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Rapp Artists Get Political

Posted by Workbook on 04/14/2016 — Filed under:  BlogsEditorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
With the political season upon us, Rapp Artists are creating some of the funniest and most provocative political portraits and commentary about who is and who may be our next president. Now that the field has thinned a bit, there is a concentration of portraits of Donald, Hillary, and Bernie, but Obama does not escape their scrutiny either. There are also some serious interpretations of just what's at stake in November. See the full post here.

Obama Drones World Leaders

Hillary and Bernie

Mad Magazine Cover  Trump

Hillary Clinton as a witch

the hand of government

Obama Lincoln

Animate Your Creativity

Rolling Stones Yoga,Saving Pets

Take the array of animation tools available today and cross it with the creative energy of illustrators here at Workbook, and the possibilities are endless. Illustrators are expanding their knowledge of animation and incorporating it into their workflow, enabling them to offer creative solutions for a multi-platform campaigns and editorial stories. They take the static illustrated image and over time can reveal something more about a story. In some cases, they are collaborating with designers who have access to a staff of animators, while others are using stop-motion and found objects to animate their own stories and create their own sound track in programs like Garage Band.

Work generally begins with drawings, as with traditional cell animation, but they are then imported into any combination of a number of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Toon Boom, Flash, AfterEffects, and Cinema 4D. The images below represent work created for high profile editorial and advertising clients, public service announcements, film credits, and animated character cartoons, as well as simple exploration of all the tools available to the artist.

To see more from our recent eblast Animate Your Creativity, click here:, and check back with the blog next month for more animation posts. Above images clockwise beginning top left: Gayle Kabaker,  Kirsten Ulve, Richard Borge, Kim Johnson.

r7 L Beppe Giacobbe  Film credits

Edward Koren Hermes

Gayle Kabaker Exotic Yoga Retreats
Eric Larson Perfect Look Salons

Illustration of a polar bear growling at skiier.

Steve Dininno Datahead

From top to bottom: Beppe Giacobbe, Edward Koren, Gayle Kabaker, Eric Larsen, Janimation, Steve Dininno

What You'll See at Visual Connections

Posted by Workbook on 03/24/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMotionPhotographyProduction
Man photographic atop a Range Rover

Visual Connections Chicago will provide creative buyers the opportunity to meet artists' representatives working in the Chicago region. Each of their rosters represent a high level of professionalism, at ease collaborating directly with creatives in the fields of advertising, design, and editorial, in print and in motion. We'll be featuring all these representatives and talent over the coming weeks:

First up, Candace Gelman Associates, representing Christopher Wilson (above), Olivia Bee, Christian Kozowyk, Marcus Smith, Zach Anderson, Sandro, and Paul Elledge.

As Candace states on her website, her roster is "currently shooting video to complement their commissioned still work, our photographers’ creative vitality continues to evolve. In an exciting and ever-changing industry, CG&A continues to uphold our clients’ versatile needs while maintaining our position at the forefront of emerging visual artistry." With the widening trend of combining still and motion productions, her roster is a perfect fit for Visual Connections, which will be focusing on this topic at Marrying Stills and Motion, presented by Jonathan Chapman and Laurie Rubin. Photos below in descending order: Olivia Bee, Christian Kozowyk, Marcus Smith, Paul Elledge, Zach Anderson and Sandro.

Olivia Bee Birdy Valentino Red

Kids in a car

Football player catching pass

Girls in water spray

Zach Anderson

Blues musician

New Work from Ken Orvidas

Posted by Workbook on 03/23/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPersonal Work
Ken Orvidas Hopeful

Ken Orvidas has been working on a nice mix of editorial assignments for CFO magazine and the Boston Globe, balanced with some great new personal projects. All of these images speak to the power of an illustrated image to convey concepts that are not easy to express any other way. His take on what it means to be "Hopeful" (image above) captures the idea that what we hope for does not alway align with reality. Ken gives a look at what it might feel like to be  afflicted with "Agoraphobia" in the image below.

Ken Orvidas Agorophobia

In an article for the Boston Globe Ken illustrates (below) for an article called "What’s Ahead for Car Sharing” that delves into the how and why of oping for a“greener,” less-expensive alternative of driving a shared car. For CFO magazine (bottom), Ken gives us a look at  the enthusiasm behind crowd-sourcing movement.

Ken Orvidas Ride Sharing

Crowd Sourcing Ken Orvidas

What You'll Learn at Visual Connections

Posted by Workbook on 03/23/2016 — Filed under:  Contests - EventsEventsFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineIllustrationMarketing IntelligenceProduction
Visual Connections Logo

Workbook is excited to once again be the primary sponsor of Visual Connections/Chicago on May 5, 2016. The event will host exhibitors of every type of visual media and offers a full schedule of three in-depth sessions with industry leaders. The keynote Q&A session in the morning will focus on social media as a marketing platform and talent source, with copyright attorney Bill McGrath and other industry experts on the panel. The first afternoon session will cover combined stills and motion production, with presentations by leading image makers Laurie Rubin and Jonathan Chapman, to be followed by a discussion of the best platforms for searching and licensing stock imagery.

We hope you'll join us! Full details may be found at

We're Fired by Jacob Thomas

Posted by Workbook on 03/22/2016 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationInterviews
Donald Trump portraits.

Some people seem to make better portrait subjects than others, and Donald Trump is one of those people. Illustrators seem to be having a great time interpreting him as a blowfish, a hot-air balloon, and Batman, just to name a few examples.

Illustrator Jacob Thomas, the creator of the Batman portrait, will soon exhibit a whole array of Trump portraits at the Chicago Degenerate Art Gallery, opening on April 1st. The series on display is a culmination of what began as a guerrilla art campaign featuring "Trump as Batman" on the streets of Chicago. It was spotted by gallery owner Nicholas Zahn, who made it his mission to track down Jacob. As Trump's popularity surged, so did Jacob's output of Trump portraits. Jacobs hopes that by combining humor with activism he is able to contribute to the political debate in a meaningful way.

“I actually believe in what I’m doing,” Jacob says. “I think it’s important, and its scary there’s a possibility that he’s going to be our president, so that continues to fuel me....." See more of what he has to say in his full interview with WGNTV in Chicago.

Jacob Thomas interview

Jacob Thomas Degenerate Art Gallery

Jacob is also an accomplished professional illustrator, and his work has appeared in numerous national publications such as the New Yorker, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the National Review.

Shuttle cockDoping in Cycling Article NYT

Bird with worm

Colleen O'Hara's Portraits of The Candidates

Posted by Workbook on 03/18/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Hillary Clinton  Girl Power

This election year has been entertaining to say the least, and illustrators here at Workbook are adding to the fun by creating some pretty hilarious and provocative portraits of the candidates. Colleen O'Hara has a great series going which includes Hillary, Bernie, Ted, and Ben, but she has a special, more editorial take on The Donald, which we'll include in a later post devoted just to him. If you are a Workbook contributor reading this, we welcome any and all portrait submissions of the candidates and will keep posting them through election day.

Bernie Sanders Revolution

Ted Cruz

Ben Carson

The Boys of Summer Are Back

Posted by Workbook on 03/14/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPersonal Work
Baseball spring training

MLB Opening Day is April 4th, and spring training is in full swing. Sarasota Magazine Art Director Gigi Ortwein assigned Regan Dunnick to cover the action at the The Orioles' and The Pirates' training camps with his journalistic, sketchbook style. He also adds an MLB supporting cast of characters into the mix: mascots, fans, and food vendors.

MLB Spring Training 2016

MLB Spring Training 2016  Sarasota Magazine

MLB Spring training 2016

How Bill Mayer Works

Posted by Workbook on 03/14/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Plan Advisor Small Investing

Bill Mayer is one of the most versatile illustrators out there. When Art director SooJin Buzelli contacted him recently and requested his "air brush style," she also told him she was "open to anything," meaning one of roughly five different styles. The brief was for Plan Advisor and was titled  "Opportunity in small things, or big universe within a smaller world."
If sketching is thinking, then judging from the sketches below you can begin to grasp how Bill Mayer thinks as he hones in on the right visual. In the end he produced 68 different sketches for ideas and does admit he was a bit all over the place. But once the final sketch was selected, Bill went to work on the finish. To see all the steps in between take a look at the post he created about the project.sketches for Plan Advisor editorialsketches for Plan Advisor editorial Universal Opportunity Plan Advisor

BOLD Solutions for Advertising

Posted by Workbook on 03/04/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMarketing Intelligencegraphic design
Taco Bell Campaign

Workbook Illustrators are known for creating bold advertising solutions for clients worldwide. Our recent InFocus e blast titled BOLD Solutions for Advertising provided an overview  of the  ad campaigns featuring their recent work.   Here we've  included an expanded look at some of these campaigns in which it is clear that a great illustrator can set a company apart, and as John Brewster of Brewster Creative Inc. says, set a unique tone for the brand."

Daniel Hertzberg with RappArtist recently completed a series of 22 portrait illustrations (above) for Taco Bell’s “Breakfast Defectors” campaign. The slightly subversive,  propaganda-style likenesses were reproduced as small posters that were mailed in special kits to a select group of social media influencers who successfully spread the word about Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu items. The recipients were encouraged to tweet photos of themselves holding their portraits, and wearing special “Breakfast Defectors” masks and hats that were included in the kits.

Taco Bell Defector Campaign

Taco Bell Defector Campaign

taco Bell Defectro campaign

Peter Donnelly has been working on food related advertising campaigns for people and dogs. Below are some examples from a series for Carl's Jr. touting their Mexican Food Menu, and a map of "dog friendly" destinations in the United States created for Milkbone Dog Biscuits (below.)  He also created  imagery for McDonald's that was used on coffee cups in Ukraine

Carl's Jr. Green Burrito ad

Carls Jr. Mexican food

Milk Bone map for dog friendly locations

McDonalds Ukraine

Joe and Kathy Heiner are known for their clean and super-real look.  It's perfect for products like Muller Yogurt.  Below, are two samples from the series of images created for the brand.

Mueller Yogurt

Mueller Yogurt