All of us at Mendola Artists recognize the importance of staying organized in this fast-paced industry. That’s why every year we produce a calendar showcasing fresh work by our talented illustrators every month. Each featured illustrator also participates in a short Q&A for the calendar, revealing exclusive fun facts, including Kate Forrester‘s surprising celebrity lookalike, Owen Wilson, and that Jude Buffum was only six years old when his first editorial illustration was published in his local newspaper!
This year’s cover illustration for our calendar was created by the brilliant Rocco Baviera. Rocco welcomes us into the new decade with a hopeful message of sustainability and appreciation for the cyclical nature of the seasons. Keep scrolling to see all of the illustrations selected for our 2020 calendar.
Cover – Rocco Baviera
Sgt. Pepper by the Beatles is the soundtrack to Rocco’s life.
January – Kirsten Ulve
Kirsten’s dream dinner guest is Evel Kneivel. They also happen to have the same birthday!
February – Kate Forrester
Kate went bungee jumping in New Zealand and got such an adrenaline rush that she booked another session right away!
March – Miracle Studios
Miracle Studios quit his career as a design engineer for the Corps of Engineers to become a comic book artist.
April – Zutto
Zutto means “Endless” or “a list of things” in Japanese.
May – Debbie Powell
Debbie’s playful style is influenced by her two kids who fill their house with bright colors, marvelous shapes, and all sorts of magical characters!
June – Robert Ball
Rob has invented a vegetarian version of the famous Tudor dish known as a Turducken, which features a gherkin inside a leek inside a zucchini inside an eggplant inside a marrow inside a pumpkin.
July – Julia Green
Julia is much more interested in traveling into the future than into the past.
August – Michael Crampton
Michael’s animal lookalike is a Bush Baby!
September – Katt Phatt
Katt Phatt’s full name is Katlego Phatlane.
October – Jude Buffum
Jude bought a one way ticket to India and spent 10 days learning to meditate at an ashram in Varanasi.
November – Mary Woodin
Mary has a special affinity with Muscovy ducks.
December – Josie Shenoy
Josie’s trusty studio assistant is a little tabby kitten named Larry.