November 22, 2011

And the Soldiers Sang - Gary Kelley

Gary Kelley most recent book project is winning acclaim from critics such as The New York Times book review. That comes as no surprise since his collaboration with J. Patrick Lewis is both heartwarming and haunting, and it teaches a very valuable lesson, that soldiers on both sides of the fence have very much in common. 

The book illustrates a Christmas Eve in the trenches of WWI where the soldiers on both sides drop their weapons join together for one night to celebrate. 

For another great review, read this article from the National Post: 

Murray Kimber - Wharton Magazine

Murray Kimber was commissioned by Emily Aldrich, art director of Wharton Magazine, to create this illustration. We thought it was classic Murray Kimber but with a twist, it was actually created digitally. Until he told us, we really couldn't tell! 

November 17, 2011

Ancient History Through the Eyes of Our Artists.

Eric Drooker
"When I think of the library of Alexandria and of the fact that, although it burnt down, people continue to sort the letters of the alphabet according to that tradition, then that makes certain expressions of modernity, even of interventions on the textual level, possible."
- Alexander Kluge

Maria Corte Maidagan
"Never walk away from home 
ahead of your axe and sword.
You can't feel a battle in your bones
or foresee a fight."
- The Havamal or Book of Viking Wisdom

Jon Foster
"Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work."
- Aldous Huxley

Bill Sanderson
"Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains."
- Author Unknown

Gary Kelley
"It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct."
- Sigmund Freud

Kinuko Y. Craft
"Art is exalted above religion and race. Not a single solitary soul these days believes in the religions of the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Greeks... Only their art, whenever it was beautiful, stands proud and exalted, rising above all time."
- Emil Nolde

John Mattos
"I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome."
- Julius Caesar

Chase Stone
"We are so clothed in rationalization and dissemblance that we can recognize but dimly the deep primal impulses that motivate us."
- James Ramsey Ullman

Yan Nascimbene
"Character - The reputation of thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour."
- Japanese proverb

Murray Kimber
"A living civilization creates; a dying, builds museums."
- Martin H. Fischer

Gregory Manchess
"The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones."
- Northrop Frye

Scott Brundage
"Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta."
- Brian Aldiss

Mark Summers
"Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else."
- Alexander Kluge

Edward Kinsella III
"When I think of the library of Alexandria and of the fact that, although it burnt down, people continue to sort the letters of the alphabet according to that tradition, then that makes certain expressions of modernity, even of interventions on the textual level, possible."
- Marcus Aurelius

Tyler Jacobson
"Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor."
- Arnold Toynbee

Douglas Smith
“We will either find a way, or make one.”
- Hannibal

Thomas Ehretsmann
"Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life. Otherwise it would die of civilization."
- Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

Rudy Gutierrez
"We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.  "
- Albert Einstein

November 15, 2011

Scott Brundage on the Cover of The Deal Magazine

Scott Brundage was contacted by our longtime friend, Larry Gendron of The Deal, to create the cover for their issue "The Corporate Dealmaker 500". The result is a moody, powerful illustration.  

Chris Gall - The Ultimate Cocktail Illustrator

"The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy" NYC most meticulous bartender Jim Meehan, was illustrated by our own, Chris Gall. This book features 304 cocktail recipes and a multitude of stunning, colorful illustrations.

Below are just a few of the illustrations Chris did for the book and a full page feature in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. 

Weekly Standard, New York Observer, and new work from Jason Seiler

Jason Seiler is constantly pumping out new work. Whether it is commissioned or personal work, it seems he is constantly working. He also just received the Gold Stellar Art Award from Digital Arts: Californai!

We wanted to share just a few of the things he is working on. 

Interior illustration in Foreign Policy Magazine

Commisioner Kelly on the New York Observer cover

George Harrison on the cover of the Weekly Standard

Congratulations Edward Kinsella III for getting a Silver Medal

This weekend, the Society of Illustrators in NYC announced the medal winners for Illustrators 54. Our own Edward Kinsella III was awarded a silver medal for an illustration he did of Beck for Wired magazine.  So let's give him a big congratulations for this well deserved award. Among other winners were Marcos Chin and Edel Rodriguez. We look forward to the opening show in February. 

November 12, 2011

Ted Wright Honors Vietnam and Iraq Veterans

In honor of Vietnam War veterans and in celebration of Veteran's Day, artist Ted Wright just finished a new illustration that will be featured as a mural for The Rickman Library in Arnold, Missouri. From time to time, Ted is asked to do this photo collage style even though it is not what he normally works in. 

"The reason for this mural is that eight soldiers on the artwork graduated from Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri. Seven of the soldiers were killed in Vietnam, and one was killed in Iraq. Mr. Richard Simpson and Mr. Ron Clark headed up this project in conjunction with the traveling Vietnam Wall project. One of the fallen soldiers, Gary Allen Bullerdick, is a relative of Richard Simpson. Ron Clark and I Graduated from Fox High School in 1976 and the artwork is a donation to the school from the both of us. The finished print is 5' x 12'.

A copy of the artwork was given to each of the families as a tribute to their sons.

The reason that I wanted to do this artwork was to pay tribute to my uncle Joseph W. Morrison that was killed in Vietnam on Mar. 3, 1967. The uniform on the soldier is all 1967 gear and is authentic to that year to honor him. He was 19 years old when he was died in combat and lived in Festus, Missouri.

In Honor of Veterans Day.

Thank you."

-Ted Wright

November 8, 2011

Thomas Ehretsmann takes on J. Edgar

Chris Curry, Art Director of the New Yorker magazine, contacted us to see if Thomas Ehretsman would do an illustration for their article featuring the new move "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo Dicaprio. She couldn't have made a more perfect choice, Thomas's moody, dark, and detailed style fits in with the new dark Clint Eastwood film about  J. Edgar Hoover.

You can read the full article on The New Yorker's website:   

November 7, 2011

Creative Carnival - The Workbook Party

I would like to share with you a few pictures that we took at the Workbook's Creative Carnival party recently at the Art Director's Club. My friend Bob Pastore put his heart and soul behind this project and asked me if several of my artists would participate in the live drawing session. I said to him that I would put the word out. 3 of our artists (Dongyun Lee, Chase Stone, and Goni Montes) participated and several more were in attendance. A great time was had by all at this unique event. I hope they will do this again next year. 
-Richard Solomon

Richard with Chris Whetzel and Michal Dziekan

Dongyun Lee drawing from the model

Goni Montes strikes an artist's pose

Richard with Goni Montes

Chase Stone working from the model

They chose fabulous models. 

Artists at work

Richard with Dongyun Lee

Michal Dziekan decided to also do a sketch

Dongyun's awesome drawing...

Michal looks on at the wall of sketches

Chase Stone with Pay

Mark Summers looking over to see what Dongyun Lee is working on.