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Vigg's Poster Illustrations for Canada's The Word on the Street

Posted by Workbook on 09/03/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Vigg, also known as Vincent Gagnon, just completed exquisite poster illustrations for Canada's national festival, The Word on the Street.

Each September, Canada holds a national book and magazine festival. First launched in 1990, the festival was originated to promote reading and advocate for literacy. During the month Canada celebrates reading, magazines, books and the authors that bring them to life. Free to the public, The Word on the Street is recognized as one of the world's largest literary celebrations and has received many awards including a nomination in 2012 for the Canadian Event Industry Award's “Best Festival” Star Award.

Vigg's hit the mark on this assignment and we're proud to feature his work. His poster illustration and design is nothing less than delightful. Each of the posters has subtle variations for each city hosting the festival, a very creative way to give each city its very own stamp for this very special event.

Vigg is represented by Three in a Box.

Newspaper for the Word on the Street
Poster illustration for Canada National Literary Festival

Adolfo Valle for NPR

Posted by Workbook on 08/26/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Adolfo Valle contributed this image for the NPR article, "A Crime of Passion: When the Love of Yogurt Burned too Bright," about a man who burned down his own yogurt shop. You can read the full article HERE.

Marjorie Muns: Hearse & Gardens

Posted by Workbook on 08/26/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Watercolorist Marjorie Muns, represented by Joanne Hedge, created her second in a series of Penguin Random House murder mystery book covers for Berkeley imprint author Kathleen Bridge. This one depicts a mid-century modern Montauk bungalow for "Hearse & Gardens," and the first one portrayed an antique-filled Hamptons attic for "Better Homes & Corpses." Both required era-correct furnishings, windows with beach views, and a pet, with interior designers in the plot mix! Designer: Danielle Abbiate

Amy Ning Illustrates The OC

Posted by Workbook on 08/07/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesIllustration
Amy Ning of Liz Sanders Agency was hired by Coast Magazine depicting the general allure of Orange County.

Ryan Snook for GQ and Kid's Health

Posted by Workbook on 08/06/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesIllustration
Illustrator Ryan Snook of Rapp Art has two new pieces featured in national magazines. The first is for an article about this year's sporty new rides GQ magazine (first image) while the second is a visual representation of ADHD for Kids Health and wellbeing.

More Workbook Communication Arts Illustration Winners

Posted by Workbook on 08/05/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Workbook illustrators had a strong showing in the editorial category, producing work for clients like the New Yorker, Eight by Eight, Real Simple, Nautilus, Variety, and others.

Charles Darwin: "The Seeds that Sowed a Revolution"

"Judging Jack" Readers Digest

Identity Theft  Client:Amtrak

portrait of Beck

portrait Jean Genet for The NewYorker

Portrait Mario Balotelli

Margaret King Takes on Gandhi and Robin Williams

Posted by Workbook on 08/05/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Margaret King produced two new caricature portraits showcasing unique takes on Mahatma Gandhi and Robin Williams. To see more work from Margaret, take a look at her Workbook portfolio and personal website.

Unwrap the New

Posted by Workbook on 08/05/2015 — Filed under:  AnimationFeaturesIllustration

We’re excited to present to you the newly relaunched Janimation website!
We’ve been looking into the future and designed the site’s innovative UX based on tomorrow’s user, not yesterday’s. Features include a deeper navigation, a major expansion of original content and a comprehensive search page...oh, and a really beefed up tomato!
The newly relaunched site offers an extensive visual library of our work. Content is categorized into five main verticals for ease of browsing—Game, Commercial, Corporate, Character Design,f and Live Action.
We focused our efforts on developing and fine-tuning the site so it would be compatible with the latest iOS and Android platforms.
Our mobile site is where our team began the design process. Our clients spend a large amount of time on their mobile devices, and we wanted to give them the ability to easily find and review exactly what they need from our studio.
More than ever, is the first and best source for in-depth samples and style coverage of live action, 2D and 3D animation, complete postings of recent game trailers, spots for preroll and broadcast, print, and emerging technology.
We invite you to visit and unwrap the Awesomeness!
We welcome your comments and feedback.

On behalf of the studio,

Steve Gaçonnier
CEO / Chief Creative Director

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 and 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 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 for release:

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 website to see the many picture books I have illustrated, as well as to view my portfolios for advertising and editorial projects.