March 30, 2012

Michal Dziekan - Roaches, Brains, and Camera Lenses

Michal Dziekan, our Polish sensation and winner of last years Breakthrough Contest, is busier than ever. On top of working on an extensive campaign for Polish bank PKO (see blog here), he was also asked to create multiple illustrations for TBWA/Raad in Dubai as well as an image for skate board company, Bad News Boards

For Dubai, he was approached by art director Sumanth Wilkins to create multiple illustrations for Combat Roach Killer. Though this was an unofficial ad campaign initiated by TBWA to advertising their ad work in various publications, we are sure Combat will enjoy these immensely, and even use them. 

Bad News Boards also approached Michal because he style is very well suited for the skateboards they release. We are waiting to receive a skateboard with the image printed on it so we can proudly display it in the office. 

March 29, 2012

Thomas Ehretsmann's Ongoing Work for Zodiac

French artist Thomas Ehretsmann's dark and moody style lends itself very well to the mystery genre. Take a look at this series of covers he painted for a french publisher:

Spectrum Announces Winners!

Spectrum Fantastic Art, THE publication for sci-fi/fantasy art, announced the list of people accepted into the book. Of our own group, we want to extend a congratulations to Scott Brundage, Tyler Jacobson, Gregory Manchess, Gary Kelley, Edward Kinsella III, Michal Dziekan, Tran Nguyen, and Mark Summers. We also wanted to extend our congratulations to the rest of the accepted artists (see the full list here), it is a great honor. 

2010 Spectrum book with artwork by Gregory Manchess

March 28, 2012

James Bennett - Nothing but the Truthiness

Even though this Stephen Colbert book, "Nothing but the Truthiness", was released late last year, we thought to share the comical cover painted by James Bennett with our audience.

Andrew R. Wright - The Saints for Loyola Press

At the end of last year, Andrew R. Wright received a commission from Loyola Press to create multiple portraits of various important saints. The final result is a series of great illustrations done with Andrew's unique approach. 

Here is what Andrew had to say about this project (taken from his blog): 

"A few months back I was contacted by Loyola Press to do a series of images based on saints throughout time. The only restriction was the cropping of the figures at about thigh high and no where else. This was to allow them to use the figure in silhouette or with the background.
From there I dove in to the research and was immediately fascinated/overwhelmed with the amount of information I found on each person. There could easily be five images based on one of these saints alone. It was fun as well as challenging, simplifying numerous symbols, stories, and historical facts in to one image. Because these were essentially going to be one figure it was important to take extra care in the posing to ensure that their body language reflected their actions and individual character. I would love to post the story behind each saint but I already feel as if I’m taking up to much text space and not enough image space.
Below I’ve posted the simplified process of the first saint I completed, Saint Augustine of Hippo. After that is a selection of my favorites from the series (all together there were 11 images produced). They are as follows: Saint Angela Merici, Benedict and Scholastica, Saint Peter, Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), and Saint Thomas Aquinas."

March 27, 2012

Scott Brundage - Alice in Bracketland?

Scott Brundage presented yet another explanation of the origin of brackets: Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland and superb mathematician had a big part to play in the invention of the system used in the NCAA tournaments. You can read the full article here in WSJ online.

March 26, 2012

Chase Stone - The Origin of Brackets

With the NCAA tournaments nearing an end, we thought we would share this illustration Chase Stone did as a comical pseudo-explanation for the mysterious origin of brackets. Originally for the Wall Street Journal, the editors chose not to use this illustration in favor of a photograph of what is believed to be the first ever bracket. 

March 22, 2012

Spirits Known and Unknown / The Art of Rudy Gutierrez

Rudy Gutierrez is going to have a free exhibit at the Memorial Gallery, Farmingdale State College.

Spirits Known and Unknown: The Art of Rudy Gutierrez will be on view at the Memorial Gallery in Hale Hall of Farmingdale State College from Monday, March 19 through Thursday, April 19, 2012. All are welcome and admission is FREE. (The gallery is also accessible to those with mobility impairments.)
The artist will give a lecture on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 11 a.m. until noon in Gleeson Hall 202, and the artist's reception will be held on the same day from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Gallery in Hale Hall.

Gutierrez blends "the visual parallels of the African and the Indian with an Urban and world musical sensibility" in his paintings. He seeks to inspire viewers with a sense of their own divinity. The artist is a graduate of Pratt Institute, and his work has appeared in a wide range of periodicals, books covers, children's books and more. He has exhibited internationally including at the World Conference Against Racism in South Africa and performed as a guest artist with Def Dance Jam Workshop doing live "painting performances" with the company that features hearing impaired and physically challenged kids.

He has also "performed" with Dance, Music, and Kids on stage with performers of the Broadway shows "The Lion King" and "Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk."

For Information:

March 12, 2012

Chris Whetzel - Washington Monthly Cover

Washington Monthly Art Director Amy Swan commissioned Chris Whetzel to create the cover for their March/April issue. The topic is "The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama", as conceptualized as the iconic Mt. Rushmore monument. 

You can read the full article here

Mark T. Smith - The Lighthouse Foundation Auction

Mark T. Smith is a skilled painter and makes brilliant linoleum block prints. This particular one will be auctioned off at the Hearts and Stars 2012 Gala to benefit the Lighthouse Foundation.

March 9, 2012

Tyler Jacobson: Lords of Chaos and Dungeon Magazine

Tyler Jacobson is an accomplished sci-fi/fantasy painter, now a finalist in the Spectrum Fantastics Art Awards (see previous blog here). He just shared his  most recent commissions, 2 for Lords of Chaos and 1 for Dungeon Magazine. In both cases, he shows his mastery of color, concept, and composition. 

Olhydra, Evil Prince of Elemental Water

Yan-C-Bin, Evil Prince of Elemental Air

Market scene for Dungeon Magazine

Murray Kimber - Dance Mania!

The famous nightclub in Paris, Djoon, commissioned Murray Kimber to create a image for a poster promoting their "Dance Mania" event. Murray's piece came out colorful and energetic, making us wish we were able to attend. 

A New Cover for Tor from Scott Brundage

Scott Brundage, humorist extraordinaire, created this awesome cover for Tor books, one of his best illustrations yet. "On 20468 Petercook" is about comedian duo Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (20468 Petercook is actually a minor planet in the asteroid belt named after Cook). 

March 8, 2012

Goni Montes with a Spread for Adweek

Goni Montes met Nick Mrozowski, Art Director over at Adweek at our annual office party and shortly thereafter, Nick commissioned Goni to create these double page spreads for the magazine. They turned out to be dynamic, detailed, and unique... 3 things Goni does very well. 

You Can't Stop Rock n Roll!

Mark T. Smith
"You can't stop rock-n-roll!"
- Dee Snider
Tyler Jacobson
"So, my big brother was playing guitar and I figured I'd try it too."
- Stevie Ray Vaughan
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Man, I really like Vegas."
- Elvis Presley
Niklas Asker
"If I have any regrets, I could say that I'm sorry I wasn't a better writer or a better singer."
- Patti Smith
Rudy Gutierrez
" I can't get no satisfaction."
- Mick Jagger
Guy Stuaber
“The hippies wanted peace and love. We wanted Ferraris, blondes and switchblades.”
Alice Cooper
James Bennett
"As good as I am, I'm nothing without my band."
- Steven Tyler
Murray Kimber
"The piano has been drinking, not me."
- Tom Waits
Chris Whetzel
"A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It's my favorite part of the business, live concerts."
- Elvis Presley
Gary Kelley
"Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel."
- Jimi Hendrix
Bill Sanderson
"At times in my life the only place I have been happy is when I am on stage."
- Bob Dylan
Jason Seiler
"Excuse me I gotta go
Can't stand to be here anymore, no
I'm sick and I gotta go to bed
 If I stay here I'm better off dead"
- "Oceans and Streams" The Black Keys
C.F. Payne
"My music isn't anything but me. It has jazz in it, and rock'n'roll, and it has an urgency to it."
- Neil Young
Andrew R. Wright
"I've been around a long time, and life still has a whole lot of surprises for me."
- Hank Williams Jr.
Ted Wright
"Control success before it controls you."
- Dwight Yoakam
Gregory Manchess
"As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both."
- Bono
Kent Barton
"I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture."
- Etta James
Edward Kinsella III
“It's all fun and games 'till someone loses an eye, then it's just fun you can't see.”

- James Hetfield
Thomas Ehretsmann
“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
- Leonard Cohen
Tim Bower
“Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.”
- Elvis Presley
David Johnson
“I try to use my music to move these people to act.”
- Jimi Hendrix
Mark Summers
“I came into music just because I wanted the bread. It's true. I looked around and this seemed like the only way I was going to get the kind of bread I wanted.”
- Mick Jagger