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Visual Connections Chicago: Kicking It Up A Notch in 2016!

Posted by Workbook on 02/08/2016 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineIllustrationMarketing IntelligencePhotography
Visual Connections
Visual Connections returns to Chicago on Thursday, May 5th to stage another networking and education event for image/footage/art buyers and researchers. The venue will again be the beautiful and conveniently located Ivy Room at Tree Studios.

Following our involvement in the New York expo in October, Workbook is pleased to repeat as Principal Sponsor for the Chicago Expo. As the leading resource for finding commercial photographers and illustrators, Workbook will bring artist reps, production companies, and their clients to the table, alongside suppliers and buyers of stock visual media. Creative directors, designers, editors, publishers, and producers will all be seeking creative inspiration and new sources of visual media. The popular sessions program provides opportunity to question industry experts, including a copyright attorney. Check back here at the Workbook Blog, where we will be posting updates about these important discussion groups.

Attending our last event (in 2014) were many of the major advertising and publishing companies based in Chicago, including: BBDO, DDB, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Feldman & Associates, Hallmark Cards, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Leo Burnett, Lipman Hearne, McGraw-Hill, National Geographic Learning, Ogilvy & Mather, Pearson, and many more.

And, to add a little spice to the day, we'll have a Mexican Cinco de Mayo theme to the catering throughout the day and evening.

Dear Pope Francis

Posted by Workbook on 02/08/2016 — Filed under:  AnimationFeaturesFilm/Video ProductionHeadlineIllustrationMarketing IntelligenceMotionchildren's book
Vatican City

Pope Francis receives thousands of letters from children from around the world every year, and the Jesuit Ministry Press, Chicago decided to take on the task of compiling 250 of these letters and the Pope's personal answers to each of them. As part of the launch for "Dear Pope Francis," Jesuit Ministry Press contacted Chicago video graphics company Daily Planet Productions to create a video trailer for the web. Producer Katy McDevitt, told us the concept they had in mind required a look that would appeal to children, but also contain renderings of architecture and world landmarks.  Soosan Joon, represented by Diane Boston of Way Art, turned out to be the perfect fit and was awarded the job.

The video begins in live action but quickly moves into animation as a letter from an eight-year-old girl named Basia flys out her window and around the world on its way to Vatican City and Pope Francis. Soosan provided roughly 20 drawings of world landmarks amid landscapes and cityscapes in layered Photoshop files. The animator's use of parallax technique helped to create a sense of dynamic space and a feeling of adventure as the letter swirls through space on its journey.

Pope writing to children Dear Pope Francis

Dear Pope Francis

The Fire Monkey

Posted by Workbook on 02/04/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Year of the Fire Monkey for McDonalds

February 8th begins the Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey, and this year more specifically, the Fire Monkey. There are twelve animals on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, which combine with one of five elements: fire, wood, water, gold, and earth, which means the year of the Fire Monkey occurs every 60 years. Jing Jing Tsong was commissioned by McDonald's to create the image above, which features a band of monkeys celebrating with fireworks. Jing  told us that one of her favorite childhood memories is of the Taiwanese community in her small Pennsylvania town gathering to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. The image will appear on posters and on tray liners and bag inserts for all the McDonald's New Year celebrations.

Theatre Posters by Raymond Bonilla

Posted by Workbook on 02/01/2016 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsAward WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration

Raymond Bonilla is first and foremost a painter, with deep roots in the Impressionists. He is a also a teacher at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where his figurative drawing and painting skills are regularly put to good use for the Walter Gloor Mainstage stage poster series, for which he has been creating imagery for the past four years.  His latest (above) is for the production of Cabaret. As the theatre department pretty much leaves the creative direction up to Raymond, they are some of his best works, and not surprisingly, many of the these images have gone on to win awards and recognition  from the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts magazine and other competitions. Below are examples from previous seasons, in descending  order: Rent, Hair, MacBeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Shape of Things.  To see all the posters from the series, go to to his website.

Rent Poster

Hair Poster
MacBeth Poster

A Midsummer's Night Dream

The Shape of things Poster

The Latest from Ryan Snook

Posted by Workbook on 01/28/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Tufts Magazine Medical Student stress

Ryan Snook works for an impressive list of clients. His most recent editorial assignments include an illustration (above) about a website that helps med students relax for Tufts Medicine.
Next is a piece about the Washington Post gaining online readers created for Washingtonian Magazine, and finally, one of a series of illustrations about science myths that apparently won't die for Nature Magazine.

online readership Washington Post

Medical Myths that won't die

Portraits by Kirsten Ulve

Posted by Workbook on 01/22/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
tim Roth New York Observercover

Kirsten Ulve is as talented as they come. Her style is sophisticated yet fun, highly stylized, but spot on when it needs to be. Case in point: these two portraits, one of Adele for Billboard and the other of Tim Roth for the cover of  the New York Observer. Kirsten is able to infuse these two characters with her graceful fashion sensibility but keeps it lighthearted. By focusing on just a few details of the face and distilling them into simple shapes of color, she is able to convey the character of both, whether in Vector or Illustrator.

Adele Billboard Mag

Hawk Krall at Moore College of Art & Design

Posted by Workbook on 01/13/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Philadelphia Street Scene

Philadelphia-based artist Hawk Krall has a new show opening at The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art & Design, January 23-March 12, 2016. Images depict some of the grittier streets of Philadelphia where the old and new intersect. The opening reception is Friday, January 22nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Philadelphia Street Scene

Philadelphia Street Scene

Hawk Krall at Moor College of Art and Design

Mike Lowery Lays Out the Facts

Posted by Workbook on 01/12/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMarketing Intelligence
sharks and vending machines

Did you know that you are more likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark?  Are you aware that babies are born with 300 bone but an adult only has 206? How about the fact that houseflies always buzz in the key of F? If  you're one of those people who just loves to file away obscure, little-known facts like these, then check out children's book illustrator Mike Lowery's website or Instagram feed. He has a whimsical way of conveying some startling facts that appeal to both children and adults. Some of Mike's random illustrated facts were recently featured on Huffington Post.

Twin births

flies buzz in key of F

snails sleep

rabbitbirth rates

giraffe tongue

Jeanine Henderson Maps Out Hell's Kitchen

Posted by Workbook on 01/11/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMarketing Intelligencegraphic design
Map of Hell's Kitchen

Jeanine Henderson lived and worked in Hell's Kitchen for three years, so when the folks at W42ST contacted her about creating a map of the area featuring landmarks and the best restaurants and shops, she was thrilled! It gave her the opportunity to take a walk down memory lane and visit some of her favorite haunts in the area as she "researched" her old stomping ground.
They wanted a gate-folded map that they hope to use in each issue moving forward and possibly add featured sponsors to the map each month. If you're in Hell's Kitchen, you should be able to pick up a copy in coffee shops, bars, and restaurants in the area.

Map of Hell's Kitchen

Map of Hell's Kitchen

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Posted by Workbook on 01/08/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
In honor of "The King of Rock and Roll", The US Postal Service commissioned our very own Mark Stutzman to illustrate this 1993 commemorative stamp of Elvis.

Commemorative Stamp of Elvis Presley.