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Carlo Stanga's new book, "I am Milan"

Posted by Workbook on 04/17/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
By Morgan Gaynin Inc.

Carlo Stanga’s stylized drawings occupy a distinctive place between architectural design, fine art, and illustration. They are more imaginative than a blueprint, but rooted in impeccable details and the scientific realities of engineering. They offer an energetic and narrative spin on the cities we live in – the cities that Carlo loves.

Ever-inspired by his surroundings, Carlo recently approached Moleskin with the idea to create a series of illustrated books about the places we call home – but from an extraordinary and personified point of view. In “I Am the City,” each title will introduce a different locale by referencing the local lifestyle and mood, in addition to the different monuments and other architectural characteristics that most define it. This series is not just an architectural homage, although it certainly tips its hat. Instead, it very rightly remembers that a city is a living and breathing entity – one that has a unique history, but continues to evolve and grow.

The series begins with “Milan,” which you may now preorder here, and will move on to publish a new title every year. We are so excited to join Carlo and Moleskin as they take us on these beautiful illustrated tours.

Congratulations to Carlo on this inspiring and exciting project!

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Dan Bejar selected to AMerican Illustration 34

Posted by Workbook on 04/17/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Dan Bejar's, "Academic Brain Drain" for Americas Quarterly has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 American Illustration 34 book. The full page illustration addresses Mexico's U.S. trained scholars immigrating back to the United States for better conditions in academics and research funding.

Curated Gallery by Adam Ladd, HOW Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 04/15/2015 — Filed under:  Art Director's ChoiceGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
At HOW magazine we publish articles about the practical side of the graphic design field. I try to commission illustration that will  appeal to our audience but not feel like an exact duplication of the subject matter. (We don't want things to feel stale or too  redundant.) When gathering a lightbox of images, I filtered my search results at the Workbook site to include: Conceptual/Narrative, Editorial and Graphic. This gave me a selection of illustrators who would understand the content and present clear ideas, so the reader doesn't have to work too hard, but at the same time provide an interesting  interpretation of the  article's title and content. Click here to see the full gallery:

Dan Page

Noah Woods

Neil Webb

Workbook Compilations: Grand Slam!

Posted by Workbook on 04/10/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustrationPhotography
April is here and that means baseball is back! From the little leagues to the pros, "America's Game" (football might have something to say about that) is once again being played on fields across the country. This year, the San Francisco Giants are the defending champions, but the rival Los Angeles Dodgers are actually the World Series favorites, with the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals not far behind. Workbook photographers and illustrators have shown their passion for the sport with a wide variety of images showcasing baseball in all its forms.

Ron Berg

Mark Smith

Michael Grecco

Jon C. Lund

Daniel Bedell

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Anthony Freda's Tree of Liberty

Posted by Workbook on 04/09/2015 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Congratulations to Anthony Freda, whose piece, Tree of Liberty, was selected for American Illustration 34. From 9,175 pictures entered, the jury selected only 376 images to appear in American Illustration and represent the best pictures from 2014. Drawn and painted on a large, vintage school blackboard, the image was published in WW3 Magazine.
Art Director: Peter Kuper

James Nelson: Shrimply Delicious

Posted by Workbook on 04/09/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesIllustration
Illustrator James Nelson has been busy as of late with two projects in particular showcasing his skills in dramatically different ways. First, you'll see James's whimsical dressed up shrimp characters and hand lettering he completed for the April/May issue of Allrecipes magazine. Below that is his full-page editorial illustration for Success magazine about providing impeccable customer service.

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Michael Sloan's Tax Time Illustrations

Posted by Workbook on 04/08/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration

It's that time of year again, and if you haven't written those checks to Uncle Sam yet, you're probably more than a little stressed out! Illustrator Michael Sloan created a number of illustrations that capture this feeling, which can be seen below, for various publications, such as Forbes and the Boston Globe.

Jason Mecier at SXSW: Makin' Bacon Works of Art

Posted by Workbook on 04/07/2015 — Filed under:  Advertising CampaignsHeadlineIllustrationUncategorizedbehind the scenes
Jason Mecier was contacted by Friskies recently to participate in their SXSW Haus of Bacon. Friskies' agency saw his Kevin Bacon portrait (made entirely of bacon!) and thought he would be a perfect fit to help launch the new Friskies Tasty Treasures, accented with real bacon, cat food.  He created eight cat portraits in all and spent three days hanging out with the world's biggest cat celebrities, including Grumpy Cat and Nala.
To see more of Jason's mosaic portraits, including his celebrity junk drawer portraits, made from a variety of materials from trash to candy, check out his website and follow him on Instagram.





Margaret Berg for Godiva's Easter Collection

Posted by Workbook on 04/02/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesHeadlineIllustration
With Easter Sunday coming up this weekend, we'd like to showcase Margaret Berg's illustration work on the packaging for Godiva's Easter Collection.

Paul Garland's Latest for Popshot Magazine

Posted by Workbook on 04/01/2015 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Morgan Gaynin Inc.

Paul Garland’s latest image is a beautiful solution that celebrates the art of pole dancing. “It’s not simply an erotic dance but a form of exercise and artistic expression in it’s own right.”

Commissioned to accompany a poem by Carmina Masoliver, this elegant image challenges us to questions our impressions and stigmas about the art form.

Monkey Bars by Carmina Masoliver

I swing on monkey bars
and hang off primary coloured climbing frames,
where bare legs endure
no more than grazed knees.

They try to tie me into a skirt suit,
paint on glossy black tights,
tell me to keep court heels tucked into my bag,
and wear trainers for the commute,

but I press my foot down,
push myself up to vertical,
hook my leg around a pole
and hang.

My body turned like an hourglass,
blood rushes to my head.
To let go as I hold on
comes as easily as breathing in and out.

My legs may be bare, may be bruised,
but they are strong, with this metal are one,
so don’t watch waiting for me to fall,
petal, move along.

I may be grown up now,
but I’m still up-side-down
And holding on.