September 30, 2013

Gregory Manchess - The 1963 March on Washington, USPS stamp

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 27, 2013

Mark T Smith - Crowd Funding for Artists, Briefings Magazine

Mark T Smith illustrated an article for Briefings Magazine about 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 - The New Academy, Briefings Magazine

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 - Texas Monthly

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

TV is chewing gum for the eyes...

Richard Solomon Artists Representative
TV is chewing gum for the eyes...
Michal Dziekan
Politics is an emotional game and TV is an emotional media, that is why it is the preferred battle ground."
- Kyle Roberts, president of Smart Media Group
Guy Stauber
"Over the last half century the television interview has given us some of TV's most heart-stopping and memorable moments. On the surface it is a simple format - two people sitting across from one another having a conversation. But underneath it is often a power struggle - a battle for the psychological advantage."
- David Frost
CF Payne
"Our dreams are firsthand creations, rather than residues of waking life. We have the capacity for infinite creativity; at least while dreaming, we partake of the power of the Spirit, the infinite Godhead that creates the cosmos."
- Jackie Gleason
Gregory Manchess
"Your illogical approach to chess does have its advantages on occasion, Captain."
- Leonard Nimoy as Spock in 'Charlie X'
Chase Stone
"Screen work always boils down to that moment between the camera and the actor or the actors. It always boils down to that, ultimately. You serve the camera."
- Alfred Molina as Dr. Harding Hooten in "Monday Mornings" on TNT
Mark Summers
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness."
- Oprah Winfrey
Niklas Asker
"It's very easy for me to say what success is. I think success is connecting with an audience who understands you and having a dialogue with them. I think success is continuing to push yourself forward creatively and not sort of becoming a caricature of yourself."
- Lena Dunham
Chris Gall
"Sometimes, as a comedian, a line will come to you, that is so beautiful, so perfect, that you think: I did not create this line. This line belongs to all of us. Surely this is a line of God."
- Russell Brand
Jason Seiler
"It's a good thing I was born in this century, when superfluous television seems to be part of the economy."
- Conan O'Brien
Bill Sanderson
"Internet TV and the move to the digital approach is quite revolutionary. TV has historically been a broadcast medium with everybody picking from a very finite number of channels."
- Bill Gates
Chris Gall
"Say my name."
- Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Dead Freight," Season 5 of Breaking Bad on AMC
Tim Bower
"Everything you see on screen is real. By doing what we do, there's naturally going to be a lot of grimacing. And whimpering."
- Johnny Knoxville
Ted Wright
"A television can provide all important mental stimulation for dogs and help prevent boredom behaviour"
- PIAS ("The Petcare And Information Advisory Service")
James Bennett
"In order to maintain an untenable position, you have to be actively ignorant. One motto on the show is, 'Keep your facts, I'm going with the truth."
- Stephen Colbert
Murray Kimber
"Television has changed the American child from an irresistable force to an immovable object."
- Laurence J. Peter
Dongyun Lee
Goni Montes
Michal Dziekan
Chris Gall
  Tim Bower
Andrew R. Wright
Eric Drooker
Murray Kimber
  James Bennett
CF Payne
Jason Seiler
  Patrick Arrasmith
Kent Barton
Bill Sanderson
Douglas Smith
Ricardo Martinez
Mark Summers
  Thomas Ehretsmann
David Palumbo
Tyler Jacobson
Kinuko Y. Craft
Gregory Manchess
Karla Ortiz
Chase Stone

Niklas Asker
David Johnson
  Rudy Guitierrez
Mark T. Smith
  Paul Cox
Gary Kelley
Edward Kinsella
Tran Nguyen

  John Mattos
Guy Stauber
Maria Corte
Ted Wright
  Andre Kutscherauer
Richard Solomon
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September 19, 2013

Goni Montes - Clive Barker's Next Testament #8

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 - High Risk Hike, Barrons

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

Paul Cox - A Journey Through His Art

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. 

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