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Earth Day Illustrations

Posted by Workbook on 04/22/2014 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration

Happy Earth Day to all!  Some of our clients let inspiration take over in celebration.  Enjoy!


Judy Reed Silver


Stanislawa Kodman


Laura Coyle



All artists are repped by Alexander-Pollard Inc.

Alexander Pollard Artists Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by Workbook on 04/22/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration

Illustrators Judy Reed Silver, Laura Coyle, and Stanislawa Kodman have all created images in celebration of Earth Day. All three are represented by Alexander Pollard



Judy Reed Silver (below)



Laura Coyle



Stanislawa Kodman



Walter Smith: As the Fog Rolls in...

Posted by Workbook on 04/21/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesPersonal WorkPhotography
By Walter Smith

As a photographer, I’m always in transit. Always looking. Always waiting. We were setting up at the Legg Mason offices at the NY Times building for a portrait for Forbes. The fog rolled over NYC. I've been doing this long enough to know when a photograph wants to be taken. It was my gift for all the hoops we went through to shoot in the building.

Workbook Latest Additions: April 20th-26th

Posted by Workbook on 04/21/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
This week, we've got seven new illustrators and photographers to showcase. Take a look at their bios, image samples, and portfolio links below.

Alessia Girasole
Alessia was born in Milan, Italy where she currently resides. She has been drawing since early childhood and realized early on that she would turn her hobby into a rewarding career as an illustrator. After graduating at the European Institute of Design in Milan, with a major in Illustration and Multimedia Animation, she decided to focus on illustrating for children. During her studies, Alessia was introduced to Corel Painter software and was immediately shocked, amazed, and captured by its unique capabilities. As a result, she decided to give up her palette and paint brush to completely dedicate herself to the study and exploration of digital art. Nowadays, she spends most of her time with her two favorite and very close mates... her MAC and Neve, a faithful Labrador retriever.

Julien McRoberts
Julien McRoberts (formerly based in Santa Fe, NM) has dusted off her boots and brought her bold, bright dynamic esthetic to the Big Apple where she has captivated creative directors and several ad agencies. Her fresh, vibrant images capture intimate cultural moments, places, and people without ever disturbing the scene and invite you in to be a part of it. Her work is a stolen glance into an elegant but rustic home, a centuries old Native American dance, or a heart-stopping toss of a cowboy off an ornery bull. Julien balances her time between NYC and Santa Fe for her clients.

Jannie Ho
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Philadelphia, Jannie moved to New York to study illustration at Parsons School of Design. After working as a graphic designer and an art director at many fun places such as Nickelodeon, Scholastic, and TIME Magazine for Kids, she decided that illustration was her true calling. Jannie (also known as Chicken Girl) now specializes in illustrating for the children’s market, with her work appearing in both trade and educational books, magazines, toys, crafts and digital media. She currently works and plays in Boston, MA with her husband and daughter.

Colleen M. Madden
The fourth girl in a family of 8 children, Colleen Madden made it through childhood pretending to be a space princess with a wookie sidekick and drawing in her cardboard box art studio. Colleen graduated from a small liberal arts school in Massachusetts, with a contract major in illustration and English literature. She is currently residing in the Philadelphia area, with her writer-husband, Patrick, and their 2 sons, Sean and Gabe. She is daily inspired by her 3 boys, who champion the quirkier and more complicated side of life and always, ALWAYS make her laugh out loud. She has illustrated for many different kinds of clients and is the recipient of an International Greeting Card Louie Award. When not illustrating, Colleen can be found battling slugs in her shade garden or pretending to be a long-distance runner.


Rebecca Drobis
Rebecca Drobis is a passionate portrait photographer based in Washington, DC. She specializes in stories about youth, family and community. When not in Washington DC, you can find Rebecca in northern Montana, working on an ongoing photographic project about children growing up on the Blackfeet Reservation Rebecca is available for editorial, advocacy and advertising assignments locally, around the U.S. and the world. She welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with you on your next project.

Zina Saunders
Zina Saunders' editorial work can be seen in national publications like The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, The Progressive, and Discover Magazine. Her advertising work includes posters for Broadway plays like Blithe Spirit, starring Angela Lansbury, and the new musical, If/Then, starring Idina Menzel. Zina's animations, ranging from riffs on politics to mysterious book trailers, can be seen on Abrams Books, Mother Jones, The Real News and The Final Edition. Zina is the daughter of pulp magazine artist Norman Saunders, and lives and works in New York City.


Costanza Basaluzzo
Constanza Basaluzzo was born in Argentina in the mid 70’s where she still lives with her husband, Javier Gonzales Burgos and her little kitten, Nina Kodama. She was always drawn to the arts and at the young age of 9, Grandpa Luis (her most enthusiastic fan) decided to sponsor her first drawing and painting class. Since then, she never lost the passion for interpreting the world from a child’s point of view - with bright colors, mixed textures, and obsession for details. She graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and concentrated her career on graphic communication for children. She works in digital format and since 2003, has published work in several books, stationary cards, and children’s magazines in Argentina. In her spare time, she enjoys reading (especially children’s books!), spending time outdoors with her cat, and visiting toy stores.

Jim Golden for Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors Collection

Posted by Workbook on 04/21/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineMotionPhotography
By Jim Golden



Back in October, I received the call I think every photographer wants to get: a brand you have a history with and have used over and over wants you to make an image for them.
Simpson Strong-Tie might not be on the tip of everyone's tongue when you talk about dream clients, but this was a call to make an extraordinary image from a utilitarian, everyday product that most of us don't think twice about...right up my alley, and made in the U.S.A. to boot!
Jim Hanley and his team from Simpson Strong-Tie were great to work with and basically let me and my crew do our thing - dream client material for sure. Behind the scenes video below.

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, has 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 dioramas 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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