Celebrating the Work of This Week’s Featured Members

This week we celebrate the work of 4 amazing artists whose art has appeared in publishing, advertising, editorial, and corporate projects.  The artists’ vision focuses on beauty, inspiration, style, and the impact of social issues.  Their strengths center around a strong artistic style,  professional creative collaboration, and an understanding of creative solutions.

Illustrator Rudy Gutierrez

Illustrator ©Rudy Gutierrez

Illustrator ©Rudy Gutierrez

Best known for his children’s books and album covers, Rudy Gutierrez also shows his talented style in editorial and advertising.  Recently Rudy’s work is a part of “The Unity Project”, an art and civics initiative of the Norman Rockwell Museum.


Illustrator Lynne St Clare (Foster)

Illustrator ©Lynne St Clare Foster

Illustrator ©Lynne St Clare (Foster)

Artist Lynne St Clare (Foster) focuses on conceptual portraits where idea and form converge.  Lynne’s goal is to translate raw emotion into a visual image, to enlighten, amuse, and sometimes disturb.

Illustrator Urs J Knobel

Illustrator ©Urs J Knobel

Multi-talented artist Urs J Knobel can easily transition from his more personal work of watercolors to his black & white and colorful caricature style for any publishing, editorial or corporate project.  Urs expresses humor and social justice through his insightful work.

Illustrator Jeff Mulawka

Illustrator ©Jeff Mulawka

Illustrator ©Jeff Mulawka

Inspirational elements from fashion, music, lifestyle, and interior design influence Jeff Mulawka‘s style to create chic and ultra-modern illustrations.  Jeff composes his pieces digitally while also incorporating traditional elements of painting, collage, negative relief, and sgraffito to produce innovative and refined art.

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

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Member Focus Weekly Round-Up

This past week Altpick.com featured work by illustrators Giovannina Colalillo,  Anthony Foronda,  Chris Lyons, and Aaron Meshon. Their work highlights professionalism and style perfect for any editorial, publishing, advertising, or corporate assignment.  Art directors will find the artists’ ease and grasp of the project an asset in finding the perfect solution for any project!  Check out more of their work on Altpick.com.

Illustrator Anthony Foronda

Illustrator ©Anthony Foronda

Illustrator Giovannina Colalillo

Illustrator ©Giovannina

Illustrator ©Chris Lyons

Illustrator ©Chris Lyons

Illustrator ©Aaron Meshon

Illustrator ©Aaron Meshon

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

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The Ink Trail Shares “The Last of Us” Time-Lapse Drawing

Joel Miller Illustrated by Andreas von Buddenbrock

Earlier this month, Andreas “The Ink Trail” von Buddenbrock was happy to share one of his latest time-lapse videos, featuring a tribute portrait of video game character Joel Miller.

Joel is one of the main characters of the popular “The Last of Us” franchise and has been the topic of many discussions since the release of the latest game in the series. According to Andreas, the portrait was made using pencil and ink pens (Micron and Zebra ink) during a few drawing sessions broadcasted on Instagram Live.

To see more of Andreas von Buddenbrock’s work, please visit his page on Altpick.com and his website.

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Sergio Baradat Designs UN World Heritage Stamps

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued 6 postage stamps on 11 September 2020, featuring World Heritage sites in the Russian Federation.

The stamps feature Lake Baikal; Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow; Historic Complex of the Kazan Kremlin; Saint Petersburg; Novodevichy Convent and Kizhi Pogost.

Three beautifully designed prestige booklets in English, French, and German accompany the stamp series. The booklets feature colorful photographs and detailed information about these World Heritage sites.

For many years, UNPA has highlighted World Heritage sites recognized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world in recognition of their outstanding value to humanity.

This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

The stamps and prestige booklets were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations).

The World Heritage stamp series is one of Mr. Baradat’s favorite projects to work on. For this year’s series, Baradat said he was “inspired by the rich history and juxtaposition of styles and design motifs throughout Russia’s history.”

“From the images of St. Petersburg to Lake Baikal to the Historic Complex of the Kazan Kremlin, each one is beautiful, filled with amazing details and historical facts,” he said.

When designing the stamps, his intent was to showcase the sites elegantly and clearly, while bringing recognition and preservation to these historic places.

To purchase these stamps, as well as other UNPA products, please visit unstamps.org. You can also email UNPA at unpanyinquiries@un.org or call 1-800-234-UNPA (8672).

To see more of Sergio Baradat’s design and illustration work, please visit his website and page on Altpick.com.

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Altpick Week in Review: Ellen Weinstein, Julia Kerschbaumer, Lee Page and Daria Kirpach

Altpick’s Member Focus continues with a review of this past week’s artists highlights, which includes Photographer Lee Page and Illustrators Ellen Weinstein, Julia Kerschbaumer and Daria Kirpach.

Illustrator Ellen Weinstein

Illustrator Julia Kerschbaumer

Illustrator Daria Kirpach


Photographer Lee Page

Altpick.com is designed to help you. You are an art director, art buyer, photo editor, or creative director looking for talent to shoot, illustrate, or animate a project. You are an artist looking to promote to this crucial art buying base. Altpick.com consistently reaches the decision-makers in the industry that are cutting edge, dynamic, and open to new ideas. Our hand-selected artist members represent the freshest and most professional talents in the creative community.  To see more of the above artists’ work, please visit Altpick.com.


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Altpick Week in Review::Illustrator Gregory Nelson, Photographers Kevin Steele, Irene Pena and Jay Watson

Altpick’s Member Focus continues with a review of this past week’s artists highlights, which include Photographers Jay Watson, Irene Pena, Kevin Steele, and Illustrator Gregory Nelson.

Illustrator Gregory Nelson

Illustrator ©Gregory Nelson

Gregory Nelson has been in the business for over 20 years and is an experienced illustrator for magazines, greeting cards, and editorial assignments.

Photographer Kevin Steele

Photographer ©Kevin Steele

It’s all about feeling for photographer Kevin Steele.  “Creating an emotional connection in images that range from quiet and still to explosively dynamic”, Steele comments. “I love shooting people with a zest for life.”

Photographer Irene Pena 

Photographer ©Irene Pena

Costa Rican Photographer Irene Pena, creates fashion, portrait, lifestyle, and fine art images.  She works on projects with local artists and fashion designers creating dynamic images in motion.  All done in-camera.

Photographer Jay Watson

Photographer ©Jay Watson

San Franciso editorial and lifestyle photographer Jay Watson shoots advertising, entertainment, apparel, corporate, sports and automobile assignments.  His beautiful red Chevy Camaro above was shot at night capturing the perfect lighting.

This was just a small sampling of the artists’ work.  Please visit Altpick.com for more of their amazing imagery.

Art Directors, creative directors, designers, and industry creative buyers can easily find solutions for all types of their creative needs right here on Altpick.com!





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Altpick’s Week in Review

Altpick’s Week in Review features 4 talented members:  award-winning illustrators Mark Smith and Mirko Cresta, designer Kurt Ketchum and photographer Dorit Thies.  Each of the members’ portfolio showcases a sample of their best work, recent news, and their latest assignments.  Art Directors, creative directors, and creatives in the industry hire these talented artists to answer their needs in advertising, editorial, publishing, music, and corporate.  Be sure to visit Altpick.com for more of their work!

Photographer Dorit Thies  

Globally recognized photographer Dorit Thies has earned a stellar reputation over the last two decades as a go-to talent for beauty, hair, health, wellness and lifestyle clients looking for creative solutions to their most high-profile projects.

Photographer ©Dorit Thies

Illustrator Mirko Cresta

Mirko Cresta has found over time that his style has been enriched with relistic details and vibrant colors with renouncing cleanliness and compositional synthesis.  Mirko illustrates sensitive, social, political and topical issues  without being didactic or too empathetic.

Illustrator ©Mirko Cresta

Designer Kurt Ketchum

Kurt Ketchum loves working with creating images, color, texture, typography, photography, design, drawing, and all aspects of the arts.  Ketchum has a knack for finding creative solutions for all types of projects in advertising, corporate, editorial, publishing, and music industries.

Designer ©Kurt Ketchum

Illustrator Mark Smith

Mark Smith’s work has been featured in magazines, newspapers, books, and advertising campaigns around the world for high profile clients such as ESPN, Rolling Stone, Penguin Books, New York Times and many more.

Illustrator ©Mark Smith

Be sure to visit Altpick.com for more of the artists’ work!

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Congratulations to the American Illustration 39 Winners!

Congratulations to the Altpick members and all the illustrators who won in the American Illustration 39 com competition! We would like to specially highlight the winning pieces of Dan BejarDavide Bonazzi, Richard Borge, Ivan Canu, Tom Cocotos, John S. Dykes, Paul Garland, Garth Glazier, Eddie Guy, Urs J. Knobel, Jon Krause, Aaron Meshon, David Plunkert, Mark Smith, and Ellen Weinstein.

Dan Bejar

Illustrator ©Dan Bejar

Dan Bejar’s cover was for a profile on Daniella Ballou-Aares who founded the Leadership Now Project.  The project idea is to rebuild America’s democratic systems in a non-partisan way.

Illustrator ©Dan Bejar

Dan’s second winning illustration was the main components for the artist Dread Scott’s guidebook on the performance project “Slave Rebellion Reenactment”.  The items included the performance, recruitment of performers, the history of the 1811 German Coast uprising, costume making, and book clubs.

Dan’s third winning piece was for a story in Reader’s Digest on an Alabama woman’s experience — as an observer and a shooting victim — which underscores how hungry Americans are to reach consensus.

Davide Bonazzi

Illustrator ©Davide Bonazzi

Davide’ Bonazzi’s book cover illustration of “Hannah Versus the Tree” by Leland de la Durantaye, was published in Italy by Codice Edizioni.

Richard Borge

Illustrator ©Richard Borge

Richard Borge’s 2019 SVA Subway Poster was commissioned in fall 2019 by the School of Visual Arts (SVA) to appear as part of a series of subway platform posters with the tag line “Art Is!”.  Look for the hidden elements!

“Buzzing with Innovation” ©Richard Borge

Richard’s second winning piece was titled “Buzzing with Innovation”, the cover image for the Mechanical Engineering magazine, which celebrated the various areas of the field.

Ivan Canu

Illustrator ©Ivan Canu

Portrait of the Italian romantic poet Giacomo Leopardi for the book “Very Italiani” written by Rossana and Francesco Maletto-Cazzullo was illustrated by Ivan Canu. The book tells the stories of 50 famous Italians from the Middle Ages to contemporary times.  Published by Salani in March 2019.

Tom Cocotos

©Tom Cocotos

Tom Cocotos’ piece “Jay-Z Dissected” was selected for the American Illustration Awards 39.

John Dykes (Leo Acadia)

Illustrator ©John S. Dykes

John Dykes’ “Carvel” was one in a series of paintings inspired by mid-century, products, packaging, design, fashion, and culture.

Paul Garland

Illustrator ©Paul Garland

Paul Garland’s bicycle image accompanied an article about Philadelphia’s ambitious plan to eliminate bicycle deaths on its streets and roads.

Garth Glazier

Illustrator ©Garth Glazier

Illustrator ©Garth Glazier

The promotional set of animal designs for the December and Christmas season was illustrated to be fun and light-hearted.  Garth Glazier was exploring variations in style and approach as well as wordplay.

Eddie Guy

Illustrator©Eddie Guy

“How Many Bones Would You Break to Get Laid?” was Eddie Guy’s commissioned illustration for the May 2019 issue of the New York magazine.  The article is on how some people go under the knife to reshape their faces to increase their dating prospects.

Urs J Knobel

Illustrator ©Urs J Knobel

Urs J Knobel’s caricature depicts how Prime Minster of the UK Boris Johnson’s personality was becoming a problem.

Jon Krause

Illustrator ©Jon Krause

The illustration of the dalmatian was illustrated by Jon Krause for an article advising readers on creating secure passwords, specifically never using your dog’s name.

Illustrator ©Jon Krause

Jon’s second winning piece was for an article about lies and dishonesty in the press.

Aaron Meshon

Illustrator ©Aaron Meshon

Chubu is the Meshon family dog.  In the painting, Aaron Meshon illustrates the Japanese countryside with his son and 4 friends.  The painting was made for a continuing promotional series.

Aaron’s second winning piece was painting and design for the film poster for “Nourishing Japan” documentary about school lunches, the farmers and community that bring the local food to the children, and the importance of its influence on society and life in Japan.

David Plunkert

Illustrator ©David Plunkert

“Suffrage” poster was illustrated by David Plunkert for Blueshift Dance Company and Vaught Contemporary Ballet’s modern dance performance celebrating women’s right to vote.

Illustrator ©David Plunkert

David’s second winning piece, “If/Then” poster was illustrated for The Collective’s modern dance performance relating to the cause and effect of human relationships.

Mark Smith

Illustrator ©Mark Smith

Mark Smith’s illustration, “Happiness in the Workplace” was created for Mendoza Business Magazine.

Illustrator ©Mark Smith

Mark’s second winning piece “To Love and Be Wise” was illustrated for Josephine Tey’s period crime novel.

Ellen Weinstein

Illustrator ©Ellen Weinstein

Ellen Weinstein’s “The Life of Dogs and Cats” in South Korea as depicted through a series of short stories for “Korean Literature Now”.

Illustrator ©Ellen Weinstein

Ellen’s second winning piece was for Marin Magazine for a story on non-invasive beauty treatments.

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







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Kevin Steele Photographs L.A. BLM Protests

©Kevin Steele

To say that something was set in motion by the killing of George Floyd would no doubt be an understatement, given the public reaction we’ve seen play out in the past month. From streets all across the country, powerful images of protesters have emerged on various media (and social media) outlets. Kevin Steele is no exception to the number of professional photographers who have managed to capture the anger, sadness, and disappointment seen in the people marching through America’s big cities. Apart from his excellent imagery shot during L.A.’s “Black Lives Matter” protests, Kevin also shared a few words on the topic:

“This is not a time to tell you how many black friends I have, or how woke I am to the pervasive racism and inequality in America. This is a time to listen. A time to pause and reflect.  Most importantly it is a time to effect change. This moment is different. We’ve all been living with uncertainty and fear these last months, feeling vulnerable and anxious. The distractions of daily “normal” life are stripped away and we can see too clearly what has been happening in front of our eyes. The murder of George Floyd was a horrific call to action. To end the police brutality and violence, to bring to the center of our conversations the social injustice, racism, and inequality and to act. Whether we add a voice in physical protest, add dollars to support, or simply listen, watch, understand, and empathize. We want to change NOW.“ — Kevin Steele

To see more of Kevin Steele’s photography, please visit his page on Altpick.com.

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Kent Miller’s Pandemic Porch Portraits

The COVID-pandemic has been both a stressful and worrisome time for many, and it’s in times like these that we should appreciate the creative people who do their best to change our moods.

Photographer Kent Miller is one of those people; after sitting at home for weeks without any direct contact with the outside world, Kent decided it was time to get creative in order to help his community (as well as himself) to deal with the mental anguish brought on by isolation. He posted a short blurb in his local Tarrytown, NY, Facebook group, asking families if they’d be willing to get photographed while sitting on their front porch. Sure enough, enthusiastic replies soon started pouring in and before long, Kent could start shooting with his 1954 Linhof Technika 5×7 film camera and early 1950’s black & white film. He explains the photographic process as such:

“We never touch during the process. Schedules were arranged by email, text, or phone calls. The entire experience is socially distanced: When I arrive at their address, I text them and we greet each other from a distance in their yard. I ask them to sit on the porch or sidewalk in front of their house. I set up my camera and make 6 quick shots on 3 different kinds of film. We say goodbye and off I go. Later that evening, I develop everything in my darkroom, do a quick scanning of the film, and email the family a few images. Some of the older films take on a very weathered look. It’s part of the magic of film. I make an actual print from the scanned negative for the family to hang in their house if they’d like.”

Ultimately, Kent’s main purpose for the project is to put a smile on peoples’ faces and, if only for a few minutes, have them forget about the pandemic and just sit together as a family while enjoying each other’s company. “These quiet moments help us realize that we are much stronger together – as a family and as a community.”

To see more of photographer Kent Miller’s work, please visit Altpick.com.

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