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Kevin Sprouls for Crown Royal

Posted by Workbook on 07/29/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Kevin Sprouls


Advertising illustration always provides a challenge of one kind or another. A while back, I was contacted by Grey Advertising, in Canada. They were working for the big distilling and beverage group, Diageo. Grey was putting together a Father’s Day campaign featuring Diageo’s Crown Royal brand. Although the initial concept was for black-and-white ads for newspapers, I was asked to quote for black-and-white and full-color versions of the artwork. Knowing it was going to be a ton of work, I priced the project accordingly. We got started. Here is the starting point, a layout I was provided:



Grey wanted separate elements so they could play around with the arrangement. I was to create images of a glass, the Crown Royal bottle, and a tabletop surface. We experimented with variations in the sketch phase.





Here is the finished glass element. Drawing that ice was tricky, but in the end, it worked out pretty well.



Finally, we arrived at the end product. Here, the finished art in black and white and in color:





This illustration was very challenging in that it involved lots of reflection and transparency to convey the qualities of glass and ice, not to mention capturing the details of the label. The Crown Royal Bottle is very complex, as you can appreciate!

Tom Reis for Barron's and National Review

Posted by Workbook on 07/23/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Thomas Reis has illustrated the covers for issues of both Barron's and National Review can be viewed below.

"Knight" National Review

"Tesla" Barrons

Yana Beylinson's Cover for The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Posted by Workbook on 07/22/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesIllustration
Illustrator Yana Beylinson recently completed this cover for Deborah Madison's new cookbook. See more from Yana at her portfolio and website.



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Karen Greenberg: Cookie Packs

Posted by Workbook on 07/18/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
The latest from Karen Greenberg for Florida Sunshine Cookies:

See Jon C. Lund at the All Star Game!

Posted by Workbook on 07/15/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Tonight is the MLB All Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota.

While Jon himself may not be in the stands, you can definitely see his artwork around the ballpark.

Check out these images of the illustrator in action.








To view Jon's portfolio, click here.

Ryan Snook Illustrates for Harvard Business Review, Washingtonian and more...

Posted by Workbook on 07/11/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Ryan Snook has been awfully busy lately, producing high quality work for prominent publications. However, he's still found time to produce some incredible personal work too. Check out examples of both below.

The Smart Way to Downsize - Washingtonian


Where have you gone, Horatio Alger? - Harvard Business Review


Sophie vs. (Personal Work)

John W. Tomac Illustrates for Cyber Risk: Dragon at the Gate

Posted by Workbook on 07/11/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator: John W. Tomac
Client: National Underwriter Property & Casualty
Art Director: Tim Schafer

Here's a link to the story: http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2014/07/01/cyber-risk-dragon-at-the-gate

Don Morris: Half a Truth is Often a Great Lie

Posted by Workbook on 07/10/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Illustrator Don Morris created this image for the Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact article.

Mary Lynn Blasutta for Actavis

Posted by Workbook on 07/10/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMotion
Award-winning illustrator Mary Lynn Blasutta recently completed an animation project for pharmaceutical Actavis, a low-dosage birth control pill. Blasutta illustrated the characters and the backgrounds for this animation. Below are a few stills, and you can watch the full video in the motion section of her Portfolio.

John S. Dykes: Frogfolio

Posted by Workbook on 07/09/2014 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By John S. Dykes



A few Saturdays ago, Jim Burke and his family were over for some dinner. Along with a fine bottle of wine, he brought a Frogfolio calendar project for me to create, due that coming Friday. Excited for sure, but I had a number of assignments due the same week. (Ugh!) Ah, the life of an illustrator! The Frogfolio calendars will be available in September - online ordering info to come for all frog-loving parties interested. A detail and sketches follow.





Re: the title of this piece - does anybody remember Flit or seeing the ad campaigns in old publications? It was bug killer in the late '20s to the '50s containing DDT in the later years. Theodor Suess Geisel created artwork for the long running campaign.
Many thanks to Jim Burke - I've admired the calendars he has art directed so well for so many years and am glad to be a part of this series. Jim and a number of illustrators have garnered something like 8 medals from the Society of Illustrators over the years for their calendar illustrations.
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