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Workbook Illustration CA Annual Winners 2015

Posted by Workbook on 08/04/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Several Workbook advertisers were big winners in this year's Communication Arts Illustration Awards Annual, and in a variety of categories.  Mark Smith received CA Awards of Excellence in the advertising, editorial categories and a total of five awards in the book category for The Singing Sands illustrations.

Mark Smith:The Singing Sands CA 2015 Award of Excellence

Mark Smith from The Singing Sands CA 2015 Award of Excellence

Mark Smith from The Singing Sands CA 2015 Award of Excellence

Anna and Elena Balbusso also received five Awards of Excellence in the book category for their stunning  illustrations for The Cantebury Tales.

Anna Balbusso/Elena Balbusso The Cantebury Tales CA 2015 Award Winner
Anna Balbusso/Elena Balbusso The Cantebury Tales CA 2015 Award Winner

Anna Balbusso Elena Balbusso The Cantebury Tales CA Winner 2015

Raymond Bonilla received three awards in two categories: advertising posters for  SUNY Theatre Department's production of The Shape of Things and Rent.

Raymond Bonilla The Shape of Things CA 2015 Winner

Rent Poster for SUNY Theatre Department

Raymond also received an Award of Excellence in the editorial category for a review in The NewYorker of "Party People."

Editorial illustration for NewYorker review of 'Part People"

Check back for more posts on the rest of the Workbook winners.

ARRRRRGGHHHH! Steven Salerno's Pirate Book is Next...

Posted by Workbook on 07/31/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Steven Salerno

I am beginning preliminary sketch work for a new picture book project for publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux. It's written by April Jones Prince, and is a fun pirate-themed twist to a classic children's story. I am not going to mention the book's title quite yet, as it's not slated for publication until 2017.... best to keep it under wraps at the moment.

Like Father, Like Son... Pirate Style. Character sketches for next picture book project.

My normal process in creating the illustrations for a story, of course after already having read the manuscript a million times and after making visual shorthand notations on ideas for scenes, is to then create preliminary sketch studies of the characters within the story. Once all these studies are completed, I then create a rough storyboard of the entire book, working out the scenes, compositions, balance and flow of the spread scenes, full page scenes, and vignetted images, plus the relationship of the text and image placement, etc.
Once the storyboard is completed (which by the way is not shown to anyone), I then proceed to making all the full-sized final sketches based on the storyboard, making adjustments and improvements along the way. It is these final sketches which are then formally presented to the editor, art director, and design director at the publishing house.

She wields a better sword than ladle... Character sketch for next picture book project.

All the sketches were created with crayon, gouache, and with added digital color.
Anyway, I am at the very start of the whole process, and what you see posted here are early sketch studies. So, the characters I have created thus far could certainly change and evolve further during the storyboard and sketch stages.

A fair lass... Character sketch for next picture book project.
In 2015, I have two new picture books being released:

WILD CHILD (written & illustrated by Steven Salerno - August 2015, Abrams Books for Young Readers) It’s a story about a new kind of wild creature that dominates the jungle, and how all the other animals try and tame it to restore peace and quiet. But nothing they try works. The wild creature just gets wilder… until the clever Gorilla finally figures out a way.

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel (written by Betsy Harvey Kraft, illustrated by Steven Salerno - October 2015, Christy Ottaviano Books) It’s the true life account of American engineer George Washington Ferris, inventor of the giant observation wheel built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and dubbed the “Ferris Wheel”. Visit my illustration web site to see the many picture books I have illustrated, as well as to view my portfolios for advertising and editorial projects.

Chris Whetzel: Taming the Beast

Posted by Workbook on 07/31/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
By Chris Whetzel for An Excess of Process

I recently did a piece for an investment magazine about how insurance investment markets seem to be reducing their peaks and valleys in terms of performance. They predict that it is possible for the action to eventually even out; this would make for a level playing field in terms of premiums and investing in companies. The theme of the article focused on the markets becoming obsolete or archaic in a new age of digital information and technology.

After submitting the above sketches, I was informed that the article had been definitely titled as “Taming the Beast” and that none of my sketches were relevant. With time as a factor, i whipped out some “beast” roughs based around taming a dragon:

Thanks to Tolkien and Weta as I based my dragon on Smaug’s visuals. Sadly, the “market” arrows as horns didn’t make it to the final sketch:

You can see a subtle market graph in the mouth, but it was also nixed in favor of a strictly metaphoric image:

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy the Day,

Stanislawa Kodman: Leaves, Wings & Other Such Things

Posted by Workbook on 07/30/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Stanislawa Kodman's whimsical drawings seem particularly appropriate reminding us of our late summer evenings shared with the twinkling fireflies. Whether as images in children’s books, magazine articles or simply to grace the page, Stanislawa has a charming style that adds sophistication and elegance to any project. To see even more of Stanislawa's playful side, check out her blog, leaves, wings & other such things.

And, check out her online portfolio:

Sudi McCollum's Environmental Poster

Posted by Workbook on 07/30/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Liz Sanders Agency talent, Sudi McCollum, is working on a series of environmentally related posters for the Eleanore Rowan Foundation. The foundation is a nursery specializing in California wild flowers and native plants. Such plants provide much needed habitat for indigenous birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
We’re looking forward to seeing the rest of Sudi’s work and the wonderful work of the Eleanore Rowan Foundation.

Workbook Illustrators Editorialize for the Sunday LA Times

Posted by Workbook on 07/20/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Michael Glenwood for the LA Times

Michael Glenwood's illustration appeared in the Arts and Books Section for an article called "Profit Motive."  The article points out how increasingly, museums are becoming commercialized and why this is troubling.

Sam Ward for LA Times

Sam Ward created an illustration for the article "Art House Desert," which appeared on the Op Ed page. Why is attendance at art house theatres in Los Angeles lagging behind Iowa City and Bloomington? Traffic is one big reason, among others.

Peter and Maria Hoey for the LA Times

Peter and Maria Hoey appeared in the Sports Section for the "Field of Schemes" article. In baseball, hitters face multiple challenges, and this article deals with surge of, up until now, the uncommon use of the exaggerated defense shift. This article traces the history of the move and the effects it is having on the game today.

Richard Borge for The Wall Street Journal

Posted by Workbook on 07/16/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Here is an illustration by Richard Borge for the Wall Street Journal with art directed by Joel Cadman. The article was about “mom and pop shops” getting squeezed out of New York.

Chris Whetzel: Arizona's First Hell's Angel

Posted by Workbook on 07/15/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Chris Whetzel recently illustrated the New Times cover on bike gang leader Chino Mora, and he presents the full creative process that lead to the eye-catching cover you see below. Take it away Chris:

"I was happy to work with the New Times on a profile cover. This article focused on Chino Mora, who led Arizona’s Dirty Dozen bike club way back in the 70s (which eventually became patched over as Hell’s Angels in the 90s). The image focuses on a sweet custom Harley he rode; this bike also earned him the nickname “The Red Dragon.”

Initial roughs, in which my art direction was “bad-a$$.” No complaints from me. My inspiration was those awesome Ghost Rider comics of the 80s-90s (flaming wheels, low vantage points, speed, vroom vroom!).

Unfortunately, I went a bit too far. It happens :) A better rough submitted after discussion of the first round:

Final sketch:

Thanks for reading!
Enjoy the Day,
Chris Whetzel

Tyler Jacobson: Mural, State Bar and Grill

Posted by Workbook on 07/15/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Richard Solomon Artists Representative

Last summer, Tyler Jacobson was commissioned to create this fabulous piece to bring to life the walls of the State Bar and Grill at the bottom of the Empire State Building. If you're in New York City, stop by, have a bite, and get totally transfixed by Tyler's piece that will take you back to a time you wish you remembered!

DGA's Brand New Website

Posted by Workbook on 07/08/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
David Goldman Agency represents fifteen brilliant illustrators, and now the agency has a more versatile, attractive, and mobile-friendly website to showcase these artists. The site launched this past month, and David Goldman had this to say about the new site:

"Finally, after months of searching for fresh ideas and planning, our new website is up and running! The old DGA site was OK, but it just wasn't an adequate platform for showing enough of our artists' great work or telling their unique stories with [accessibility] via mobile devices. It also didn't offer a platform for a blog about the group's latest projects, news, and events.
I think this new site has addresses all of these issues and also enables a platform to speak to you directly, not only about the DGA artists and group, but issues and trends in advertising, publishing, and our other related industries.
Fortunately, we have the talent and experience right here in our group to help bring this site to life. With very special thanks to Norm B
endell running the entire show, tirelessly giving advice, long hours of work, and design guidance, as only a true friend of almost thirty-five years can do. I couldn't be more grateful.
On behalf of us all at DGA, we hope you find the content helpful and that you'll visit the site often for updates as great news breaks!"

- David Goldman

A few screenshots from the new site.