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Hope Pope Cover for Philadelphia Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 10/09/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Pope Hope Philadelphia Magazine

Chris Wetzel was asked to create a portrait of Pope Francis for Philadelphia Magazine to commemorate his visit to the City of Brotherly Love.  It is a terrific take on Shepard Fairey's Obama HOPE poster of 2008. We've had HOPE, NOPE, and now the latest, POPE! Chris talks about how the project came together on his Blog.

Donald Trump Portraits

Posted by Workbook on 10/09/2015 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Trump as Batman

Last week's cover of the New York Times Magazine featured Donald Trump as a over-inflated balloon. This week, while working on Workbook Spring 2016 Illustration, we came across two more Trump portraits definitely worthy of note:  Jacob Thomas's depiction of Trump as Batman and  Dale Stephanos's version of Trump as a hot air balloon!

Trump as a Hot Air Balloon

Making Moving Imagery

Posted by Workbook on 10/06/2015 — Filed under:  AnimationFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMotion
R. Borge Ill. Boston GlobeSo much work goes into an illustration that given the option, it makes sense to get more out of it by making that image move. Animating an image enables the artist to continue a story or take it in a surprising new direction. In the process of learning to animate his own imagery, which throughout his twenty-year illustration career has been largely 3-D, illustrator Richard Borge has not only been rewarded creatively but also has something new and valuable to offer his clients. "People often think that it's a very complicated and time consuming process,"  according to Borge, "but with skill and a little planning, it doesn't need to be." But of course, there is a level of knowledge and skill  that must be mastered first.

High on Richard's list of programs is Adobe AfterEffects, which is essentially Photoshop on a timeline. With a basic knowledge of stop motion animation and the fact that his illustration work has always involved  3-D models, Richard began classes in AfterEffects to learn the basics. He became  so excited about its possibilities he spent hours on his own each week working with the program. He soon realized what his greatest creative challenge would be. As he says, "The main difference is that with motion you have the opportunity to ‘reveal’  something as you go through time, whereas a still image generally needs to convey everything in one moment. It’s a different mindset, but it’s wonderful once you get comfortable with it.”  When it comes to technical challenges, AfterEffects is the kind of program that is as simple or complex as you want to make it. Given all the available pull down menus with endless choices, Richard decided it was best to "filter" his options at first in order to not become overwhelmed  and then built his skills from there. Richard can't say enough good things about AfterEffects. In addition to all the programming options, it allows you to work with all forms of creative expression: music, video, audio, storytelling, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Once Richard became proficient enough, he began teaching classes himself at Pratt and Parsons and says he continues to learn as he helps his students achieve their own creative goals. He has also added Cinema 4D to his list of programs to master and says that it is has an easier learning curve than Maya or some of the others. Whereas with After Effects you have a 3D environment filled with 2D objects, Cinema 4D will gives you the ability to include completely 3D imagery. Cinema 4D is a popular program in the field of motion design and motion graphics.

Right now Richard is working on a music video for a song called Digital Animal by Honey Claws (they only have a static image now). This song was made popular after being on an episode of Breaking Bad. He recently finished the editorial piece above for the Boston Globe and did a simple animation treatment for their online platform. In another project for AVID, he suggested animating some of the imagery from a series of three print ads he created for them and was able to handle everything: concept, model making, photography, and eventually the animated version. Richard then hired long time collaborator, Jack Dangers from Meat Beat Manifesto, to handle the audio aspect of the project. The project came together really well and led to another video for Meat Beat Manifesto. To see samples of what Richard is working on right now, go to his Instagram Page and if you are interested in knowing more about AfterEffects, Richard is in discussion with The Society of Illustrators to lead an After Effects demo in New York City sometime in late 2015 or early 2016.

Digital Animal music video, work in progress clips from Richard Borge on Vimeo.

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A video posted by Richard Borge (@richardborge) on Jul 17, 2015 at 4:29pm PDT

face time Fall 2015

Posted by Workbook on 09/30/2015 — Filed under:  EventsFace TimeFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPhotography

Workbook face time Fall 2015

This Saturday, October 3, 2015 Workbook will host face time, our semi-annual portfolio review.  Creatives from some of the best agencies in the Los Angeles area will gather to review portfolios of high caliber photographers and illustrators.  If this event is as good as the last, it should be a great networking event for all participants.   Here is some of what that participants at the first face time event that took place in February 2015 had to say:

“Workbook’s face time was great! First and foremost it was very well organized, not too crowded, with a high level of talent - photographers and creatives alike. It was great catching up with some of the photographers I admire, as well as making connections with come creatives I’ve been trying to get in front of for a long time. I did not know what to expect, but left feeling like it was well worth the trip and a great use of time. Sign me up for next time!”

  • Tim Tadder, Photographer

"I thought face time was a great experience. I got to meet photographers and see their work in a setting that allowed me to really get to know them and their thought processes. It's way more enlightening than just clicking through a website. It reminds me that it's part of my job to meet people and see what's out there."

  • Daniel Gray, Creative Director, Dailey

“Glad to be part of the Workbook’s face time portfolio reviews today - probably one of the best portfolio reviews I've been good company with a a lot of great photographers showing work to creatives from LA's top ad agencies. Loved it!”

  • David Zaitz, Photographer

“I was humbled at the level of talent of all of the participants. The whole day ran super smoothly, and I truly enjoyed meeting all of the super talented photographers!”

  • Peter Stark, Partner, Creative Director, Print, BOND

"I'm so glad I went to face time. As an art director, it seems we rarely get opportunities to look at a photographer's book and learn about the artist behind the lens. Wonderful day of seeing great work, meeting great people, and making great connections! Thank you Workbook!"

  • Joe Bui, Creative Director, Covert Agency

“It was a great opportunity to meet the people behind the camera. We have “portfolio” shows at the agency I work at about 2-3 times a week and rarely get a chance to meet the people (and honestly just grab free snacks). But meeting the photographers and getting their thoughts, seeing their personalities, and hearing them talk about their work made the whole thing more real.

  • Stephen Lee, Art Director, Saatchi & Saatchi

“It’s great to actually look at physical books and have a conversation about the work, meeting face-to-face so you really get a sense of the opportunities for collaboration.”

  • Dana Markee, Freelance Creative Director/Art Director

“Wow, face time…what a great event! The location and scheduling were spot-on. I was able to get in front of buyers who’s names I’ve known for years but had not met until now. I will not be surprised at all if a project comes in as a result of this time well spent. Thanks, Workbook!”

  • Dana Hursey, Photographer

“Workbook’s face time is a great experience. It’s a comfortable and constructive opportunity to meet and discuss art with creatives in different aspects of advertisingand marketing.”

  • Sean McNamee, Associate Creative Director, Cold Open

“I felt that face time was the perfect way to meet with creatives. There was enough time to have a meaningful conversation and to get to know them a little bit better. Heidi and Workbook did a terrific job in organizing this tremendously helpful - and smoothly run - event!”

  • Hunter Freeman, Photographer

"To me, face time is a great way to meet photographers you've always wanted to work with and meet photographers that you can't wait to work with!"

  • Stephanie Arculli, Freelance Creative Director

“What a great event! So well organized and a great way for me to connect with photographers I've known about for years but for various reasons never met, as well as meet with others I did not know at all. On the flip side, I think it's a great venue for photographers to get face time with agency creatives.”

  • Melanie Tongas, Freelance Art Producer

Stanley Chow for the New York Times Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 09/30/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
D.Trump NYTMag Cover Stanley Chow

Stanley Chow and the creative team at the New York Times Magazine have created a fun, a little subversive, and ambiguous portrait of Donald Trump as the front  runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Will he continue to rise above the rest, or is he over-inflated and about to burst?  Either way, the creatives' choices here capture the Trump persona perfectly! To see more about the collaboration go to NYT Mag's Design Director Gail Bichler's Twitter feed.

Amy Ning's Caricature Illustrations

Posted by Workbook on 09/25/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesIllustration
Check out Amy Ning's wonderful caricature illustrations of talented singers, Nicki Minaj and Kelly Clarkson. Recognized by Print, SILA, and Society of Illustrators, Amy's illustration portfolio often includes colorful and graphic caricatures of those in the news - and then some! Don't miss the opportunity to view the rest of her imagery in her Workbook portfolio.

Amy is represented by Liz Sanders Agency.

Caricature illustration of Nicki Minaj and Kelly Clarkson

Steven Noble for American Express

Posted by Workbook on 09/21/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationgraphic designlettering
Steven Noble American Express CC rebranding

CPB Group commissioned Steven Noble to help rebrand the American Express logo by creating an updated version of the American Express Centurion. Specific features were completely recomposed, including the eyes, nose, helmet, and scroll, to reflect a more polished, engraved,  classic look. The artwork was illustrated entirely by hand on scratch board from preliminary pencil sketch compositions and transferred digitally with color added on a separate layer.

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See The World With Martin Haake's New City Atlas

Posted by Workbook on 09/15/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationchildren's book
Martin Haake City Atlas

Take a child and/or yourself on a tour of the world's best-loved cities with this new City Atlas. It's well researched and written by Georgia Cherry, with beautifully illustrated maps by Martin Haake that include famous landmarks and people, iconic buildings, and cultural icons. Also included on every page is a search-and-find game which engages young readers. This happens to be Martin's first picture book, and if it is any indication, we'll see many more in the future. Martin is Represented by Lindgren & Smith.

Map of Mumbai Martin Haake

Map of London Martin Haake

Map of New York Martin Haake

City Atlas Window Display

All She Wants for Christmas

Posted by Workbook on 09/14/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationchildren's book
Mariah Carey Xmas Book, Illustrator, Colleen Madden

Illustrator Colleen Madden recently finished work on a new children’s book, and all indications are that we will be seeing it everywhere very soon. The story, or words actually, are taken from the Mariah Carey song "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Colleen’s style had the right blend of painterly fun and sweet that Ms. Carey and the publisher were looking for. It was a demanding project with a tight deadline, but Colleen pulled it off beautifully. If book sales are anything like the song sales, there is do doubt that it will be a hit. The publisher is Random House Children’s Books, and copies will be available starting November 10th.

Illustrator: Colleen Madden

Illustrator: Colleen Madden

What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

Posted by Workbook on 09/10/2015 — Filed under:  BlogsEditorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPersonal Work
Raul Arias New Style

With Labor Day having come and gone, the agents at Rappart thought it was a good time to check in with their artists and ask them how they spent their summer vacations. Raul Arias spent a lot of time playing around with a new style. John S. Dykes sketched his fellow beach-goers, and Bruce Morser actually completed twenty portraits for Crains in the cockpit of a sailboat while he was on an annual family wilderness cruise. To see what more of the group is up to, go to the Rappart blog.

 Plum Island Beach-goer


Black and White portraits for Crains