This week’s Member Focus Roundup: Photographers Sara Rubinstein, Breun & Grega and Illustrators hanna barczyk, Karla Ortiz http://altpick.com/
Matthew Bowie Photography’s images go on tour!
These are the first two work prints of a brand new yet to be titled project in progress. Along the way I will be posting more and sharing a bit about my methods and approach. Check back often and follow me from the beginning to the end of this series.
This Week in Review :: Daily Member Focus :: Rocco Baviera, Dominic Savini, Anthony Nex, Kristina Varaksina — http://altpick.com
In his classic style, photographer Brian Cummings gives us a fresh new body of work for Knife & Flag.
Today’s Member Focus: Anthony Nex Photography shoots a wide range of subject influenced by a strong sense of wonder.
an animated short coming later this year.
Today’s Member Focus: Rocco Baviera draws inspiration from post impressionism to cubism, mid century modern design, as well as the naive cartoons from the era.
Thanks to everyone who’s entered my contest thus far. I’m shutting this mother down at midnight tonight (EST), so if you haven’t entered or wanna snag some extra entries, go to the links below:
SAM SPRATT’s 2014 PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY
In short: Reblogs and Likes of this picture are each entries to have me paint a personalized portrait of you.
In slightly less short: Longtime followers are no stranger to these contests but for those new to this or me, I’m an illustrator (my work: www.samspratt.com ) who has worked with National Geographic, Janelle Monáe, Childish Gambino, FX, Game Informer, Angry Birds, Wall Street Journal, among others – creating album and magazine covers, advertisements, and posters – but a big part of me being able to do all that has been you sharing my work over the last 3 years. As my small way of paying that forward, I’d like to paint for one of you as I would for my clients, but ya know … for free. Maybe you want that regal portrait of you in a velvet smoking jacket to hang over your mantel, maybe one of your loved one, favorite character, or perhaps you just want me to paint you however I see fit (warning: this will 100% involve dinosaurs) – if you can think it, I’ll probably paint it – and I’ll work with you to make it something special.
As usual I’ll also be sending signed prints and haikus about your eyebrows to extra winners. The contest will stay open for about a week then I’ll randomly draw winners. You can enter on facebook and twitter for extra entries but be cool and don’t spam your followers.
Q+A with Paul Buckley, V.P. Executive Creative Director Penguin Books.
The ICON8 poster designer and friend of the conference talks about illustration, design, work/life balance and building creative relationships.
Mark Kaufman: Hi Paul, thanks for taking a little time to answer some questions! You were on a panel discussion at ICON7 in Providence. Was that your first experience with the conference?
Paul Buckley: I believe I was at ICON4 on a panel. I’m a touch fuzzy on that but I believe that was the one… was a good while ago.
MK: Was the experience everything you’ve dreamed it would be?
PB: It was better… I used to have an insane fear of public speaking and panel talks such as that one helped me realize I am not going to implode up there. The ICON conferences always have a mix of fun people who take their craft very seriously, but also want to have a few laughs over some excellent food and a cocktail or three. I very much love this crowd, always such good real people who are always willing to help and support each other. Most illustrators are truly cool people that are fun and easy to be around.
MK: Do you attend other design or publishing conferences?
PB: Honestly I do not go out of my way. If I’m asked to be involved and it’s in a town that my wife and I want to see, and at a time Ingsu and I can turn it into a vacation, we’ll consider it. I’m sure if I was a freelancer it would be different for me, but in my position I interact with so many artists daily, that with our free time, we want to spend it with family and friends or go rent a car in Sicily or New Mexico and just poke around. I always enjoy conferences when I’m there but they are not something I actively pursue.
MK: Is there a different vibe to a design conference than ICON?
PB: I am involved in some photography conferences and it’s a very different vibe… very serious… not too many laughs. Far less of a cohesive crowd. It is possible that I’ve never attended a design conference… It is not high on my list of priorities but I would imagine they are not so different from an illustration conference – most likely a fun group of talented people as well. Please understand I spend all day, 5 days a week, with designers… then hang out with other designers and art directors outside of work… so design conference or a fishing trip in Canada? Canada will win every time.
MK: Why ICON and not others?
PB: Because I was asked to participate and Ingsu and I thought “why not”. I realize I may not be helping. Conferences are just not a thing I pursue.
MK: No, You’re helping, really. People attend ICON for many reasons. Can you talk a little about it from the perspective of someone that commissions work and collaborates with illustrators, designers and cartoonists?
PB: Regardless of what side of the phone you are on, being an art director/designer, or being an illustrator, we are all building creative relationships. We all want to work with like-minded and good friendly people. ICON has turned me onto quite a few people I now enjoy relationships with and strengthened other relationships that were a bit dry and straightforward. At ICON7, I had one individual, John Thomas, walk up to me and introduce himself and just knock me out with his art & design samples… He’s now on staff with me and is a valued colleague. And of course that also happened with illustrators whose work floored me and I eventually hope to collaborate with.
MK: Do you think that creative directors should attend on a scouting mission? Catching up with people you collaborate with? Just getting away from your desk and commiserating with peers on the state of the industry?
PB: As a creative director, it is an interesting experience. You are aware that you are a bit on the outside; this not being your peers per se, but the peers of a sister group. Like hanging out with cousins you don’t know all that well… but then you realize, you thought you were from the fun part of the family, but these guys are way cooler. What ICON gets right is that it makes sure some art directors and designers are integrated into the event… they understand that when we work together, magical things happen…. I’ll never forget watching Josh Cochran’s collaborations with Thomas Schmid of Buck TV… that made me realize I don’t know anything. That’s what kickass talent looks like when brilliant people from two related, but different sides get together. As to the commiserating, I’m not big on that; if you are not getting the right work, stop blaming others. The first illustration conference I attended a decade or so ago, was full of that… It was a tremendous turnoff… just nobody hires illustrators anymore talk, 24/7. I think now people understand that they need to be a large part of making and pitching their own opportunities and that finding like minded people in related industries is a massive part of that. Waiting for the phone to ring is a slow death. This is core to what I always discuss with illustration students – my first question is always “do you guys know how to find the art directors and designers you want to work with?”; and the look and answer are always the same “Huh? What are you talking about?”. Building a website and sending out samples is not going to complete you and your career. It’s a two way street - just as art directors and designers know who you are and what you do, illustrators need to know who is who in the design community, and what they do, and seek them out just as we seek out artists. The folks at ICON and Showcase really get this need to embrace other disciplines, not just illustration, and I love that about this group. Multi-discipline inclusion.
MK: Speaking of two-way streets and inclusion, we got great feedback on your part of the ICON8 poster. Can you talk about how the commission came about?
PB: The awesome Ellen Weinstein asked if I’d be interested and I said hell yes. My job keeps me way too busy, so I’m not big on extra-curricular or free assignments, but this is exactly the sort of client I want to collaborate, support, and be involved with.
MK: The poster is deceptively simple. But the longer you look at it hidden surprises are revealed. Or am I reading too much into it?
PB: You are correct; and if you look at it long enough, it will fix all that is wrong with your life. I promise. But first you must mail me a check for $15. I really did try to create a very simple poster, but I just kept adding layers, and here we are. I blame too much Pink Floyd, which I was listening to nonstop during the bulk of the build.
MK: I’ve read an interview with you where you talk about your personal relationship with illustration. Penguin has a long history with the form as well. Do you think if you had a different job at a different publisher would you be able to champion illustration or would your body of work be very different?
PB: I would champion it anywhere I’d be – it’s an integral part of who I am both professionally and personally, from childhood on. The first artist’s name I ever knew was Andrew Wyeth – is his work illustration or a fine art? I don’t really care what you choose to label him or any artist. I am just as mind blown walking the halls of the Society of Illustrators as I am walking through MOMA – and commercial art will never be a lesser art form to me.
MK: Are you often on the receiving end of design or illustration commissions, or does your day job at Penguin keep you too busy?
PB: I rarely accept freelance work. My spot at Penguin gives me all the creative outlet that I need, and they pay me very well, so that I can afford to use my free time not pursuing extra work. But if something interesting presents itself, it is hard to say “no thanks”, so I do think hard on opportunities and collaborations.
MK: In general do you think it’s important to work on things other than your day to day responsibilities?
PB: I think it’s important to keep your eyes and mind open for opportunities and outlets that will help you grow as an artist and a person. But to find a balance, so that you actually create a full life around those you love and who love you back, many of whom will have nothing to do with your craft.
MK: Balance in work and life is so important. Portland where ICON8 will be this year has a reputation as a place that offers the balance of community and creativity, have you been to Portland before?
PB: Nope. But I hear it’s lovely. And will no doubt be a killer good time.
MK: Lastly, in addition to waiting around for ICON in July what else is keeping you busy these days?
PB: We have a new boxer pup named Lola. Getting her diet just right, so that I never again step out of my bed to a warm squishy feeling is what consumes my every waking thought.
MK: Balance again. In this case the importance of a balanced diet. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us and your sweet ICON8 poster.
PB: The thanks is all mine. Thank you guys so much for the awesome opportunity.