Imposing Illustrator Brad Holland


Born in Fremont, Ohio, Brad Holland was the eldest of four brothers. The family moved to Arkansas. At 17, after receiving a rejection of employment application from Walt Disney, and upon graduating from high school, Holland moved to Chicago. He enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago, but he found the training too restrictive. He found work in a tattoo parlor and later with the John Dioszegi art studio.

At the John Dioszegi art studio, Holland found himself working long hours there, which left him little time for his own work. A decision in 1964 to take an eight-hour-a-day job at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City provided time after work to develop his own portfolio. His work consisted of black & white drawing/paintings, which were not “finished art” until after sent out to a service bureau where line negatives were made and sized to produce 8 X 10 prints that would fit into a manageable sized portfolio.

At Hallmark, Holland was promoted to designer in his first year, and quickly moved to bigger projects. Most of his work at Hallmark was illustration for pop-up books and holiday & inspirational publications. He was also supervisor of a new Designer Group – Humorous Illustrative. Included in this new group was Wendell Minor, who would become a noted book jacket designer/illustrator.

In 1967 Holland moved to New York City, where he began contributing to underground magazines. Armed with his portfolio but with no prospects of work he met Art Paul, art director of Playboy magazine. Though he is perhaps best known for his work at Playboy, throughout his career, he has worked completely as a freelance illustrator. His work has included Avant Garde magazine (1968-1971), Time, Newsweek, and “underground” publications. In 1972 he became a contributor to the New York Times Op-Ed page. In 1977 he published Human Sacandals, a social commentary using ink drawings. Holland produces works in pen and also in brush. He has also completed a mural for the United Nations Building in New York.[1]

Holland is co-founder of The Illustrators Partnership of America, and advocates the preservation of creative copyrights on intellectual property. He spearheaded the fight to prevent the adoption of the “Orphan Works” Bill, which would have virtually stripped copyright protection from countless creative works.

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (

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