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ARRRRRGGHHHH! Steven Salerno's Pirate Book is Next...

Posted by Workbook on 07/31/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Steven Salerno

I am beginning preliminary sketch work for a new picture book project for publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux. It's written by April Jones Prince, and is a fun pirate-themed twist to a classic children's story. I am not going to mention the book's title quite yet, as it's not slated for publication until 2017.... best to keep it under wraps at the moment.

Like Father, Like Son... Pirate Style. Character sketches for next picture book project.

My normal process in creating the illustrations for a story, of course after already having read the manuscript a million times and after making visual shorthand notations on ideas for scenes, is to then create preliminary sketch studies of the characters within the story. Once all these studies are completed, I then create a rough storyboard of the entire book, working out the scenes, compositions, balance and flow of the spread scenes, full page scenes, and vignetted images, plus the relationship of the text and image placement, etc.
Once the storyboard is completed (which by the way is not shown to anyone), I then proceed to making all the full-sized final sketches based on the storyboard, making adjustments and improvements along the way. It is these final sketches which are then formally presented to the editor, art director, and design director at the publishing house.

She wields a better sword than ladle... Character sketch for next picture book project.

All the sketches were created with crayon, gouache, and with added digital color.
Anyway, I am at the very start of the whole process, and what you see posted here are early sketch studies. So, the characters I have created thus far could certainly change and evolve further during the storyboard and sketch stages.

A fair lass... Character sketch for next picture book project.
In 2015, I have two new picture books being released:

WILD CHILD (written & illustrated by Steven Salerno - August 2015, Abrams Books for Young Readers) It’s a story about a new kind of wild creature that dominates the jungle, and how all the other animals try and tame it to restore peace and quiet. But nothing they try works. The wild creature just gets wilder… until the clever Gorilla finally figures out a way.

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel (written by Betsy Harvey Kraft, illustrated by Steven Salerno - October 2015, Christy Ottaviano Books) It’s the true life account of American engineer George Washington Ferris, inventor of the giant observation wheel built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and dubbed the “Ferris Wheel”. Visit my illustration web site to see the many picture books I have illustrated, as well as to view my portfolios for advertising and editorial projects.

Chris Whetzel: Taming the Beast

Posted by Workbook on 07/31/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
By Chris Whetzel for An Excess of Process

I recently did a piece for an investment magazine about how insurance investment markets seem to be reducing their peaks and valleys in terms of performance. They predict that it is possible for the action to eventually even out; this would make for a level playing field in terms of premiums and investing in companies. The theme of the article focused on the markets becoming obsolete or archaic in a new age of digital information and technology.

After submitting the above sketches, I was informed that the article had been definitely titled as “Taming the Beast” and that none of my sketches were relevant. With time as a factor, i whipped out some “beast” roughs based around taming a dragon:

Thanks to Tolkien and Weta as I based my dragon on Smaug’s visuals. Sadly, the “market” arrows as horns didn’t make it to the final sketch:

You can see a subtle market graph in the mouth, but it was also nixed in favor of a strictly metaphoric image:

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy the Day,

Stanislawa Kodman: Leaves, Wings & Other Such Things

Posted by Workbook on 07/30/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Stanislawa Kodman's whimsical drawings seem particularly appropriate reminding us of our late summer evenings shared with the twinkling fireflies. Whether as images in children’s books, magazine articles or simply to grace the page, Stanislawa has a charming style that adds sophistication and elegance to any project. To see even more of Stanislawa's playful side, check out her blog, leaves, wings & other such things.

And, check out her online portfolio:

Sudi McCollum's Environmental Poster

Posted by Workbook on 07/30/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Liz Sanders Agency talent, Sudi McCollum, is working on a series of environmentally related posters for the Eleanore Rowan Foundation. The foundation is a nursery specializing in California wild flowers and native plants. Such plants provide much needed habitat for indigenous birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
We’re looking forward to seeing the rest of Sudi’s work and the wonderful work of the Eleanore Rowan Foundation.

More Workbook 2015 CA Photo Annual Winners.

Posted by Workbook on 07/30/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersContests - EventsFeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography

Next up are the winners in the Still Life and Food Categories.

Adam Voorhes 2015 CA WInner.

Michael Spain-Smith 2015 CA Winner

Deborah Jones 2015 CA WInner

Leigh Beisch 2015 CA Winner

Hunter Freeman 2015 CA WInner

Sam Kaplan 2015 CA WInner

Congratulations to all the winners!

July Instagrams

Posted by Workbook on 07/29/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineInstagramPhotography
Neil Da Costa Instagram


VW Bus Femi Corazon

Femi Corazon

Saverio Truglia

Saverio Truglia

Andrew Reilly surfboard

Andrew Reilly

joe keller

Joe Keller

Brian Kuhlman Old Bug

Brian Kuhlmann

Jonathan Chapman

Jonathan Chapman

Cheyenne Ellis

Cheyenne Ellis


Chris Crisman


Jared Leeds

Ferris wheel

Tosca Radigonda

Il St Louis

Colette DeBarros

Workbook's CA Photo Annual Winners

Posted by Workbook on 07/28/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersContests - EventsFeaturesGalleriesHeadline


LeBron James

Billy Idol

Fernando DeCillis 2015 CA WInner

Benedict Cumberbatch

John Malkovich

Chad Holder 2015 CA award winner

Ann Frank

Workbook Latest Additions: July 26th-August 1st

Posted by Workbook on 07/28/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
Steve Belkowitz
Steve's opportunistic sense of humor plus easy style are a big reason his clients love him. Based in a downtown Philadelphia loft, he shoots extensive motion stills worldwide.

Pierre Fortin
Pierre is an independent Illustrator/fine artist living in Ontario. With a career that spans over 20 years Pierre has designed and created for a wide range of nationally and internationally recognized corporations, magazines and publishers. His work has been featured in Catapult Magazine, American Illustration and Communication Arts. Pierre’s work varies from mural creation for Universal Studios to being commissioned by Sports Illustrated,The Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, BusinessWeek and Time magazine. He has also created designs of sculptures and props for the Beijing Cube Water Park, which won a WWA Industry Innovation Award. Pierre has also collaborated in the design of the Dollywood Mystery Mine, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which won the Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction of the year.

Chris Lake
After beginning his career in Chicago in 2001, Chris is now based in Florida where he specializes in creating storytelling editorial portraits for a wide variety of commercial clients. Chris enjoys assignments that call for capturing authenticity and natural expression from real people. When he’s not working on his photography, you might find Chris heading to his favorite fishing spot in his '85 Turbodiesel, windows down with Bob Dylan on the radio.

Stephen Sherman
Stephen is an award-winning Boston-based photographer who is known for his sense of color, technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness to his subjects.
Stephen studied photography at Boston University and M.I.T.'s Creative Photo Lab with Lee Lockwood, Carl Chiarenza, Jonathan Greene and Tod Papageorge. Starting as an editorial photographer, Stephen worked for TimeNewsweek, the New York TimesWall Street Journal and many other publications. Today, Stephen does lifestyle, portraiture and conceptual work for a range of clients including Mullen Advertising, Hill Holiday, Digitas, and Pentagram. Among his awards: AR 100, Boston Creative Club, Society for Technical Communications and the Financial World annual reports competition.

John Emerson

Workbook's Communication Arts 2015 Photo Winners

Posted by Workbook on 07/27/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadline


Andy Anderson 2015 CA WInner

Richard Schultz 2015 CA Winner

Matt Hawthorne 2015 CA Winner

Charles Harris 2015 CA Winner

Wild Horses

Paolo Marchesi 2015 CA Winner

July InFocus: Latest & Greatest

Posted by Workbook on 07/27/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleries