Gregory Manchess, having worked with the USPS on many occasions, was entrusted to create a stamp in very short notice for the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
From the USPS website (where you can purchase the stamp):
With this 2013 stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 50th anniversary of the August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The highlight of the event — in which some 250,000 people participated — was the powerful “I Have a Dream” speech that Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The stamp art shows marchers against the background of the Washington Monument, with placards calling for equal rights and jobs for all. Using broad strokes and painting in oil on gessoed illustration board, the artist conveys an impressionistic effect of the historic occasion. The 1963 March on Washington stamp is the last of three stamps being issued in 2013 in a civil rights set. The first in the set commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the second commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks. An inspiring word appears in large type in the selvage of each sheet: “Freedom,” for the Emancipation Proclamation; “Courage,” for Rosa Parks; “Equality,” for The 1963 March on Washington.
The March on Washington was a milestone in the civil rights movement. King called it “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” Bayard Rustin, the main organizer of the event, observed, “What made the march was that black people voted that day with their feet.” It gave African Americans “an identity which is a part of the national struggle in this country for the extension of democracy.”
Less than a year after the march, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which desegregated public institutions and outlawed job discrimination. Soon thereafter the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which provided for federal oversight of voting rights in the South, became the law of the land.
Art director Antonio Alcalá worked with illustrator Greg Manchess to produce this important commemorative stamp.
The 1963 March on Washington stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.
September 30, 2013
September 27, 2013
Mark T Smith illustrated an article for Briefings Magazine about Kickstarter.com helping up and coming recording source funding by themselves instead of going through the painful process of negotiating with major record labels. To read the whole story, click here.
Tim Bower finished an assignment for Briefings Magazine for an article about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Lovine donating $70 million to start the new Jimmy Lovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. The goal of the academy is to shape the future by nurturing the talents, passions, leadership, and risk-taking of the uniquely qualified students who challenge conventional views of art and industry. You can check out the whole story here.
Ricardo Martinez did an illustration about Texas politics and their Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for one of our regular clients, Texas Monthly. As usual, Ricardo definitely nailed the characters.
September 25, 2013
September 19, 2013
As written from his blog, below is the process for issue number 8 in Clive Barker's Next Testament. Goni has yet to reveal issues 2-6 but you can see the process for the first one here.
As I’d mentioned before, I’ve been working on a series of covers for Clive Barker’s Next Testament. The folks behind this project are incredibly talented: art-direction by Chris Rosa, script by Mark Miller, interiors by Haemi Jang, and, of course, Clive Barker himself! Forming part of this team has been inspiring but seriously intimidating.
The more covers Chris & I work on, the more freedom he’s bestowed. It’s incredibly flattering when an art director trusts you so! For issue #8, his direction was simple. “Here’s the thinnest of prompts to all your maximum freedom: Paris, Wick, Julian, and a crowd, with Wick preparing to smite so many people…”
Although I experimented with some very violent compositions, my two best ideas were indeed the simpler ones.
Chris chose thumbnail #1, Wick descending over a graphic map of Paris. He recommended we bring Wick’s hands into the composition and the feet be slightly pointed.
At this point, I took the liberty of having Wick look straight at the viewer. It made the piece more engaging. I also traced over google maps…
… and I’m not ashamed…
… since, once the colors came in, it started looking morbid, like some sort of circulatory system. It was a very pleasant surprise. I wish I could show how Wick’s colors came about with a more detailed, visual explanation. Unfortunately, I go crazy painting this guy and I end up doing it in one single layer. Even worse, I always forget to take screen shots. I’ll try to remember next time.
I decided to enhance the circulatory system concept by adding colors associated with blood: plums, blues, and tons of scarlet reds…
… and specks and droplets always come in handy!
Just last night, Chris was so kind to send it back to me with title in place. It’s definitely been the proudest I’ve been of these covers!
September 18, 2013
James Bennett illustrates almost cover for Barrons magazine, a weekly financial pub, with such frequency that we barely can keep up with posting them. Here is this week's edition:
September 16, 2013
The essential collection of Paul Cox's illustrations will be showing at the Chris Beetles gallery in London, opening on Oct 1st. Paul told us that he especially painted 200 new pieces just for the show. If you are in the area or would like to be, definitely check it out.
Below is the official flyer featuring the schedule and some more about Paul and his work.