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Creative Carnival 2014: Meet the Artists

Posted by Workbook on 10/23/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalEventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Here's our next round of Aritst Show and Tell, where we feature some of the amazing illustrators attending Creative Carnival.

Daniel Hertzberg grew up on Long Island in Bellmore, New York and later received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey and plays hockey very often. He was even co-captain of RISD's hockey team, the Nads. Clients include Time magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Wendy's, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Major League Baseball, Saatchi and Saatchi, GQ (Germany), Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Knopf, Cigar Aficionado, Annabelle (Switzerland), Harvard Business Review, Yale University Press, and Reader's Digest. Awards and Recognition include: 2012 Silver medal recipient from the Society of Illustrators (Unpublished category), Communication Arts Illustration Annual 49 (Self-Promotion), 52 (Editorial), American Illustration 30 (Selected), 29, 28, 27 (Chosen), 3x3 Illustration Annual #7 (Selected), Creative Quarterly (Silver Medal), and Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (Selected).

Michael Witte is one of America's preeminent comic illustrators. Witte is a native of St. Louis and was Art Editor of his university's humor magazine. After flunking out his senior year (he eventually returned to graduate), Witte moved to New York City where he serendipitously discovered that a market existed for his non-academic talents. His work has since appeared in national publications such as the New Yorker, TIME, Harper's, the Atlantic, the New Republic, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Fortune, Money, Business Week, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and New York magazine, and many others. The recipient of numerous art direction awards, Witte has also garnered a PAGE ONE Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York and consecutive National Headliner Awards as America's top illustrator. Witte is the father of three sons and resides in South Nyack, New York with his psychologist wife, Sally, and fiercely protective lap dog, Bernie.

Over thirty years Dahl Taylor has worked on a wide variety of projects. He concentrated on illustration assignments for national corporate and publishing clients and museums. Commissioned portraits include the official portrait of a former New York State Attorney General, which hangs in the New York State Capitol, and portraits for major institutional and corporate collections. He's created paintings for limited-edition prints for the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial and the U.S. Navy Memorial, both located in Washington, D.C. Artwork for several Broadway plays include the Tony-nominated Having Our Say and a Neil Simon play. Exhibit work includes the New York State Museum, Mystic Seaport, several New York state historic sites and a thirty-six-foot-long Veterans mural for the State University of New York. His work has also appeared on the pages of numerous magazines including Money, Forbes, Readers’ Digest, and the New Yorker. Corporate clients include Boston Beer, General Electric, GATX Corporation, Ralph Lauren, BMG Music, Sam Adams, and American Express. Shows include a one-man show at the Society of Illustrators and fifteen international marine art shows at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Dahl is represented in galleries throughout New England.

Jon Reinfurt studied illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, graduating with his BFA in 2002. After living in Philly for ten years Jon moved to Audubon, New Jersey, where he now lives with his wife Jenn and their daughter Chloe. Over the years he has worked with clients from all around the world, and his illustrations have received recognition from a number of publications such as 3×3, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and How magazine. Jon’s paintings have also appeared in a variety of galleries on both the East and West Coasts, and he is currently teaching an illustration course at UArts. Clients include AARP, American Airlines, American Lawyer magazine, AOL, Aspen magazine, Associations Now magazine, Bedford Magazine, Boston magazine, Builder magazine, California Magazine, CDW, CFO, CFO Asia, Charlotte magazine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Colby College, Collections and Credit Risk, Columbia Business School, Corporate Counsel, Diablo Magazine, DMReview magazine, Ducklings magazine, ED Tech Magazine, FED Tech Magazine, Focus Europe magazine, Forward magazine, Golf Canada magazine, Governing magazine, Government Leader GNC, Hanley Wood, Harvard Magazine, Health Data Management, House Beautiful, Illumination Magazine, IP Law & Business, Johns Hopkins, Las Vegas Life, Leader magazine, MLB, New Scientist magazine, National Public Radio, Post Newsweek Tech, READ magazine, Reader’s Digest (Asia), Ridgefield magazine, Runner’s World, San Diego Reader, Security Management, Shaws, Small Business Success, Smart Money, Source Media, Treasury & Risk magazine, Wall Street Journal, Wealth Manager magazine, Utne magazine, Wilson Quarterly, and Ziff Davis.

Yao Xiao is an illustrator based in New York City. An alumni of the School of Visual Arts and a native of China, Yao Xiao has special interests in antique objects, hand lettering, vintage cabaret, and absurd science fiction with a flair of whimsy. Her personal work depicts a decadent visual world where internalized unspoken sentiments take physical form in surreal situations. Because of her unique touch and wide span of interest, she has been invited to work on one-of-a-kind projects such as the 20 Year Anniversary timeline for SXSW Interactive Festival, distilling twenty years of tech innovation history in a single spread, as well as impressing tens of thousands of fans with the cover artwork for pop diva Katy Perry’s 2014 hit single ‘Dark Horse.’ She has created beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters, and book covers. Clients include: Time magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entertainment Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, National Geographic, SXSW, Capitol Records, and more. Awards and exhibits include American Illustration 32, American Illustration 33, Illustrators 56, Society of Illustrators Student Competition 2013, Seattle Erotic Art Festival Juried Exhibition 2013, and Seattle Erotic Art Festival Juried Exhibition 2014.

Kirsten Ulve is an Iowa born, New York City based illustrator whose widely varied work you've probably seen as caricatures in Entertainment Weekly, as toy collectibles for Hasbro, or as fashion illustration for Glamour Magazine. She has also styled animation backgrounds for commercials, branded products in Japan, and had her work displayed in marquee lights over Broadway. Her early obsessions with Lite Brite, discotheques (and dance in general) as well as a previous career in graphic design have all helped to inform the crisp, color-happy look of her graceful style. Kirsten has exhibited her work in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Tokyo, and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and two black cats, Romulus and Remus.

Check back next week as we reveal more of the talent we will showcase on October 30th in New York City. For more info on the Creative Carnival, click here! If you're interested in attending,  contact us at (323) 769-3136 or email

Jing and Mike Company at "The Original Art" Exhibit Tonight!

Posted by Workbook on 10/22/2014 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Jing and Mike Company are excited to share that illustrations from both of us will be shown at the Society of Illustrators' 2014, The Original Art show in NYC. This juried show celebrates the fine art of children's book illustration. Mike Austin will show an illustration from the book he wrote and illustrated, Junkyard. Jing Jing Tsong will be showing an image from Bucket of Blessings (written by Kabir Seghal and Surishtha Seghal). Both books were published by Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The show opens tonight, October 22nd and runs through December 20th.

Jing Jing Tsong, Bucket of Blessings

Mike Austin, Junkyard

The Original Art
Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration

Opening Reception and Awards Presentation
6:00pm Cocktails
7:00pm Awards Ceremony

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street between Lexington and Park Avenue
RSVP by October 19th or call 212-838-2560

Members $25   Non-Members $30
purchase tickets here
2 Complimentary tickets will be held at the door for each illustrator with work on exhibit.
1 Complimentary ticket will be held at the door for each art director and editor with a book in display.

Exhibition DATES
October 22 - December 20, 2013

Joe Alterio Art + Design: Fall 2014

Posted by Workbook on 10/17/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Joe Alterio

I'm really pleased to announce the launch of my new project, PRIMER. Every Friday, an awesome visual narrative about art, science, history, or anything else arrives in your inbox, and all for free. Sign up now!

The unstoppable Rob Walker asked me to be a part of his Gerrymander series on Design Observer, and I made a weird bat-winged thing that spits or something. He claims he likes it. Check it out!

I am humbled and honored that A List Apart has asked me to be one of the illustrators who takes over for the amazing Kevin Cornell. My first illustration for them should appear this week. Keep your eye out!

Are you looking at your phone right now? I thought so. Stop that! I made a piece of vaporware called Cloakroom that attempts to solve this problem. Go take a peek!

Workbook's Creative Carnival 2014: Meet the Artists

Posted by Workbook on 10/16/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Every year industry and artists gather together for the must-attend event of the year.

Circus acts delight as illustrators capture these mystical creatures of the big top in all their grandeur.

Each week we'll unveil some of the talent taking on the task of illustrating the action at our New York City event.

Also, every piece of artwork created will be available for purchase at the Carnival, with proceeds benefiting a charity for the arts.

Great cause and great art make for a great night!

Here are some of the talent artists joining us on October 30th:

Mark Stutzman is best known for his illustration that was the 1993 Elvis Presley Stamp, which earned record-breaking sales for the U.S. Postal Service. Since the famed stamp's release, Mark has gone on to work for countless clients around the globe. With thirty years of experience, he's logged over 1,800 assignments. He's done posters for Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun, Young FrankensteinSister Act, and all of magician David Blaine's posters. He's also illustrated for Atlantic Records,McDonald's, Microsoft, DC Comics, MAD magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, Billboard, and the New Yorker. Art Directors appreciate Mark's intuitive drawing skills that help them explore and flesh out concepts from start to finish. His illustrations are described as both iconic and memorable.

Gregory Manchess spent two years working with Gary Kelley as a studio illustrator at Hellman Design Associates in Iowa before striking out on his own in 1979. Manchess combined his love of fine art and science fiction and began his freelance career painting for OMNI magazine. His versatility and broad range of interests allowed him to expand his client work to include covers for Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, and Time magazine, as well as spreads for Playboy, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, and numerous book covers. The U.S. Postal Service commissioned him to paint the Mark Twain Forever Stamp and the March On Washington Stamp released in 2013.

Gregory’s interest in history and his excellent figure work have made his paintings a favorite choice of the National Geographic Society on many occasions, including The Wreck of the C.S.S. Alabama, and recently, ten paintings for the exhibition, REAL Pirates: The Untold Story of The Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, still traveling to science museums around the country.

Manchess has been widely awarded within the industry, including two gold and four silver medals from the New York Society of Illustrators. His peers honored him with the coveted Hamilton King Award in 1999 and the Stephan Dohanos Award for the best illustration of the year by a member in 2000. His work has been featured in, and on the cover of, Communication Arts magazine and included in Walt Reed’s latest edition of The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. Conveying emotion through rhythm and timing drives masterful, alla prima brushwork as the hallmark of his style. Manchess is consistently pushing the limits of the brush today, searching for renewed expressions.

John Jay Cabuay is an illustrator from New York City. His illustrations have been published in book covers, magazine covers, newspapers, and advertisements worldwide. In 2013, his illustration was used as the cover of Workbook 35 Illustration Edition. His illustrations and profile are featured in the new book 100 Illustrators by Taschen. His clients include Louis Vuitton, the New Yorker, Simon & Schuster, Random House, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Saturday Evening Post, and the New York Observer.

Despina Georgiadis is an illustrator and member of Studio 1482. Her work has been commissioned for editorial, advertising, and corporate and web design. Her heart is in her children’s books and in teaching art to kids in the Tri-State area. As an education reform advocate, she is currently working on using her love of art to campaign for a change in public education.

Greg Betza is an illustrator and member of Studio 1482. His versatility in style and unique approach have led him to create work for a diverse group of clients, including NBC Sports, E&J Gallo Winery, Y&R, and the Wall Street Journal. Greg has received numerous awards from institutions such as the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Communication Arts, and American Illustration. In 2010, Greg was featured by Communication Arts Fresh Online as an emerging illustrator.

That's it for this week. Check back next week as we reveal more of the talent we will showcase on October 30th in NYC. For more info on the Creative Carnival, click here! If you're interested in attending, you can also contact us at (323) 769-3136 or email

Mark Boardman: Haruki Murakami's Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Posted by Workbook on 10/16/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Mark Boardman has been working on a self-initiated series of illustrations from Haruki Murakami's Wind-up Bird Chronicle. He's pulled together various key scenes from the book with strong visual ideas, concentrating on light and shadow.

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Workbook's 2014 Creative Carnival

Posted by Workbook on 10/14/2014 — Filed under:  Community TableCreative CarnivalFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPhotography

It's that time again!

Get ready for fun, fire, and food at the 2014 Workbook Creative Carnival, back again in the Big Apple.

Here are the details:

When: October 30th, 5:30 p.m.-1030 p.m.

Where: Jack Studios, 601 W. 26th St. 12th Floor

Who: Workbook Pro Advertisers and Invited Industry Guests

You can check out some of the fun from last year's event here.

For all our Pro Advertisers, the submission period for our Personal Prints Showcase is now open!

For more information on how to attend, please contact:

Angelica Vinther


See you there!

Illustration poster created by Bill Mayer.

Workbook Latest Additions: October 12th-18th

Posted by Workbook on 10/13/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Paula Romani
Paula Romani is a feminine, beauty, cosmetic and fashion freelance illustrator with a unique and distinctive style. She is a graphic design graduate. Ever since becoming a commercial illustrator her illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, products, textiles,  and advertising, among other projects. Her feminine and girly illustrations can be used in multiple projects.

John Holcroft
John Holcroft studied graphic design with an emphasis on illustration at Sheffield College and was influenced by artists like David Cutter, Ian Pollock, and Edward Hopper. He began freelancing full-time in 1996. Able to reinvent himself stylistically numerous times, John’s work is conceptually driven by his observation of people and current affairs and lends itself well to advertising, packaging, and adult-fiction book publishing. In an effort to branch out into other areas, most recently John illustrated pop-up books on space exploration and the history of flight for a children's publisher.

Tim Coffey
Tim Coffey is an editorial and commercial photographer who specializes in portraiture and PR photography. Tim greatly enjoys corporate portraiture, marketing and branding photographing, and covering special events.

Kinfolk is a comp and storyboard artist with a background in graffiti art who specializes in completing last minute projects. He is dependable when it comes to the weird and the obscure jobs with impossible deadlines.

Scott Peterson: Orange is the New Snack

Posted by Workbook on 10/09/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
…or at least for this shoot. Right on time for autumn and Halloween, Scott Peterson showcases his food photography with the color of the season.

Gerald & Cullen Rapp Artists for Rolling Stone

Posted by Workbook on 10/09/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Rolling Stone magazine is a great supporter of illustration. Every issue features a compelling opening illustration for its album review section. The designers have great taste, using some of the world's top artists. Over the past couple of years, several of the Rapp artists have been selected, most recently with Raul Allen in the October 9th issue reviewing U2's latest album. Below we've posted ten images created by Rapp artists along with the featured bands.

Raul Allen, U2

Jeffrey Smith, Arcade Fire

Raul Allen, Coldplay

Martin Ansin, Vampire Weekend

Jeffrey Smith, Phoenix

Raul Allen, Civil Wars

Yuta Onoda, Broken Bells

Yuta Onoda, Alt-j

Martin Ansin, Madonna

Raul Allen, Eminem

Personal Prints Submissions Period Now Open!

Posted by Workbook on 10/07/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalEventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPhotography

Calling all 2014 Workbook PRO Advertisers!

Now is the time for you to submit your personal prints to be showcased at this year's Creative Carnival.

Here is what event curator, Lorena Arnold, has said about past Personal Print Showcase:

"Workbook's Personal Prints is an opportunity to display the best of your personal shots to elite industry professionals, while raising funds that go to art students in need of scholarships to pursue their dreams.

"The Creative Carnival is a live demonstration of illustrators creating new artwork in front of the attendees. We wanted to open up the night to Workbook photographers who also wanted to participate in the live event. The Personal Prints showcase allows artists to show off their abilities in a new and unexpected way.

"All attendees have the opportunity to purchase displayed work, and all funds go to Workbook's Student Scholarship Fund. Every image will be titled and credited, and Personal Prints will be featured on and in promotional emails to over 30,000 industry contacts. It's the perfect chance to gain great exposure while helping others."

The 2014 Creative Carnival will take place Thursday, October 30th at Jack Studios in New York City. If you are a Workbook Pro Advertiser or an Industry Creative and would like more information, please contact your Regional Workbook Rep.