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InFocus: Food for Thought

Posted by Workbook on 07/28/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineWorkbook InFocus

Humorous food safety illustration.

You can see below from our latest InFocus eblast, Food for Thought, Workbook contributors always seem to be working on a variety of food related advertising and packaging. Although the image above by James Shepherd doesn’t fall neatly into either of these categories, it grabbed our attention with its straightforward, humorous take on the serious topic of food safety. To see even more illustrators working for food related clients worldwide, search for food at
Illustration of woman sipping martini.Illustration of words cut out of block of cheese.
Dan Sipple | SKYY VodkaChris Labrooy | Pringles
Welch's Essence sparking water bottleIllustration of a bottle of Kahlua.
Dahl Taylor |  Welch'sThe Red Dress |  Kahlúa
Food and beverage illustrationRum Riot illustration
Jonathan & Georgina Rosenbaum |  Hudson News DisplayAndrew Davidson |  Rum Riot
Bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila.Illustrated map of Bellwether Farms.
James Shepherd |  CuervoSudi McCollum |  Bellwether Farms USA
Retro styled illustration for Moulin D'or Dijon Mustard.Lettering illustration for Diet Coke.
Vince McIndoe |  Moulin D'or Dijon MustardKate Forrester |  Diet Coke
Food illustration for Publix.Frozen fruit blast illustration.
Sylvia Hofflund |  PublixLonnie Busch |  Main Street Coffee & Tea
Illustration for Twinkies.Food illustration for Danette.
Sam Ward |  HostessBernd Wagenfeld |  Danette
Illustration of Mumm's Champagne.Map illustration of Dublin eateries.
Sharif Tarabay |  G. H. MummPeter Donnelly |  Dublin's Eat 'O' Nomics
Decorative illustration of Coca Cola bottle.Illustration of Philly Fusion sandwiches.
A.K.A. | Coca-ColaHawk Krall | Saveur Magazine

John Slemp's Flight Jacket Project Takes Off

Posted by Workbook on 07/26/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhotographyPro Bono
Aviation jacket Captain Charles A. Mueller WWII

We first posted about this project last July and a lot has happened since then.  John has been working tirelessly to turn this idea into a reality and all the hard work is paying off.  He has reached his initial goal of photographing 50 jackets and now has the opportunity to photograph many more.  Aviation Museums and Historical Societies all over the country and internationally are now contacting him about different forms of collaboration. The  book he plans to publish as well as all the related exhibitions will be a wonderful tribute to the men who wore these jackets, and all Americans who risked their lives during this crucial time in history. Here's John's full update:

"Now that my initial goal of photographing 50 WWII era “bomber jackets” has been reached, it seems that the project is beginning to gain a lot of followers, both in the US and internationally.  In the coming week, jackets in the collection of the Kalamazoo Air Zoo and the Minnesota Historical Society will be photographed, along with a jacket from a private owner.  Suddenly, they seem to be appearing magically from a wide variety of sources.

"Other museums have agreed to participate, including the Wings Over the Rockies museum in Denver, the Commemorative Air Force collections in Dallas and Mesa, Arizona, and three other museums in California.  Just this week, discussions with the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia have begun to show promise, and they have over 80 jackets in their collection, many of which have never been on display.

"Two separate contacts have recently demonstrated just how far reaching the project has become.  A small press agency in England saw a post carried on Warbird News, an online only publication, and the owner contacted me directly.  Located in East Anglia, the area where many of the airfields were located in WWII, he wants to release a story to the press in England that outlines the project.  Unknown to me until I began the project, there are several mini-museums at former wartime airfields that have jackets in their collection, as well as in the collection of the Imperial War Museum.  A “road-trip” to England to photograph jackets would be icing on the proverbial cake.

"The second surprise came in the form of an email from a researcher/historian at the German National Military Museum in Dresden.   She is working on an exhibition for next year where a particular mission on 19 July, 1944, in which the 460th Bomb Group lost nine aircraft will be examined in detail.  Of special interest is how the allied airmen were treated after they bailed out over enemy territory.  As you might imagine, some were treated according to the Geneva Convention, and some were not.  Having photographed a jacket from that particular group, she wanted to inquire as to the possibility of including that jacket in the exhibition.  I contacted the family, outlined the request, and have put each in contact with the other.  We’ll see what comes to pass.

"Of all the possible self-initiated projects I could have undertaken, I’d be hard pressed to think of another that has inspired so much passion among the participants.  To say that these jackets are treasured, by the families in particular, would be putting it mildly.  Equally, they are honored to participate, as many of the veterans are gone, or are in failing health.  Photographing these jackets keeps their stories and sacrifices alive, and salutes their service to the country."
portrait WWII vet
WWII Flight jacket

WWII flight jacket

WWII Flight jacket lining

WWII flight jacket
WWII flight jacket

DNC Donkeys and Philly Cheese Steaks

Posted by Workbook on 07/25/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationInstagramPro Bonolettering
DNC Donkey New Jersey
If you're in Philadelphia for the DNC, or just curious about the art scene there in Philly, you might want to start following hometown artist, Hawk Krall on Instagram and check out his website. Hawk is doing his part with his contribution to a community arts project called DNC Donkeys. Local artists were asked by Artjawn to decorate a total of 57 fiberglass donkeys placed around the city that represent every US state, territory and Washington D.C. (Hawk's version above.)

Hawk's poster for Next Stop Democracy promoting voter engagement, is being featured in an AIGAPhiladelphia exhibition at the city hall art gallery Rm 116. Hawk also tells us that there is possibly some sort of "dumpster diver" art event happening there on Wednesday....!

And if you are interested in the local food scene, Hawk knows all about it and then some. He does a monthly column for Saveur Magazine featuring his favorite sandwiches one of which, is of course the Philly Cheese Steak.

Vote Aqui sign Voter engagement


Hawk Krall Philly Cheese Steak

A Dog's Life

Posted by Workbook on 07/20/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPersonal WorkPhotography
Borzoi portrait in a frame
Dogs have been a symbol of faithfulness and fidelity throughout recorded history. One of the most important paintings in the history of Western Art is The Arnolfini Wedding, by Jan Van Eyck, painted in 1434. It's an image that is layered with meaning and  symbols, one of which is a small dog standing at the foot of the painting representing  new found loyalties .   Today in 2016, dogs are ubiquitous in our culture and this is no more apparent than in the advertising, and editorial imagery we see every day. In honor of dogs and the role they play in our lives, we've created this gallery.

Dogs at the window on couch

Little og in a pink wig.

Dogs and ladies at the beach

Dog and man in silhouette.

dogs. To be or not to be

Bull dog in modern interior

dog in five poses

Dog on man's shoulder

small dog watercolor

The Arnolfini Wedding Jan Van Eyck

Rivka Katvan Documents Art on The Street

Posted by Workbook on 07/18/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePersonal WorkPhotography
mural art

The image of Leda Antonia Machado created by Cuban-American artist, José Parlá and French street artist, JR on a crumbling facade in Havana could be viewed as a symbol of survival. At the age of 94, the subject, has lived through the Cuban revolution and all that followed, and although the building is rapidly deteriorating, her gaze remains steady there. Almost from the time she re-appeared on the the side of a gallery in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea in 2013, however, she began to disappear, as new real estate development began to take hold. But Mr. Parlá seems to take it in stride and accepts that, "When you’re painting on the street, you know you’re going to get covered up. It’s ephemeral and we accept that." Thankfully Rivka Katvan took the time to document this beautiful piece of ephemera, before it was completely gone from view by May 2016. To read more about the project check out this recent article in the New York  Times.

mural art

mural art


mural site

Summer at Richard Solomon's

Posted by Workbook on 07/13/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMarketing IntelligenceMusing OnPersonal Work
Summer in New York

In honor of summer, the crew at Richard Solomon has created a newsletter full of beautiful imagery that evokes everything we love about the season; the sense of freedom, the light,  the colors green and blue and, and just relaxing on a  lazy summer afternoon.    Some were pulled from the archives and some were created especially for the post.  Kay Hsia and the rest of the staff found the perfect words  to match the imagery.  If you would like to receive monthly newsletters regularly email

child in swing on tree

Relaxing in flight

Summertime the song

Summer cycling

Then and Now with Eli Meir Kaplan

Posted by Workbook on 07/13/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsFeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Couple then and now

Eli Meir Kaplan recently photographed a web and direct-mail campaign for healthcare provider, Highmark, with Partners + Napier. The campaign focuses on the lifelong habits of healthy people who continue to stay active and engaged throughout their lives, living with the same enthusiasm throughout the decades. Eli and his crew had a great time recreating some iconic looks from the 50s, 60s and 70s with the use of styling and props. With the services of a good location scout and tech-scouting on his own, Eli was able to identify existing locations for the "then and now" runner scenario; no Photoshop required. With the use of filters and some other Lightroom magic the digital tech on the shoot was able to give the photos the appropriate "aged" look, dust and all.

runner then and now
father and son hiking

July Instagrams

Posted by Workbook on 07/11/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineInstagramPersonal WorkPhotography
Photo of a rooster.Car lot.
Gary John NormanEvan Klanfer
monkeysIce cream stand.
Anthony NexTamara Reynolds
Ferris Wheelpaint splattered wall
Tosca RadigondaBill Cahill
kid with dollar sign glasses.watermelon
Saverio TrugliaBeth Galton
Women wrapped up in party crepe paper.bicycle with map
Kristyna ArcherPaul Elledge
American flagrose flattened
Paul ElledgeJoe Keller
green doughnutVW Bus
Sarah Anne WardTosca Radigonda

Workbook Welcomes JSR

Posted by Workbook on 07/11/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsCGIFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineIllustrationMarketing IntelligencePhotography
Enjoy Balloons

Ten years ago, Jamie Stephen Represents, AKA, JSR, was a small London agency that exclusively represented photographers. Today, it's a multi-disciplined agency ready to take on the U.S. market. We're pleased JSR chose to partner with Workbook in their first major international push.

JSR promotes and markets a unique and diverse roster of talent including directors, photographers, stylists, CGI artists, illustrators, lettering artists like Yippiphey (image above), and animators, working in all sorts of mediums. The agents at JSR also function as content producers who can take a brief, scale it to the client's needs, and service a project from start to finish within a brand's guidelines. One example that displays their full range of capabilities is a recently completed print/outdoor/online project for Mall of the Emirates. Y&R Agency, Dubai approached JSR with a concept outline, and JSR took it from there, developing the creative treatment with PEROU and maintaining communications with the mall concessions to ensure all brands and industry sectors were represented. All casting, styling, and shoot production was handled by JSR, and post-production and CGi work was produced by BOOM with coordination by the JSR team.

Mall of The Emirates

One area where JSR hopes to make a mark in the U.S. is cars. They see the current car market as buoyant and exciting  thanks in part to technology combined with expert production knowledge and contacts. They can now provide a massive amount of high-quality content for their clients to use across all their channels. The agency's still and motion capabilities are also well illustrated with a recent project for Honda/Acura NSX, shot on location in San Francisco and Las Vegas for the agency Mullen Lowe by Lee Brimble.  Oliver Paffrath, Carl Lyttle and Satoshi Minakawa are also on the roster specializing in cars.

Honda Acura

Honda Acura shoot

Honda Acura shoot

The JSR Team is always on the lookout for new emerging talent and are not afraid to add an artist that might appear less than commercial. In order to round out their roster in the future, they would like to add a creative director or two, as well as brand influencers, but as they told us the most important condition when adding new talent  is "that we love the work."

JSR | LEE BRIMBLE | ACURA NSX from JSR Agency on Vimeo.

Jason Lindsey Goes on the Road for Bad Boy

Posted by Workbook on 07/11/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsCinemagraphsFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlinePhotographyProductionbehind the scenes
Bad Boy off road vehicles

Jason Lindsey's recent shoot for Bad Boy Off Road was, in his words, "a dream job." It not only involved multiple locations in California, Utah, Georgia, South Carolina, and Illinois, but the sort of multi-tasking skills necessary for a collaborative, hybrid shoot that netted strong branded content the client needed for multiple platforms. The New Stampede 900 4x4 was added to the line of Bad Boy vehicles after years of testing and research, and the client wanted a new branding campaign that featured the vehicle in its natural habitat,whether it be for work or play. The resulting campaign created an entirely new visual identity for the brand that put the power sports world on notice.

The campaign actually required three different shoots in order to capture the content needed for various projects. First, two days were spent in Illinois shooting farm scenes and three days in Utah shooting ranching, trail riding, and hunting. Next came three days in Georgia and South Carolina shooting the electric versions of the vehicles. The third, and last, segment was a three-day shoot in California capturing more farming and ranching and then back to Georgia for two days in the factory. The total production produced  3o sec. and  60 sec for TV spots, a brand film, four web videos, and of course, thousands of amazing still images shot during each scenario. Once the still edit was complete images were also selected for the creation of Cinemagraphs.

Even with a clearly established vision for a project as well conceived as this, the creative team understood that with stunning locations such as these there would be moments worth grabbing that were not on the shot list, and Jason managed to capture it all and then some. As Lisa Lorraine, creative director/art director told us, "Jason Lindsey was the perfect partner for this project. He understood our vision from the beginning and immersed himself in the entire process. He went above and beyond to ensure he could contribute in a way that would elevate the final product. From pre-production to shooting to directing, he pushed the limits to create imagery that was befitting of the new brand vision. On set, Jason was very enjoyable to work with. He led a talented team and collaborated in every step of the process. It was also great having him fully involved with the final video edit. He upheld a vision that truly captured the spirit and emotion of the project. It’s been an incredible experience and resulted in great success for the new Bad Boy Off Road brand."    -Suzanne Semnacher

Bad Boy of road vehicles
Bad Boy off road vehicles

Bad Boy off road vehicles

Bad Boy off road vehicles
Bad Boy off road vehicles

Bad Boy off road vehicles

Bad Boy off road vehicles