February 26, 2013

David Palumbo - David Bowie for Rolling Stone Italia

Here's another cool project David Palumbo finished recently, a portrait of David Bowie. Though unfortunately not on the English language cover, if you are out and about in Italy, this Rolling Stone cover freshly painted by David is out on newsstands and beyond. 

Ted Wright - Tervis Tumbler, Boston

Ted Wright has worked on several concepts for Tervis, a reusable plastic cup, bottle, and thermos manufacturer. Just recently one of them was released, a tumbler featuring this illustration of Boston. 

February 25, 2013

Tran Nguyen - Leading Change, ACC Docket

Tran Nguyen chose an excellent way to portray change in a metaphorical way (something she is an expert on) for the cover of ACC Docket. 

David Palumbo - The Evolution of Creativity

This month's cover of Scientific American strikes a chord with us for 2 reasons: 1) David Palumbo painted it and 2) It's for their feature article about the origins of creativity; the driving force of human development and of course, our business. 

February 21, 2013

Andrew R. Wright - The Dragons of Komodo

One of Andrew R. Wright's regular clients is Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Here he is with another illustration for them for the story Dragons of Komodo. 

Also, take a look at the previous illustration he did, Festered Wounds.

Chris Whetzel - Video Games Improving the Mind

Chris Whetzel worked for Scientific American recently on the topic of video games. The following is a direct excerpt from his blog

 "I have been lucky to do a few assignments for Scientific American over the last couple of years, and they always have fun subject matter to illustrate. However, I did not see an article about video games coming! As an avid gamer (and basically a full-time one during my childhood), it was a pleasure to illustrate this article as well as to learn a great deal from reading it.

          Evidence is starting to become apparent that video games can actually improve one's visual reflexes and mental processing speed; several books have already been published about these effects, and they are being weighed against the criticisms that video games lead to violent behavior, lethargy, and malaise. Since the article was subjectively leaning towards the benefits of gaming, I focused on their "improvements of the self."


#1: Effect on thinking shown as streamlined brain wrinkles made from controller wire.

#2: Effect on one's ability to process more visual information than a non-gamer shown as additional set of digital eyes.

#3: Focusing on the research of the article, this sketch depicted a researcher "seeing" the benefits of "gamer-vision." I was hoping to allude to night-vision goggles and how they enhance our vision.

          Patti (the AD) liked the third sketch best, and she asked that the scientist be changed to a normal person. With a wardrobe change and a smile for the image's figure, I worked up a final:

February 20, 2013

¡Everyone Loves a Good Party!

Ted Wright
"Mardi Gras is in our soul."
- Kim Priez
Paul Cox
"Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule."
-Friedrich Nietzsche
Jason Seiler
"I love any and all situations where you celebrate creativity."
- Brad Paisley
Jon Foster
"If it rains on your parade, dance in it."
- Unknown
Gary Kelley
"At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely."
- W. Somerset Maugham
Chris Gall
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."
- Ron White
Chris Whetzel
"At every party there are two kinds of people -- those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other."
- Ann Landers
Gregory Manchess
"Hear no evil, speak no evil - and you'll never be invited to a party."
-Oscar Wilde
Murray Kimber
"Singing is like a celebration of oxygen."
Dongyun Lee
"One does not leave a convivial party before closing time."
-Winston Churchill
Rudy Gutierrez
"Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!"
- Stevie Wonder
Kinuko Y. Craft
"Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words."
- Plautus
C.F. Payne
"After all, what is your host's purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose, they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi."
- P. J. O'Rourke
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Good parties create a temporary youthfulness."
- Mason Cooley
Guy Stauber
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
- Oprah Winfrey
James Bennett
"At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom."
- George Carlin
Niklas Asker
"It's a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning."
- Jimmy Buffett
Eric Drooker
"Revolution is the festival of the oppressed."
- Germaine Greer

Jason Seiler - Escape from Planet Earth

Last year, production company Rainmaker Entertainment contacted Jason Seiler to create caricatures of several influential business personas that will be featured as newspaper "photographs" in the animated film "Escape from Planet Earth" (out in theaters now). Jason took his daughters to see the film earlier this week and it must have been a great feeling to see his name in the credits at the end. To get the full story of who the character is in every one of these shots, go see the movie! 

Steve Jobs

Mark Zuckerberg

Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and  Larry Page

John Lasseter

February 19, 2013

Breakthrough Contest 2013 - NO Submission Fees!

For the past 2 years, we have hosted our Breakthrough Contest, a worldwide search for the most talented, young illustrator looking to jump start their career. The first year's winner, Michal Dziekan of Poland, is now a successful illustrator in our group, working for clients such as The Wall Street Journal, TBWA, DDB, etc. Last year's winner, Max Kostenko of Russia, is enjoying a budding successful career in character design, editorial, and advertising. 

The first 2 years, the cost for an illustrator to submit was $25 to $100 (depending on the number of images). We are very happy to announce that this years Breakthrough Contest will have NO SUBMISSION FEES. So any artist from around the globe can submit without paying an entry or processing fee. 

The parameters are now: Under 30 years old with less than 5 years of professional experience, or a student. Submissions will be from 1-5 images, and the prize will be an all expense paid trip to New York City and portfolio reviews by myself, my staff, and industry pros. 

The contest submission window is March 5th to April 1st so stay tuned for more announcements!

David Johnson - Abbie Hoffman

David Johnson posts at least one portrait a day on his facebook page. I just couldn't resist posting this particular one on our blog of Abbie Hoffman. 

February 18, 2013

Gary Kelley - Future Tense for Deloitte University Press

Gary Kelley created this conceptual illustration under the creative direction of Matt Lennert at Deloitte University Press for an article about new bank regulations.

Thomas Ehretsmann is Publishing a Book

Thomas Ehretsmann just released a self published book of his sketches and studies from 1996-2012. We are excited to look through the pages of his powerful work. To order your copy, email Thomas directly. 

February 14, 2013

Niklas Asker - California Lawyer February Cover

Niklas Asker graces the cover of the February issue of California Lawyer with an illustration about mobile gambling.

Also take a look at the other cover we have done for them with Thomas Ehretsmann. 

Tim Bower - Golf Digest 2012 Money List

Tim Bower illustrated an article for Golf Digest this month for an article about the top earners in Golf (of course Tiger is still going strong at the top of the list). 

Thomas Ehretsmann - "Side Effects" Soderbergh for the New Yorker

Thomas Ehretsmann created this masterful portrait of Steven Soderbergh, director of the new film "Side Effects", for the New Yorker which featured a review and his accompanying illustration in their last issue. 

February 7, 2013

Dongyun Lee - Think Oat-side of the Box

H-E-B is the biggest supermarket chain in Texas (and beyond), with an extensive in-house brand. Last year, Dongyun Lee was contacted by their art director John Janney to illustrate the back panel of their popular honey nut toasted oats cereal. We are proud to now share the final artwork and Dongyun's sketch-to-finish process.