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!

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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

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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

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Barraclough Captures the Beautiful Maine Coast

Photographer ©Keith Barraclough “Crescent Beach Maine”

It’s possible you know Keith Barraclough for his unrivaled talent in taking portraits (the famous The RedHead Project being only one of many incredible portrait series). Keith’s captivating landscape photos are just as impressive.

Landscape of Peaks Island

Lately, Keith has been sharing a number of gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Maine, including several panoramic shots of the cold, autumn landscape. Also featured in the photos are Keith’s lovely wife, Kate, and their dog, Kuma. If you need any more reasons to pay Maine a visit, more captivating photos can be found on Keith’s official Instagram here.

Photographer ©Keith Barraclough “Landscape of Peaks Island”

Photographer ©Keith Barraclough “Panoramic of the Atlantic Ocean from Crescent Beach”

Photographer ©Keith Barraclough “Panoramic of rock at Crescent Beach”

Photographer ©Keith Barraclough “Cooks Lobster Shack on Bailey’s Island”

Panoramic of Kuma on the path of Crescent Beach Park

To see more of Keith Barraclough’s amazing photography, please visit his website and Altpick page.

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“BOO!” Greetings from Altpick Members Halloween 2020

Halloween this year is certainly going to be different. Will it be a Trick or a Treat?!  Are kids going to be able to go door to door to collect their treats or will it be a bit tricky (hehe)?  Either way, let’s not let a Halloween go by without having some fun!  Here are some Halloween images from Altpick.com members.  Remember…Eat, drink, and be scary!!  Happy Halloween!

“Wolfman” Illustrator ©Arlen Schumer

“”October is Here” Illustrator ©Andreas von Buddenbrock

“Mask” Photographer ©Kevin Steele

“Dia de los Muertos” Photographer ©Kate Turning

“Harvest Corn” Photographer ©Studio Caswell

“Girls in Black” Photographer ©Irene Pena

Photographer ©Bob Stevens

Photographer ©Bob Stevens

“…People Without Masks” Illustrator ©Julia Kerschbaumer

Illustrator: ©Ilana Griffo          Illustrator: ©Jenni Catullo

“Dia de los Muertos” Photographer ©Kate Turning

“The Dr. Is In!” Photographer ©George Kamper

 

Photographer ©George Kamper

Halloween Image Slideshow:

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

Happy Halloween!

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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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