Altpick Member Focus :: This Week in Review

In today’s Altpick blog post we are highlighting work from this past week’s Member Focus artists.  We are very excited to showcase a mini sample of  Photographer Bob Stevens and Illustrators John Sledd and Barbara Dekeyser Please visit Altpick.com to see more. Enjoy!


Photographer Bob Stevens grew up at the beach and started surfing at 12, lucky kid.
Spoke a dialect peppered with terms like ‘stoked’, ‘bitchin’ and ‘dude’. Still uses dude a lot. He thought he wanted to be a writer, an ad copywriter no less. Things got in the way, like surfing and beach volleyball. The latter led him to photography classes, long story.
“I jumped into my own business and haven’t looked back”, says Stevens.

Photographer ©Bob Stevens

Photographer ©Bob Stevens


Illustrator John Sledd – Sledd Studio has been working in the graphics industry for 20 years now,  spent the first five of those years in print shops, advertising agencies, and corporate graphics departments. The rest have been spent running Sledd Studios, where John’s clients have ranged from design studios to video game developers and everyone in-between.

Illustrator ©John Sledd – Sledd Studio

Illustrator ©John Sledd-Sledd Studio


Barbara Dekeyser, conceptual illustrator, enjoys representing ideas, stories, and concepts in a visual way. Her subjects of choice include current affairs, the human spirit, our digital world, business topics, and the environment. Basically all the things.

Illustrator ©Barbara Dekeyser

Illustrator ©Barbara Dekeyser


To more of the artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.

 

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Altpick Member Focus :: This Week in Review

In today’s Altpick blog post we are highlighting work from this past week’s Member Focus artists.  We are very excited to showcase a mini sample of  Illustrators Brian Allen, Enosuke Saito, Blair Kelly, and Photographer Simon Puschmann‘s portfolio. Please visit Altpick.com to see more. Enjoy!


Photographer Simon Puschmann is an award-winning commercial photographer and director who defies all categories. For 30 years, he has been creating his own brand of dramatic, unexpected imagery for a like of prestigious clientele.

Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

Photographer ©Simon Puschmann


Illustrator Brian Allen of Flyland Designs with over 10 years of industry experience has designed mascots, apparel, retail packaging, book and album covers for many clients.  Brian’s mascot, “Gritty” for the Philadelphia Flyers has become a world sensation.

©Brian Allen of Flyland Designs

©Brian Allen – Flyland Designs


Enosuke Saito is an illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan.  His work has been applied to editorial, advertising, and corporate projects both in Japan and worldwide.

Illustrator ©Enosuke Saito

Illustrator ©Enosuke Saito


Illustrator Blair Kelly combines traditional elements such as linocut and vintage paper with digital media to create his illustrations. His work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, posters, annual reports, packaging, toys, animation, pillows, and t-shirts.

Illustrator ©Blair Kelly

Illustrator ©Blair Kelly


Art Directors, Creative Directors, Industry Creatives looking for talent for advertising, editorial, publishing, or corporate projects, please visit Altpick.com for a pool of talented professional photographers, illustrators, animators, and graphic designers.

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“Altpick Members’ 2020:: A Year In Review” Final Installment

In our 3rd and final installment of “Altpick Members’ 2020::A Year in Review” post, we continue to take a look at the creative work our members produced between September – December of 2020.  Over the past year and continuing into this year, as we know, the world has been dealing with difficult situations both in personal health and in business.  As difficult as it is, it is also worth highlighting how our members have managed to find creative and new ways to use their talents.  For example, take a look at photographers Keith Barraclough’s “Virtual Shoots”; George Kamper’s “Bubble Boy” series, Kent Miller’s “Pandemic Portrait Portraits”  and Kevin Steele’s “Life on Pause”. In addition, illustrators Aaron Meshon’s “Back to School” series and James Benn’s  “Eat Out to Help Out” (one in his pandemic series), just to mention a few. As you will see below the photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, and animators have kept busy producing amazing work whether it was for an assignment or personal projects.  We would also like to congratulate our members and the art directors, creative directors, and creatives working in the industry who are involved in hiring creative talents for a job well done during these crazy times!


Thank you for visiting!  To see more of the artists’ work, please go to Altpick.com.

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Altpick Members’ 2020 :: A Year In Review (Part 2/3)

In our 2nd installment of “Altpick Members’ 2020: A Year In Review,” we are taking a look at the creative work our members produced between May-August in 2020.  With the unusual circumstances we all had to deal with in this past year, our members found creative new ways to use their talents for personal and commercial assignments.  We would like to congratulate the photographers, illustrators, animators, graphic designers, art directors, creative directors, and all the creatives involved for a job well done!


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Altpick Members’ 2020: A Year In Review (Part 1/3)

The year 2020 may not go down in history as one of our greatest ones (an understatement, for sure), but it is not likely to be forgotten. With circumstances more unusual than a rainy day in L.A., our members have had to figure out creative new ways to use their talents and expand their already impressive libraries of artworks. This is the first of three installments (January – April) where we will take a closer look at what our wonderful artists have been up to and the effects that this strange but educational year has had on the art world. Congratulations from us here at Altpick to the photographers, illustrators, animators, graphic designers, art directors, creative directors, and other members for a job well done!

Slideshow of all the images and news items

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Barraclough Showcases New Work from Latest “Virtual Shoots”

Rachel on her roof in NYC

If you’re keeping up with the work of photographer Keith Barraclough, then you might have noticed a number of recent portraits, taken around places such as L.A., Atlanta, Savannah, South Carolina, and Connecticut. What you might not know, however, is that all of those portraits were taken from Keith’s home in New York City(!). Through the use of an app called CLOS, Keith is able to do a complete virtual shoot, using remote controls and verbal instructions in order to get the shot that he wants. His wife and collaborator Kate explains the process as such:

“The subject downloads the App and opens a link sent by Keith to begin the photo session. The session works like a FaceTime call, so Keith can talk and give the subject verbal cues. The call is end-to-end encrypted, so as soon as the photographer and subject hang up, the camera control ends. The photographer does not have access to anything other than the camera itself during the session. The more recent the device model, the better the camera  the better the lighting, the better the image quality.”

Portrait of Faith during her virtual shoot

The subject picks the location and what to wear.  Keith has a brief conversation on the phone to go over some logistics of how the app works, (time of day/best lighting, who’s holding the iPhone, etc).  Once they are connected Keith does a quick walk-through of the space/environment and matches the lighting to a specific location along with the style/clothing they are wearing.

Alaina with hockey gear next to a pond

Taylor in LA and I’m in NYC

“A good example of this is Taylor in the pool (shot while she was in LA) and the Hermione shot of the hiking path and with Waldo and the train”. Keith continues to say, “They both have a very different feel but match what they are wearing and the magical element of the subjects.  I also have a preconceived idea of what I want to do in a post using Snapseed (an app I use to process images).  For the Hermione shot I wanted a location where she was “engulfed” within her environment and wanted to add a heavy vignette. The path with trees gave me the perfect setting.  I could completely visualize what the final image would look like.  To be honest that doesn’t happen all the time.”

Portrait of Faith during her virtual shoot

Portrait of Faith during her virtual shoot

Once the shoot is over, Keith is then able to do all of the necessary retouching using only his iPad (with an app called Snapseed). A truly virtual shoot, from beginning to end!

If you’d like to learn more about how the CLOS app works, you can check it out here. If you want to keep yourself updated on more of Keith’s virtual shoots, be sure to follow his official Instagram page.

CLOS link: https://apps.apple.com/app/clos-remote-shooting/id1509034647
IG link: https://www.instagram.com/keithbarraclough/

To see more of Keith Barraclough’s work, please visit his website and page on Altpick.com.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALTPICK MEMBERS!

Happy Holidays from Altpick’s members: photographers, illustrators, designers, animators, and multi-media artists!  Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2021!

“Cardinal with Haiku” ©Ray-Mel Cornelius

Slide show of the collection of Altpick Members’ Holiday images:

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Please visit Altpick.com to see more of the members’ amazing work!

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Simon Puschmann Captures the Life of Big Cities After Dark

“Shanghai” Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

When the sun goes down, that’s when the big cities really come to life. This was recently proved by photographer Simon Puschmann, who shared a number of stunning shots showcasing the nightly ambiance of metropolises such as Dubai, Melbourne, Shanghai, and San Fransisco (the latter being captured in beautiful twilight). If this is what we have to settle with while actual travel is restricted, then we’re not going to complain!

“Shanghai” Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

“Shanghai” Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

“Melbourne” Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

“Dubai” Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

“Shanghai” Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

“Shanghai” Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

“San Francisco” ©Simon Puschmann

“San Francisco” Photographer ©Simon Puschmann

To see more of Simon Puschmann’s work, please visit his website and his page on Altpick.com