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Workbook's Creative Carnival 2014: A Creative Success!

Posted by Workbook on 11/19/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalEventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMusing OnPhotography

October 2014 wrapped with the event of the year, and it wasn't Halloween! Creatives and artists alike flocked to Jack Studios in New York City for Workbook's Creative Carnival, an evening of food, fun, drinks, and art. With each year's event growing in popularity and excitement, we knew this year's Carnival would be the best yet. We were gratified by a great turnout, but more importantly, a great sense of collaboration. If you missed the event, don't just take our word for it. Check out what some of the industry's finest had to say about Workbook's Creative Carnival 2014.

"This was my first Workbook Creative Carnival and it definitely won't be my last…so much fun hanging out with new acquaintances and old friends. A great event for relieving all those daily stresses and totally worth the hangover."

-Mark Winer, The Gren Group

"Possibly the best figure drawing session I've ever been to: sword swallowers, fire breathers, contortionists, freaks, and booze."

-Daniel Hertzberg

"Workbook's Creative Carnival was crazy! Fantastic party and one that I will remember for a long time. Well done."

-Eli Meir Kaplan, Photographer

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity and encouraging me to draw and sketch at this year's Creative Carnival. Although initially I was not looking forward to it, it was great and fun.
Seeing the other illustrators and their approaches to drawing was very inspiring. I think the creatives were inspired too."

-Mary Lynn Blasutta

"…one of the best professional networking events I have been to this year. The size and the quality of the guest list made for a good time, catching up with people I knew and meeting new people who could become clients. It’s fun to network among peers but more important to network within your clients' industry. This event had both in one fun evening."

-Jan Klier, Photographer

"Workbook's Creative Carnival never disappoints. The jaw-dropping performances set to an amazing mix of music, coupled with the live illustrations from the artists created an eclectic and euphoric atmosphere that fully immersed attendees in an evening of art, camaraderie, and friendship. Simply put, Workbook brings people together, and it's very evident at their events. Whether they were conversing on the floor or crammed in the photo booth making funny faces, you could see that people were truly enjoying each other's company. Lori and the Workbook team organized a fantastic and memorable evening. Looking forward to the next one!"

-Melissa Hennessy, The Gren Group

Hawk Krall's Award-Winning Poutine Illustration

Posted by Workbook on 11/18/2014 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Hawk Krall recently won an award from the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) for this piece on North Country poutine for Adirondack Life Magazine. The article was chronicling where to find the best Poutine in the Adirondack Area (northern NY state close to Canadian border). Nice work Hawk!

Mary Lynn Blasutta: Ski Angel

Posted by Workbook on 11/13/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Mary Lynn Blasutta just created this full-page illustration for Angels Magazine. The magazine wanted a "ski angel" in all-white at a mountain crossroad, and Mary produced a beautiful and stylish winter-themed image.

Tom Foty for L.L.Bean and Giant Eagle

Posted by Workbook on 11/10/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Congrats to Tom Foty whose work graces the cover of the L.L.Bean Minnesota Christmas catalog.

You can check out the full blog including an interview with Tom here.

Tom's work will also be featured in upcoming ads for the grocer chain Giant Eagle.

Congrats Tom!

Jing Jing Tsong and the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted by Workbook on 11/07/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. selected Jing Jing Tsong from the Big Island, Hawaii as the 2015 Official Artist. She is critically acclaimed for her illustration work that combines traditional printmaking and digital techniques to create vibrant compositions of color, pattern, and texture. Jing Jing created a one-of-a-kind piece exclusively for the National Cherry Blossom Festival (pictured at right). An annual collector’s item, the artwork will be on the official poster and various merchandise.

Michael Sloan: Midterm Illustrations

Posted by Workbook on 11/04/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
With the midterm election voting in full swing today, illustrator Michael Sloan has been busy creating a number of political images for publications like the New York Times.

Election year issues published by the New York Times (below).

The aftermath of a national election in the New York Times Op-Ed Letters.

The tenor of talk in Washington DC. The New York Times Op-Ed Letters.

Political gridlock in the New York Times Op-Ed Letters.

Happy Halloween!

Posted by Workbook on 10/31/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
All Hallow's Eve is upon us and what better way to get in the mood than by celebrating the season with some beautiful art from Workbook artists? Here are some creations from Workbook illustrators.

Michael Robertson

Robert Crawford

Tammie Lyon

Thodoris Tibilis

Tracy Bishop

Jim Salvati

Kim Johnson

Creative Carnival 2014: Finale of Meet the Artists!

Posted by Workbook on 10/29/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalEventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration

We are ONE DAY AWAY from Workbook's Creative Carnival 2014. Finishing up our final countdown are these artists set to attend and create at tomorrow's event in NYC.

Joel Spector graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and attended the Art Students League. In 2005, he received his MFA at Western Connecticut State University. For over forty years he has worked in the field of fashion illustration and general illustration and has been working on well-known accounts. His work has been published in books, children’s books, magazines, newspapers, advertising, and annual reports.

Joel has completed a series of murals for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the John Pettibone Children’s Library. In addition to illustration, Joel is sought out to paint commissioned portraits and his work has been included in The National Arts Club, The Players Club, and many other prominent collections.

Honors include: award winner at the 2013 and 2011 International Portrait Competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of America, award winner in the Artist’s Magazine 2011 Competition, Gold Medal awards from Pastel Society of America, Society of Illustrators awards, Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, and Best in Show at the Kent Art Association. His work has been shown at the New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain, Connecticut, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut, and other galleries. He has been featured in Artist’s Magazine, American Art Collectors magazine, and Best of Pastels II.

Dongyun Lee is an illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and advertising. Dongyun’s work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Seoul. Also, Dongyun and his wife Holly run a lifetime project, ToyOil. They draw, make, and have fun together.
Dongyun was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. After Dongyun studied communication design at Kyunghee University he moved to United States. Then he received his MFA degree in Illustration as Visual Essay at School of Visual Arts in 2008 and started working as an illustrator.

Clients include the New York Times, the Washington Post, GQ, IBM, McDonalds, Red Bull, HEB, Deloitte, ViceFortune, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Wired, Harvard Business Review, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Entrepreneur, IdN, TimeOut, Playboy, Psyop and more.

Jacob Thomas is a freelance illustrator and pop artist living and working in New York City. Jacob's first mainstream published piece was the cover of Communication Arts Illustration Annual. Since then his clients include the New Yorker, Fortune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, Wired, American Airlines, Wall Street Journal, and Ralph Lauren, to name a few. His philosophy in art and life is "The little details make the big picture."

There is still time to attend the event of the season!  For more information, click here.

Poster created by Bill Mayer.

Creative Carnival 2014: The Talent Keeps Coming!

Posted by Workbook on 10/28/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalEventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration

Today brings us one day closer to the event of the season! Workbook's Creative Carnival is set to delight the senses with great food, great entertainment, and great art, all for a great cause.

Meet a few more artists on the list of attendees set to lend their artistic talent to the evening festivities.

James Bennett’s illustrations have appeared as covers and interior pieces for most major publications, including TIME, Sports Illustrated, and MAD magazine. In addition to his numerous awards, he has illustrated books with Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner, appearing on the New York Times Best Seller List. A frequent lecturer and educator, he recently received his Honorary Doctorate Degree. He lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Antonio Reonegro is Co-Owner of Havoc Media Design. Antonio is a talented artist who is passionate about painting, photography, drawing, and all facets of graphic design. Since 1989, Antonio has designed and created artwork for the Grateful Dead. Over 160 illustrated backstage passes, numerous t-shirt designs, logos, and sketches have been produced for the band. A series of his backstage passes is on display in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Over the course of twenty years, Antonio has also worked for the ABC television, New York Yankees, Rhino Records, Syfy, Fox Network, Dr. Oz, Queen Latifah, Discover magazine, Penguin Books, New York Container Terminal, Staten Island Film Festival, Historic Richmondtown, Port Authority of NY/NJ, New York Shipping Association, and many other clients.

As a graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA, Communications and Design and the David Passalacqua School of Illustration, Antonio is versed in many forms of art. In addition to his art and design studio he also teaches photography at Wagner College. Recently Antonio was included in an exhibit at the New York Historical Society in New York City and a show at POP International Gallery, Soho, where they featured many pieces of artwork he created for the Grateful Dead. He is currently represented by POP International Gallery. Antonio lives in Staten Island with his wife and two children. He enjoys sketching on location, visiting museums, and running.

Mary Lynn Blasutta has been an illustrator for thirty-five years. Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, and graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design and attending classes at SVA, she started out as an editorial art director in New York City, and a few years later transitioned into illustration. One of her largest projects was for covers of Nynex Yellow Pages for the East Coast in the '90s, from the White House to Maine, completing almost 1000 covers over four years. Now her work includes editorial, book cover, retail, design, animation, and a new passion, printmaking.

Veronica Lawlor is an illustrator specializing in reportage work with a fashionable flair. Her clients include Brooks Brothers, Lord & Taylor, Paul Stuart, the Hyatt Hotel, JP Morgan & Chase Co., and others. She also teaches drawing and illustration at Parsons, Pratt, and the Dalvero Academy. Veronica is the president of Studio 1482 and the author of One Drawing a Day and One Watercolor a Day, both featuring the work of herself and the other Studio 1482 illustrators. In 2011, she was nominated as the North American representative to the Canson Prix, and her work was shown at the Louvre.

Gary Lacoste started his illustration career in 1998 working primarily with licensed characters for the toy and game industry. Clients included Hasbro, Nickelodeon, and Lego. About eight years ago his focus shifted to promoting his own fun and unique style. Gary has illustrated advertising and educational campaigns for the likes of Con Agra, the USDA, the U.S. Forestry Service, and Boston Duck Tours. He's also illustrated over twenty-five books and is a regular contributor to Time For Kids, Jack and Jill, and Highlights magazine.

Jennifer Kiamzon lives and works in New York City. She enjoys drawing on location and in the studio using various media, from pen and ink to pastel and watercolor. She especially enjoys drawing the figure. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA, Illustration. Present and past clients include The Economist Group, Daily Candy, Coty, and Redken. She currently freelances full time at the Economist Group as a graphic designer and illustrator. She will also participate in a group art exhibit for the second time at Mystic Seaport Museum in 2015. She is thrilled to be advertising with Workbook this year.

For more information on this year's creative carnival, click here.

If you're interested in attending,  contact us at (323) 769-3136 or

Creative Carnival poster created by Bill Mayer.

Creative Carnival 2014: The Final Countdown

Posted by Workbook on 10/27/2014 — Filed under:  Creative CarnivalFeaturesHeadlineIllustration

We can't wait for Creative Carnival 2014 this Thursday at Jack Studios in New York City!

Excitement is growing by the minute as we continue to unfurl the list of attending artists set to put their talents on display and create one-of-a-kind pieces for charity. See our latest artist reveals below.

Margeaux Lucas was born on Halloween, so she loves spooky things like black cats, full moons, and very starry nights. She began drawing constantly from age four, amazing her friends with pictures of people and animals, especially horses, which were her favorite. Her love of picture books came from the many hours she spent before bedtime reading from the collection at her grandmother's house. As a teenager she loved fashion, but found that she was better at drawing than sewing. She studied Graphic Design in school, but is largely self-taught as an illustrator. Margeaux loves to travel, and three of her favorite cities are Paris, London and New York, her current home. Margeaux's work reflects her love of fashion, nature, and the many shapes, sizes and colors that people come in, plus the constant exuberance of children.

Shown below are some of her recent projects, Dancing Dinos Go to Schooland Dancing Dinos at the Beach, both by Sally Luca (Random House Books),Abby's Asthma and the Big Raceby Theresa Golding (Albert Whitman & Company) Alpha Betti by Carlene Morton (Upstart Books), and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! by Kenn Nesbitt (Meadowbrook).

Yevgenia Nayberg was born in Kiev, Ukraine. After graduating from The National School of Art in Kiev, she began working as a freelance illustrator and an assistant art director for, UkranimaFilm, an animation studio. Yevgenia moved to the United States in 1994, where she studied theatre design at Carnegie Mellon University. At the age of 23 she received her MFA degree in Theatre design from California State University, Long Beach. She has since enjoyed a successful career as a painter, scenic - costume designer, and illustrator. Yevgenia’s dedication to theatrical arts is clearly manifested in her illustrations which rely on color intensity, fantastic landscapes, and dramatic light and shadow to tell a story. When illustrating, she likes to look for a visual equivalent of a word, for metaphorical translation into the language of visual art.

Below are her most recent projects, Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Vook),Cartographies: Meditations on Travel by Marjorie Agosin (University of Georgia Press), CD packages forJim ConnollyDraft Protection created for NY Spirit Magazine, Alice and the Grain of Sand by Caleb Cain Marcus (The Cygnet Foundation-Raymond W. Merritt), and posters for Hamlet and Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival.

As a girl in the happy land of St. Louis, Missouri, Violet Lemay was always drawing and making things with her hands. When she grew up, she became a costume and set designer and moved to New York City, which was a lot of fun. Even though she loved her work and living in NYC, Violet realized that her true dream was to illustrate books for children. She moved south to attend a school for illustrators. Since then, Violet has illustrated eighteen books for children (including Isabella's Shoe Studio, which she also wrote), with more on the way—mostly for duopress, her favorite publisher, for whom she also acts as art director.

Violet and her husband Fred have a 12-year-old son, Gray, who is a junior artist/architect/city planner, and is the joy of their lives. They all live together in a cozy little brick house in upstate New York, surrounded by mountains and dairy farms—and is only a short train-ride away from NYC. If she's not in her studio painting, Violet is probably out walking Chip, who is a rat terrier, and is her constant companion.

Shown below are her most recent books, My New York Puzzle & My San Francisco puzzle (Duo Press),Beach Babies by Puck (Duo Press), Isabella's Shoe Studio: Read! Doodle! Create! (Doodle Story Books), New York Baby, Chicago Baby & San Francisco Baby by Puck (Duo Press), Doodle Books Series (Duo Press), My Foodie ABC PlacematsMy Foodie ABC: A Little Gourmet's Guide all written by Puck (Duo Press).

An artist who combines the poetic and the prosaic, illustrator Dominick Santise is also an experienced production man, a classically elegant designer, and an expressive draughtsman, animator, and photographer. A graduate of Parsons School of Design as well as a student of the late David J. Passalacqua, his formative training in the family print shop is evident in the work that combines his foundation in reportage with the aesthetics of printmaking—be it the marks and graphics of engravings or playing with the registration and alignment of elements as if the final art was emerging from his own press. Over the past few years, Dominick has turned his time and attention to the subjects of agriculture and the environment, starting the artisanal ceramic plate project Terra Messor and contributing to the blog He is the author/illustrator of several stories, including Beneath the Tree, and has been working on images for the book Spring Tea Party, written by his late grandmother. After a decade in Manhattan, he returned to the Hudson Valley where he lives with his wife and daughters. Dominick proudly serves on the board of a local farm project and on a good day you can find him in a cave or under a tree.

Tom Lynch is an illustrator/designer and partner in HAVOC Media Design, a multi-medium design studio, where he serves as Creative Director.  Tom is comfortable illustrating for children, corporations and fellow creatives for any type of assignment; and his clients are as varied as their projects. His illustrations have embellished the walls of the Bridgewater Commons Mall (General Growth Properties ) and The New York Container Terminal (GCT, USA) as corporate murals, Penguin USA commissioned him to re-package and illustrate more than forty classic book jackets; his most recent being Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" and the creative team at The Brandit, tapped him to illustrate their client's beer packaging (The Quest Brewery).

While he is often called upon for his sketches and line drawings, every type of medium is at Tom's disposal. His Fables from Aesop (published by Viking Children's books) was created with hand stitched tapestries, the 2013 editions of Sydney Omarr's Astrology Guides (Penguin USA) were illustrated with his paper cut collages and the illustrations for Penguin's new edition of Dante's Divine Comedy were all produced with acrylics. Whether it's pen and ink, pastels or watercolors, the love of drawing is at the heart of all his work.

For more information on this year's creative carnival, click here.

If you're interested in attending,  contact us at (323) 769-3136 or email

Creative Carnival poster created by Bill Mayer.