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Jing and Mike Company at "The Original Art" exhibit tonight!

Posted by Workbook on 10/22/2014 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Jing and Mike Company is excited to share that illustrations from both of us will be shown at the Society of Illustrators' 2014, The Original Art show in NYC. This juried show celebrates the fine art of children's book illustration. Mike Austin will be showing an illustration from the book he wrote and illustrated, Junkyard. Jing Jing Tsong will be showing an image from Bucket of Blessings (written by Kabir Seghal and Surishtha Seghal). Both books were published by Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The show opens tonight, October 22nd and runs through December 20.

Jing Jing Tsong, "Bucket of Blessings"

Mike Austin, "Junkyard"

The Original Art
Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration

Opening Reception and Awards Presentation
6:00pm Cocktails
7:00pm Awards Ceremony

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street between Lexington and Park Avenue
RSVP by October 19th
RSVP@societyillustrators.org or call 212-838-2560

TICKETS
Members $25   Non-Members $30
purchase tickets here
2 Complimentary tickets will be held at the door for each illustrator with work on exhibit.
1 Complimentary ticket will be held at the door for each art director and editor with a book in display.

Exhibition DATES
October 22 - December 20, 2013

#CreativeCarnival2014: Instagram it!

Posted by Workbook on 10/21/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalFeaturesGalleriesHeadlineInstagram
Instagram has grown massively over the past several years as not only a way to share great moments and cool pictures with friends, but also an excellent marketing tool for photographers and all creatives to showcase their work and gain exposure to a wider audience.

At Workbook, we decided to take advantage of this at last year's Creative Carnival with attendees uploading hundreds of images from the party under #CreativeCarnival2013 and the result was an expansive gallery showcasing the excitement and visual spectacle of the event from countless looks and perspectives. This year, we'll be continuing this theme with the hashtag #Creative Carnival2014. We'll also be uploading numerous pics and videos to our brand new Instagram page (@TheWorkbook) live during the event. Additionally, we'll be featuring a number of our favorite snaps from the event in an Instagram spotlight (with links to the Instagram pages of each uploader) featured on our blog and all social media channels afterwards, so be sure to take a few pics yourself! Below are some of our favorite images from last year's event.











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October Instagram

Posted by Workbook on 10/21/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineInstagramPersonal WorkPhotography

We're taking it back to Instagram for October!




Robert Deutschman Chris Crisman
Sue BarrShaina Fishman
Laura BarisonziSue Tallon

Workbook InFocus October

Posted by Workbook on 10/20/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesWorkbook InFocus

Workbook Latest Additions: October 19th-25th

Posted by Workbook on 10/20/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
David Graves
David Graves has a B.F.A. in Illustration from the University of San Francisco and is a long time member of the N.Y. Society of Illustrators, as well as the Graphic Artists Guild of N.Y. He also has over twenty years of professional experience as an illustrator, art director, and graphic designer. He is extremely versatile, flexible, and conscientious about his work and his relationships with his clients. Over the years, he has earned a reputation for delivering consistently high-quality work under tight deadlines.

Kena Ravel
Kena Ravel is a prolific illustrator who draws inspiration from everyday life. A keen observer, she finds the interesting, touching and humorous in even the simplest of settings. Her colorful line drawings and illustrations provide recognizable vignettes that inform while subtly amusing the viewer. Kena's work has been highlighted by a number of celebrities including Jacqueline Laurita of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and celebrity nutritionist Dr. Jonny Bowden.

Rebecca Handler
Rebecca Handler lives and works in New York City, the perfectly surreal playground for a playfully surreal artist. After attending University in California, Rebecca returned to New York. Since then, she has been tackling the photo industry with an undying thirst to produce new and innovative work. Mixing photography and digital manipulation, Rebecca Handler creates photographs rich in details, mood and color. From unconventional shooting techniques, to printing processes, Rebecca pushes the boundaries of her medium. With her vintage aesthetic and unique style, which she describes as "kitsch with class", her work is definitely eye catching.

Steve and Anne Truppe
Steve + Anne Truppe are a husband and wife photography and video team who strive to evoke emotion and authenticity in all their work. Together they established TRU STUDIO, shooting side by side on commercial and advertising projects. Exploring, discovering, and creating together inspires them to push their vision forward.

Nathalie Beauvois
Nathalie spent her childhood among books and coloring pencils. Reading and drawing has been her passion as long as she can remember. After studying industrial design along with art instruction with known private artists, Nathalie began perfecting her art mixing hand drawn, more traditional drawing techniques with the versatility of digital media. She built a solid graphic design background during her working career but decided to pursue her childhood dream of being an illustrator. She specializes in children, women, everyday life and fashion.

Trident Post Production
Trident Post Production is an award winning creative retouching studio staffed by highly-experience, over-caffeinated, digital artists who take great joy in blowing your mind with what they can do.

Laura Watson

October Editor's Picks

Posted by Workbook on 10/20/2014 — Filed under:  Editor's PicksFeaturesGalleries





Karan Kapoor Liam Peters
Paul Zwolak Erin Kunkel
Olivia Bee Chris Sheban

Julien McRoberts: A Day with NYC Designer Aysha Saeed

Posted by Workbook on 10/17/2014 — Filed under:  EventsGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Julien McRoberts was recently hired by one of NYC’s hot, up-and-coming designers, Aysha Saeed, to cover some lifestyle images for various PR and advertising needs.







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Joe Alterio Art + Design: Fall 2014

Posted by Workbook on 10/17/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Joe Alterio

I'm really pleased to announce the launch of my new project, PRIMER. Every Friday, an awesome visual narrative about art, science, history, or anything else arrives in your inbox, and all for free. Sign up now!

The unstoppable Rob Walker asked me to be a part of his Gerrymander series on Design Observer, and I made a weird bat-winged thing that spits or something. He claims he likes it. Check it out!

I am humbled and honored that A List Apart has asked me to be one of the illustrators who takes over for the amazing Kevin Cornell. My first illustration for them should appear this week. Keep your eye out!

Are you looking at your phone right now? I thought so. Stop that! I made a piece of vaporware called Cloakroom that attempts to solve this problem. Go take a peek!

Workbook's Creative Carnival 2014: Meet the Artists

Posted by Workbook on 10/16/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Every year industry and artists gather together for the must-attend event of the year.

Circus acts delight as illustrators capture these mystical creatures of the big top in all their grandeur.

Each week we'll unveil some of the talent taking on the task of illustrating the action at our New York City event.

Also, every piece of artwork created will be available for purchase at the Carnival, with proceeds benefiting a charity for the arts.

Great cause and great art make for a great night!

Here are some of the talent artists joining us on October 30th:

Mark Stutzman is best known for his illustration that was the 1993 Elvis Presley Stamp, which earned record-breaking sales for the U.S. Postal Service. Since the famed stamp's release, Mark has gone on to work for countless clients around the globe. With thirty years of experience, he's logged over 1,800 assignments. He's done posters for Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun, Young FrankensteinSister Act, and all of magician David Blaine's posters. He's also illustrated for Atlantic Records,McDonald's, Microsoft, DC Comics, MAD magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, Billboard, and the New Yorker. Art Directors appreciate Mark's intuitive drawing skills that help them explore and flesh out concepts from start to finish. His illustrations are described as both iconic and memorable.

Gregory Manchess spent two years working with Gary Kelley as a studio illustrator at Hellman Design Associates in Iowa before striking out on his own in 1979. Manchess combined his love of fine art and science fiction and began his freelance career painting for OMNI magazine. His versatility and broad range of interests allowed him to expand his client work to include covers for Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, and Time magazine, as well as spreads for Playboy, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, and numerous book covers. The U.S. Postal Service commissioned him to paint the Mark Twain Forever Stamp and the March On Washington Stamp released in 2013.

Gregory’s interest in history and his excellent figure work have made his paintings a favorite choice of the National Geographic Society on many occasions, including The Wreck of the C.S.S. Alabama, and recently, ten paintings for the exhibition, REAL Pirates: The Untold Story of The Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, still traveling to science museums around the country.

Manchess has been widely awarded within the industry, including two gold and four silver medals from the New York Society of Illustrators. His peers honored him with the coveted Hamilton King Award in 1999 and the Stephan Dohanos Award for the best illustration of the year by a member in 2000. His work has been featured in, and on the cover of, Communication Arts magazine and included in Walt Reed’s latest edition of The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. Conveying emotion through rhythm and timing drives masterful, alla prima brushwork as the hallmark of his style. Manchess is consistently pushing the limits of the brush today, searching for renewed expressions.


John Jay Cabuay is an illustrator from New York City. His illustrations have been published in book covers, magazine covers, newspapers, and advertisements worldwide. In 2013, his illustration was used as the cover of Workbook 35 Illustration Edition. His illustrations and profile are featured in the new book 100 Illustrators by Taschen. His clients include Louis Vuitton, the New Yorker, Simon & Schuster, Random House, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Saturday Evening Post, and the New York Observer.






Despina Georgiadis is an illustrator and member of Studio 1482. Her work has been commissioned for editorial, advertising, and corporate and web design. Her heart is in her children’s books and in teaching art to kids in the Tri-State area. As an education reform advocate, she is currently working on using her love of art to campaign for a change in public education.








Greg Betza is an illustrator and member of Studio 1482. His versatility in style and unique approach have led him to create work for a diverse group of clients, including NBC Sports, E&J Gallo Winery, Y&R, and the Wall Street Journal. Greg has received numerous awards from institutions such as the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Communication Arts, and American Illustration. In 2010, Greg was featured by Communication Arts Fresh Online as an emerging illustrator.





That's it for this week. Check back next week as we reveal more of the talent we will showcase on October 30th in NYC. For more info on the Creative Carnival, click here! If you're interested in attending, you can also contact us at (323) 769-3136 or email angelica.vinther@workbook.com.

Kyle Dreier: I Scream…You Know the Rest

Posted by Workbook on 10/16/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Here’s a little glimpse (or taste) of what’s been in my head lately. It’s the seesaw balance I have between order and chaos, design and photography, work and play. I’m sure a psychotherapist would have a heyday analyzing how I approach my personal food photography projects. To me, it’s just things I like: organization, ice cream, and a fun mess, nothing to read into, at least that I’m aware of. I hope you enjoy. I did. – Kyle Dreier



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