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Latest Additions: February 7th - 13th

Posted by Workbook on 02/09/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
Shelly Waldman
Shelly’s love of photography started early. She used to sneak the family camera in her backpack to elementary school and take pictures of her friends on the playground. She would then put the film in her mom's purse, so she'd find it and develop it. Of course, her mom would smile as she handed Shelly the images. Shelly still carries that excitement, enthusiasm, and a bit of girlhood wonderment with her on every shoot. With her background in professional sports, corporate finance, and business consulting, Shelly brings a unique blend of knowledge to help achieve the creative vision for each of her many clients.

photo of vegetable

Karen Chandler
Karen’s illustrations have appeared regularly in major publications. Her work is also on the covers of several popular fiction series by such authors as R.L. Stein, Agatha Christie, and Victoria Thompson's New York-based historical mysteries. She is especially proud of the illustrations she created for the children's book, Keeper of the Swamp, by Anne Garrett.

Karen has been affiliated with the NASA Space Art Program and the United States Air Force Art Program since 1990. Her work is in the permanent collections at the Galaxy Art Gallery, the Kennedy Space Center, and the Air Force Art Collection. Her paintings are currently hanging at the Pentagon and the National Aviation Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio.

Illustraiton of a boy in a canoe

Anthony Gamboa
Anthony Gamboa grew up in southern California and received an English Literature degree from San Diego State University. After having the opportunity to work with some really cool people in northern California, he discovered that he was drawn to the world of photography. Anthony loves the spontaneity of location shooting and the precision of working in the studio. Having created some great imagery during his travels around the world, he looks forward to seeing the rest of it with camera in hand, and of course, creating amazing imagery for his wonderful clients along the way.

Photo of horse competition ribbons on side of trailer.

Linda Richards
Linda Richards is an artist whose work has appeared in books, newspapers, national magazines, and galleries. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Richards is a graduate of State University of New York, Empire State College. She also attended University of Georgia, Ringling School of Art in Florida, and Parson’s School of Design in New York. Over the years her efforts have been concentrated on illustration for national advertising, magazine, and book illustration. Two of her commissioned paintings were used to illustrate a special edition social studies book published by NASA. Over the years, Linda has expanded her work to the area of product design and development and has worked on many projects for major collectible and toy manufacturers.

conceptual illustration of butterfly life cycle.

Kevin Arnold
Kevin Arnold is an advertising photographer who specializes in lifestyle and landscape imagery. Authenticity is the hallmark of his work: shooting on location with people who live the lifestyle of the brand and show it in their faces, ease of movement, love of place. Kevin strives to capture the genuine whatever its form, humour, painful self-extension, or serene moments of appreciation. In his landscape work, he prefers to find the intimate and believable in the natural world...a glimpse of a place that entices you to get out and explore the world.

Photo of child staring eye to eye with llama.

Visual Connections Chicago: Kicking It Up A Notch in 2016!

Posted by Workbook on 02/08/2016 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineIllustrationMarketing IntelligencePhotography
Visual Connections
Visual Connections returns to Chicago on Thursday, May 5th to stage another networking and education event for image/footage/art buyers and researchers. The venue will again be the beautiful and conveniently located Ivy Room at Tree Studios.

Following our involvement in the New York expo in October, Workbook is pleased to repeat as Principal Sponsor for the Chicago Expo. As the leading resource for finding commercial photographers and illustrators, Workbook will bring artist reps, production companies, and their clients to the table, alongside suppliers and buyers of stock visual media. Creative directors, designers, editors, publishers, and producers will all be seeking creative inspiration and new sources of visual media. The popular sessions program provides opportunity to question industry experts, including a copyright attorney. Check back here at the Workbook Blog, where we will be posting updates about these important discussion groups.

Attending our last event (in 2014) were many of the major advertising and publishing companies based in Chicago, including: BBDO, DDB, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Feldman & Associates, Hallmark Cards, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Leo Burnett, Lipman Hearne, McGraw-Hill, National Geographic Learning, Ogilvy & Mather, Pearson, and many more.

And, to add a little spice to the day, we'll have a Mexican Cinco de Mayo theme to the catering throughout the day and evening.

Dear Pope Francis

Posted by Workbook on 02/08/2016 — Filed under:  AnimationFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineIllustrationMarketing IntelligenceMotionchildren's book
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Pope Francis receives thousands of letters from children from around the world every year, and the Jesuit Ministry Press, Chicago decided to take on the task of compiling 250 of these letters and the Pope's personal answers to each of them. As part of the launch for "Dear Pope Francis," Jesuit Ministry Press contacted Chicago video graphics company Daily Planet Productions to create a video trailer for the web. Producer Katy McDevitt, told us the concept they had in mind required a look that would appeal to children, but also contain renderings of architecture and world landmarks.  Soosan Joon, represented by Diane Boston of Way Art, turned out to be the perfect fit and was awarded the job.

The video begins in live action but quickly moves into animation as a letter from an eight-year-old girl named Basia flys out her window and around the world on its way to Vatican City and Pope Francis. Soosan provided roughly 20 drawings of world landmarks amid landscapes and cityscapes in layered Photoshop files. The animators use of parallax technique helped to create a sense of dynamic space and a feeling of adventure as the letter swirls through space on its journey.

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Dear Pope Francis

The Fire Monkey

Posted by Workbook on 02/04/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Year of the Fire Monkey for McDonalds

February 8th begins the Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey, and this year more specifically, the Fire Monkey. There are twelve animals on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, which combine with one of five elements: fire, wood, water, gold, and earth, which means the year of the Fire Monkey occurs every 60 years. Jing Jing Tsong was commissioned by McDonald's to create the image above, which features a band of monkeys celebrating with fireworks. Jing  told us that one of her favorite childhood memories is of the Taiwanese community in her small Pennsylvania town gathering to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. The image will appear on posters and on tray liners and bag inserts for all the McDonald's New Year celebrations.

Giving Back

Posted by Workbook on 02/04/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhotographyPro Bono
Childhood cancer victim
It is absolutely true that the best way to get out of a funk is to do something good for someone else. Photographer Peter Poby was reminded of this recently and writes about his experience while, as he says, "giving a little back." Read what he has to say:


"This 2016 is all about smiles, laughs, and dance. With this mantra, I started my year pitching for two jobs right away in the first two weeks of January. Both are excellent, high-end, super-cool projects, that are true dream jobs. I wrote excellent treatments for each, researched every detail, had a perfect lobby for both at the agencies, and the estimates were absolutely on point. Both agencies were excited and looking forward to working with me and create outstanding imagery. And between 24 hours, I was told twice that I didn't get the job: political issues that came up at the last second. I didn't even have the chance to react. So, in between 24 hours my smiles , laughs, and dances got a huge hiccup. As every freelancer knows, no matter how good you are, no matter how experienced you are or how long you do this, it always gets you. It hurts.

I wasn't prepared for what happened next. I had a charity assignment the very next day; something I do to just give a little bit back. I did photograph 16 kids with their families in the Children's Cancer Hospital, in a little improvised studio setup. I absolutely enjoyed every second of it. After returning home, I got an email from the foundation, asking if I could edit and retouch the images of three children right away, because they might not be with us too much longer. I dropped everything and went to work for a long night shift. With tears in my eyes, I worked on 24 images, feeling the pain of these wonderful kids. And when I was done, I felt not only grateful for my own kids' health, but grateful that I was able to make the other kids happy for a few minutes, share laughs and smiles, and felt thankful to give their loved ones something beautiful to remember them.

It brought me back to reality, where nothing else counts but the moment. It kept me sane, because it gave me a true inner peace. I don't care how many more estimates and treatments I have to submit. I will happily do it. And I will get excellent jobs. Smiles. Laughs. Dance. Always."

Peter Schafrick Latest Reel

Posted by Workbook on 02/01/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineMotionPhotography
Schafrick splash

If it splashes, drips, pours, or splatters, Peter Schafrick captures it all in motion and stills. His latest reel includes work for brands like Redbull, Imax, Dove and Neutrogena.

Red Bull

gear with oil splattering

SCHAFRICK REEL from peter schafrick on Vimeo.

Theatre Posters by Raymond Bonilla

Posted by Workbook on 02/01/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsAward WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration

Raymond Bonilla is first and foremost a painter, with deep roots in the Impressionists. He is a also a teacher at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where his figurative drawing and painting skills are regularly put to good use for the Walter Gloor Mainstage stage poster series, for which he has been creating imagery for the past four years.  His latest (above) is for the production of Cabaret. As the theatre department pretty much leaves the creative direction up to Raymond, they are some of his best works, and not surprisingly, many of the these images have gone on to win awards and recognition  from the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts magazine and other competitions. Below are examples from previous seasons, in descending  order: Rent, Hair, MacBeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Shape of Things.  To see all the posters from the series, go to to his website.

Rent Poster

Hair Poster
MacBeth Poster

A Midsummer's Night Dream

The Shape of things Poster

The Latest from Ryan Snook

Posted by Workbook on 01/28/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Tufts Magazine Medical Student stress

Ryan Snook works for an impressive list of clients. His most recent editorial assignments include an illustration (above) about a website that helps med students relax for Tufts Medicine.
Next is a piece about the Washington Post gaining online readers created for Washingtonian Magazine, and finally, one of a series of illustrations about science myths that apparently won't die for Nature Magazine.

online readership Washington Post

Medical Myths that won't die

Jennifer Davick's Moveable Feasts

Posted by Workbook on 01/28/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlinePhotography
Jennifer Davick recipe demo

Jennifer Davick understands the importance of sharing and preparing food as a social activity. She's built her business around it and at this point, can and does tell a client's story with motion, sound, print, and  stills. While working as a still photographer for ten years, she added motion capabilities about five years ago. She says that most clients approach her with a specific project in mind involving either stills or motion, but then want to add the other, so she is doing a lot of both for clients these days. When she does work in both mediums she produces them as separate productions and finds it yields the best results by far. Currently, her business is comprised of half stills and half motion projects for a wide range of advertising and and editorial clients. The motion file you see above is one of a series of cooking demonstrations for Publix Super Markets. Below, is a recent project for Norwegian Cruise Lines and two short files: one titled United States Map of Cheese and another called A Colorful Way to Eat Brownies.

Publix Aprons Cooking School: Chili Ginger Steaks with Marinated Watermelon Salad from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.

Norwegian Escape Dining Story from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.

United States Map of Cheese from Jennifer Davick on Vimeo.

colorful way to eat brownies

Zave Smith at the Logan

Posted by Workbook on 01/26/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
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Zave Smith recently shot portraits for the Logan hotel in Philadelphia. Here's what he had to say about the project:

'There can be beauty in the simplicity of a black-and-white portrait on white seamless. When an image is stripped down to it’s formal elements of just tone, form, and line, the expressive qualities of one’s subject can break through, creating a portrait that is visually compelling. The Logan is a new hotel brand in Philadelphia. They chose to build awareness by featuring portraits of local personalities across multiple platforms. Based on our previous work, The Logan’s agency, Korn Design of Boston, reached out to us to create a series of B&W portraits. Trying to arrange sittings with successful, and therefore very busy, people is always a challenge. We did manage to get all our subjects into the studio over just two shooting days. With a simple visual concept, it was our challenge to create a space where our subjects felt comfortable, expressive, and free, allowing us to create the strong authentic portraits that our client desired. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we enjoyed creating this new look for The Logan."

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