Bonasera Illustrates and Animates Stories From “Seat 14/C” Writing Competition

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Created by the X Prize Foundation, “Seat 14/C” is a worldwide challenge that lets writers from all walks of life compete against one another in order to be featured alongside some of the world’s most prominent sci-fi novelists. Focusing on an airline that gets transported 20 years into the future by accidentally passing through a wormhole, each writer gets to tell the story of a different passenger (where competitors will tackle the story of “Seat 14/C”).

But what is a good short-story without a great illustration? With this competition, several prominent illustrators also got an opportunity to shine, including our very own member, Giulio Bonasera. And not only did he illustrate a couple of the narratives, he also made sure to animate them as well! Take a look below and enjoy, as each of them represent a certain segment from each story. Links to the full versions are provided at the bottom!

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“Reload”, from James Smythe’s “Catharsis”:

‘Mommy said you would want to speak with me. She said that it might help you, if you ever came back.’
‘What are you? I don’t understand.’
‘I’m a memory.’

©Giulio Bonasera

“Extra Time”, from Hugh Howey’s “Full Unemployment”:

“It’s funny – I think I worked my ass off so you’d have all the things I never had, but those weren’t the things that mattered. I learned this in Tokyo. Never told you. Doubt I would have if I’d landed twenty years ago.”

AD: Colin Peartree | Client: XPrize – All Nippon Airways

http://seat14c.com/future_ideas/10E
http://seat14c.com/future_ideas/14K

Visit Giulio Bonasera’s website and Altpick page to see more of his images.

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Steele Captures the Best Moments of Surf City USA’s Beach Life

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For his most recent collaboration, Kevin Steele worked with ad agency The Atkins Group and Huntington Beach, CA Tourism to create a series of beautiful imagery, capturing the joyous lifestyle of its inhabitants for their 2017 campaign. With years of creating cinematic shots focused on authenticity and living in the moment, Kevin was the perfect man for the job.  Creative Director, James Howe explains his choice:

“I was looking for someone who had both an understanding of Huntington Beach and an ability to capture those moments that tell a story. Kevin delivered that and more on the shoot, creating images that give you a sense of the lifestyle of HB while creating an emotional connection to it. And he is also a nice guy and fun to work with.”

Portraying family surf sessions and sunset beach bonfires in his own, unique way, Kevin truly captures what makes life so enjoyable in the original Surf City USA.

To see more of Kevin Steele’s work visit his website and Altpick.com.

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Martinez’s Lifestyle Series — An Inspiration for Summer Activities

It may sound like a reverse from the famous quote of hit TV show, “Game of Thrones”, but despite increasingly unpredictable weather changes, one fact still remains: summer IS coming. And that, for many, means putting on some comfortable shoes and heading out for a number of different summer activities. For anyone unsure about what this might entail, take a look at some of the photographs from Alex Martinez’s 2016 lifestyle shoots, all of which were recently posted with the caption “Get out and enjoy this summer!”. With these images as inspiration, how could we not?

To see more of Alex Martinez’s photography, please visit his Altpick page and his personal website.

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Morgan Follows Undercover Officer for Article on Human Trafficking

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by Andreas von Buddenbrock

In his most recent collaboration with Baltimore Magazine, photographer Mike Morgan and writer Ron Cassie got to join Cpl. Chris Heid, an undercover officer in the Maryland State Police’s Child Recovery Unit, as he was following up online leads in order to find and recover underage victims of sex trafficking. The article, titled “Children of the Night: Sex Trafficking is Maryland’s Dirty Open Secret”, underscores the fact that Maryland ranked fourth per capita in trafficking cases of 2015 – something that many of the state’s inhabitants might be largely unaware of. It also mentions that out of 396 survivors who came into contact with the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force in 2014, only eight were undocumented immigrants and 56% were aged 17 or younger.

Mike describes his experience with Cpl. Heid as such: “Working from his laptop in the front seat of his car, Cpl. Heid followed online leads and made phone calls to set up an encounter in hopes of finding and recovering an underage victim. Discovering a promising lead, we followed the team to a motel east of Baltimore where the sting operation uncovered a young mother of two in a sex trafficking situation. She wasn’t arrested, only provided with options to local resources and questioned for information that might lead to arrest of the pimp.”

The full article (a highly encouraged read) can be found on Baltimore Magazine’s website
http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/2017/2/8/sex-trafficking-is-maryland-dirty-open-secret

To see more of Mike Morgan’s photography, please visit his website and Altpick page.

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Bonnie Holland Seamlessly Blends Reality With Imagination

Bebe red coat.jpgIf there’s something Bonnie Holland knows extremely well, it’s how to fuse her subjects with breathtaking environments. Building captivating images that oftentimes mixes reality with imagination (be it somewhat idyllic or straight up fantastical), Bonnie has stated that she has “always been inspired by the beauty in our world”. This becomes quite clear when looking at some of the campaigns she’s helped create so far.

One of these, commissioned by Bebe for their line of winter clothing, had Bonnie create a series of images set in a stark, yet hauntingly beautiful landscape (created by production designer, Eddie Inda) that was inspired by the environments of the film “Dr. Zhivago”. Taking a minimalist approach to the white washed beauty of winter, the shoot featured stunning Russian model, Masha Philippova, alongside Ice, a white horse with an impressive list of film credits, including “The Chronicles of Narnia”.
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Another great example of Bonnie’s ability to capture beauty in both subjects and environments can be seen in her most recent shoot for the beauty brand, Jafra. Focusing on the love, warmth and playfulness of both her subjects and the spaces they inhabit, these images provide a happy, lively glimpse into “the heart of the Jafra business person.”

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The third and final example takes viewers into a whole different realm of the imagination. Shooting for Disney Baby in her Burbank-based studio, Bonnie (being a playful kid at heart) got a chance to really let her imagination run wild. The result is a whimsical playground of beautifully crafted settings where ideas and crafting harmonize uniquely with the Disney brand.

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These are of course only a few ways in which Bonnie has, through the lenses of her “rose tinted glasses”, materialized the visions of her clients. To summarize the overall feeling of her shoots, Bonnie explains it best in two beautiful sentences: “It’s romance, fashion and the promise of happy days. It’s a wink and a smile, a blend of reality and imagination.”

To see more of Bonnie’s photography, please visit her website and Altpick page.

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Jim Fiscus Shoots 360 Degree Group-Portrait For Ad Campaign

Jim4.jpegIt certainly is a “brave new world” – to paraphrase ad agency, Flying Object – when photography is no longer just a still image made for print, but a moment that can be experienced interactively by the viewer. Renowned commercial photographer, Jim Fiscus, who has created work for entertainment brands such as HBO, CBS and Channel 4, recently got an opportunity to take his photographic skills to the next level; in a collaboration with ad agency Flying Object, celebrating 17 of the U.K.’s most compelling YouTube personalities, Jim got to create a 360-degree photosphere shot which puts the viewer among its 17 subjects, right in the middle of the National Portrait Gallery in London. The portrait can be viewed online (below, through Google Maps) or, if in possession of the “Street View” app, through VR, a.k.a. Virtual Reality. Flying Object’s own explanation of their choice of medium is as follows:

Jim2.jpeg“Interactive, unprintable, native to the web and optimized for mobile through gyrometer integration; 17 creators explorable individually, in a setup that puts the audience right in the middle of things. Oh, brave new world.”

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More information about the shoot can be found in the links below.  Still were taken by both Jim Fiscus and Luca Sage.

https://stocklandmartelblog.com/2016/11/29/jim-fiscus-youtube-creators/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2244413/britains-top-youtubers-pose-for-incredible-three-dimensional-photo/

Visit Altpick and Jim Fiscus‘ website for more of Jim’s work.

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Sending a Gift of Peace and Joy This Holiday Season

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©Alberto Ruggieri

Wishing you, your friends and family a joyous holiday season filled with love, light and peace.  Enjoy some of the Altpick members’ holiday images:

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©Eddie Guy

©Eddie Guy

©Stefano Morri

©Stefano Morri

©Lynn Wellsand

©Lynn Wellsand

©Kristofer dan Bergman

©Kristofer dan Bergman

©Caitlin Alexander

©Caitlin Alexander

©David Owens

©David Owens

©Craig LaRotonda

©Craig LaRotonda

©Paul Garland

©Paul Garland

©Umberto Grati

©Umberto Grati

©Urs Knobel

©Urs Knobel

©Shane Kislack

©Shane Kislack

©Daria Kirpach

©Daria Kirpach

©Colleen O'Hara

©Colleen O’Hara

©Jing Jing Tsong

©Jing Jing Tsong

©Davide Bonazzi

©Davide Bonazzi

©Huan Tran

©Huan Tran

©Keith Barraclough

©Keith Barraclough

©Jeff Hinchee

©Jeff Hinchee

©Steven Dana

©Steven Dana

©Whitney Lane

©Whitney Lane

©Kimberley Wiseman

©Kimberley Wiseman

©Oliver Wetter

©Oliver Wetter

©Tracy Mattocks

©Tracy Mattocks

©Aaron Meshon

©Aaron Meshon

©Phil Bliss

©Phil Bliss

©Paul Garland

©Paul Garland

©Dingding Hu

©Dingding Hu

@Barbara Pollak-Lewis

@Barbara Pollak-Lewis

©Chris Kintner

©Chris Kintner

©Vlad Alvarez

©Vlad Alvarez

©Keith Dreier

©Kyle Dreier

©Beatriz Mayumi

©Beatriz Mayumi

©Andreas von Buddenbrock

©Andreas von Buddenbrock

©Urs Knobel

©Urs Knobel

©Charlo Frade

©Charlo Frade

©Daria Kirpach

©Daria Kirpach

©Ellen Weinstein

©Ellen Weinstein

©Gregory Nelson

©Gregory Nelson

©Sergio Baradat

©Sergio Baradat

©Richard Borge

©Richard Borge

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Altpick.com and members!

To see more the Altpick members’ work, please visit: http://altpick.com

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Miami’s Annual Art Basel Week 2016

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On November 28th, Altpick-writer and illustrator, Andreas von Buddenbrock, went to Miami, FL, for the annual  ‘Art Week’. What follows is a description of his experiences and observations, rather than a review of the fairs themselves. Illustrations made for this article only reflect the artist’s personal view of the various artworks presented, and Andreas insists that they should be experienced in real life.

Art is certainly “in the air” as Miami starts one of it’s busiest weeks of the year. Not only is it the week for Art Basel’s annual American outing, but it’s also one for a great number of satellite fairs spread out all over town. As I’m walking along Miami’s South Beach, it’s hard not to notice the gigantic white tents that have been set up on the pale beach sand for exclusive art exhibits such as “Scope” and “Untitled”. Bringing to mind giant, white barns, their elongated shapes rest peacefully along the clear blue ocean front. Everywhere I go, people who have flown in from all over the world seem to be discussing the latest show they saw or the upcoming event they’re going to. As the night rolls in, the sprawling area of Miami Beach becomes even more alive, as bars and restaurants hosting nightly shows and VIP parties fill up with people. It’s a luxurious setting, for sure, but there’s definitely room for everyone; older, established artists and high-end collectors rub shoulders with up-and-coming painters and sculptors, creating a versatile mix of old and new, famous and unknown.

But the star of the show, of course, is Miami Art Basel, showcasing more than 250 galleries from 31 different countries. Hosted inside the ginormous Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel serves as the nucleus of this contemporary art week, with visitors pouring in and out of the building’s four major entrances like blood cells moving through a beating heart. After a public opening in Collins Park the night before (including public ‘Ground Control’ -themed performances in honor of the late David Bowie, and grilled food being served from the flaming hood of a limousine), traffic outside the convention center keeps on getting thicker by the hour, as people compete to “up-street” each other in a relentless, and often fruitless, chase for vacant cabs.

Fortunately for us visitors, however, the inside of the fair does not reflect the chaos of the outside world; sure, people stream through the center’s corridors in opposite directions, occasionally bumping into each other with muttered apologies, but the mood in here is much less stressful. Most likely, this can be credited to the setup of the show. The fair, as it turns out, is made up of long hallways that together form a unified set of rectangles, getting smaller in size the further you go towards its core.

It’s a maze, in a sense (“Westworld”, anyone?), but simple enough for only the worst navigator to get lost. At its centre, as well as its very edges, restaurants and cafeterias have been placed for people to eat, drink and re-energize themselves before continuing on with their treks throughout the gigantic art-space. Additionally, this can also be achieved in the various little ‘parks’ that have been placed with great care throughout the show; walled off by knee-high wooden benches, these green knolls of grass and trees form smaller islands between the infinite row of artworks for people to rest their eyes and feet, away from the walking crowd.

a5_2In terms of the art itself, there is certainly a lot to take in – a common criticism about these type of fairs. The sheer amount of art, whether appealing or not, is constantly coming at you from left, right and center and it does at times feel a bit overwhelming. But as much as it may flood the brain with visual information, it can also be argued that these kind of events calls upon a mode of effective screening, regardless of whether you intend to buy or not; it forces you to quickly come to grips with what appeals to you, and what doesn’t.

Not to mention, if you’re an artist, the incredible amount of inspiration that can be found. Art Basel is a fair that, along with its many satellite shows, may help its viewers (if they’re willing to pay attention) understand themselves just a little bit more, and solely for that reason, it’s worth coming back to.

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by Andreas von Buddenbrock – Illustrative Journalist

Photos and Illustrations ©Andreas von Buddenbrock

To see more of Andreas’ work visit his website and Altpick page.

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Illustrators Chris Lyons and David Owens Chat Over Coffee

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by  David Owens

I’ve known Chris Lyons for several years now. He’s a brilliant illustrator, designer, and teacher. You’ve probably seen his work before, either in the New York Times, on some HESS truck packaging, or perhaps on one of the Forever Stamps that he illustrated for the Postal Service this year! I was thrilled to interview him and get some insight from an industry veteran.

Q: You’ve been illustrating for a long time; how has the industry changed over the last decade, and what are a few ways in which you stay ‘current?’

A: When I first started out as a freelance illustrator in 2002 (after 20 years in advertising & design), portfolio reviews were still a thing. I remember my reps (Lindgren & Smith) sending me to walk the floors of the Time/Life building with my printed portfolio and promotional post cards! I must admit, I really enjoyed that process. I’m still actually doing work with several AD’s that I met that day. Nothing like face-to-face meetings. With the proliferation of web sites and social media promotions (not to mention overworked, understaffed ADs…) rarely do I actually meet my clients anymore. And no one ever calls for a portfolio to be sent over…

As for staying current – I devour good design inspiration sites (Grain Edit, AIGA, Dieline), informative and interesting blogs and inbox stuffers like Creativity Daily, AdAge and Illustration Daily, and magazines like CA. But the big thing for me is teaching at a great design program like RIT. The kids are bright, talented, and ambitious and so incredibly plugged into contemporary culture and technology that they challenge me to be right there with them every class.

Q: You’ve suggested to me that I present myself to the world with one strong signature style, yet I see on your site a couple of distinctly different styles. What’s the biggest challenge in marketing yourself in two slightly different ways?

A: You know, one of the benefits of doing this for so long is that you develop some nice relationships with Designers and ADs who will want to shake it up and challenge you to surprise them with a different look at something. I’m always up for that. And I’m always excited to see what happens. So some of those are on my site and have generated interest from new ADs to do more of it. All part of the fun. But I tend to promote my natural style in my postcards and emails and sourcebooks.

Q: What are two pieces of advice that you would give young illustrators when entering the field?

A: Keep doing personal work. I know everyone dishing advice to illustrators seems to say that, but I will say some of my favorite and best assignments have come as a result of personal work being seen and referenced. I love creating illustrations for the pure joy of it – and I’ve had a bunch of them get into the CA Illustration Annual

Keep your hand in other things. For me it’s teaching and taking the occasional design project. All those experiences inform the illustrator in me and force me to get out in the world. It’s so easy to get lost in your studio and go hermit…

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David Owens and I met a few years ago at my “office” (A coffee shop in the village of Pittsford, NY) and we’ve moved from art student/mentor to friends/ colleagues. It’s been a real joy to watch his career develop and blossom. David has the talent and drive to make it in this business and his enthusiasm is infectious – I feel energized after every meeting!

Q: With so many career choices available to young creatives, what made you choose Illustration?

A: To by honest, I was never really one of those illustrators who felt like illustration was the only thing I could bring myself to do. There were lots of other careers that sounded really interesting, particularly art directing. Actually, with a background in graphic design, art directing was more-or-less my plan.

However, by my senior year I was freelancing quite a bit. I loved the freedom. My illustrations were always the strongest part of my portfolio; that’s what I enjoyed and that’s where I found work.

Q: How are you finding your way in this ultra-competitive industry at such a tender age…?

A: Life is a journey. I find that I have to constantly remind myself that it’s not about what I did last year or even what I’ll do next year. I work hard every week at the assignments I have on my desk (or desktop, haha). Those assignments always seem to lead to new assignments, usually better ones. For me it hasn’t been about competing as much as it has to just work hard and be genuine.

Q: And I’ll ask you: what 2 pieces of advice would give young illustrators entering the field?

A: Most young illustrators understand how important it is to have your own style, but style should be developed based on process. In other words: figure out what you enjoy doing not just what you want your work to look like.

Know that it’s ok to do work other than illustration. There’s an unneeded notion in the industry that you have to be illustrating full-time or else you’re a kind of fraud. I’m glad to be able to illustrate full-time, but I did a lot of part time design work in the beginning. You just have to figure out your own path.


owens_profileDavid Owens is a professional illustrator, avid plein air painter, and sometimes pretends to be a pro-cyclist.   If you ever see some guy painting in the Adirondack Mountains, or by Lake Ontario: stop by and say hello, it might be David. Visit David’s page on
 Altpick.com and his website.

 

chris_lyonsChris Lyons professional illustrator and also plays a ton of basketball and spend sunny days in his gardens. His client list includes The NY Times, LA Magazine, Washington Post, MillerCoors, Penguin Publishing, Target, Chicago Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Chris also teach a bit in the School of Design at RIT. Visit Chris’ page on Altpick.com and his website.

 

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Have a Spook-tacular Halloween from Altpick Members!

Altpick.com members stepped up to the Halloween challenge and submitted some awesome images!  Wishing everyone a spirited and fun Halloween!

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

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