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Paul Garland's latest for Popshot Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 04/01/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Morgan Gaynin Inc.

Paul Garland’s latest image is a beautiful solution that celebrates the art of pole dancing. “It’s not simply an erotic dance but a form of exercise and artistic expression in it’s own right.”

Commissioned to accompany a poem by Carmina Masoliver, this elegant image challenges us to questions our impressions and stigmas about the art form.

Monkey Bars by Carmina Masoliver

I swing on monkey bars
and hang off primary coloured climbing frames,
where bare legs endure
no more than grazed knees.

They try to tie me into a skirt suit,
paint on glossy black tights,
tell me to keep court heels tucked into my bag,
and wear trainers for the commute,

but I press my foot down,
push myself up to vertical,
hook my leg around a pole
and hang.

My body turned like an hourglass,
blood rushes to my head.
To let go as I hold on
comes as easily as breathing in and out.

My legs may be bare, may be bruised,
but they are strong, with this metal are one,
so don’t watch waiting for me to fall,
petal, move along.

I may be grown up now,
but I’m still up-side-down
And holding on.

Richard Borge for The Wall Street Journal

Posted by Workbook on 04/01/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesIllustration
Richard Borge’s below illustration was featured on the cover of the The Wall Street Journal for an article about more companies “repatriating profits” into the USA. Art Direction credit goes to Daniel Smith.

Taylor Callery awarded by the Society for News Design

Posted by Workbook on 03/31/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesIllustration
This illustration from Taylor Callery for The Boston Globe Book Review received an award from the Society for News Design. Congrats to both Taylor and AD Jane Martin!

Chris Whetzel's March Madness Illustration for the LA Times

Posted by Workbook on 03/31/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Several weeks ago, illustrator Chris Whetzel helped the LA Times kick off their March Madness Preview with this image depicting the relative underdog status of Western teams like Arizona and Gonzage compared to traditional East Coast and Midwest powerhouses like Kentucky, Duke, Virgina, Wisconsin and Villanova. Whetzel portrayed each team by their mascot/nickname (Duke Blue Devils, Wisconsin Badgers, Kentucky and Villanova WIldcats, Virginia Cavaliers). Ultimately, both Arizona and Gonzaga performed admirably, making it all the way to the "Elite Eight" or Quarterfinals of the tournament, but couldn't quite make it past Duke and Gonzaga, respectively. Below is the final published image, followed by several drafts and Chris' description of his creative process.

Roughs (the AD actually considered these as sketches and sent back a layout with his favorite)

Final sketch from selected rough (went a little nuts with this one).

I'm SO happy they liked the idea of using the mascots (Kentucky Wildcats, Virginia Cavaliers, Duke Blue Devils, Villanova Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers). A requested alternate version with the smaller teams as mascots (Arizona's Wildcat wears a hat and that bulldog just looks so silly):

You may notice that the small figures changed in the final art; it was a requested revision that the reader be able to see the team names on the players' backs. I much prefer the twisting figures in the sketch, but I totally understand and was happy to do the revision. Also both team numbers are "2" as a way to reflect the teams' seeds (college basketball jargon :)

Richard Borge for The Washington Post

Posted by Workbook on 03/27/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Richard Borge completed this image for the cover story of the Washington Post's Sunday Business Section, "The Lobbying Machine, Recalibrated". The image and the story explore how the lobbying industry is being transformed by new technology. This technology is influencing how lobbyists infiltrate congress and work with clients, essentially using data mining to get votes.

Art Director: Madia Brown

Laura Coyle's "Game of Life"

Posted by Workbook on 03/27/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Laura Coyle was commissioned by Emory Health magazine to create a Quality Life game board to be the featured illustration for the article, “Predictive Health Approach”. Laura began the project with their list of positive and negative actions as well as common diseases and measurements that predict health. She then designed the game board so that it could actually be played. We think her illustration captured the article perfectly!

Adolfo Valle for the Boston Globe

Posted by Workbook on 03/24/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Adolfo Valle provided the illustration below for an article by Joyce Carol Oates, "Complicit in Racism," in the Boston Globe. The article, which can be read in its entirety here, features the author's description of an example of racial profiling that too often goes unnoticed in American society, by police on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Eat, Leo, Eat! Book Trailer from Josée Bisaillon

Posted by Workbook on 03/20/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMotion
By Morgan Gaynin Inc.

Josée Bisaillon is back again with her latest picturebook, and we are so excited to see her bright and engaging illustrations bringing life to this wonderful story about family – and more importantly, belonging.
Eat, Leo! Eat! is her latest collaboration with Kids Can Press, and we couldn’t be happier to share this wonderful new tale with you.
Take a look at the book trailer below.

The Art of the Faux Pas

Posted by Workbook on 03/18/2015 — Filed under:  IllustrationInterviews

Alexei Vella was hired by HOW magazine Art Director Adam Ladd,  to create an image for "Visual Faux Pas Explored,” an article about the moment we realize we've had a lapse in judgment, and we have somehow offended the norm with our design work.  We spoke with Adam about why he was drawn to Alexei's work and why it was a perfect fit for the project.

"Alexei's work is not only graphic, but his use of  bold and vibrating lines, as well as the added texture within the illustration, helps create a layer of tension within the image. Combined with his expressive character, it all adds up to an image that perfectly conveys the moment a serious faux pas has been discovered," says Ladd. We spoke to Richard Salzman, Alexei’s representative, who tells us that he likes to represent illustrators like Alexei who are thinkers, can tackle complex ideas, and also really draw. See more examples below.

March Editor's Picks

Posted by Workbook on 03/17/2015 — Filed under:  Editor's PicksFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPhotography
Anna & Elena BalussoTrevor Pearson
Sam SprattGrace Chon
Antonio Javier CaparoKevin Twomey