy!

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Astonishing Adventures #7

Hey everyone-- issue #7 of Astonishing Adventures magazine is finally online!

Have some crazy fun with the wonderful stories from writers like Mike Hughes, Christine Pope, Katherine Tomlinson, Sidney Harrison, Roger Alford, Brian Trent, Sarah Vaughn (aka Savivi), Kat Parrish, Michael Patrick Sullivan, G. Wells Taylor, and Cormac Brown.

Soak in the amazing images by artists like Larry Nadolsky, G. Wells Taylor, Sarah Vaughn, Susan Schader and also from yours truly!


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We're all hard at work now on issue #8, which will be bigger and better than ever!

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