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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

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

A Homage to Paris by Benedetto Cristofani

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

A homage to Paris November 2015

Art Director's Illustration Picks

Posted by Workbook on 11/12/2015 — Filed under:  Art Director's ChoiceEditorial IllustrationFeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustrationgraphic design
Workbook Illustration cover fall 2015

USTA Art Director Beth Meyers recently received her Fall 2015 Illustration volume and agreed to have a look and flag her favorite imagery. She told us she was looking for unique styles that she had not seen before. Based on her choices, Workbook appears to be loaded with interesting illustrators; she flagged over a 120 of them. We've included some images from the book edit, and the rest are in Tumblr galleries:

Magnet Reps Workbook Illustration Fall 2015

Jeff Foster Workbook Illustration 2015

Elizabeth Rosen Carlo Stagna Workbook Illustration 2015 Fall

Eva Vasquez Illustration Workbook 2015

Greg Betza Workbook Fall 2015

Workbook at Visual Connections

Posted by Workbook on 11/12/2015 — Filed under:  AnimationContests - EventsEditorial IllustrationEventsFeaturesIllustrationMarketing IntelligenceMotionPhotography
The main goal for Workbook while at Visual Connections was not just to connect with creative buyers as a great source for assignment imagery, but for motion as well. While at the latest Visual Connections event, Workbook staff spent a lot of time throughout the day with creative buyers, assisting them with sourcing talent for current and upcoming assignments. Another big draw was the the continuous loop of imagery displayed on a 60" monitor. It included some of the best, most-current Workbook still images, as well as motion files, and reinforced the level-of-quality production buyers can expect when hiring a Workbook photographer or illustrator. Take a look!

Rapp Illustrators at the Wall Street Journal

Posted by Workbook on 11/11/2015 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration

Wine glasses for the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is more than just financial news. There are several feature sections in the paper as well, and illustrators represented by Gerald and Cullen Rapp appear in these pages frequently. So frequently in fact, that we've created a gallery featuring some of their latest imagery designed for the paper. Greg Mably created a set of graphic images for a column on wine (above). Robert Neubecker dealt with the not-so-easy subject of how to leave a job with dignity if you have been fired

How to act if you get fired.Real time messaging for the WSJ

Daniel Hertzberg tackled the subject of how best business can utilize real time messaging services to their full extent (above.)  To see the full post go to the Rappart Blog, and to see the full roster of talented illustrators log on to

Solomon Artists Win Top Honors at Illustration West 54

Posted by Workbook on 11/11/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersContests - EventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Woman and Leopard Tran Nguyen

The very talented Tran Nguyen, represented by Richard Solomon, was the big winner at this year's Society of Illustrator's Los Angeles Show, taking the Best in Show prize, in addition to gold, silver, and bronze. Congratulations!

Tran Nguyen SILA winner 2015

Tran Nguyen SILA 2015 Gold Medal WInner

Woman with a tiger

Goni Montes,  also represented by Richard Solomon, took home two gold awards.

GONI MONTES Gold Medal WInner SILA 2015
Goni Montes SILA WInner 2015

Other winners were Mark Smith, silver; Bill Mayer and Scott Brundage, bronze and Thomas Burns, honorable mention.

Mark Smith SILA winner 2015

Bill Mayer SILA Winner 2015

Scott Brundage SILA winner 2015

Confederate flag

Visual Connections Collaborates With Workbook

Posted by Workbook on 11/09/2015 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPhotography
Visual Connections

Visual Connections has always been a great networking event, but this year, in conjunction with Workbook, it reset its course in response to the demand for all types of visual media and for a growing number of digital platforms. The roster of image providers grew to include assignment illustration and photography and included Anderson Hopkins, Illustration LTD Richard SolomonRalph Mennemeyer, Renee Rhyner, WSWcreative and Rob Bacall.  There were information sessions that focused on the growing trends in motion: footage vs. photos, negotiating fees, Youtube- and user-generated content, licensing, and copyright clearances, as well as general discussions on how best to preserve the value of creative content now and in the future.

The reviews on both sides were overwhelmingly positive. The Photo and Illustration Assignment Representatives all confirmed that they will participate in future Visual Connection events and tell us that they were able to make connections with potential new clients. Image buyers said they were grateful to be able to make contact with all sorts of visual image creators, whom they would be contacting in the future, and at the same time reconnected with their existing colleagues.

Workbook will be the primary sponsor of Visual Connections Chicago, and based on the success of the New York event, we're looking forward to working with Deborah Free, Edward Leigh,  Michael Masterson, and the rest of the VC staff  to bring another great Visual Connections show to Chicago next spring.

Latest Projects from Mendola Artists

Posted by Workbook on 10/28/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Penguin spokesperson for Georgia Aquarium

Mendola Art represents over one hundred artists working in every conceivable style and medium. Here's a small sampling of what some of the group has been working on lately. The penguins were created by Bill Ledger for the Georgia Aquarium to be their new "spokespeople." The autumn leaves piece was done by Andrew Davidson for the Wall Street Journal, and the holiday pieces are all surface designs by Kate Forrester for Crate and Barrel products, such as dishes and wrapping paper. Spongebob was done by Poked Studios for a Nickelodeon promo.

Penguin spokesperson Georgia Aquarium

illustration of fall season, city view and fall leaves.

ate Forrester Crate and Barrel

Kate Forrester Crate and BarrelSpongebob Nickelodeon