Friday, November 18th – Altpick’s Weekly Member Round-Up

Each day Altpick highlights one of its members, and on Friday there’s a ‘Round-Up’ feature. This week’s Altpick featured 4 amazing artists ranging in style from classic to unique: Owen Brozman not only has illustrated comics, and published books but also illustrates commercial work; John Sledd has solid experience working with editorial, design studios and video game developers; Italian artist Umberto Grati‘s different styles can find solutions for any type of assignment and meet any deadline and Artist Rep Morgan Gaynin has a group of illustrators who have been specifically selected to fulfill an array of assignments. Please be sure to visit to see more of their work.

Owen Brozman illustrates comics, advertisements, murals, album covers, magazines, books, and more. His recent work includes F—K, Now There Are Two of You, and the New York Times best seller You Have to F—king Eat, the sequels to the best-selling classic Go the F—k to Sleep. He also illustrated Kindness & Salt, a cookbook by the team behind Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel and French Louie, and the graphic novel Nature of the Beast.

John Sledd has been working in the graphics “industry” for close to 30 years and has spent the first five of those years in print shops, advertising agencies, and corporate graphics departments. The rest has been spent running Sledd Studios, where John’s clients have ranged from design studios to video game developers and everyone in between.

As a versatile painter and illustrator, Umberto Grati has collaborated with art directors on editorial projects for weekly, monthly, and daily magazines. His different styles can find solutions for every type of assignment. Umberto works quickly and always meet his deadlines.

Morgan Gaynin Inc. is a premier illustration agency representing many award-winning international artists with styles that can match any art director’s needs in advertising, editorial, corporate, and design.

Be sure to visit for more amazing work!

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This Week’s Member Focus Round-Up highlights this week’s Member Focus artists: Illustrators Alicia Buelow and Jameson Wilkins; Photographers Karen Ollis and Lisa Powers. Check out more of their work on Altpick.

Illustrator/Designer: Alicia Buelow

Alicia Buelow’s illustrations combine found objects with text, drawings, photographs, and other surprises to create provocative, richly-textured images. Alicia is happy to work for a wide range of clients, from small to large, developing illustrations for magazines, web, marketing collateral, newspapers, book covers, cd packaging, posters, software packaging, fashion merchandise, advertising, and more.

©Alicia Buelow

Interactive/Web Designer: Jameson Wilkins

Jameson Wilkins is a graphic artist and web developer with more than half a decades worth of game, educational web interactions, and educational webpages experience. Jameson graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s in Illustration in 2010. Since then he has worked as an independent game developer, e-learning web developer, web and social media marketer, graphic artist, and even animator.

©Jameson Wilkins

Photographer/Fine Art Photographer: Karen Ollis

Authenticity is important to Karen Ollis. Whether photographing the outdoors, people, or products, her approach is to tell the story with depth. Karen’s attention to detail and design quality highlights her creative ability. “The painter in me enjoys conceptual layered works which tell a story in a single frame”.

©Karen Ollis

Photographer/Fine Art Photographer: Lisa Powers

Lisa Powers was born in France, of French/Italian/American lineage, and raised in New York and Los Angeles. After working as a creative director in a small advertising agency in New York she decided to quit her job and immerse herself in learning photography. With a borrowed NIKON 35mm camera and some guidance from reading the TIME/LIFE books on photography, she started shooting.  

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit

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Photographer Blair Bunting’s New Project: E-Bikes

Aventon Sinch bike photographed by Phoenix Commercial Photographer Blair Bunting

Blair Bunting‘s e-bike project started when he found himself going to every local bike shop seeking information about the capabilities and shortcomings of the e-bike. Eventually, he stumbled on Aventon, a California-based company that has a smaller selection but with great aesthetics, which is why Bunting settled on Aventon’s Sinch. The Sinch folds in half and fits into a car trunk easily. Convenient for a photographer to scout for locations for future shoots.

Aventon Sinch bike photographed by Phoenix Commercial Photographer Blair Bunting

Looking to get some photos, Bunting invited his friend Mike out to Flagstaff to ride. Mike’s bike of choice was the Aventure. The bike doesn’t collapse and is huge. To get the shots, Bunting and Mike set up the lights and with some added effects photographed each of the bikes.

Aventon Aventure bike photographed by Phoenix Commercial Photographer Blair Bunting

The advantage of e-bikes for a photographer is help in following Robert Capa’s first rule of photojournalism is to get close and the second rule is to get closer. “What bikes have enabled us to do is to step back from using the zoom ring on the lens and move into our images–sometimes finding details that we never knew existed before.”, comments Bunting.

Aventon Aventure bike photographed by Phoenix Commercial Photographer Blair Bunting

To view more of Blair Bunting‘s photography, please visit his website and Altpick page.

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Puschmann Creates Unique Series From Road Trip

Photographer Simon Puschmann’s new personal series, “CALIFORN-IR”, will have you feeling like you’re in a parallel reality — close to our own world, yet vastly different. The reason? His use of a modified Sony A7R3, shooting in infrared (at 550nm) on a recent road-and-train trip by the West Coast. Simon says: “The pictures were taken on a road trip from LA to San Diego and back by train. Then from LA to Yosemite Park. From there to SF and Santa Rosa (north of SF), then slowly down Highway 1 back to LA.”

©Simon Puschmann

The gorgeous views of familiar scenery paired with completely different light- and color scheme than what we’re used to seeing make for some very unique imagery, and we almost can’t take our eyes off of them! Lucky for us, Simon is planning to collect these photos into a new book, an online gallery, minted NFTs, and an upcoming article in German photo magazine ProfiFoto. But more on that later!

©Simon Puschmann

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 prestigious clientele like:

Adidas | Audi | Bentley | BMW | BMW Williams F1 | BMW Sauber F1 Racing | BMW Oracle Racing | Citroen | Corvette | Deutsche Bahn | Doc Martens | FC St Pauli Hamburg | Ford | Gatorade | General Motors | Deutsche Telekom | Hamburg Film Council | HSV | Hyundai Motors Europe | Kia Motors Europe and USA | Lamborghini | Lego | Leica | Lexus | Loewe | Lufthansa | McLaren | Mercedes Benz | Mercedes Maybach | MINI | Mobil One | Opel | Porsche | Porsche Design | SPD | Toyota | VW | Volvo and others

“I can no longer ignore the ecocide that is taking place all around me. Therefore I pledge to donate 1% of my fee for each project to protect the environment. This money will be used for reforestation projects worldwide through my friends at:

To see more of Simon’s photography, please visit his website and page on

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George Kamper Takes the Game of Polo by Storm

Photographer ©George Kamper

“I truly enjoyed photographing Hope Arellano for the cover and editorial images in EQ Living. What surprised me was how down-to-earth and easy-going Hope was. Being a polo player and competing at the highest levels in men’s and women’s competitive polo at 19, Hope is a natural in front of a zoom lens”, comments photographer George Kamper.

Photographer ©George Kamper
Photographer ©George Kamper

George’s tight schedule and middle-of-the-day shoot on a hot polo field were challenging for capturing the best light and telling Hope’s amazing story. But Hope made it easy and was happy to try any of George’s ideas. She took direction well and when Hope changed from her polo attire to a casual wardrobe, she was simply elegant in front of the camera.

Photographer ©George Kamper
Photographer ©George Kamper

Make-up artist, Leslie Munsell from Beauty for Real, did an amazing job with Hope’s make-up in the sweltering heat, also leaning a hand from time to time holding a reflector or camera bag. “I can’t thank Les enough for her constant support throughout our years of working together”, George comments.

Photographer ©George Kamper

We are excited for Hope and wish her continued success!

To see more of George Kamper’s photography, please visit his page on Altpick and his personal Website.

Also, be sure to visit Equestrian Living (EQ Living) to read Hope’s amazing story here.

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Vialli Illustrates Raymond Chandler’s “Farewell, My Lovely”

Philip Marlowe may be writer Raymond Chandler’s most prominent private eye, but another important, yet often overlooked hero (or heroine in this case), is his outstanding female character, Anne Riordan. The two of them showed up together in the novel “Farewell, My Lovely” from 1940.

When Altpick member Benedetta Vialli was asked to illustrate the pair she naturally rose to the occasion. She describes that she combined two different drawing styles (including the “cleaner” style from her more recent works), saying she’s satisfied with the end result, despite “some nervous breakdowns and many (ugly) drawings”. We can’t imagine Benedetta creating anything but masterpieces, so we’ll have to take her word for it.

To see more of Benedetta Vialli’s work, please visit her page on

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Photographer Mark Peterman’s “Ping” Campaign

The “Ping” campaign for the Putting Lab Design (PLD) program, is a custom putter experience created to give golfers unprecedented access to precision-milled putters and tour-level fitting experiences. Photographer Mark Peterman documents the details of the handcrafted putter and on the concept, design process, and the craftsmen behind the beauty of the finished product.

Photographer ©Mark Peterman
Photographer ©Mark Peterman

Peterman collaborated closely with Creative Director Chris Adams to outline the style, look and feel of this project. 

Photographer ©Mark Peterman

Peterman explains, “This was a unique experience and I was really excited to collaborate on what I see as a craftsman story on the process of creating a beautiful object through research, design, and refinement. We really focused on the concept and design process including creating the prototype in the lab to showcase the beauty of the finished product”.

Photographer ©Mark Peterman

To view more of Mark Peterman’s photography please visit his website and page.

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Blair Bunting’s “The Art of Moving Forward”

by Blair Bunting

The tracks begin to ring.

I listen closely with the engine roaring louder and louder as each second passes and ready my camera…my finger resting steadily on the shutter.

The forest; the leaves; the freight train tearing by and then slowly fading; everything falling quiet again — it all makes me think of Riley. After his passing, my therapy was walking along these tracks, camera in hand. Many times I would never even take a shot, instead preferring to immerse myself in the stillness and color around me.

Phoenix Commercial Photographer ©Blair Bunting “Freight Train in the Leaves of Arizona”

Riley was my best friend.  He was a German Shepherd shelter pup I’d quickly fallen in love with and also my longtime companion for exploring and taking photos. As his body aged and his joints ached, Riley was never able to join me on my longer walks to the tracks. Ever since he was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2020, he became increasingly frail and I knew our special moments were all on borrowed time. I cherished every second of our adventures together, whether outside or in. We gave him all the love we could spoil him with during those last months, and he never stopped smiling even through the pain. When we were told he had 3-6 months to live, Riley surpassed all expectations and gave us over a year to continue enjoying his presence. Because it was during the pandemic, we spent our days playing in the yard, soaking up family time, feasting and feeding him all the leftovers he wanted. We were grateful for every moment we got with Riley, never taking for granted the unconditional love he gave us since we brought him home.

It’s October now, and the world burns red and orange around me. This time in Riley’s absence, I’ve brought along the leaves he used to lay on in our backyard.

BNSF Freight train
Phoenix Commercial Photographer ©Blair Bunting “Golden Swoosh”

There’s an image I want to cultivate; something with the idea of drawing him back to the places he never was but where I feel his presence the most. When I could no longer bring him on the walks we’d take while the leaves were turning and the air grew colder, I at least had a piece of him that I could remember. It was a small semblance of him that I wanted to capture through photos, a way for me to see him even when memories fade.

Now the ringing gets louder.

The train arrives.

I feel the shutter close.

I’d only gotten this camera the day after Riley passed; a Canon EOS R3 I’d had my eye on since I had first heard about it. I knew that the initial prototypes were going to the Olympics – as well as they should. The R3 is primarily a photojournalist camera, and I felt it best be in their hands first, as they deserve the opportunity to provide feedback before a commercial photographer like myself does.

Nevertheless, it was a possession I had waited patiently to inherit. When the day arrived, it was actually much sooner than I’d anticipated.

That date happened to be October 19, 2021 – the day after Riley’s passing. While I was driving home from saying goodbye, unbeknownst to Canon, I received a text message that they had sent me the first production body. It was a gift I couldn’t have predicted but was humbled and thrilled to receive. A gift that led to my healing through art and a reignited passion, and a piece of Riley that I could carry with me in a new light.

The Canon EOS R3 became a kind of extension of me, albeit with some getting used to it. It’s a lower resolution camera than I would usually shoot, but it’s also the single best-balanced chassis I’ve ever held. The ergonomics are certainly more conducive for creating than anything else I have ever had the good fortune to use. And the more I practice the more my fingers dance to the choreography of the camera without it ever leaving my eye.

Freight Train in Arizona

For these photos, in particular, I kept the aperture constant based on the information in a frame that I want in focus, with the shutter speed fluctuating based on the speed of the train. By now I’ve learned to predict the latter almost entirely by sound; a locomotive off in the distance is essentially music to my ears. With the two main elements of the exposure in place, I dial further compensation through the ISO on a control ring I designate to the front of my lenses.

With the way that the R3 allows me to express my vision so swiftly, I have also started dialing in white balance on the fly, shooting the same train through different Kelvin values as it passes by. I’ve found that the R3 sensor craves warm color temperatures away from the light source and cooler ones when angled towards it.

The viewfinder on the R3 is also a particularly captivating element. It happens to be the first mirrorless viewfinder where I can comfortably and quickly set a circular polarizer. To do this, I set the M-fn button behind the shutter to zoom. When I determine the angle that the shot will be at, I compose the frame with the zoom set and turn the filter based off of the reflection of the center part of the railroad tracks.

The train arrives…

The shutter closes.

The images that the Canon EOS R3 allowed me to create were the ideal commemoration I’d envisioned for Riley. Not only did the photos capture the color and effects I desired, but they also captured a piece of Riley that I can carry with me whether he is with me or not.

In a way, he never left. I hear him in the engine of the train growing louder and then again in the calmness as it trails off in the distance; I see him in the leaves falling and coming to life again in my backyard; I feel him beside me on walks with my camera in hand, as close and as comfortable as my fingers guiding a lens and clicking the shutter button. In these photos, too, I feel that I’ve captured the joy he felt in leaves falling and long walks outside, just him and I.

In tiny miracles like the surprise I received the day after he passed, I feel a presence telling me to keep going and to keep pressing toward all that is to come.

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

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Andreas von Buddenbrock’s New Detailed Work by “The Ink Trail” Sees An Up-scaling In Size

“Taxi Repairs” and “North Point Business” are the latest two highly detailed ink drawings by Andreas von Buddenbrock (aka “The Ink Trail”). The latter is Andreas’s largest Micron pen drawing to date with a size of 75.7cm x 55cm — a big up-scaling from his usual A5-A4 sized works. Both of the drawings will be part of a private group show titled “Ai Yah” in Hong Kong from April 11-18 along with prints of earlier works. Check out closer detail of the two pieces here below.

“Taxi Repairs” ©Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail
Close up of “Taxi Repairs” ©Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail
Close up of “Taxi Repairs” ©Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail

“North Point Business – Electronics/AC Shop” ©Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail
Close up of “North Point Electronics/AC Shop @Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail
Close up of “North Point Electronics/AC Shop @Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail
Close up of “North Point Electronics/AC Shop @Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail
Close up of “North Point Electronics/AC Shop @Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail

©Andreas von Buddenbrock/The Ink Trail

If you happen to be in Hong Kong be sure to catch the last day of Andreas’ exhibit at Arta’s Showroom, 27-30 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Also, check out Andreas’ website and Altpick page.

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Altpick :: March Image Round-Up

Each month Altpick highlights the new images that members uploaded to their page. For the month of March, several illustrators including Anni Betts, Jon Krause, Anthony Foronda, Ellen Weinstein, Urs J. Knobel, Mirko Cresta, Huan Tran, and Robert Babboni added some wonderful new work!

©Jon Krause

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit

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