October 26, 2012

Andrew R. Wright - Festered Wounds

Who doesn't love a good murder mystery? Or better yet, creating an illustration for one. Andrew R. Wright's latest illustration is for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine for a story about a mysterious murder uncovering long-standing tensions between 2 sisters. 

October 25, 2012

FLOW: The 5th Installment

Here is the 5th installment of our ongoing project FLOW. This time around, Guy Stauber, Chris Gall, Niklas Asker, and Jason Seiler joined forces with each other (and their other neighbors to the left and right) to create this fluid combination of illustrations. 

Tips on Submitting Your Portfolio for Representation

Here at the office we get a lot of requests every day from artists all over the world to review their portfolios for possible representation. How you present yourself may be key to your success and below are a list of tips that will help you be seen as the talented profesional that you are:
  • Find out how the rep prefers to receive portfolios. Some have a separate email (like us), some have a submission form (we also use that), and others don't mind it being sent directly to them. Sending it to the wrong place may result in the submission being overlooked.
  • Be relevant. Have you taken the time to look through the agencies website? What kind of art do they generally go for? Would you be a good fit? These are all very important points; there are many agencies that specialize in certain types of art and sending irrelevant material won't get you far with them.
  • Be well presented. Your email/submission should always include several illustrations, a brief description of who you are, your contact information, and a link to where more of your art can be seen. 
  • Be personal as well. If there is information on who runs the agency, address it to them  (ex. Dear Richard). 
  • It isn't necessary to ask if you can send your art first, do send it with your submission. It helps make a fast decision and going through the extra steps isn't necessary
  • Be realistic. Chances are, you will not get a response. But don't get frustrated or discouraged, agencies are busy places and you can always follow up if you have not received a definite response. 
  • DON'T be rude if you get turned down; understand that it's an agents job to decide if the relationship can be mutually beneficial. Perhaps another agency will be better suited for you or you can keep improving and send your work again in the future. 
For more information, check out these videos where Richard answers questions like what to put in your portfolio and finding an agent. 

Feel free to ask any questions, we will do our best to answer them. 

October 24, 2012

Yan Nascimbene - Saturday Evening Post, Holiday Issue

Earlier this year, Yan Nascimbene illustrated the cover for The Saturday Evening Post's Special Report: Amazing Acts of Courage and Endurance. And now, for their holiday issue, they once again commissioned him. This playful illustration features the age old tradition of taking home a Christmas Tree. 

October 22, 2012

Niklas Asker - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Poster

Studio Hinrich Design has been a good client of ours for a couple of years now, always working on creative and beautifully designed projects like The Sappi Standard 5 (which we thought was a triumph in design, DO check out the link) with several of our artists. 

Our most recent collaboration with them is a poster for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University showcasing their new majors. What better artist for the task than Niklas Asker?

Edward Kinsella - Tom Wolfe for Wall Street Journal

In this blogger's most humble opinion, I do do feel that this is the best portait Edward Kinsella has done to date. It was featured in this weekend's Wall Street Journal for an article about Tom Wolfe's new book, Back to Blood. 

FLOW: The 4th Installment

Fresh from the RSAR Group is the 4th installment of FLOW, our ongoing campaign to show the fluidity of our talented artists. Today in the sequence is Thomas Ehretsmann, Mark Summers, C.F. Payne, and Eric Drooker

There are 5 more sets to release so stay with us as we reveal more all-new art. 

See everything in sequence so far on our website.

1st Set  2nd Set  3rd Set 

October 19, 2012

Ricardo Martinez - America's Science Problem

With the election coming in just a few short weeks, Scientific American published a series of key questions on scientific issues it asked Romney and Obama. Accompanying the questions, is an interesting article about the partisan nature of politics negatively affecting scientific progress in American. This is where Ricardo Martinez comes in with this political cartoon of  of both parties sweeping the issues "under the rug". 

Maria Corte - World International Breast Cancer Day

"Today, October 19th, is the World International Breast Cancer Day. It is a very important day for millions of women, and this week I've been thinking about it for a personal illustration. This special day deserves some attention and sensibility, here is my little contribution..." - Maria Corte Maidagan 

Thank you for doing your part in raising awareness Maria! Share this illustration with your friends, coworkers, mothers, daughters, aunts, and sisters to remind them of the importance of keeping track of their mammarian health! 

October 18, 2012

FLOW: The 3rd Installment

As promised, today we are releasing the 3rd installment of our project FLOW. Maria Corte, John Mattos, Tim Bower, and David Johnson all worked in close communication to get the transitions you see below. 

Take a look at the first and second set

Stay tuned for the 4th set on monday!

October 17, 2012

Blue Collar: An Illustrative Ode to the Working Man and Woman

Blue collar
Sleep your sleep
I'm awake and alive
I keep late hours
Your nine to five
- Blue Collar (Bachman-Turner Overdrive 1973)
Murray Kimber
"The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws."
- Andrew Jackson
Ricardo Martinez
"The message is that all brilliance emanates from the top; that the worker on the floor of the store or the factory is insignificant."
- James Sinegal
Rudy Gutierrez
"Labor wants also pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful - to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister"
- Thorstein Veblen
Andrew R. Wright
"When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you.'"
- Pat Summitt
David Johnson
"Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. "
- Adam Smith
Gregory Manchess
"A few men own from ten thousand to two hundred thousand acres each. The poor Laborer can find no resting place, save on the barren mountain, or in the trackless desert."
- Denis Kearney
C.F. Payne
"A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus."
- E. B. White
Douglas Smith
"Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for it's own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts."
- Mary Ellen Chase
Niklas Asker
"If we can by any method establish a relation of mutual trust between the laborer and the employer, we shall lay the foundation stone of a structure that will endure for all time."
- Mark Hanna
Dongyun Lee
"The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer."
- Will Rogers
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top."
- Booker T. Washington
Tim Bower
"Without labor nothing prospers."
- Sophocles
Kent Barton
"When money is controlled by a few it gives that few an undue power and control over labor and the resources of the country. Labor will have its best return when the laborer can control its disposal."
- Leland Stanford
Tyler Jacobson
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
- Abraham Lincoln
Ted Wright
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bill Sanderson
"If you are working 50 hours a week in a factory, you don't have time to read 10 newspapers a day and go back to declassified government archives. But such people may have far-reaching insights into the way the world works."
- Noam Chomsky
Michal Dziekan
"The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment."
- Warren G. Bennis
Mark Summers
"A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil."
- Grover Cleveland
Eric Drooker
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."
- Thomas Jefferson
Chris Gall
"Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand."
- Khalil Gibran
James Bennett
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca