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Zave Smith creates the perfect 'AVO Moment'

Posted by Workbook on 01/28/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
“The lights are low and the music is hot. A small group of friends are sharing a moment and sharing the pleasures of a good cigar.”

This was the creative brief that Zave Smith received from Michael Olsson of Colangelo, to create that perfect  “AVO Moment” for the campaign launch of their new Cigars. After the usual rounds of portfolio viewing and multiple bids, Zave and his Agent/Producer, George Watson of Watson & Spierman Productions, were selected to create this "AVO Moment".  Three models were cast, rooms full of extras were invited and a wonderful jazz trio provided both the musical inspiration and visual texture that was needed to make this scene feel real.

We hope you enjoy the results…

Richard Solomon Artists Celebrate the Super Bowl

Posted by Workbook on 01/28/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
By Richard Solomon Artists Representative

It's almost time for Super Bowl Sunday! This year, we've got the New England Patriots back in the big game for the 6th time in the past fourteen years, although they haven't won it in a decade, facing off against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. To get you in the mood for the biggest American sports event of the year, Richard Solomon Artists have created a variety of football-themed illustrations and accompanying quotes.

Orlando Arocena (above)
"The fun of the Super Bowl is the week leading up to it." - Joe Posnanski

Guy Stauber
"I obviously take a lot of pride in what I do on the football field because that has the ability to influence a lot of people. That puts smiles on people's faces. That gives people a pep in their step on Monday morning when they go back to work." - Drew Brees

CF Payne
"As long as they produce, their job is to play football." - Weeb Ewbank

Chris Gall
"As a player, it says everything about you if you made the Hall of Fame. But, then again, boy...there's something about winning a Super Bowl." - Terry Bradshaw

Gary Kelley
"I think I could have become an outstanding professional baseball player, but I don't think I could have reached the heights that I have in football - being one of the very top players in the game, being a world champion." - Joe Namath "Broadway Joe"

Douglas Smith
"A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure you are." - Bill Shankly

Rudy Gutierrez
"Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision. Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in." - Emmitt Smith

Michal Lisowski
"Football is unconditional love." - Tom Brady

Goni Montes
"Winning as a team is better than anything. It's great to share success." - Jim Harbaugh

Tim Bower
"My thing is trying to convince them they can win." - Dick Butkus

Kent Barton
"I had sacrificed my entire life to play football." - Brian Bosworth, "The Boz"

John Mattos
"Football is not a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a good example of a contact sport." - Duffy Daughtery

Mark T. Smith
"The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity." - Lewis Grizzard

Mark Summers
"Because, they're only thinking about one team when that game's over. Before the game, they're talking about two football teams. When the game's over, there's only one winner." - Don Shula

James Bennett
"When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things." - Joe Namath, "Broadway Joe"

Ted Wright
"It feels really good. Nobody believed in us. Everytime you get a win when nobody believes in you, it feels pretty good."- James Laurinaitis

Dongyun Lee
"The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy." - Bob Schieffer

Bill Sanderson
"I think it's human nature that we all tend to do much better in groups than we do alone." - Richard Young

Ricardo Martinez
"I think as far as any kind of pressure on a football team or an individual in professional sports really depends not only on that individual but the leadership they have on the team and the leadership they have on the coaching staff. A lot of times, they can divert some of those pressures off of the individual and off of the team." - Jimmy Johnson

Thinking "Inside the Box"

Posted by Workbook on 01/27/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlinePhotography
By Robb Long

It's not everyday an ad agency approaches a photographer for marketing concepts, but it happened to me, and it couldn't have been more rewarding for all concerned. When they do, it's exciting.
In my case recently, Sioux Falls based agency, Epicosity, brought me in. I had the privilege to meet with their Creative Director and Art Director personally, and to generate unique ideas with them. The objective was to showcase firearms products for one of their clients, Rock Island Armory, in a fresh way - steering away from a look that was overdone in the market. After tossing a few ideas around the table, they gave me the go ahead to execute what would turn out to be one "bad ass" portrait of a handgun.

"Epicosity wanted to create a bold, new look for our client, Rock Island Armory. But with so many brands in the shooting industry having virtually the same style of photography, we looked to Robb Long Imaging for some out-of-the-box collaboration. Who knew part of that collaboration would lead to something inside-the-box? By building a metal box prop and shooting it full of bullet holes, we were able to present Rock Island Armory firearms in a fresh, new light. We also created a series of images that played directly off the name by displaying Rock Island Armory guns set against a variety of rocks as our backdrop - a perfect complement to their tagline of "Solid As A Rock." – Scott Ostman, Creative Director, Epicosity

It was the greatest feeling to have the client trust my vision and expertise. For me personally, it was critical these images be successful, especially knowing that the concepts I helped them come up with were only verbally expressed with no story boards. It was my strong hope that they could visualize the ideas I had in my mind. Having a solid background in lighting people for fashion, lifestyle and conceptual campaigns, I leveraged that experience and lit the gun as I would one of my fashion campaigns.
As a handgun enthusiast myself, hitting the gun range for the prop making of the bullet-hole-box was a "blast". A buddy of mine welded together a box made of 1/16th inch steel, then I took the box to a local gun range and shot it up with Armscor .22 TCM rounds, as well as a few 10mm rounds. These rounds cut through the steel box like butter. I've got a few more handgun models that will be placed inside the bullet-hole-box to broaden the series of imagery, so keep an eye out for those too. I'm confident this new set up will have a sure-fire success rate.

Client-Rock Island Armory
Creative Director-Scott Ostman
Art Director-Jeremy Peters
Photographer-Robb Long Imaging
Finisher-Dan Kopton

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Workbook Latest Additions: January 25th-February 1st

Posted by Workbook on 01/26/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineLatest Additions
Moshik Gulst
Moshik studied at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel and currently lives in Tel Aviv. His work can be seen in leading Israeli newspapers, magazines, books and covers, animation movies, and various projects, along with corporate and advertising works in the leading ad agencies of Israel.

Ashley Gieseking
Ashley’s work is defined by simplicity and color. Whether shooting fancy cocktails or portraits of chefs, she brings her clean aesthetic and calm disposition to the table. Her background in editorial photography has cultivated her hands-on approach to styling and honed her skills in manipulating and recreating natural light. About her job, Ashley says, ”I’ve had to obstruct traffic, trespass, hot glue fondant to a model, smash peppermints, fight frostbite, accumulate parking tickets, make a ladder out of milk crates, move dumpsters, and scout biker bars. It isn’t always easy, but it’s my job to get the right shot.”

Vigg studied political science, literature, and anthropology. He has been a self-taught illustrator since 1998 for various magazines and newspapers. His conceptual artwork is simple, colorful, and just humorous enough to deliver the perfect impact every time. He is also an author and part of the Bellebrute creative duo with Marianne Chevalier.

Suzanne Simmons
Suzanne Simmons graduated with a BFA from Syracuse University. An illustrator with a passion for variety, she works with fashion art, including cosmetics, hair care, and clothing for men, women, and children. Storyboards, comps, and animatics are also part of her repertoire. She has designed packaging and also enjoys working with type. She loves drawing animals and is in the process of doing artwork for a children’s book. Recently, she began doing portraits.

Tobias Hall
Tobias Hall is a freelance illustrator, letterer, designer, and mural artist working out of London. Since graduating in summer 2010, he's been working closely with the UK-based Italian restaurant chain, Zizzi, as their in-house designer and art director. He's also been lucky enough to work on an eclectic mix of projects for a growing list of international clients.
When he's not writing in the third person, Tobias likes to draw stuff inspired by the music he listens to or things he reads.

Nate Luke
Nate Luke is a photographer and director originally from Muscatine, Iowa, the Pearl of the Mississippi. Nate got hooked on photography after seeing the work of Diane Arbus. He attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and the rest is history.

Nell Pierce
Nell Pierce grew up in Portland, Maine and is now based in Minneapolis. Nell has worked as a professional artist for seven years, developing a painterly style and an eye for color and light and has worked on a wide range of projects.

Ana Gomez Bernaus
Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Ana studied graphic design at Elisava School. Barcelona and its Catalan modernism style influenced her early work, creating fascination with the rich organic ornamentation and details. She fell in love with typography in New York, and her work acquired a more rational and organized flavor. Barcelona brought her a taste for illustration; New York allured her with typography, and now both disciplines live in Los Angeles along with lettering. Ana was awarded with the Type Directors Club Certificate of Typographic Excellence, nominated for the 2013 Lürzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 2013/2014, and her work has been featured in several books and publications.

A.k.A. Launches a New Site

Posted by Workbook on 01/26/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Creative Illustration Studio, A.k.A., wrapped up this first month of the new year with a new website.

"We recently decided to re build our A.k.A site as we felt the time was right with the introduction of many new technologies and techniques for viewing and constructing sites.

"With this incarnation we wanted to make it as future proof as possible and with the ever-increasing resolution of computer displays we wanted to make sure our work was crisp and clear for all to see. The site is easily navigable and any unnecessary clutter has been removed to show off the artwork in eye-popping clarity.

"We also wanted to try to include lots of the details that A.k.A has a tendency to obsess over and which is often lost when just viewing a small image of our work on screen. The new site enables prospective clients to see in glorious technicolour all the bits and pieces, be it isometric crumbs from our cake artwork or to ensuring our 3D model Big Ben has the exact face of the real thing. Yes we are a bit OCD about this stuff; it's so important to us to get everything exactly right.

"We're also connected to many social media sites including Pinterest, Facebook and LinkedIn. Obviously, our biggest outside method of promo is our trusty Workbook and having a new and great agent is also a massive help!"

Mick Coulas Creates the 9 to 5 Frankenstein

Posted by Workbook on 01/23/2015 — Filed under:  CGIEventsFeatures
Mick Coulas of Revel Ink LLC has created the working man's Frankenstein, Francis S. Stein. He'll showcase the creation and production process for this 3D office monster in Sarasota tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., so if you're in town, check it out.

Shooting Marty Stuart for Garden and Gun

Posted by Workbook on 01/23/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
By David McClister

These two images were taken on a cold and damp day this past November, in between downpours, at Marty's home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Marty's home was once the home of Roy Orbison, built by the same folk artist-architect (Braxton Dixon) who built Johnny Cash's home. An orchard separates Marty's home from the old Cash residence, where only the rock foundation, a garage, and a swimming pool still stand. I had the chance to be a kid and explore the old Cash site with Marty last spring, when I met with him to talk about taking photos for his new record (Saturday Night/Sunday Morning). It seems kind of surreal to think about it. I think Marty and I were the last two people to photograph JC. At one point I remember looking down and realizing that I was standing inside what was once the living room, and I started thinking about that day, about photographing Johnny, and I remember the first time I heard that VOICE, that unmistakable voice, booming and distinct, even just in conversation. And I thought about how welcome he made me feel, immediately, the moment I walked into the room, even though he had lost his soul mate June Carter just a week earlier. Marty was there that day too, recording with Johnny, and oddly, he was standing in the same place where he was picking that same day. I didn't mention it to Marty. I don't know why. I guess it was unnecessary. We looked around some more, but we didn't take any photos that day, we just talked, or more likely, I just listened, as I find myself always doing whenever I'm around an icon like Marty, someone with so many amazing stories to tell (and in his case, someone with so many great photos AND stories to share).
When the Garden & Gun shoot came up, I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot - in this amazing hallway in his home, and in his orchard, just up a slight ridge from Johnny's old home. These are the first photos that Marty has ever agreed to do inside his home. I'm honored to have been given that trust.

Scott Bell: Fun on Ice

Posted by Workbook on 01/22/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
The Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge, Illinois asked photographer Scott Bell to create dramatic images of their athletes showcasing their skills for banners displayed outside of the arena. Oakton offers training for all skill levels and has been home to some top-level athletes in their fields. Scott and his team worked with talented figure skater Makala Arn and speed skater Jeffrey Swider Peltz, who is currently representing the US in the World Cup in Long Track

Behind The Scenes vid below:

Photography on ice from Scott Bell on Vimeo.

Jing Jing Tsong for National Geographic

Posted by Workbook on 01/21/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Jing Jing Tsong created a series of spot illustrations‬ for National Geographic Publishing. The colorful images‬ are used throughout reading workbooks to complement‬ exercises designed to be engaging and fun.‬

Craig Washburn Shoots the Disappearing Oil Tanker for Bloomberg Businessweek

Posted by Workbook on 01/21/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineMotionPhotography
Photographer Craig Washburn provided images for the New intrigue feature published in this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek on the strange journey of the oil tanker United Kalavryta, photographed from helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico. He also shot video graded to match the stills, featured in this Bloomberg TV piece.