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Dan Bejar: Recent Assignments

Posted by Workbook on 06/22/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Self Confidence  rebook Mag
Dan Bejar recently updated us with some  completed assignments that capture some pretty complex concepts.

The image above was created for a Redbook editorial titled “Reflections of Confidence”, while the image directly below is a photo of how the spread appears in print. The illustration was one of three that Dan created for the article which appears in the June issue of Redbook Magazine. The illustrations illuminate how to deal with a lack of self confidence in today’s world.

The following two images were created for the April and May issues of AARP Magazine. “Risky Junk Bonds” illustrated a story about the risky world of the junk bond markets, and “The Second Marriage Dilemma” was created for a story about the complicated issues surrounding the distribution of assets in a second marriage.
reflections on Confidence
Risky Junk Bonds
Second Marriage

Roy Scott's Textured Illustration for NPR

Posted by Workbook on 06/06/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Roy Scott created a layered and textured illustration for an opinion piece on National Public Radio about the way millennials speak. Every previous generation over time has complained about the way the latest generation speaks, and the millennial generation is no different in having their fair share of critics. Author Geoff Nunberg asks us to loosen up, and Roy Scott delivers the perfect work to convey his message.

Conceptual illustration of woman surround by chat bubbles.

Michael Sloan's Sketchbook

Posted by Workbook on 05/25/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
NYT Editorial on Voter's ConcernsMichael Sloan now gives us a little insight into his creative process with the recent addition of his "From Sketches to Print" gallery to his website where he shows us the rough sketches alongside the finished work in print. And he has worked for some of the most respected publications on the planet: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Newsweek, and others.

NYT Long Island Edition editorialNYT ditorial illustration

Editorial illustration

Michael SloanMichael Sloan

Post-it Wars

Posted by Workbook on 05/18/2016 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustration

Post It War Havas Media

Post It Wars Canal Street

Work must have been a little slow last Friday afternoon proof being that a "Post It War" broke out between agencies on Canal Street in NYC, and more and more creatives jumped into the fray as the afternoon wore on. While the winner is still in dispute, we thought it worth mentioning that illustrator Tom Cocotos has used this technique for Havas and their client, Citibank. Citibank expressed the desire to create an experiential campaign to share on social media channels to promote its work with Network For Teaching Entrepeneurship, or NFTE, and Tom's collage work was the perfect vehicle. Participants in three major cities, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, were encouraged to share their dreams and goals by writing them on Post-it notes, which Tom then used to create three different collages.

Tom Cocotos at work

Tom Cocotos works on Citibank project

Salzman International

Posted by Workbook on 05/17/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Portrait of Richard Salzman

The Richard Salzman Group has undergone somewhat of a transformation over the last three years. He has added a number of new illustrators to his group, all of whom are non-domestic and primarily European. Richard prefers to represent illustrators who are visual storytellers with the solid ability to interpret complex subject matter. He has found a number of illustrators who fit that bill and who bring a modern, graphic look to a wide range of assignments. The portrait of Richard (above) was created by Federico Gastaldi.
For Danish illustrator, Øivind Hovland, illustration is clearly about storytelling. "Even if you only have one small image at your disposal, a story can still be told. And that, in a nutshell is my aim: to tell a story using whatever means I have." His colorful, whimsical style can transform a bland or boring subject matter.

Story on Self Employment/Entrepenuership for Prospect Magazine
Story on Cloud Computing for Financial Times Magazine

Story for Arkitektnytt about a failed Architectural Guild merger

Joey Guidone lives and works at the foot of the Italian Alps creating bold and graphic visual metaphors for primarily corporate and editorial clients worldwide. The image below was created for Family Circle magazine and deals with the pressures teens face to discuss sex education online through social media.

Family Circle Magazine story about Teens and Sex

The image below was created for a event that raises awareness of water issues in Humbolt, California.

Pampline Grove Community gathering Poster. 2016

Davide Bonazzi has been working on a slew of projects for the Boston Globe, Indiana University, Wired UK, Science magazine, Die Zeit, and Columbia University, to name a few. His images may be muted and more subtle, but no less powerful. In the images below he takes on the question of immigration, gender inequality, and cyber security.

Gender Inequality

Immigration question

Cyber Security

The Latest from the Sanders Agency

Posted by Workbook on 05/11/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Trump Trumpity
The illustrators at the Liz Sanders Agency are a small but diverse group that have been working a variety of assignments lately.
Like many Workbook illustrators, Amy Ning can't resist employing exaggeration and satire when it comes to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In her latest portraits, Donald Trump is "Trumpity" on the wall, and Hillary Clinton is "Little Miss Hillarett," as the spider sits down beside her. The political portrait is just one specialty of Amy's in a much larger portfolio of caricatures.
She also demonstrates her conceptualizing skills with this new image that blends Steampunk and technology with the concepts of time and luck.

Hillary Clinton as Little Miss Muffett Bernie Sanders as the Spider

Time and Luck The Naked Truth

Illustrators Interpret the 2016 Election

Posted by Workbook on 05/09/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
the candidates Hillary and Donald

Workbook illustrators have been busy lately creating visual commentary on the presidential race. Now that the field seems to have essentially narrowed to two, with one still holding on, we've created a portrait gallery that is dominated by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as well as some of the also-rans. Illustrators also  show their serious side and take on the issues at stake in this election. There's still six months to go, so check back with us to see more of the visual commentary.

Trump as Gemini
Hillary Clinton Girl Power

Hillary at the Stake

Donald Trump silhouette
Hillary Clinton Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Donald Trump Mad Magazine Cover

Hillary Clinton on a broom stick

Donald Trump on Chinese Flag

Bernie Sanders

Ted Crus portrait

Workbook Covers Spring 2016

Posted by Workbook on 05/09/2016 — Filed under:  Editorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustrationPhotography
Workbook Covers Spring 2016

The Workbook Creative Department comps up dozens of potential covers for every issue. It isn't always easy to find an illustration and a photograph that work together, as well as stand alone in their own right. When we first saw the image by Tim Tadder, we flagged it as a photo contender. Once we came across Nigel Buchanan's illustration, we knew we had a strong pair of covers, each with their beautiful use of bold, complimentary color.

Tim Tadder's photo was actually a test shoot inspired by a line of active sports wear in neon colors in which casting, lighting, and wardrobe all come together beautifully. He told us that he likes to think of the model's expression as evoking a sort of modern day Mona Lisa. Nigel Buchanan's portrait of professional football player Mario Balotelli, know for his somewhat childish antics on and off the field, was originally commissioned for 8by8 magazine. His work with the award-winning magazine has lead to more portrait assignments, which seem to dominate his workload these days.
Thank you Tim and Nigel for allowing us to feature these beautiful portraits.

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Rapp Artists Get Political

Posted by Workbook on 04/14/2016 — Filed under:  BlogsEditorial IllustrationFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
With the political season upon us, Rapp Artists are creating some of the funniest and most provocative political portraits and commentary about who is and who may be our next president. Now that the field has thinned a bit, there is a concentration of portraits of Donald, Hillary, and Bernie, but Obama does not escape their scrutiny either. There are also some serious interpretations of just what's at stake in November. See the full post here.

Obama Drones World Leaders

Hillary and Bernie

Mad Magazine Cover  Trump

Hillary Clinton as a witch

the hand of government

Obama Lincoln

Animate Your Creativity

Rolling Stones Yoga,Saving Pets

Take the array of animation tools available today and cross it with the creative energy of illustrators here at Workbook, and the possibilities are endless. Illustrators are expanding their knowledge of animation and incorporating it into their workflow, enabling them to offer creative solutions for a multi-platform campaigns and editorial stories. They take the static illustrated image and over time can reveal something more about a story. In some cases, they are collaborating with designers who have access to a staff of animators, while others are using stop-motion and found objects to animate their own stories and create their own sound track in programs like Garage Band.

Work generally begins with drawings, as with traditional cell animation, but they are then imported into any combination of a number of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Toon Boom, Flash, AfterEffects, and Cinema 4D. The images below represent work created for high profile editorial and advertising clients, public service announcements, film credits, and animated character cartoons, as well as simple exploration of all the tools available to the artist.

To see more from our recent eblast Animate Your Creativity, click here:, and check back with the blog next month for more animation posts. Above images clockwise beginning top left: Gayle Kabaker,  Kirsten Ulve, Richard Borge, Kim Johnson.

r7 L Beppe Giacobbe  Film credits

Edward Koren Hermes

Gayle Kabaker Exotic Yoga Retreats
Eric Larson Perfect Look Salons

Illustration of a polar bear growling at skiier.

Steve Dininno Datahead

From top to bottom: Beppe Giacobbe, Edward Koren, Gayle Kabaker, Eric Larsen, Janimation, Steve Dininno