April 26, 2013

Gary Kelley - The Planets, Re-imagined

Being a resident of Cedar Falls Iowa, and possibly its most well-known artist, Gary Kelley works closely and often with The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. For his latest collaboration, Gary has used Gustav Holst's symphony, The Planets, as an inspiration for a series of sequential images that will be displayed along with the music in a concert this weekend. 

Below is a video preview and interview with Gary about his fascinating process. It's always amazing to see such genius at work, especially with a man who has such a soulful process.

Gary Kelley - The Planets, Reimagined from Jason Weinberger on Vimeo.

April 27, 7:30 pm
8201 Dakota Street Gallagher-Bluedorn PFC, #17
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
(319) 273-3373
Great Hall, GBPAC
Tickets • Meet the Artists 

April 25, 2013

Maria Corte - Womness, The Work Style Magazine

The latest cover of The Work Style magazine features the handy-work of conceptual powerhouse Maria Corte. The topic of this months issue is "Womness", or women owned businesses. 

Michal Dziekan - The Case for Spending It, WSJ

Michal Dziekan once again collaborated with art director Mark Tyner of The Wall Street Journal. This time for an article making a case for spending money vs saving it in retirement. You can read the article here

Also, take a look at Michal's previous illustration with WSJ here

April 24, 2013

Douglas Smith - Lupus Rex

Several years ago, Douglas Smith collaborated with John Carter Cash to create a book cover for his children's novel Lupus Rex. Last year, it was picked up by Rebellion Publishing under their imprint, Ravenstone. John once again asked Douglas to collaborate with him to create a new, exciting cover for book which is now coming out in June of this year. 

You can pre-order a copy on Amazon and listen to the accompanying song The Quail Song on Soundcloud here (on a personal note, I LOVE IT). 

"An astonishing new tale for children from John Carter Cash in the tradition of Watership Down, The Rats of Nimh, Redwall and Duncton Wood. Isyl and Cormo are two quail who must risk their lives when they are driven from their home by crows, and find they must make common cause with a other creatures, if they are to find safety in a world full of perils and adventure.

The crow king is dead, and in the field below all the creatures tremble as the Murder gathers to choose a new king from the rival sons Sintus, Milus and Nascus. When the crows drive everyone from the field to keep the reckoning secret, the quail Isyl, Cormo and Harlequin believe they must simply follow their elders to safety. But when the crows turn against each other, the forest becomes full of danger. In the confusion the last wolf, Asmod, shucks off his isolation and begins to raise an army to claim the kingdom for his own. As hidden truths are brought to light and enormous sacrifices are made Isyl and his friends must make an epic journey and an unthinkable alliance if the lesser animals are to survive."

From the official website of John Carter Cash. 

Dongyun Lee - The Washington Post, Get Your Geek On

Washington DC is hosting it's very first comic/sci-fi/pop-culture convention, Awesome Con. To mark the occasion, Dongyun Lee illustrated the full page cover of the Washington Post. 

April 18, 2013

Let's Dance!

Gary Kelley
"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.
Wayne Dyer
Ted Wright
"Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances."
Maya Angelou
Tim Bower
"All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing."
Kinuko Y. Craft
"The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs."
Charles Baudelaire
Bill Sanderson
""Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame."
W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart's Desire"
Eric Drooker
"Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time."
Miguel Angel Ruiz
Paul Cox
"Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man; therefore mind it while you learn it, that you may learn to do it well, and not be ridiculous, though in a ridiculous act."
Lord Chesterfield
C.F. Payne
"Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health — it rusts your spirit and your hips."
Terri Guillemets
Mark Summers
"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion."
Martha Graham
Rudy Gutierrez
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body."
Martha Graham
Douglas Smith
"Dance is a song of the body.  Either of joy or pain."
Martha Graham
David Palumo
"She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar."
- Janet Fitch, White Oleander
Goni Montes
"The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs."
Charles Baudelaire
James Bennett
"There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good. "
Edwin Denby
Maria Corte Maidagan
"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love."
Jane Austen
Ricardo Martinez
"Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music."
George Carlin
Murray Kimber
"Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people."
Alvin Ailey
John Mattos
"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie."
Agnes de Mille

April 16, 2013

Breakthrough Contest 2013 is CLOSED

We closed the doors to submissions last night for the Breakthrough Contest and now the real work begins: sorting, judging, and awarding. Look for announcements in early June about the winner. In the meantime, take a look at the previous winners and runners up. 


- 2012 - 
Runners Up
Staff Picks

- 2011 - 
Runners Up
Staff Picks

Kent Barton - Burt's Bees Pets

In the next few months, you will start seeing Kent Barton's artwork a lot more on Burt's Bees ads and products. For now, we can release this illustration of a dog that was used for the new line of pet products that are hitting shelves this month. 

Murray Kimber - Wells Fargo Conversations

Earlier this year, Murray Kimber got commissioned by Pace Communications to work with one of their publications, Wells Fargo Conversations. Here is Murray's illustration for the article, "Collaborating on Family Finances".   

April 15, 2013

Jason Seiler - King of the Fearmongers, The Weekly Standard

Here is a cover Jason Seiler painted for The Weekly Standard, a long time client of his. As per the usual, he was given only a few days to complete this. 

Final Call to Enter Breakthrough Contest!

Today is the final day to enter Breakthrough! At 11:59 EST, we are closing the gate for submissions and will begin the judging process. 

2012 Winner
2011 Winner

-April 15th

All Expense paid round trip to NYC 
Commemorative award.
Meet art directors and artists.
Must be over 18 years old with less than 5 years professional experience
Must be under 30 years old, OR a full-time student under 35 years old

April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher 1925 - 2013

Earlier this week, the world heard the news of Margaret Thatcher's passing at the age of 87. She was both inspirational and controversial and over the years the artists in our group have illustrated her in both lights. 

Bill Sanderson

Bill Sanderson

Bill Sanderson

Ricardo Martinez

C.F. Payne (Mrs. Thatcher is on the far left)

April 10, 2013

Paul Cox - International Living covers

For the past several years, Paul Cox has illustrated the cover of International Living every month. The April 2013 issue is out now featuring this illustration for their 2013 healthcare survey. 

Also take a look at some of these other lovely bright watercolor covers done over the years.  

Tyler Jacobson - Rachel Kushner for The New Yorker

The New Yorker's Chris Curry commissioned Tyler Jacobson to create this portrait of writer Rachel Kushner for the review of her new book The Flamethrowers. Glad we can share it now. 

April 9, 2013

Andrew R. Wright - Faith to Forgive Grievous Harms

Clark Memorandum, the publication of Brigham Young University, commissioned Andrew R. Wright to create these 3 lovely illustrations for their article Faith to Forgive Grievous Harms.