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Ilya Voronin's Cover Illustrations

Posted by Workbook on 04/18/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Russian Illustrator Ilya Voronin has illustrated covers for a number of popular books. Below are three examples of his work and you can see more at his portfolio.





David Martinez's Style is Perfect for a Library Shoot. See for Yourself.

Posted by Workbook on 04/18/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography


By Heather Elder

Library shoots have become the rule and no longer the exception. It is rare when we get a call for a project where a client just wants one image. They have come to appreciate (and expect) the added value that comes with shooting scenarios rather than one single image.

David Martinez, a lifestyle photographer in our group, embraced the library shoot concept from day one. In fact, the idea of shooting scenarios is so in tune with how he approaches all of his shoots that he immediately felt at home when the clients starting asking for more and more images.

Here is what David has to say about the library shoots he has been commissioned for recently.

“I love when the photo market lines up with the way I shoot naturally and instinctually! I’ve always loved to shoot a lot of images, quickly, trying different angles + perspectives and attempting to figure out multiple visual questions in a short period of time. This style of shooting where speed and efficiency matter so much – have often resulted in some of the favorite images I’ve ever made. There’s something about letting your visual instincts reign that produces imagery that feels really authentic and lived in. “

Take a look at a few of the image libraries I’ve done recently. And to see more of David Martinez’s photography and video work, please link here.

What Did a Day in a Museum and Taxidermy Get Kevin Twomey Thinking About?

Posted by Workbook on 04/18/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
By Heather Elder

Recently, Kevin Twomey worked on a project for the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles. Once the project was complete, he sent along this blog post about his experience. Once again, Kevin shares with us what inspires him and gets him thinking. In this case, taxidermy.

“I wonder if in 100 years the fabrication of the Museum Diorama will become a lost art, replaced by our desire to have some slick, Hollywood­ produced, fantastical, 3­D VR world of hyper­reality? I surely hope not. I love how the talents of a team of people from different disciplines are brought together to create these scenes. Yes, some feel a little contrived, but sit in a hall surrounded by these displays for a while and you will either start to get the willies or start to see the beauty in them.

I recently did a shoot at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History and after we wrapped, I spent a little quiet time in the African Hall after museum hours. I thought about Hirosi Sugimoto’s Diorama series and how his beautiful black and white images transformed the scene into something more believable than the diorama themselves. What a simple idea but brilliant!

I remember when I was a child standing in front of the Dioramas for the first time at the Museum of Natural History in NYC feeling a bit mystified about what I was looking at. Were the animals alive and just standing really, really still? And if so, where did they go after the museum closed?

In our journey from photography to videos to VR, you might think we’ve progressed way beyond dioramas. But though the venues have changed, I believe the process has remained quite similar: a team of artisans apply their collective expertise in an attempt to create a believable scene from its less believable components.

We will always embrace new technologies to enable that child­like suspension of reality needed to take us on fantastical journeys. But sometimes, the work of a good taxidermist against a beautifully hand­painted backdrop is all my inner­ child needs.”



New Work from Fashion Stylist Mia Tucker Williams

Posted by Workbook on 04/17/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineProduction


Mia Tucker Williams is a New York fashion stylist whose keen eye for detail, and knack for pairing unexpected pieces to create unique, timeless looks have made her a freelance favorite in the fashion world. Whether she is perusing showrooms for the perfect accessory or finding inspiration at a Chelsea art gallery, she is definitely carving out her own niche within the fashion industry.

Her work has been published internationally and her experience expands across editorial, look books, digital media campaigns, e-commerce, charity fundraising and red carpet events. Several of her notable clients include Donna Karan, DKNY, Karen Millen, MTV Made, Rolando Santana, and Downtown Magazine.

This latest set was for Kenton magazine and photographed by Adrianna Favero








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Zave Smith: 3 AM...

Posted by Workbook on 04/17/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Photographer Zave Smith's latest personal project: 3AM at the Cigar Bar

See more from Zave Smith at his Workbook Portfolio and Personal Website.









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Chris Labrooy: Top Tech Cars

Posted by Workbook on 04/16/2014 — Filed under:  CGIFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
This month's cover of IEEE Spectrum Magazine by Chris Labrooy. Source: Debut Art

Raymond Bonilla for the New Yorker

Posted by Workbook on 04/16/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesIllustration
See more from illustrator Raymond Bonilla HERE

Cindy Whitehead: Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word

Posted by Workbook on 04/15/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineMotionProduction


"Live life balls to the wall. Do epic shit. Take every dare that comes your way. You can sleep when you're dead". This is the personal motto of Cindy Whitehead.
She conquered the male dominated profession of pro vert skateboarding in the 70's, and quickly became one of the top ranked professional female vert skateboarders in the U.S. for pool riding and half-pipe. To this day, Cindy still holds the distinction of being the only female to be featured in the centerfold plus a two-page article in a skateboarding magazine, and is the only female skateboarder to have been sponsored by Puma.
Since then, Cindy has gone on to coin the term "Sports Stylist®," working as a fashion stylist specializing in sports, with companies like Gatorade, Nike, the NBA, and athletes such as Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Mia Hamm.
Last year she made national headlines by skateboarding down the closed 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. In June of 2013 Cindy flew to Washington, DC to sign over some of her skateboard history to The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's sports collections.
Cindy has been profiled in magazines and sites such as, ESPN, The Huffington Post, & Women's Wear Daily, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. She most recently spoke in Washington, DC at The Smithsonian Museum's Innoskate event.
Her catchphrase "Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word" has become a battle cry for girls worldwide.
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Vadim Rubtsov's poster for 'Boris Godunov'

Posted by Workbook on 04/15/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Artist Vadim Rubtsov, represented by the agency Komiksar, created this poster for the opera Boris Godunov.


Rob Ball: Game of Thrones' "Beautiful Deaths"

Posted by Workbook on 04/14/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
By Mendola Artists Representatives

Rob Ball has been working hard on his dream job: illustrating "Beautiful Deaths" for the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. Chosen by 360i agency and the network, Rob has created 30 images depicting the key death from each episode in Seasons 1-3. HBO's goal was to encourage fans to submit their own artwork through social media platforms, which would be shown on their Beautiful Death site.


A self-confessed GoT geek, Rob watched specific scenes repeatedly, then submitted numerous thumbnails for the creatives to review. His final body of work is a remarkable blend of inventive thinking and masterful technique. We're thrilled to show off Rob's final artwork--let us know what you think! And be sure to head to the Beautiful Deaths website for a new illustration each week during Season 4.


CLICK HERE to view Rob Ball's Mendola Artists portfolio.


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