November 27, 2013

UPDATE: Kickstarter for The Complete Artist now up and running!

A few weeks back, we let you know about Jason Seiler's collaboration with many artists to create an tell-all book on how to succeed as an artist, financially and artistically. 

The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now so go check it out, spread the word, and help them fund it. 



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For the past 3 years, Jason Seiler has been working with 12+ guest artists to create a tell-all, no holds bar, everything-you-need-to-know book about how to succeed as a commercial illustrator. It includes both tips on technique and even more importantly, tips on how to run your business.

Currently in its fundraising stage, the Kickstarter Campaign for the book will launch next week. We will post the link when it is posted.

Follow them on their facebook page and website

But enough from me, here is Jason to tell you more about it:






From their website

What can I expect from the book? 

  • To receive a beautiful and highly educational collectors art book with over 250+ pages of gorgeous art from some of the world's best assembled artists and industry professionals candidly speaking on what it takes to make it to the top
  • You will gain access to THE ONLY ART BOOK with immersive QR interactive video content playable directly form the book
  • You'll be motivated, inspired and plan your path to creative success 
  • You'll learn methods and best practices to produce mind blowing results in less time and hot to stay focused  
  • You will learn and discover how Jason and his friends went from a struggling artist into being the globally celebrated and acclaimed artist he is today.
  • You will discover exclusive painting and drawing techniques and promotional tips from internationally celebrated artists
  • You will understand about Art techniques, Business of Art, networking, Tax Techniques of Canada/USA, copyrighting, self promotion and commercial exposure, web marketing and self branding. 
  • You will learn about everything you need or will need to know eventually as you advance in the industry. You will learn from our mistakes and successes.
  • As a backer you will get a chance to ask one question that we will try to pass onto our artists, creative directors and hiring heads who we will be interviewing for the book
  • You will even know what these artists EAT for breakfast!!
You will have the front seat in front of the professionals that will hire you. By learning directly from Industry In this one of a kind book we're bringing our stories, our experiences, our proven concepts and techniques in art, illustration, design, and business that will teach, motivate and inspire you to push yourself further creatively. We'll share struggles, successes we've had and you'll discover how to turn your passion into a lifetime career you love. You'll learn directly from the pros that are making an impact on the creative industry and are acclaimed and recognized internationally and wanted to give back and share with all of you what's worked in their careers. We're artists just like you, we've struggled and we're huge fans of everything creative. We still work hard to maintain the flow of our creative juices. Remember; there are no shortcuts or substitute for hard work, but there are ways of working smart instead of hard and this book will teach you that, so you can focus on what's really important; becoming the best freaking artist you can be.

- See more at: http://sketchoholic.com/flipbook/the-complete-artist-how-to-succeed-in-the-creative-industry-with-jason-seiler-marcin-marcin-and-elite-artists#sthash.tjHHSDIm.dpuf


November 26, 2013

Ricardo Martinez - Elephants

When I opened the email containing this image from Ricardo Martinez, my jaw dropped with a loud thud unto my desk. Drawn as a present for his wife, he couldn't wait until Christmas to give it to her. I can understand why. It is also his largest illustration to date at a whopping 24 x 36 inches. 



Thomas Ehretsmann Builds a New Website!

Thomas Ehretsmann just redid his website to be as classy as his art is. Oggle, drool, or just browse around... up to you. 

http://www.thomas-ehretsmann.com/en/


November 25, 2013

Andre Kutscherauer - World Changing Ideas, Scientific American

We are happy to finally be able to show off the cover of Scientific American that Andre Kutscherauer illustrated, marking our first collaboration together. 


November 22, 2013

Chase Stone - Is this a Bubble? WSJ

It's been a pretty busy couple of weeks here in the office but I can now finally catch up on posting our newly published projects. 

In the past issue of WSJ's Weekend Investor, Chase Stone painted the cover on the topic of "Are we in a Bubble?" 



November 21, 2013

Michal Dziekan - 10 Things Billionaires Won’t Tell You, WSJ

In this past weekends issue of Wall Street Journal, Michal Dziekan illustrated the (always biting column) 10 Things column. This time, it was about things billionaires wont tell you.

Take a look at his last illustration for the column here


November 19, 2013

Kent Barton - The Many Expressions of Burt

Kent Barton has been working steadily with Burt's Bees over the past year for their packaging and advertising. One of the first projects he did for them was a series of illustrations of Burt himself. As you can see, he's quite an eccentric looking man. The story of the company's origin is quite interesting as well (read it here). 







C.F. Payne - Mousetronaut Goes to Mars

A followup to last years picture book, Mousetronaut Goes to Mars illustrated by C.F. Payne and written by astronaut Mark Kelly was released about a month ago to overwhelmingly positive reviews. This time, it regales the story of how a mouse named Meteor on his rescue mission to Mars. 



Here's what Kirkus had to say: 
"When NASA announces the crew of the upcoming Mars mission, Meteor the Mousetronaut is, shockingly, not on the list. No matter; the little mouse isn’t about to let his training go to waste. He packs his spacesuit and stows away on the Galaxy, floating out to scavenge crumbs while the human crew sleeps. After six months, the Galaxy reaches Mars orbit--but one of the landing craft’s engines fails, and the remaining one isn’t strong enough to transport even one human. Meteor volunteers for duty and, equipped with a tiny American flag, descends to the Red Planet to gather rock samples. Six months later, he returns to Earth to be welcomed as a hero with the other astronauts. While this story inevitably lacks the freshness of Meteor’s debut (Mousetronaut, 2012), Kelly’s prose and storytelling have matured, and Meteor’s enthusiasm is as infectious as ever. Payne’s delightfully regular-looking, multiethnic and gender-inclusive crew displays the same winning combination of heroism and lumpiness (the mission commander has an endearingly potatolike face) that distinguished the first adventure. Perhaps what’s most striking about this book, though, is the four-page afterword, in which Kelly summarizes the history of Mars exploration and discusses the potential for a real manned mission. His eloquence in advocating for a vigorous space program bespeaks both passion and experience. Rodent or no, Meteor sure is one heck of a space ambassador. (Picture book. 4-8)"
– Kirkus
- See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Mousetronaut-Goes-to-Mars/Mark-Kelly/9781442484269#sthash.fruDLWn3.dpuf

November 14, 2013

"Something Extra Burns Through His Finished Portrait"

For a recent issue of The New Yorker, Jason Seiler painted this extraordinary portrait of writer Allan Gurganus. Shortly after it was published, Gurganus had this to say about what he saw: 

"First I was elated to see any painting of myself in `The New Yorker’. But I at once understood that Jason Seiler’s portrait captured something so personal I wondered if he had been spying on me at home. Seiler’s deft and liquid touch seems charged with a humane Sargent-like economy. The brushwork is as direct as opulent. He caught a central quality that’s as hard to describe as it is easy to recognize.
    Though Seiler founded his image on various photographic materials showing my aged face, something extra burns through his finished portrait.  I can only identify that quality as a secret wish of mine to reach then please and then to finally surprise or shock and change my readers.  How Jason Seiler digitally decoded then preserved quality, I do not understand. That he got it for all time, I promise you."

It's often that an illustrator gets a portrait commission. However, it's rare they ever hear feedback from the subject, especially so beautifully written.



Breakthrough Contest Reception 2013

It's hard to believe that last week came and went. Zhichao Cai, the winner of this year's Breakthrough Contest, came to join us in New York City all the way from Hangzhou, China. Apart from enjoying the sites and sounds of the city, our main purpose in bringing him here was to congratulate him in person and give him the kind of exposure that can help launch a career in the states. 

Many of our friends and artists (including Niklas Asker from Sweden, Goni Montes from Atlanta, Guy Stauber from England, James Bennett, Dongyun Lee, Rudy Gutierrez, David Palumbo, and Chase Stone) joined us for an office reception where we presented him with his award and got to showcase his work. Also joining us was the third place winner Tanner Griepentrog from San Francisco, who is well on his way to a successful career in illustration. Everyone agreed that their portfolios were overwhelmingly good. We're all looking forward to seeing how their careers evolve. 




Richard(right) presenting his award to Zhichao (left). 


Giving a little acceptance speech

Tanner G checking out The Workbook


From left to right: James Bennett, Rudy Gutierrez, Steve Stroud, Guy Stauber (all the way in the back), Niklas Asker (talking to Steve), David Cooper (talking to Rudy)

A little preview of our spread 





November 13, 2013

Retail Therapy

This week's collection of illustrations features that which we all know is coming in fast and hard... the holiday shopping season. 

Mark Summers
"Buying is a profound pleasure."
Simone de Beauvoir
David Palumbo
"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."
- Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
Paul Cox
"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping."
Bo Derek
James Bennett
"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."
- Oscar Wilde.
Ted Wright
"Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money."
Author Unknown
Gary Kelley
"Is there more to life than shopping?"
- AMANDA FORD
David Johnson
"If the shoe fits, buy it in every color!"
Author Unknown
Chris Gall
"I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist."
Tammy Faye Bakker
C.F. Payne
"Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another checkout line."
Ann Lander
Michal Dziekan
"You're biggest expense is the money you don't make."
- Pante
Tim Bower
"A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist."
Franklin P. Jones
Murray Kimber
"The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one."
Erma Bombeck
Dongyun Lee
"A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it."
William Feather
Gregory Manchess
"Three things to remember about shopping are location, location, location."
Melinda Adams
Thomas Ehretsmann
"We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls."
Bill Bryson

November 11, 2013

Mark Summers - Icelandic Mermaid

Mark Summers Collaborated with new Icelandic salt company Nordur to create an illustration that would be used for their branding. The result is a very well designed package (and website). Check it out here




THE COMPLETE ARTIST: How to Succeed in the Creative Industry

For the past 3 years, Jason Seiler has been working with 12+ guest artists to create a tell-all, no holds bar, everything-you-need-to-know book about how to succeed as a commercial illustrator. It includes both tips on technique and even more importantly, tips on how to run your business.

Currently in its fundraising stage, the Kickstarter Campaign for the book will launch next week. We will post the link when it is posted.

Follow them on their facebook page and website

But enough from me, here is Jason to tell you more about it:






From their website

What can I expect from the book? 

  • To receive a beautiful and highly educational collectors art book with over 250+ pages of gorgeous art from some of the world's best assembled artists and industry professionals candidly speaking on what it takes to make it to the top
  • You will gain access to THE ONLY ART BOOK with immersive QR interactive video content playable directly form the book
  • You'll be motivated, inspired and plan your path to creative success 
  • You'll learn methods and best practices to produce mind blowing results in less time and hot to stay focused  
  • You will learn and discover how Jason and his friends went from a struggling artist into being the globally celebrated and acclaimed artist he is today.
  • You will discover exclusive painting and drawing techniques and promotional tips from internationally celebrated artists
  • You will understand about Art techniques, Business of Art, networking, Tax Techniques of Canada/USA, copyrighting, self promotion and commercial exposure, web marketing and self branding. 
  • You will learn about everything you need or will need to know eventually as you advance in the industry. You will learn from our mistakes and successes.
  • As a backer you will get a chance to ask one question that we will try to pass onto our artists, creative directors and hiring heads who we will be interviewing for the book
  • You will even know what these artists EAT for breakfast!!
You will have the front seat in front of the professionals that will hire you. By learning directly from Industry In this one of a kind book we're bringing our stories, our experiences, our proven concepts and techniques in art, illustration, design, and business that will teach, motivate and inspire you to push yourself further creatively. We'll share struggles, successes we've had and you'll discover how to turn your passion into a lifetime career you love. You'll learn directly from the pros that are making an impact on the creative industry and are acclaimed and recognized internationally and wanted to give back and share with all of you what's worked in their careers. We're artists just like you, we've struggled and we're huge fans of everything creative. We still work hard to maintain the flow of our creative juices. Remember; there are no shortcuts or substitute for hard work, but there are ways of working smart instead of hard and this book will teach you that, so you can focus on what's really important; becoming the best freaking artist you can be.

- See more at: http://sketchoholic.com/flipbook/the-complete-artist-how-to-succeed-in-the-creative-industry-with-jason-seiler-marcin-marcin-and-elite-artists#sthash.tjHHSDIm.dpuf


November 6, 2013

Mark Summers - Fall Reading 2013, The Weekly Standard

It's become a long standing tradition to have Mark Summers illustrate the seasonal reading covers of The Weekly Standard. This fall's cover certainly doesn't break featuring Emily Dickinson.

Take at look at his other covers here:

Summer 2013
Previous years 


November 5, 2013

Andrew R. Wright - A Day at the Races

Andrew R. Wright's latest illustration is featured as a spread opener Hemisphere Magazine: "The writer finds out that Nascar, much like abstract and minimalist painting, has more to it than just the surface qualities." It's a brilliant and visually pleasing take on the subject. 


TIm Bower - The Whipsaw Effect

Newest illustration from Tim Bower is featured in PlanSponser magazine for their article about The Whipsaw Effect, a form of calculation used in determining insurance benefits.


Maria Corte - The Shift Index, Deloitte University Press

Over the past couple of year, creative director of Deloitte University Press Matt Lennert and Maria Corte have developed a great report with one another. He gives her an idea and she runs with it. Their latest collaboration is a series of covers for DUP's newest publication, The Shift Index.

Take a look at her previous work for them here:
08/13/2012
10/15/2012