May 11th :: Member Focus Round-Up

This week’s Member Focus Round-Up included Photographers Kate Turning and Lisa Predko and Illustrators Clare Nicholas and Erin McGill. Please visit Altpick.com to see more work from photographers, illustrators, designers and multi-media artists members.

©Lisa Predko

©Kate Turning, Turning Pictures

©Erin McGill

©Clare Nicholas

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May 5th :: This Week’s Member Focus Round-Up

This week’s Member Focus Round-Up included Illustrators Yien Yip, Anthony Foronda, Jenni Catullo and Alberto Ruggieri. Please visit Altpick.com to see more work from photographers, illustrators, designers and multi-media artists members.

©Yien Yip

©Anthony Foronda

©Jenni Catullo

©Alberto Ruggieri

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Collection of Altpick Members’ Award Winning Images

The industry award season is upon us and Altpick would like to congratulation its members who have been acknowledged by Communication Arts, American Illustration, One Eyeland Photography Awards, Creative Quarterly, Lurzer’s Int’l Archive Awards, SPD Awards, Society of Illustrators LA, The List, AI-AP International Motion Art Awards, Uwajimaya’s Bag Design Award, BW Spider Awards, AOI World Illustration Awards, Applied Arts Awards and Society of Illustrators 60.  Below is a collection of  this season’s award winning images!

©Paul Garland – American Illustration 37 Chosen Winner – “Got Sunscreen”                     Client: TulaneMed

©Paul Garland – World Illustration Awards 2018 Shortlisted – “Taming Opioids” – Client:               Johns Hopkins Health Review

©Giulio Bonasera – Lurzer’s Int’l Archive Winner and Society of Illustrators – Personal Piece – “Race as a Social Construction”

©Giulio Bonasera – Lurzer’s Int’l Archive Winner and Society of Illustrators – Personal Piece – “Race as a Social Construction”

©Giulio Bonasera – Society of Illustrators LA – Personal Piece “Flight”

American Illustration 37 Winner & Fresh 18 Client: Indiana University Alumni Magazine

©Giulio Bonasera – American Illustration 37 Winner & Fresh 18 – Indiana University Alumni Magazine

©Federico Gastaldi – Lurzer’s Archive 200 Illustrator – Poster for “Tutto é come sembra” (Everything is as it seems), a short film produced by the Wallaby Productions

©Federico Gastaldi – Lurzer’s Archive 200 Illustrator – One of six portraits based on Vince Gilligan’s TV Series “Breaking Bad”.

©Federico Gastaldi – American Illustration 37 Winner – ESPN Magazine for an article about the corruption in NCAA Basketball.

©Federico Gastaldi – American Illustration 37 Winner – Poster for Alessandria Film Festival

©Robert Wilson – Communication Arts Photography Annual 2018 – “Sir Michael Caine” photographed for the UK edition of The Times Magazine at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in Chelsea, London.  “As well as talking about his new film “My Generation”, Sir Michael talks about Weinstein, Woody Allen, the Hollywood casting couch – and why, at 85 he’s still in demand.

©Lennette Newell – Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers: “African Crowned Crane”

©Lennette Newell – Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers – “Male Pileated Gibbon Portrait”

©Lennette Newell – Graphis Photo Annual Gold –  “Original Sin”

©Tadd Myers won awards for his “New Zealand Sheep Dogs Series”, “New Zealand Sheep Farm Series”, “TI Materials Series” and “Independent Stave Co.” series in (either or all) Communication Arts Photo Annual, American Advertising Federation and/or Graphis Photo Annual and Rangefinder.

©Ellen Weinstein – American Illustration 37 Winner – “Recipes for Good Luck” – Chronicle Books

©Ellen Weinstein – American Illustration 37 Winner – “Recipes for Good Luck” – Chronicle Books

©Ellen Weinstein – American Illustration 37 Winner – Children’s Book:”Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity” –Museum of Modern Art Publisher

©Ellen Weinstein – American Illustration 37 Winner – Children’s Book:”Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity” –Museum of Modern Art Publisher

©Jay Watson – Selected as one of PhotoShelter’s “The List” a collection of their top 90 photographers. “Michael at Hot Creek. Mammoth Lakes, CA | G-Project Gear”

©Sergio Baradat – Chosen by American Illustration 37 – Sketchbook Collage Personal Piece

©Alex Nabaum – American Illustration 37 Winner – “Immigrants and Refugees At Risk” – Cover Image for the Catholic Health Association

©Alex Nabaum – Communication Arts Winner – “Cold War Under Cover” for Atlanta Magazine

©Alex Nabaum – Communication Arts Winner – “Brian Flexibility” for Science News

©Alex Nabaum – Communication Arts Winner – “Secessionist Hack” for Dallas Morning News

©Davide Bonazzi – American Illustration 37 Winner – Brandeis University

©Red Nose Studio – SPD Merit Award – Client PlanAdviser/Art Director: SooJin Buzelli

©Red Nose Studio – American Illustration 37 Winner –“Farewell” Village Voice – AD: Ashley Smestad Véles

©Richard Borge – Chosen as one of Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators- Gov’t Mule CD cover for “Revolution Come, Revolution Go”

©Richard Borge – Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators – Bigfoot VR for Olympus VR Promo

 

Video©Richard Borge “My Bad Hombre Toy Co” Series  accepted into AI-AP’s International Motion Art Awards 6

©Eddie Guy – American Illustration 37 Winner -“#Always Trump” for The New Republic – “Maybe he’ll be impeached. Or maybe he’ll be voted out in 2020. But no matter how he leaves the White House, we’ll never be rid of Trump— and all that he represents about America.”

©Echo Chernik was the grand prize winner in the Uwajimaya Bag Design contest. The Contest celebrates the Asian grocery chains ninetieth year in business. Hungry Fish Kites is a koinobori inspired theme of fish kites devouring delicious sushi in the sky.

©Robert Houser – 2018 One Eyeland Black and White Awards – Sports Division – Silver and Bronze – “Ballet work En Pointe”

©Robert Houser – 2018 One Eyeland Black and White Awards – Sports Division – Silver and Bronze – “Ballet work En Pointe”

©Ivan Canu – Society of Illustrators 60 – Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn Book Cover – Client: Italian Feltrinelli Publisher / AD: Cristiano Guerri

©Ivan Canu – Society of Illustrators 60 – Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn Book Cover – Client: Italian Feltrinelli Publisher / AD: Cristiano Guerri

©Ivan Canu – Society of Illustrators 60 – Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn Book Cover – Client: Italian Feltrinelli Publisher / AD: Cristiano Guerri

©Ivan Canu – Creative Quarterly 50 Online Gallery – “Every Child is My Child” – Client: Adriano Salani Publisher/Ad: Mariagrazia Mazzitelli

©Ivan Canu – Creative Quarterly 50 Online Gallery -Popshot Magazine – The Hope Issue 

©Marco Melgrati – American Illustrator Archive – “The Zoo” for El Malpensante Magazine Cover

©Simon Puschmann – One Eyeland Photography Awards Silver Fine Art Nudes – “Naked in the Kitchen”

©Daria Kirpach – – Wellcome Image Awards – “Rita Levi Montalcini”

©Daria Kirpach – Creative Quarterly 50 Selected and Online Gallery – “Woman” – Client: Christianity Today “Recovering God’s Protection of Women

©Daria Kirpach – 3×3 Illustration Annual No. 14 Honorable Mention- “Slow Afternoon” – Client: Italian Contest “Forchetta di Cartone”.

©Anthony Foronda – Luerzer’s Archive’s 200 Best Illustrator Worldwide Selected – “Red Balloon”

 

©Daniel Bejar -Communication Arts Illustration Annual and American Illustration Archives – “The Global Novel” – Client The New Republic

©Daniel Bejar -Communication Arts Illustration Annual – “The Essential Trump” – Client:          The New Republic

©Daniel Bejar -Communication Arts Illustration Annual – “Destabilize” – Client: The New Republic

©Daniel Bejar – Communication Arts Illustration Annual and American Illustration Archives – “The Big Short” – Client: The New Republic

©Kristofer Dan-Bergman – Communication Arts Shortlisted

©Kristofer Dan-Bergman – Creative Quarterly 47 – “Williamsburg Bridge”

©Kristofer Dan-Bergman – Creative Quarterly Top 100

©Kristofer Dan-Bergman – BW Spider Award Finalist – “Nude”

©Kristofer Dan-Bergman – The Independent Photographer Winner

©Joey Guidone – AOI World Illustration Awards, Communication Arts Annual and Applied Arts Awards – “YesWeShare” series – AD Gaëlle Bassuel

©Joey Guidone – Lurzer’s Archive Award – “A New Horizon” – Client: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

©Jon Krause – Luerzers Archive Awards

©Jon Krause – Luerzers Archive Awards

©Jon Krause – Luerzers Archive Awards

©Otto Steininger  – American Illustration -“A Tribe Called Quest” poster – Client Berlin-Based Music Award 

©Otto Steininger  – AI-AP Motion – “Lisboa à noite” – Animation personal piece about Otto’s love affair with Lisbon.

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Mara’s Mix Asks Artist Agent Andrea Stern 5 Questions

Today marks the beginning of a Q&A series Mara’s Mix will be featuring on her blog including interviews with artist, agents and creative luminaries in the industry.

Mara Mix:  I’m super excited to share my first interview with artist agent Andrea Stern of Stern Rep. Andrea is a seasoned and celebrated commercial agent with over 20 years experience representing photographers in the product, automotive, and lifestyle industries among others. Andrea is genuinely passionate about the business and has a talent for building long-lasting relationships with her photographers and clients. She represents talent who have worked on major campaigns for Apple, Google, Target, VW, Beats, Subaru, McDonald’s, Bacardi, Sony, Hershey’s, Taco Bell to name a few.

So without further ado…

1. How has the commercial photography industry changed in the past 5 years? How would you describe the current state of our industry?

In my 20 years of representing artists, I have not seen a change like this. It has always been an industry of change because the advertising world possesses a young, progressive-thinking mentality but this time it’s different.

One of the biggest driving forces behind this transformation has been the rising importance of what is termed “content.”

Nowadays we need to incorporate all of the established ways we used to market ourselves like promos, meetings, paid website search engines, as well as staying active on all of the social channels. And the content we share must be clearly aligned with our brand if we are going to do this right. I always say Instagram is your second portfolio that can have a sprinkling of personal work on it.

Hashtags can actually get jobs. This is a new way that some clients are finding photographers. With that said, it’s not just about sharing endless content but it’s about sharing content that speaks to your level of expertise and gives people a glimpse into your life as a successful photographer.

It’s more complex now because you must have your own voice as part of your branding. This type of expression used to happen on the creative conference call during a bid. Now you can use these social channels as a way to publicly show clients on a regular basis what you will bring to the project when they hire you. We have always had to stay in front of clients through marketing, but now it’s adding a more personal presence.

2. What do you foresee changing in the next few years?

I think that social media and content creation are going to continue to dominate the scene. Photographers must go for it and work within this new paradigm. We are in a young business so photographers will appear dated even more quickly if they don’t take advantage of this social media world.

The big question is how do we succeed in this new world? My business instincts tell me there is not one correct way; we need to use our imagination. The creative process can’t stop with the images. The creativity must actually be brought into the marketing and business itself. That is why you and I are doing this interview, right Mara?

I foresee business trends shifting more and more into this new innovative style of personal creation. For example, I started a platform on Instagram called @AskSternRep where I can share industry insights, and photographers can ask questions and get answers. It’s my inventive way to increase SternRep’s public presence while acting as a marketing tool that I genuinely enjoy.

Developing our own ways to get ourselves out there now is the key. Business and creativity now go hand-in-hand.

3. What’s the secret to a long-lasting career as a commercial photographer in this day and age?

Keep rediscovering yourself. Get out there and try new things. You have to keep working on your portfolio. People don’t want to see a book of images from the past. Stretch your creative muscles in what you shoot and how you run your business. It really all comes back to creativity. This will show clients that you are relevant in today’s market.

4. What advice can you give to aspiring photographers?

Explore. I don’t even call it testing anymore. Explore and expand your look without losing that specific edge to your style. As I said before, all photographers need to rediscover themselves on a regular basis. Educate themselves, look at others, assist and learn as much as possible. Also, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of social media but I think the new photographers could really benefit from thinking beyond social media for their marketing as well. Send emails. Write people on LinkedIn. Go to lunch. Meet people in person. Aspiring photographers may need to get creative by finding ways to connect.

Go with your gut. Trust your instincts. If you have an idea about something you want to create, create it. Be open to inspiration and follow-through with your creative ideas.

5. What do you currently find inspiring in the photography/art world?

I am inspired by what is happening when we go with the flow and actually embrace these changes.  By getting creative in my own marketing methods I am now in touch with so many photographers and making contact with clients that would have otherwise been very hard to reach in the past.

I feel more connected. I am out of my own little box. I am enjoying the exchange I have with the world. It has completely changed the definition of a “rep” for me, and I am being reminded of why I first got into this business. I am enjoying being a resource for photographers and a part of this evolving conversation.

Really appreciate your wise words about the business, Andrea!

Folks, what are your thoughts about the way our business has changed over the past few years? Would love to hear your thoughts and observations!

Mara’s Mix

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March 2nd :: This Week’s Member Focus Round-Up

This past week’s Member Focus Round-Up included Illustrators Mark Smith, Ryan Richmond, Photographer/Illustrator Paul Thomas Gooney, Photographer Donte Tatum.

Photographer ©Paul Thomas Gooney “Silhouette of a Mystery Man

Illustrator ©Mark Smith “Spring Training”

Photographer ©Donte Tatum “US Swim”

Concept Artist ©Ryan Richmond “Venice”

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February 23rd : This Week’s Member Focus Round-Up

This week’s Member Focus Round-Up included Illustrator Alicia BuelowPaul Maxon and Artist Rep Jean Blasco.

Illustrator Alicia Buelow

Photographer Paul Maxon

Artist Rep Jean Blasco

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This Week’s Altpick Member-Focus Round-Up

This past week, Altpick.com highlighted 4 amazing artists: Photographer John Kuczala; Illustrators Doug Erb, Jenni Catullo and Daria Kirpach.  Here’s the round-up!

©John Kuczala

©Doug Erb

©Jenni Catullo

©Daria Kirpach

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Judith Mayer’s Typedelic Posters

Judith Mayer was chosen as an artist for the newest series of typographic posters for Avondale Type Company, based in Chicago. The ATC Artist Series III is an illustrated exploration of the alphabet, highlighting illustrators and designers from around the world. Now in its 3rd year, the artist series boasts over 50 of the worlds leading illustrators from over 15 countries.

The premise is simple, an artist takes two letters, one symbol and the ATC logo and interprets it, using one ATC typeface, in any way they see fit. Outside of these guidelines, the interpretation is entirely up to the artist.
Mayer chose the typeface ATC Harris, a monospaced sans serif, because she was charmed by the two-storey lowercase g and the ampersand. The monospacing means the normally narrow characters, like the lowercase t, are wide in order to fill the space.

Mayer’s design started with creating a feeling of a three-dimensional space, but then she explored how highlight and shadow can inform (or confuse) the viewer about space. “I replaced light where dark might be in some areas. Flatness and depth are competing with each other. Inspired by psychedelic posters, I used a lot of colors with similar intensity next to each other. After I completed the designs I realized they reminded me a little bit of pinball machines!” said Mayer.

Visit Judith Mayer’s Altpick page to see more of her work, click here.

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Be Timeless, Be Original, Be Revolutionary

As a birthday present, my wife got this book for me! It is an Art book from Eiko Ishioka. You can get it as a bargain from Amazon starting at $299! It is cheaper if you don’t need the first edition though.

Eiko Ishioka 2006

I knew her works long before I got to know her name. I´m really intrigued by the worlds she created mainly for the screen. Reading through the interview at the beginning of the book, something remarkable stood out to me – three words of wisdom:

“Being timelessrevolutionary and original” are the three criteria by which she had judged the quality of design works.

Understanding this and the meaning, it looks to me that other great people have used these keywords as well to create their unique selling proposition, such as Steve Jobs.

Makes sense to me. Without being an Apple-evangelist I have to admit that every product is timeless, revolutionary and an original contributing to their success story.

Back to my initial thought on the interview in the book – I do not agree with the definitions of the interviewer on these three strong words and I spare you a citation, but submit how I understand them;

  • Be Timeless:
    When I think about timelessness, I think about culture, the way we interact. Timeless efforts are things we do to survive as well. Timeless design does not distract, it does support. Timeless art inspires you again and again.
  • Be Revolutionary:
    Everything that puts the status quo into question. A revolution is not successful if nothing is changed for a better. Checking constantly for improvements and chances to do something better is part of our daily (r)evolution. In terms of art and design it means to me: to combine things that haven’t been tried before, going a path that no one dares to walk, making decisions that will last.
  • Be Original:
    Insisting to represent your own ideals instead of copying existing patterns. In regards to art this point seems clear. But even then many artists would understand that originality stands for a unique style but I’m afraid that is not true. It rather points to original ideas and concepts, a style is always a secondary element in any depiction.
    In terms of personality, originality points at the origin, never deny where you come from, stand behind your decisions and never regret anything as it becomes part of your personality and personality reflects in your deeds. Even failure means growing as an artist.

I think there are many other words that might be helpful to label a bar on which we can raise our skills.  Starting with these three is a great benchmark for your work and a great way to start.

I believe many people live by these words without even knowing, but knowing what helps you to create better works is an asset, not knowing this is like reading a map without knowing where to go.

Written by illustrator Oliver Wetter

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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 prosperous and joyous 2018!

©Umberto Grati

©Alicia Buelow

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©Bella Pilar

©Ellen Weinstein

©Davide Bonazzi

©Keith Barraclough

©Kim Wiseman

©Doug Erb

©Paul Garland

©David Owens

©Richard Borge

©Richard Borge

©Red Nose Studio

©John Kuczala

©Anthony Foronda

©Tracy Mattocks

©Lyn Alice

©Marco Melgrati

©Echo Chernik

©Garth Glazier

©Luca D’Urbino

©Echo Chernik

©Kari Modén

©Yien Yip

@Huan Tran

Ray-Mel Cornelius

©Jean-Manuel Duvivier

©Clay McLain

©Teresanne Russell

Kristofer Dan-Bergman

©Chris Lyons

©Robert Houser

©Oliver Wetter

©Randy Michael Korwin

©Lynne St. Clare

©Ken Orvidas

©Heather Holbrook

©Studio Caswell

©Kyle Dreier

©Alberto Ruggieri

©Marina Seoane

©Ivan Canu

©Judith Mayer

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