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Five Ways to Shoot a Turkey

Posted by Workbook on 11/25/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Christopher Testani Turkey

Here at the Workbook site, there are some terrific food photographers who work with some of the top food stylists in the business.  In keeping with the holiday,  here are five beautifully prepared Thanksgiving turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Workbook! Photo credits top to bottom: Christopher Testani, Beth Galton, Brendan Lekan, Christopher Testani and Leigh Beisch.

Beth Galton Turkey

Brendan Lekan turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

Leigh Beisch Thanksgiving Turkey

Jared Leeds Shoots for Boston Medical

Posted by Workbook on 11/24/2015 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsFeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Jared Leeds  Boston Medical African American Family

Jared recently work with  the good folks at Small Army to produce these ads for the Boston Medical Center. He had a stellar crew, in particular producer Kristie Raymond at Viewfinder Productions who kept production rolling and buttoned up. The crew had to make it to three locations scattered throughout the city all in on in day. No small feat considering caravanning multiple  vehicles through Boston traffic. Toss in an attacking sprinkler systems and someone trying to steal copper out of  extension chords right in front of the crew it is easy to see why the pressure was on.  Zach Vitale came through with excellent retouching under pressure to put the final touches on the images.

Boston Medical Ad

African American Family

Doctor and patient

Jared Leeds Photo Shoot

It's a Wrap. James Nelson for the Container Store.

Posted by Workbook on 11/23/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationgraphic design
James Nelson Xmas Bos design

It was about a year ago that James, along with four other artists first submitted five Christmas icons to Dona Mitcham, Associate Creative Director at the Container Store, and her team.  James was thrilled to later learn that he was the artist chosen to create the first line of Christmas wrapping papers and products for the chain. The job expanded to a total of 78 separate illustrations that the creative team mixed and matched, repeated and used individually on the first ever signature collection for the Container Store.  According to James, it was one of those dream projects where he was chosen because they wanted his retro but modern style to help create a signature look for a nationally known brand.  The project kept him busy for months and throughout, Container Store creative staff was a pleasure.  It doesn't get better than that.

They also featured a cool behind the scenes article in their " Container Stories" where they highlight the design process.

Container Store Holiday Wrapping Paper

Christmas Tin

Dog in a christmas box

Christmas Bird Red Cardinal IllustrationHoliday Packages

.Knitted Winter Hat Red

Kristyna Archer Takes it Viral

Posted by Workbook on 11/23/2015 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsContests - EventsFeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Krystina Archer for Leo Burnett Contagious

When lead creatives Brian Shembeda and Jeff Candido of Leo Burnett, Chicago received the briefs for a series of ads from their client, Contagious,  they realized they needed a  photographer who not only could thinks conceptually but who could  bring a clean, "fashion look" to the project. Kristyna Archer wasn't in the least bit thrown by an assignment that was described as visual puns that were a cross between high fashion and medical journal. In fact,  it sounded like a perfect fit.

The concept for the ads was that of a rash( think medical journal) in the the shape of the Contagious logo as the visual metaphor for the viral spread of  media, and a haz-mat dispensary as recepticle for the most innovative ideas of 2015.  The ads were created to promote the Most Contagious 2015 event to be held in London on Dec 9, which honors what Contagious deems the best of the best.   You'll see the ads in the Economist: The World in 2016.  The Economist is also the official media partner for the event.

Ad for Most Contagious 2015

Ad for Most Contagious 2015

Own the Run

Posted by Workbook on 11/19/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineMotionPhotography
Running in the Colorado snow

Mike Tittel for Gortex Running

Mike Tittel worked with Shine United recently to create  a beautiful library of images for GORE-TEX Running. He really put these shoes through their paces, shooting in the snow of the Colorado Mountains and in the rain on the city streets of Denver. Finding late-season snow and creating rain on demand were just some of the challenges involved. Take a look at all the finished ads at Mike's site and the motion piece Mike co-directed for the GORE-TEX Running micro site.

Running in Rain Denver, Colorado

Running in rain Denver Colorado

Street running in rain

Between Two Dogs

Posted by Workbook on 11/19/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlinePhotography
Book Cover Between Two Dogs

Shaina Fishman has been photographing domestic animals for nearly a decade. Her debut book Between Two Dogs, available November 17th, explores in photographs the relationships between dogs. The 144 pages of smile-inducing and captivating photographs are a wealth of visually compelling, delightful, irresistibly cute, and humorous images depicting dogs interacting, laughing, playing, yawning, and cuddling together for naps. Fishman expertly personifies her canine subjects to depict the affection, friendship, annoyance, love, and the broad emotional range found between two dogs. The unique interactions and idiosyncrasies of the dogs often mirror the relationships we have with our friends and loved ones.

Fishman photographed 30 pairs of dogs, consisting of an adult and puppy or two puppies of the same age. A wide variety of breeds are represented in the book, including Golden Retrievers, Pugs, French Bulldogs, Dalmatians, and many more.

PuppiesShainla Fishman Between Two Dogs

Two Dalmations

The Danger of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Workbook on 11/17/2015 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Chris Whetzel for Scientific American  Artificial IntelligenceThere has been a lot written by the most knowledgeable scientists in the world about the potential threat of Artificial Intelligence or A.I., as it is also known. Elon Mush and Stephen Hawking have both stated that A.I. could pose a real threat to humanity and are advocating for and personally funding research into the question. On his tumblr feed, An Excess of ProcessChris Whetzel shares his latest assignment for Scientific American, for which he was asked to create imagery  that "personifies" A.I. It is interesting to note illustrators are generally taught to avoid using a lot of the color green, but that is exactly  what the art director rightly chose for this nightmare scenario of a small human figure attempting to take on the  "techno-dragon." Note the drones flying overhead. Yikes!

Chris Whetzel Artificial Intelligence

Chris Wetzel Artificial Intellegence

The Latest from Debut Art

Posted by Workbook on 11/17/2015 — Filed under:  CGICharacter DevelopmentEditorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationpaper cut illustration
James Taylor Papercut illustration

We received the latest promotion from Mimi Rich representing Debut Artists here in the States and were immediately impressed with the breadth of the creative services they offer for every client imaginable. There is  everything from paper cut and watercolor artists, to the latest in 3-D printing and CGI. They have created illustrations, motion/animation and art-directed projects for some of the biggest brands in the world. For another quick overview of the group, pick up the latest Workbook and check out pages 414-455.

Sam Kerr for Grey Goose Debut Artists

Ben Johnson 3D illustration for Astin Martin

Matt Dartford & AJ : MDI Digital for Kiehl's

Latest Additions: November 15th - 21st

Posted by Workbook on 11/17/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineLatest Additions
Andrea Cobb
Andrea Cobb graduated with a BFA in illustration from the Parsons School of Design in New York. Andrea has received recognition and awards from The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, The Beverage Packaging Global Design Awards, Print, and AIGA. Andrea has been featured in interviews for Digital Creative Arts, SBS Digital Design, and Dynamic Graphics magazine. The list of clients she has had the pleasure of working with is long, including Chronicle Books, Kleenex, Toyota, the New York Times, and many others. She has created illustrations for editorials, books, products, textiles, album covers, advertisements, logos, greeting cards, and the web. She loves Vincent Van Gogh, metaphysics, the forest, all things galactic, and the color red.

Decorative product illustration of flavored juice bottles

Brooke Hummer

Photo of teen outside in park

David Vogin
David Vogin grew up in the Philadelphia area and attended the University of Maryland, earning a BS in advertising communications. After graduating, David set off on a path as both a designer/art director and illustrator, finding success in both endeavors. Throughout the last twenty years, David has focused on art direction and print design in the areas of corporate collateral, packaging, and publication design. David's illustration work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators (Silver Medal Winner), American Illustration, and Communication Arts. His work has also been featured in Computer Arts magazine.

Conceptual illustration of alternative energy and yellow brick road

Ryan Huddle
When Ryan was a kid, he spent a lot of time in the basement watching his dad work. Standing on his tiptoes, he’d watch him create intricate and detailed glass etchings in everyday objects. As he got older, he also began to create beauty out of nothing, armed with just an idea. This is why Ryan believes that all great design starts with an idea: ideas that engage people’s minds and provoke interaction. For Ryan, great work is not just the final piece. It’s the entire collaborative process that leads to the final product. Ryan is a motivated designer who thrives on innovative designs and high pressure, fast-paced environments.

Lettering illustration for Coffee shop.

Harry Giglio Productions
Harry Giglio's incomparable, award-winning imagery has appeared in countless national and international forums. A graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University with a fine arts degree, Harry says, "Whatever I am shooting, I strive to create images that tell stories in ways that have never been done before, to see things as they are usually not seen. That is always the challenge, that is always the reward. While still photography is a mainstay, recent projects have included video assignments in multiple cities that focused on unique career stories and profiles of accomplished professionals.  Video shoots such as these are often packaged to offer clients an array of still photos, as well. The settings for these shoots can be demanding. I have shot in the heart of San Francisco and in the middle of a swamp, all in the same day."

Portrait image in front of Washington Memorial

A Homage to Paris by Benedetto Cristofani

Posted by Workbook on 11/16/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration

A homage to Paris November 2015