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Carlo Stanga's new book, "I am Milan"

Posted by Workbook on 04/17/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
By Morgan Gaynin Inc.

Carlo Stanga’s stylized drawings occupy a distinctive place between architectural design, fine art, and illustration. They are more imaginative than a blueprint, but rooted in impeccable details and the scientific realities of engineering. They offer an energetic and narrative spin on the cities we live in – the cities that Carlo loves.

Ever-inspired by his surroundings, Carlo recently approached Moleskin with the idea to create a series of illustrated books about the places we call home – but from an extraordinary and personified point of view. In “I Am the City,” each title will introduce a different locale by referencing the local lifestyle and mood, in addition to the different monuments and other architectural characteristics that most define it. This series is not just an architectural homage, although it certainly tips its hat. Instead, it very rightly remembers that a city is a living and breathing entity – one that has a unique history, but continues to evolve and grow.

The series begins with “Milan,” which you may now preorder here, and will move on to publish a new title every year. We are so excited to join Carlo and Moleskin as they take us on these beautiful illustrated tours.

Congratulations to Carlo on this inspiring and exciting project!





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Dan Bejar selected to AMerican Illustration 34

Posted by Workbook on 04/17/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Dan Bejar's, "Academic Brain Drain" for Americas Quarterly has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 American Illustration 34 book. The full page illustration addresses Mexico's U.S. trained scholars immigrating back to the United States for better conditions in academics and research funding.

Zave Smith: Philip and Eleanor

Posted by Workbook on 04/16/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineMotionPersonal Work


Zave Smith's ambitious new six-part documentary series chronicles the life his parents have spent together; two people who met during high school and are still married over seventy years later. Below is Zave's take on the project and the first of six 10 minute segments from the film.

Last winter, I realized I had developed the skills to produce a documentary film about my parent’s lives. Philip & Eleanor Smith were just teenagers when they married in 1945.  Seventy years later, they are still an active busy couple fully engaged in their own and their family’s lives.
Initially I dismissed this idea. It did not feel compelling. I mentioned it to my friend and photographer Steve Prezant. He said, “I can understand why you would not want to do this, but I can tell you that if you don’t, you will regret it one day”.
I began this project by developing a list of questions to ask my parents. I shared this list with family and friends who generously contributed additional lines of inquiry. I sent the questions to my parents prior to filming. I wanted to stimulate their memories and to give them time to think about their answers in order to make the filming more fluid.
I wanted the footage to not only tell an interesting story, I also wanted it to look good and sound right. I realized that I could not be the Director of Photography, the sound person, the Lighting Grip and the interviewer all at the same time. I needed help. So I reached out to Nic Justice, who took over the cameras and allowed me to concentrate on prompting my parents and helping them tell their story.
My parents can kill you with love and attention. My mother, at 87, is still a force of nature and my dad, at 88, is very sharp with a kindness that is very charming. Nic got the full Smith Family experience when we drove to Detroit to film the interviews over a Fourth of July weekend.
I first envisioned this as a 30-90 minute single narrative. But the minute I started to edit, I soon realized that no one would watch something that long. I decided to break it into six short ten minute episodes that would cover distinct parts of their lives.
My goal was to have this first episode finished for our family’s annual Passover gathering. Watching the smile on my parent’s faces, and seeing how their grandchildren and great grandchildren enjoyed hearing their stories turned this personal project into a labor of love.

Nic Justice Website: http://nicjustice.com

Without further ado, here is the first ten minute segment of Zave's documentary: A Blind Date Becomes a Marriage.


Philip & Eleanor, a life brought together. Episode 1. A blind date becomes a marriage. 1944-1946. from Zave Smith on Vimeo.

Gary John Norman captures Cuba

Posted by Workbook on 04/15/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Cuba, almost untouched since 1959, it's beauty is still visible in the crumbling buildings and in the innocence and openness of it’s people. With the impending possibility of increased tourism from America, Gary John Norman and his team travelled the country to record the Cuban lifestyle as it is today.





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April Instagram*

Posted by Workbook on 04/15/2015 — Filed under:  HeadlineInstagramPhonetographyPhotography
Here is just a small sample of all the great Instagram imagery from Workbook contributors. To see more look for us @theworkbook.



























A photo posted by David Zaitz (@davidzaitz) on Apr 5, 2015 at 8:15am PDT


















A photo posted by Adam Voorhes (@adamvoorhes) on Mar 27, 2015 at 8:29am PDT






A photo posted by Martin Rusch (@mrusch) on Apr 3, 2015 at 5:39pm PDT










A photo posted by Steve Babuljak (@babuljak) on Apr 2, 2015 at 5:30pm PDT










Curated Gallery by Adam Ladd, HOW Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 04/15/2015 — Filed under:  Art Director's ChoiceGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
At HOW magazine we publish articles about the practical side of the graphic design field. I try to commission illustration that will  appeal to our audience but not feel like an exact duplication of the subject matter. (We don't want things to feel stale or too  redundant.) When gathering a lightbox of images, I filtered my search results at the Workbook site to include: Conceptual/Narrative, Editorial and Graphic. This gave me a selection of illustrators who would understand the content and present clear ideas, so the reader doesn't have to work too hard, but at the same time provide an interesting  interpretation of the  article's title and content. Click here to see the full gallery: http://galleries.workbook.com/adam-ladd/

Dan Page

Noah Woods

Neil Webb

Rob Deutschman in Twentynine Palms

Posted by Workbook on 04/15/2015 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsPersonal WorkPhotographybehind the scenes

When Rob Deutschman was asked to submit a treatment for a major advertising campaign, he found the concept so exciting he went ahead and put the full production in motion. He assembled his production team, called in some favors for talent, and headed to 29 Palms. They spent two days shooting motion and print and captured the joy of being on the road in the California desert. Back in the studio, Rob worked closely with his editor and put together the 30-second spot you see here.


Rob Deutschman CA Desert

Rob Deutschman CA Desert Bowling

Rob Deutschman CA Desert

Workbook Latest Additions: April 12th-18th

Posted by Workbook on 04/14/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
Samer
Samer’s imagery is an extension of him, an extension of his love for music, travel, architecture, and especially his love for the intricacies of the human experience that make every individual unique. He loves collaborating with and executing a client's vision, as well as bringing his own visions to life. Samer is a passionate person who puts every ounce of energy into his work with the extremely talented and creative crew and clients he has the honor of working alongside. He feels blessed every day to be doing what he does.



Norm Bendell
Norm Bendell's warm, witty style has been the driving force in both print and animation behind some of the most famous and successful campaigns in the modern era of advertising. He honed his illustrative skill while working as an award-winning art director, designer, and creative director in the crucible of the advertising world in New York City. Norm's work has also appeared in hundreds of publications, best-selling books, and even greeting cards worldwide. His informative medical books won the Gold Award internationally an amazing five consecutive years, and his advice books for American Girl have been consistently their best sellers at nearly five million copies.

Richard Reinsdorf
Richard Reinsdorf remembers standing in New York's Rockefeller Center as a child and carefully framing the statue of Atlas in the viewfinder of his Kodak Instamatic. Now based in Los Angeles, live models replace Atlas in Reinsdorf's fashion photography. Reinsdorf began building his portfolio and his reputation photographing "new faces" for modeling agencies. His ability to bring out the best in his subjects and their surroundings soon caught the eyes of magazine editors and advertising art directors. His current portfolio is packed with editorial tear sheets from top fashion periodicals, including Elle and Vogue Brazil, and ad campaigns for companies ranging from Sony, Coca Cola, and Guess.

Patti Mollica
Patti Mollica is known for her energetic brushwork and bold use of color. Varied illustration clients have included vineyards, corporations, magazines, and licensors. She also enjoys an active gallery career. Collectors include Mellon Bank USA, Sociéte Generale, and Sheraton Hotels, as well as many private individuals who own her paintings and prints. Capturing the hidden beauty in the urban environment, its architecture, geometric angles, and vivid colors especially intrigues Patti. "Crisscrossed lacework of exposed iron girders, ventilation ducts that gracefully meander up the sides of old factories, gaudy multicolored graffiti...this is my idea of a beautiful landscape."

WildFlower Production
WildFlower Production is a full-service print and motion production company specializing in advertising, fashion, and lifestyle. Judith Gatesman has produced work for many amazing companies and teamed with top photographers and filmmakers across many miles to bring stimulating and award-winning imagery to life. From the moment a client comes to Judith with an idea of a project, the wheels of production are set in motion, from start to finish, no stone goes unturned. From a simplistic studio shoot to a remote location, WildFlower Production has the experience, industry networks, and gumption to get the job done on time and within budget.

Jason Knott
Jason began his creative path with a background in fine art and graphic design, though from an early age always had one hand on a camera. Following his assisting years, Jason moved into the music industry, shooting album covers before turning his attentions toward advertising. Jason's laid-back shooting style creates an effortless, relaxed atmosphere both in front and behind the camera. Best known for capturing "in the moment," emotions, experiences, and interactions, ironically these images are created with extremely detailed pre-production to control all the elements according to the client's brief. Jason allows the action to unfold, ascribing roles to models coached to act these out in character while he captures every moment. This approach has enabled Jason to move seamlessly into the moving image arena, and he often finds himself shooting both stills and moving images on the same project.

April Editor's Picks

Posted by Workbook on 04/14/2015 — Filed under:  Editor's PicksFeaturesGalleries






Saverio Truglia Asaf Hanuka
Wolfgang Zac Lonnie Busch
Curtis Johnson Jonathan Carlson

Kremer Johnson shoots a Pro Snowboarder, World Yo-Yo Champion, and Future Olympian

Posted by Workbook on 04/14/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
Each year the Los Angeles-based "South Bay Magazine" chooses nineteen standout teens from Los Angeles, California and runs a feature editorial on their accomplishments. This year, Kremer Johnson Photography was chosen to capture these inspiring youngsters. Just like high school, the teens were divided into groups based on their considerable interests and achievements. The groups were athletics, theater, academics, and philanthropy. Three standouts, including a pro snowboarder, the World Yo-Yo champion, and a winter Olympic hopeful, were featured as individuals. The shoots were conceived and shot within a two-week period. Most of the photography was shot on location but some in studio, and they were all a hoot to work with.





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