June 26, 2013

Family comes in all shapes and sizes...

We couldn't have picked a better topic to send this week than one about family. Just today, we heard the news that The Supreme Court found DOMA unconstitutional, which takes the fight for marriage equality one step closer in the right direction. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and the glue that holds it all together is not sexual orientation but love. 

Families are like fudge mostly sweet with a few nuts.
- Anonymous

Jason Seiler
"Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst."
Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Chris Gall
"If the family were a boat, it would be a canoe that makes no progress unless everyone paddles."
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Guy Stauber
"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary."
Dorothy C. Fisher
Gary Kelley
"Family is not an important thing. It's everything."
 - Michael J. Fox
Douglas Smith
"When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them."
George Bernard Shaw
Dongyun Lee
"The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege."
- Charles Kuralt
Paul Cox
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Dr. Seuss
Rudy Gutierrez
"The family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to."
Dodie Smith
Ted Wright
"In time of test, family is best."
Burmese Proverb
Maria Corte
"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."
George Bernard Shaw
David Johnson
"Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts."
Murray Kimber
"My family is my strength and my weakness."
Aishwarya Rai
Patrick Arrasmith
"A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold."
Ogden Nash
Tim Bower
"You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any."
Bill Cosby
Ricardo Martinez (after Norman Rockwell)
"The family is the school of duties – founded on love."
 Felix Adler
C.F. Payne
"Insanity is hereditary: You can get it from your children."
Sam Levinson
Mark Summers
"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."
Johann Schiller
Edward Kinsella III
"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship."
Margaret Mead
James Bennett
"The children despise their parents until the age of when they suddenly become just like them - thus preserving the system."
- Unknown
Michal Dziekan
"Families are about love overcoming emotional torture."
- Matt Groening
Niklas Asker
"The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions."
- Robert Brault
Bill Sanderson
"A mother who is really a mother is never free."
- Honore de Balzac
Kinuko Y. Craft
"A tree is known by its fruit."
Kent Barton
"Family faces are magic mirrors.Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future."
- Gail Lumet Buckley
Goni Montes
"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family."
- Anthony Brandt
David Palumbo
"The only love that I really believe in is a mother's love for her children."
- Karl Lagerfeld
Gregory Manchess
"The children despise their parents until the age of when they suddenly become just like them - thus preserving the system."
- Unknown
Tyler Jacobson
"The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life's essential unfairness."
- Nancy Mitford

June 25, 2013

My Trip to Washington

I recently returned from my annual pilgrimage to our nation's capital for the World Food Prize Ceremony. This year, as in the past years, the ceremony was presided over by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn (former US ambassador to Cambodia) and now the president of The World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. The keynote speaker was the secretary of state, John Kerry.

Heading down to Washington to see my old friend Ambassador Quinn and being in the audience for the annual WFP awards, is something I look forward to every year. To think back over the past 5 years of all the blood, sweat, and tears that many of my artists went though to deliver their best artworks that now grace the halls of the WFP headquarters, brought a sense of pride and satisfaction to me as I was listening Secretary of State Kerry talk about the fight for the elimination of world hunger. To think we had a small part in making this dream a reality, made it all worth it.

Take a look at the process it took to turn Kinuko Y. Craft's gorgeous portraits into mosaics here.
My blog post on visiting the WFP building when it first opened here.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn 

Ambassador Kenneth Quinn 

John Kerry
Here is some of the artwork that we've created for the World Food Prize building: 

Gary Kelley's work
Gary Kelley painting scenes of Iowa, hometown of Norman Borlaug 

Mark Summers with a series of portraits of past laureates

David Johnson
Kinuko Craft's illustration of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan which was converted into a mosaic...
... and Dr. Evangelina Villegas

John Colier's statue of Norman Borlaug

Gregory Manchess's paintings were installed as lunettes in the center hall. 

June 24, 2013

Chase Stone - Wizards of the Coast

Many of our artists work for Wizards of the Coast (makers of Magic Cards) including Tyler Jacobson, Chase Stone, and David Palumbo. Even though this is a house account of theirs, I still enjoy sharing the wonderful images that come out of the collaboration. 

Here is a recent commission for them from Chase Stone

June 21, 2013

Mark Summers - Crossway Publishing

Mark Summers is currently working on multiple portraits for Crossway Publishing's "Christian Life" series. The first book "Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality" is now out and available for purchase on Amazon

June 19, 2013

David Johnson - When No One is Watching, Book Preview

David Johnson illustrated When No One is Watching by Eileen Spinelli, a children's book that was released in February of this year. The story is about a little girl who loves to dance and play when no one is watching but sits in a corner quietly when people are around. Its a great story to show that there is nothing wrong with being shy. 

Here is a video preview of the book. 
Purchase it on Amazon here

David Palumbo Imagines the Future, Popular Science

The current issue of Popular Science asked science fiction writers and artists to imagine what the future has in store for us. David Palumbo painted this scene with the caption: 

"Though food and basic needs are relatively unchanged (and abundant), the social aspect of the family at dinner is unapologetically isolated at es each individual pursues distraction."

June 17, 2013

James Bennett - Handicapping the Wild Kingdom, WSJ

"What if the horse-racing industry dispensed with its long-standing equine bias?" Thats the premise of the tongue-in-cheek Wall Street Journal article James Bennett illustrated about a week back. Veering away from the financial stuff we usually illustrate for WSJ, this article is actually a fun read as well. Take a look here.


Jason Seiler - Kanye West for Rolling Stone

Jason Seiler created this portrait of Kanye West for the current issue of Rolling Stone. Take a look at the other portraits Jason has created for their album reviews over the past few years: 

Introducing Andre Kutscherauer!

About 6 months ago, we got a request from Der Spiegel to create a 3d alien for the cover of their children's edition, Dein Spiegel. In the 2012 Breakthrough Contest, our 5th place winner was a brilliant 3d artist, André Kutscherauer. I remembered his work and recommended him for the task. Needless to say, Andre did an excellent job which prompted us to take a chance and represent our very first 3d artist.