Posted by Workbook on 04/21/2014 — Filed under: Features, Galleries, Headline, Latest 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 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 (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.
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 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' 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.
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.