January 29, 2013

Michal Dziekan - Hearing-Aid Shopping Tips

Mark Tyner, art director and friend at the Wall Street Journal, commissioned Michal Dziekan to illustrated an article about one of the largest retirement expenses: hearing aids. Michal always puts a quirky touch on these things. 

David Palumbo - Robert Smalls for Scholastic's Scope

One of our first projects with David Palumbo was a portrait of Robert Smalls for Scope magazine, a Scholastic publication distributed in schools. Smalls was a Civil War hero and strong voice for anti-slavery. Read more about him here

January 25, 2013

Jon Foster - McDonald's Mouthopia

Late 2012, we were contacted by ad agency Buck (which specializes in animation and commercials) for Jon Foster to create a matte painting backdrop for a commercial they were working on for McDonalds. The concept was to create a landscape that will resemble the inside of a mouth. Take a look below at the final art and it's integration into the commercial:

January 23, 2013

Hooray for Hollywood!

Chris Gall
"Hooray for Hollywood
That screwy, ballyhooey Hollywood
Where any office boy or young mechanic
Can be a panic, with just a goodlooking pan
Where any barmaid can be a star maid
If she dances with or without a fan"
- Hooray for Hollywood, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
David Palumbo
"I arrived in Hollywood at the age of twenty-two in a time different than today's, a time in which the odds against my standing here tonight fifty-three years later would not have fallen in my favor. Back then, no route had been established for where I was hoping to go, no pathway left in evidence for me to trace, no custom for me to follow…"
- Sidney Poitier, accepting the 2001 Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being.
Thomas Ehretsmann
"Wow, I'm in a category with some great, great, great actors. Fantastic actors. And I'm overwhelmed, I'm really overwhelmed."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman accepting an 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Capote
Ted Wright
"Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true."
- Somewhere over the Rainbow, 1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song
Gregory Manchess
Walt Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards ever received with 22 competitive and 4 honorary.
James Bennett
"You know, when you grow up in the suburbs of Sydney or Auckland, or Newcastle like Ridley or Jamie Bell, or the suburbs of anywhere, you know, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable. But this moment is directly connected to those childhood imagining[s]. And for anybody who's on the down side of advantage and relying purely on courage, it's possible."
- Russell Crowe accepting a 2000 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Gladiator
Mark Summers
"…there is no way that I can express to you what I'm feeling right now, my heart is full to bursting, except to say, "I'm the king of the world!"
- James Cameron accepting a 1997 Academy Award for Best Director, Titanic
Edward Kinsella III
"Even my failures make money and become classics a year after I make them."
- Alfred Hitchcock
C.F. Payne
"Movies are not made in isolation; it's a group activity. And it's only because of the work, the very hard work, of many actors, writers, directors, producers, creative technicians, thousands of assistants of all kinds, and projectionists, that I'm able to stand here and accept this award. I'm very, very grateful to them all."
- George Lucas accepting an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1991
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Thank you. I want to thank those who voted for me to get this award. I wish that Harpo and Chico could be here to share it with me, this great honor..."
- Groucho Marx accepting an Honorary Academy Award n recognition of his brilliant creativity and for the unequalled achievements of the Marx Brothers in the art of motion picture comedy in 1973
Douglas Smith
"This had been an incredible joy. One of the greatest I've ever had in my whole life. I have loved being a makeup artist so much, but this kind of puts the crown, a cap, on all of that, all of that. To have so much kindness given to me all in one huge piece is just too much. I am so grateful. Thank you so much."
- Dick Smith, accepting The 2011 Honorary Academy Award his unparalleled mastery of texture, shade, form and illusion
Rudy Gutierrez
"As you see, the costumes from "Star Wars" are really not so much costumes as a bit of plumbing and general automobile engineering…"
- John Mollo accepting a 1977 Academy Award for Costume Design, Star Wars
Murray Kimber
"When a man's an empty kettle,
He should be on his mettle,
And yet I'm torn apart.
Just because I'm presumin'
That I could be kinda human
If I only had a heart."
- Tin Man's song, Wizard of Oz, 1940 Academy Award Winner for Best Music
Ricardo Martinez
"That's the closest I'll ever come to getting a knighthood, so thank you. My deepest thanks to the members of the Academy for whacking me with the handsomest bludgeon in town."
- Daniel Day-Lewis, accepting a 2007 academy award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, There Will Be Blood
Tran Nguyen
"Because technically actors are just public servants really. They just tell stories because people need to be told stories. That's all it is. And yet we get treated as though we're important."
- James McAvoy, winner of BAFTA's Rising Star Award in 2008
Tim Bower
"It's much heavier than I imagined. I... gosh, I had something to say and I can't remember what I was gonna say for the life of me. I don't think that ever in my life have so many people been so directly responsible for my being so very, very glad. It's a wonderful moment and a rare one and I'm certainly indebted. Thank you."
- Marlon Brando accepting a 1954 Academy Award for Best Actor, On the Waterfront
David Johnson
"Thank you."
- Alfred Hitchcock accepting the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, 1967Academy Awards,
Jason Seiler
"It's a very long way from the heart of the Belgian Congo to the stage of the Pantages Theatre, and I'm very glad to say that it's a little nicer here than it was there."
- Humphrey Bogart accepting a 1951 Academy Award for Best Actor, The African Queen
Goni Montes
Zero Dark Thirty Producer Megan Ellison is nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Guy Stauber
"I really want to thank the actors branch of the Academy first, for just being a nominee with four actors that I really admire, and at least one that I consider a really good friend who I admire. And thank you for that. And for this fellow [the Oscar] from all of the Academy, I just want to share it with all the good work that was done by all the branches, whether you were nominated or not tonight, but this is all with you."
- Michael Douglas, accepting a 1987 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Wall Street
Tyler Jacobson
"This is just unbelievable. I'm so honored, touched and relieved that the Academy and the members of the Academy that have supported us have seen past the trolls and the wizards and the hobbits and are recognizing fantasy this year. Fantasy is an F-word that hopefully the five second delay won't do anything with."
- Peter Jackson accepting a 2003 Academy Award for Best Picture, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Kent Barton
"Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write War and Peace in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling."
- Stanley Kubrick, accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America in 1997
John Mattos
"Brigid O'Shaughnessy: I haven't lived a good life. I've been bad, worse than you could know.
Sam Spade: You know, that's good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we'd never get anywhere."
- from The Maltese Falcon, nominated for 3 Academy Awards in 1942
Bill Sanderson
"I actually, I have friends who have won this before, but -- and I swear -- I have never held one before. This is the first time I've ever had one of these in my hand. Oh, dear."
- Steven Spielberg accepting a 1993 Academy Award for Best Director, Schindler's List
Chase Stone
"Ladies and gentlemen, this represents so much effort on the part of so many people. I'm most grateful to them, to "King Kong" and Dino for making this possible. I thank them."
- Frank Van Der Veer, accepting a 1976 Special Achievement Academy Award (Visual Effects), King Kong
Dongyun Lee
"If you look round Hollywood there's no end of white smiles and six packs. Long lines of beautiful people lining up to be incredible on film."
- Tom Hardy, lead actor in award winning 2012 film Lawless

January 22, 2013

C.F. Payne - Joseloff Gallery and Exhibition

From January 22nd to February 24th, C.F. Payne's work will be on display at the Joseloff Gallery (part of the Hartford Art School) along with illustrator Peter McCarty. Don't miss the opening night and lecture on February 8th. 

From the Joseloff Gallery website:

The University of Hartford’s Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School is proud to present the exhibitionMcCarty & Payne, an exhibition featuring the work two distinguished illustrator, in the gallery from January 22 through February 24, 2013.
McCarty & Payne will showcase the work of the 2012/2013 Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chairs in the illustration department at the Hartford Art School: Peter McCarty and C. F. Payne.

The Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts was established at the Hartford Art School in 1988 for the purpose of bringing in artists of international reputation as faculty of the art school. The chair is rotated among departments, with individuals teaching either a semester or academic year.  One of the few endowed chairs in the visual arts, it has become an important part of the school. Students have the opportunity to learn directly from artists whose work is chronicled in contemporary art history.

Upon entering the gallery, you will see an assortment of C. F. Payne’s bright, playful portraits of well-known stars, political and sports figures.  48 of Payne’s illustrations will be on view including portraits of President Obama, Jack Nicholson, and Derek Jeter, which have appeared in TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and others.  Continuing into the back section of the gallery, you will find the sweet, subtle, book illustration of Peter McCarty.  35 of McCarty’s illustrations will be on display, including work from Caldecott Honor Book Hondo and Fabian, and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Henry in Love (both books written and illustrated by McCarty).  In-process work by both artists will also be on display showing the behind-the-scenes steps taken while creating these delightful works of art.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a public lecture, including both of the artists in the show, held on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Wilde Auditorium, directly followed by a public reception in the Joseloff Gallery from 5-7 p.m.
McCarty & Payne was organized and curated by Lisa Gaumond, managing director of the Joseloff Gallery.  This exhibition was made possible, in part, through the Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts endowment at the Hartford Art School.


C.F. Payne is an artist-illustrator whose artwork has graced the covers of Time MagazineReaders Digest,Sports IllustratedThe New York Times Book Review and Sunday MagazineMAD Magazineder SpiegelU.S. News and World ReportThe Atlantic MonthlyTexas MonthlyBoys Life and more. He has been commissioned to paint countless politicians, authors and entertainers. He has illustrated ten children’s picture books, including The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, written by John Lithgow.
His artwork has been exhibited at The Cincinnati Art Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration, The Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art and Design and numerous college and university galleries.

Peter McCarty’s own experience as the middle child growing up in a large family inspired Chloe. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including Henry in Love, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, in which Chloe makes her debut. He is also the author and illustrator of Hondo & Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and its sequel, Fabian Escapes;T is for TerribleLittle Bunny on the Move; and Moon Plane, a Charlotte Zolotow Award winner. Peter lives with his wife and their two bunnies in Clinton Corners, New York.

Michal Dziekan - Camera

Michal Dziekan loves to sprinkle his illustrations with details, brains, and mutant technology. Here is a new non-commissioned piece: 

January 18, 2013

NIklas Asker - Euroman, CEO God

European publication Euroman hired Niklas Asker to illustrate an article in their current issue. Take a look: 

Edward Kinsella III - Lincoln Must Die!

In Smithsonian Magazine's latest issue, of the article headlines reads in bold "Lincoln Must Die!". Of course, they are referring to an unraveled assassination plot that would have taken place as he was making his way to Washington, DC to take up his seat as president of the United States. Edward Kinsella lent his artistic skill to the article and created this illustration: 

Also, take a look at a previous illo he did for Smithsonian

January 17, 2013

Douglas Smith - Samuel Adams, Boston Lager

It's always pleasant to see the work of our artists out there in the world. For example, while grocery shopping, I was delighted to finally be able to purchase the redesigned 6 pack of Boston Lager (Samuel Adams) for which Douglas Smith did the background art. Cheers!

January 15, 2013

Goni Montes - Border Dogs

Goni Montes has worked with Tor many times in the past and here he is with another beautiful illustration for Weston Ochse's short story Border Dogs.

Take a look at some of his previous illustrations for Tor:

Mother, Crone, Maiden
Ghost Hedgehog
Legacy Lost
Department of Alterations

January 14, 2013

C.F. Payne - Bunnicula in a Box

The much loved children's book series Bunnicula is now available in a new, redesigned box set. Does the art look familiar? The cover was illustrated by C.F. Payne a number of years back who gave the title character it's most famous portrayal. 

You can get the box set here.  

January 11, 2013

Bill Sanderson - Physician's Practice Cover

Physician's Practice hired Bill Sanderson for their February issue's cover. The RSAR artists have done so many Uncle Sams over the years that it would be difficult to count them all and now we can add this great conceptual scratchboard rendition into the mix. 

Guy Stauber - A College Campus for WSJ

A step away from Guy Stauber's usual dramatic personality portraits, this illustration was featured in The Wall Street Journal, Weekend Investor Section. 

Introducing David Palumbo!

We are very happy to announce that talented illustrator David Palumbo is joining our group. His striking oil paintings really caught our attention and we look forward to a long and fruitful work relationship with him. 

As a freelance illustrator, David Palumbo has provided genre themed artwork for everything from book covers and collectible card games to advertisements and concept design. His work has been awarded two Spectrum medals and has shown in galleries and museums from New York to Paris. Select Clients: Ace Books Black Library Blizzard Entertainment Centipede Press Dark Horse Comics Daw Books Falcon's Treehouse Heavy Metal Lucasfilm Marvel Entertainment Night Shade Books Pyr Books Roadrunner Records Scholastic Science Fiction Book Club Solaris Books Tor Books Tor.com Upper Deck Entertainment VH1 Wizards of the Coast Palumbo was art director for Night Shade Books from April 2010 to December 2012.