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Hawk Krall Customizes Chucks for Converse's "Made By You" Campaign

Posted by Workbook on 05/29/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Here’s the latest project from Philadelphia Illustrator Hawk Krall; customizing Chuck Taylor sneakers along with other artists at a live drawing pop-up event at UBIQ in Philadelphia as part of Converse’s “Made By You” campaign.

Hawk Krall is represented by John Brewster Creative. To see more check out his portfolio and website.

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Kirsten Ulve for D Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 05/28/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Kirsten Ulve illustrated the following images for Dallas-based D Magazine about the recent real estate boom in North Texas.

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Michela Buttignol Illustrates Angelina Jolie's "Diary of a Surgery"

Posted by Workbook on 05/19/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
From the controversial to the beautiful, illustrator Michela Buttignol provides incredible visuals for a seemingly limitless variety of subjects. We've provided five examples of Michela's work, and if you'd like to see more check out her Workbook Portfolio and Personal Website.

Diary of a Surgery – The New York Times Op/Ed
Illustration‬ for the New York Times Op/Ed on a story by Angelina Jolie Pitt on cancer‬ ‪‎health‬ and ‪choices‬.
Art Direction by Matthew Dorfman, Jennifer Heuer
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Taxi Flings Take a Back Seat to Uber - The New York Times Thursday Style
A visual comment on the strange erotic power of the New York taxi.
Art Direction by Bernadette Dashiell
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Why We're So Mad at de Blasio - The New York Times Op/Ed
The N.Y.P.D. Protests: An Officer's View.
Art Direction by Matthew Dorfman
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An illustration freely inspired by my very personal skydiving experience.

A work about a magic encounter in Prague.

John Holcroft's Modern Proposal

Posted by Workbook on 05/19/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
By Zach Thomas

In 1729, Irish satirist Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal. In it, he suggested the poor of his country could help cure their economic woes by selling their children as food to wealthy noble men and women in neighboring England. The piece was both a commentary on the economic disparity between classes at the time and intended to mockingly imitate the dismissive attitude towards the poor. Fast forward almost three centuries and ask contemporary English illustrator John Holcroft what he'd like to draw next, and the criticism remains eerily similar to of Swift's satirical castigation of wealth inequality. In his words, Holcroft would choose "a fat man with a belly that opens up like a safe, and it is full of money."

One look through Holcroft's illustration portfolio, and it is obvious that he prefers to view his societal observations though the lens of humor. "When doing the promotional work, I choose concepts that are interesting and resonate with people," he explains, and it's easy to find examples throughout his work.

One image portrays a series of cogs inside the outline of a suburban home. In the center of the largest cog is a running woman. As if on a hamster wheel, her motion appears to be powering a series of smaller cogs inhabited by a relaxed husband, an infant, a dinner cooking, cleaning supplies, and many others.

Another example shows a sad man locked into a stockade that has been created from the word Contract.

A third image portrays a burning cigarette with ashes shaped like coins falling from the tip.

Despite his masterful ability to provocatively demonstrate an issue or aspect of society through his images, Holcroft doesn't call himself a satirist. "I just like poking fun," he says.

His current illustration style is a culmination of an entire life of dedication. Holcroft spent his childhood drawing and painting wherever he could and eventually went on to study graphic design at Sheffield College. When his professional career began, he used acrylic paint and board to create imagery. However, in 2001 he put away his paints and switched to using a tablet. It wasn't until 2009, when a back procedure left him unable to work, that he created his current style. "You could say that things weren't going great for me. I was laid out on the floor, my wife had just had our second child, and we were a wage down," he explains. "As soon as I was able to sit at my desk, I started working on a new style."

That style is the one we see today in his featured work, although he does admit that it is always evolving and open to changes. What hasn't changed is his devotion to subject matter dominating his works. "The main qualities of my work throughout my work history all shared a common factor, the concepts. I believe an illustration should communicate to the viewer, and I want my work to speak volumes." Great satire isn't just in the writings of Swift, Mark Twain, or any of the literary heavyweights from the past. Satire’s vibrant heart still beats in the expressions of many today, and the work of John Holcroft is a fine example of its continuing life.

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Lilla Rogers Studio Artists at Surtex

Posted by Workbook on 05/15/2015 — Filed under:  EventsFeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
By Lilla Rogers

I love being an agent. Why? Simple. I love to share my artists' brilliant art with amazing art directors. Great things come out of that. Here's a sneak peak at a few of the dozens of new portfolios that our artists designed for Surtex.

Our artists design their own books, so every book has a completely different look.

Here are stacks of the portfolio books waiting to be packed up for the show.

We're also delighted to tell you that our artists Helen Dardik, Carolyn Gavin, Mike Lowery, Sarah Walsh, and Flora Waycott will be at Surtex! 
Art Directors:
If you'd like to meet them or discuss a project with them face to face, please reach out to agent Susan McCabe to schedule some time. Here are just a few of the hundreds of images we'll be showing at the show. P.S. These images are all currently available as of this writing but hurry! They'll get picked up quickly. Interested? Contact us.

Lisa Congdon (below)

Macrina Busato

Carolyn Gavin

Tara Lilly

Mati Rose McDonough

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The Ultimate List of Superhero Lairs

Posted by Workbook on 05/14/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesIllustration
Ever wanted to renovate your home into an ultra-fitted Superhero lair? Probably not. But if so, illustrator Abhinay Mahadik has some incredibly entertaining images chronicling all the top Superhero lairs that are great to check out even if you're perfectly happy without a mask, cape, and superpowers. With Avengers: Age of Ultron currently destroying its box office foes, we felt it was only appropriate to showcase these extraordinary blueprints.

Ryan Snook Illustrates Rapidly Aging Whiskey, Tinder, and Stamp Gardens

Posted by Workbook on 05/07/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Ryan Snook has taken on several up-and-coming trends with innovative and eye-catching illustrations, including this one about the increasingly popular smart phone app Tinder for an article titled, "Tinder for All" in the New York Observer.

The next is for Playboy covering an article on quickly aging whiskey.

Finally, he illustrated the image below about postage stamp gardens for the Chicago Tribune.

Introducing... Rachael Taylor and Her New Product Designs

Posted by Workbook on 05/06/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Lilla Rogers studio is packed with talented and versatile young illustrators, and one prime example is Rachael Taylor. From iPhone 6 cases to aprons, Rachael's designs are found on a wide variety of products and look great on all of them. So without further ado, we'll let Rachael introduce herself and her work:

Hi! I’m Rachael Taylor, a British surface pattern designer and illustrator. I LOVE colour and spontaneity within my artwork, and my aim is to create “patterns to make you happy!” I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a number of great client projects for exciting product applications.
This year I really want to push my portfolio further and expand my range in the children’s market from accessories, clothing, and nursery décor to push chairs. I’m a dedicated designer who loves nothing more than a challenge and time to get creative. I love a cuppa with just a splash of milk and a chocolate biscuit on the side. Below is a sneak peek at some of my newest work, including new products for iPhone 6 cases with Artscase, the RT apron collection, a duvet and a clock with DENY Designs, and glassware for Ritzenhoff.

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Award Winner Vadim Rubtsov's Latest and Greatest

Posted by Workbook on 04/28/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Vadim Rubtsov is an acclaimed illustrator from Ufa, Russia who has been awarded in the following contests and festivals:

ADCR Awards
Festival "9 World"
Festival "The Symbol"
Festival of Social Advertising "Urban Environment"
The International Festival of Animated Stories "Examination"

Below are images from some of his most recent projects.

Poster for radio "Chanson" (above)

For Museum of the Bible (US)

Cover for a comic book, Fly

For the film A. Konchalovsky

John W. Tomac: "The Facebook Blues" and "Fitness in Flight"

Posted by Workbook on 04/24/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator John W. Tomac recently illustrated the distinctly modern everyday issues we experience on a frequent basis: social media stress and finding time (not to mention space) to work out while on the road or even inflight.

Titled "Facebook Blues" and created for the Boston Globe, John's first image accompanied an article on a study that found consistently using Facebook can make you depressed.

The second image, titled "Fitness in Flight" for Wells Fargo Conversations, the bank's magazine, illustrates something that may be physically impossible on most flights but would certainly be nice to experience, even if it ticks off every other passenger in the section.