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November Illustration

Posted by Workbook on 11/13/2013 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesIllustration
Dan PageRaymond Bonilla
Oliver WinwardBrian Stauffer
Andrew R. WrightAad Goudappel

September Illustration

Posted by Workbook on 09/11/2013 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesIllustration
Nigel BuchananLisa Henderling
Mark BoardmanBrian Stauffer
Michael KoelschDaniel Hertzberg

Workbook InFOCUS: Spring Training

Posted by Workbook on 03/21/2013 — Filed under:  FeaturesGalleriesIllustrationPhotographyProductionWorkbook InFocus

Communication Arts 2012 Illustration Annual Winners

Posted by Claire Semnacher on 12/10/2012 — Filed under:  Award WinnersContests - EventsFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Claire Semnacher

The panel of judges at the Communication Arts 2012 Illustration Annual selected 176 winning projects from 4,051 entries. We are very proud to announce that 40 illustrations and two animated videos by 23 Workbook contributing illustrators were chosen as winners!
"Overall, I was impressed with the amount of great work there is out there. It made the judging process challenging, but more exciting. So, when someone is picked to be in the Annual, they should be aware of what an honor it truly is."

-- Juror and Deputy Design Director of the Los Angeles Times, Paul Gonzales

Congratulations to R.O. Blechman, Nigel Buchanan, Jude Buffum, Hugh D'Andrade, Jeffery Fisher, Anthony Freda, Chris Gall, Gary Kelley, Edward Kinsella III, Gregory Manchess, Bill Mayer, Keith Negley, Victo Ngai, Tim O'Brien, CF Payne, Valeria Petrone, Emiliano Ponzi, Red Nose Studio, Jason Seiler, Mark Smith, Owen Smith, Brian Stauffer, and Stefano Vitale!

All the images are posted below, and the artist's name is under his or her image.

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Brian Stauffer: LGBT Issues

Posted by Workbook on 07/12/2012 — Filed under:  FeaturesIllustration
Brian Stauffer created a series of images for The American Prospect on the subject of issues facing the LGBT community. This piece illustrates an article discussed USA evangelical organizations that export anti-gay hatred to Africa by introducing and supporting legislation that makes homosexuality punishable by hanging.

This was for a story about one young man's traumatic experience of being forced by his parents to go to "conversion therapy" in order to cure him of homosexuality.

The Uphill Climb

Posted by Workbook on 06/14/2012 — Filed under:  FeaturesHeadlineIllustrationMusing On
By Robert Hunt

About a year ago, Brian Stauffer asked me if I had ever seriously thought about going to Mount Everest. I don't know if he had seen my much earlier post about Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, but he knew we shared lifelong fascinations with the Himalayas. The idea sounded exciting to me, and after assuring my wife there was no risk involved and finding a time that worked, I signed on. This was the beginning of a year of planning and training, which culminated earlier this month when we went to Nepal and underwent a twelve-day expedition to Everest Base Camp.

Physical training primarily consisted of climbing Mount Tamalpais and Bald Hill, whose peaks are 2,500 and 1,100 feet respectively, at least five days a week for the three months before the trek. Though this climbing made me far stronger, it did little to help my ability to cope with altitude, which turned out to be my Achilles heel. Everest Base Camp is at 17,400 feet; Lukla, where our trek began, is at 9,200 feet. Both of these elevations are higher than I had ever been in my life.

Following seventeen hours of flying, we met our guide, Kim Rana, at the Kathmandu airport. After a pre-trek dinner at a local restaurant (at which some extremely strong local beverages were served), we headed back to the airport (where we observed dozens of monkeys on the runway!) for the twenty-five minute, stomach-turning flight to Lukla in a sixteen-seat "Twin Otter." Lukla happens to be the most dangerous airport in the world statistically, but the flight was uneventful and after some comic relief with our luggage, we set off.

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SPD 46th Annual Awards Winner in Best Cover Illustration!

Posted by Workbook on 05/19/2011 — Filed under:  Award WinnersFeaturesHeadlineIllustration
By Brian Stauffer

In February, I was honored to hear that two covers of mine from the past year had been nominated to receive gold medals in two categories. Alina and I both traveled to NYC and attended the gala event this past Friday.

The first image, cover #6 from the ongoing WORTH Magazine cover series, was been nominated in the Best Cover Design category. The cover utilizes layered varnishes on black to define the tree forms while the bull is rendered in metallic gold. A big thanks goes to Art Director Dean Sebring for working so collaboratively, and also to the Publisher Adam Sandow for creating a space for this cover series to happen. It's a rare opportunity that am deeply grateful for. For those of you who have not yet met Dean, he took a rare night off to attend the gala! Buy the guy a drink if you see him! He needs it!

The second image appeared on the cover of the SF Weekly and won the gold medal in the Best Cover Illustration category! A heartfelt thanks goes to Art Director Andrew Nilson for giving me such a rich topic to work with. I've been contributing to various Village Voice Media papers first as an AD, and then as an illustrator for the past 19 years. It was at their paper, the Phoenix New Times, that I took what I thought would be a temporary job. Little did I know that the editorial hook had been set so deeply in me.

I congratulate all of the nominees and winners. For me, simply being nominated by SPD was an award in itself.

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Illustrator Brian Stauffer: New York Times Weekend

Posted by Workbook on 07/23/2010 — Filed under:  Illustration
Brian Stauffer has recently created illustrations for several New York Times Articles.  Check out the images and the innovative ways in which they represent the topics of the articles.  To see more from Brian, go to and

Below is a handful of pieces done recently for various sections of the New York TImes.  Thanks so much to Nicholas Blechman at the Book Review, Peter Morance on the Science desk, and Corinne Myller at the Sunday Styles section.
The piece above was for a book review of Otto Steinhauer's, "The Nearest Exit", about a covert operator and assassin who wants to leave the shadow world while in the midst of an assignment to kill a teenage girl in a secret forest location.  The story involves multiple identities and deception.  (article here)

The above image was also for a review in a past edition for the book entitled, "The Untold War", by Nancy Sherman.  The book explores the lasting effects of combat on the brains of soldiers and the "inner war" that lasts long after the battles are over.  (article here)
There's a handful sketches below to show a bit of the process.  I'm not the best a generating a mountain of sketches, so when I do come up with more than just a few I like to share them.

This was my first time working with Corinne Myller at the Styles section but I certainly hope it's not the last.  The assignment for the piece below was for an article that questioned whether the coming-out of celebrities still carried an influence or benefit for the gay community.
We tossed around a few ideas of varying complexity but settled on a simple solution of a star peeling it's outer layer to reveal a pink triangle, a long-standing symbol of homosexuality.  Thanks, Corinne, for going with an unexpected solution.

Over the past few years Peter Morance at the Health section has been the source of some really challenging topics.  The first piece below ran last week, about how the enemies we make at school can actually makes us better at dealing with life later on.  The article, written by Benedict Carey, suggests that in many ways we remain connected to these school yard foes and draw upon them during times of social stress.

The second image, also for Peter, was for a story about cronic overall body pain that is hard to articulate. The writer, Dana Jennings, describes in first person detail, how intense and chronic pain is a direct "path to humility". (article here)