September 28, 2012

Tim Bower - The Wisdom of Psychopaths

Tim Bower never fails to deliver a dynamically composed illustration. This recent commission for Scientific American's article on Kevin Dutton's new book The Wisdom of Psychopaths is certainly no exception. 

September 27, 2012

Gary Kelley - 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award

Congratulations to Gary Kelley who is a recipient at the prestigious 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature for his book And the Soldiers Sang by J. Patrick Lewis (Creative Editions). Gary was chosen for the Picture Book Honor along with illustrator Erin E. Stead for her book And Then It’s Spring written by Julie Fogliano. He will be receiving his award at the ceremony in Boston tomorrow, Sept 28. 

You can read about the other honorees here
You can read more about Gary's winning book here

White Collar

Workin' 9 to 5...
What a way to make a livin'
-Dolly Parton (9 To 5)
Yan Nascimbene
"I have so much paperwork. I'm afraid my paperwork has paperwork."
- Gabrielle Zevin
Guy Stauber
"The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
- Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
James Bennett
"I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early."
- Charles Lamb
Dongyun Lee
"Working in an office with an array of electronic devices is like trying to get something done at home with half a dozen small children around. The calls for attention are constant."
- Marilyn vos Savant
Niklas Asker
"Always be smarter than the people who hire you."
- Lena Horne
Mark Summers
"Office politics are bloody-minded, but weak on content."
- Mason Cooley
Paul Cox
"It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work."
- William Faulkner
C.F. Payne
"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working when you get up in the morning, and doesn't stop until you get to the office."
- Robert Frost
Goni Montes
"By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day."
- Robert Frost
David Johnson
"It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office, you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's supervision and surveillance."
- Jack Vance
Jason Seiler
"You may look around and see two groups here: white collar, blue collar. But I don't see it that way, and you know why not? Because I am collar-blind."
- Michael Scott (The Office)
Michal Dziekan
"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work."
- Robert Frost
Tyler Jacobson
"If you have a job without any aggravations, you don't have a job."
- Malcolm S. Forbes
Chris Gall
"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
- Robert Orben
Edward Kinsella III
"Corporations no longer try to fit square pegs into round holes; they just fit them into square cubicles."
- Robert Brault
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas."
- Paula Poundstone
Tim Bower
"Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work."
- John G. Pollard
Thomas Ehretsmann
"Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night."
- Marian Wright Edelman
Bill Sanderson
"People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up. "
- Ogden Nash
Ted Wright
"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."
- Sam Ewing
Ricardo Martinez
"I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours."
- Hunter S. Thompson
Chris Whetzel
"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."
- Â Michael Scott (The Office)
Douglas Smith
"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done... "
- Anonymous
Murray Kimber
"When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home."
- Betty Bender
Eric Drooker
"A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do."
- W. H. Auden

Tran Nguyen - "Borrowed Memories" Gallery Opening

This saturday, the reception for Tran Nguyen's new show "Borrowed Memories" with artist Stella Im Hultberg will be opening at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, CA. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth checking out the thoughtful and elegant artwork of these 2 artists. 

September 24, 2012

Breakthrough 2012 Spotlight: Staff Picks

We had the pleasure of looking through many portfolios this year and now that the judges had their say in picking the winner and top 5, we here at the office picked our favorites of the submissions. Here they are (in no particular order):

Victoria Semykina is a Russian illustrator and fine artist currently based in Bologna, Italy. We really enjoyed her portfolio, it was full of fun textures and fun concepts. 

Marc Scheff hails from our native New York and has a portfolio full of vibrant illustrations.

Another NY native, David Saracino had a consistant and standout portfolio of highly conceptual images.

Angela Rizza is a great storytelling illustrator living in New York with an eye for deep colors and details. She recently graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology.  

Corinne Reid got her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in 2011. We featured her last year as well, she really has a lovely portfolio. 

Nour Tohm is a French-Lebanese designer and illustrator living in Paris. We enjoyed how she combined typography with her illustrations. 

There are many illustrators now with a graphic, minimalist approach to their work, Miguel Montaner is on of the best we have seen.

Fiona Meng got her MFA in illustration from the Art University of San Francisco. She combines good painting techniques with her passion for Manga and Anime.  

With so many caricature artists in the industry, it was nice to see the unique portraits of Wayne Johnson.

Ryan Kenneth Hanson's illustrations have a dark grittiness to them that reminded us of the 1970s pulp covers. He is a graduate of Ringling college of Art and Design.

Logan Faerber is Boston based illustrator with a consistently great portfolio of humorous and conceptual images. 

Fil Dunsky is a Russian illustrator who has a really warm portfolio full of whimsical characters that is perfect for the advertising world. 

Hannah Christenson was also featured in last years Staff Picks, and it bears repeating. 

September 20, 2012

Chase Stone - Epic Games

Chase Stone illustrated a portait of Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney as a character in one of his video games for American Way, a magazine by American Airlines. They couldn't have picked a more appropriate artist for the job; Chase is very familiar with the gaming world. Read the article here

September 18, 2012

September 13, 2012

The Accommodations of Desire

Gary Kelley
"The truth is that from birth on we are, to one extent or another, a fairly sensual species."
Jock Sturges
Niklas Asker
"Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good."
Woody Allen
Ted Wright
"Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere."
Helen Gurley Brown
Michal Dziekan
"Every man makes a god of his own desire.
Dongyun Lee
"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire."
Murray Kimber
"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul."
William Shakespeare
Mark T. Smith
"Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed."
Geoffrey Chaucer
Chris Gall
"If you go out to dinner with someone,you find out what they prefer in food. We ought to be able to have a conversation to find out what people prefer when it comes to sex."
- Betty Dodson
Yan Nascimbene
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
Robert Frost
Kinuko Y. Craft
"Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire. "
Alexander Pope
Maria Corte Maidagan
"What is classical music if not the epitome of sensuality, passion, and understated erotica that popular music, even with all of its energy and life, cannot even begin to touch?"
- Lara St. John
David Johnson
"Desire is the very essence of man."
Baruch Spinoza
James Bennett
"Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance? "
William Shakespeare
Kent Barton
"Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire."
- George Bernard Shaw
Thomas Ehretsmann
"There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it."
- George Bernard Shaw
Ricardo Martinez
"Real love is the love that sometimes arises after sensual pleasure: if it does, it is immortal; the other kind inevitably goes stale, for it lies in mere fantasy."
- Giacomo Casanova
Gregory Manchess
"Love is the answer... but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty interesting questions."
- Woody Allen
Eric Drooker
"Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
John Mattos
"Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire. "
- Quintilian
Rudy Gutierrez
"Love is a war of lightning,
and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness."
Pablo Neruda