Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Scents for the Season!

Peter Horjus has created fantastic holiday icons for Glade! Peter created six images in total, which now appear on dozens of scented holiday products. You can check out the entire Glade Limited Edition Winter Collection here. Glade even turned Peter's designs into adorable cloth ornaments (below)! Peter's versatile designs, both commercial and editorial, have a place in every home.

CLICK HERE for Peter Horjus's portfolio.

CLICK HERE for Peter Horjus's portfolio.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Alison Seiffer's Coming to Dinner

This wonderful piece by Alison Seiffer accompanies an article in today's New York Times about the endangered art of dinner parties. Alison uses bold colors and vector design to convey how dinner parties--the classic arena for social networking--have become less popular in recent years.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article: "Guess Who Isn't Coming to Dinner"

CLICK HERE for Alison Seiffer's portfolio

Monday, November 26, 2012

In Case of Emergency, Call Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe created these two photo illustrations for "In Case of Emergency, Call Offspring," a Wall Street Journal article about a tech-savvy son who solves his mother's most vexing computer problems. Sean used old photos of a stereotypical mom from the 50's to depict the character's before and after scenarios. Now we know: in case of emergency, call Sean McCabe!

CLICK HERE for Sean McCabe's portfolio.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Child's play? The 2012 Presidential Election

Andy Ward has just completed a brilliant three-part series for KidsPost, a section of the Washington Post devoted to young readers. The articles provide a fun, accessible, and informative overview of the mechanics behind the 2012 presidential election.
Andy contributed images for cover articles about (1) the presidential debates, (2) campaign ads, and (3) voting. In each illustration, Andy depicts Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as thirteen year-olds... which we think may have been a bit generous.

Initial sketches for 'debate' image

Andy's first illustration (top left) addresses the presidential debates. Andy drew Obama and Romney sitting in a classroom, cramming for their "really big test." Study materials surround the candidates, and each has written "Barack rules" or "Mitt is king" on the chalkboard in the background. In his initial sketches (above), Andy proposed several different layouts to express candidates' preparation for these debates.

The second illustration (left) likens campaign ads to children hurling petty insults on television. Of the three sketches Andy proposed (below), the "Romneybot vs. Obama Flakes" concept made the final cut. As Andy says, "Negative advertising with a generous coating of untruths and a frosted sprinkling of exaggerated facts... Delicious!"

Initial sketches for 'capaign ads' image

The final illustration addresses the voting process. Andy depicts Obama and Romney coloring in a United States map with blue and red paint. He thereby references both the experience of watching the election results unfold--each candidate claiming his won states, and newscasters declaring these states "blue" or "red"--and an interactive "color-as-you-go"section of KidsPost that encourages young readers to color in a map as they follow the election.
No matter which candidate wins the 2012 presidential election, Andy Ward deserves the title of Illustrator Extraordinaire!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Dueling Politician with Dueling Legacies

Amidst the recent political debates we've been watching, we're reminded of a politician whose very contribution to American history remains under debate.  

The talented Daniel Baxter was recently commissioned by Marianne Nelson, the art director for Princeton Alumni Weekly, to create imagery for an article about Aaron Burr. Baxter decided to create a mirror-image portrait of Aaron Burr to convey his dueling legacies: as a treasonous lunatic and as a rational modernist. Daniel's creative thinking developed through several sketches, which we are happy to share with you below!

For the American history lovers out there: Aaron Burr was vice president to Thomas Jefferson between 1801 and 1805. He lives in infamy for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel--an event that several artists have riffed on in recent years. He was also put on trial for conspiring to invade and take over Mexico. But Burr had redemptive qualities as well: he was a feminist, a rationalist, and a supporter of manumission (the act of a slave owner freeing his slaves); he also perfected many campaign techniques which are utilized in modern politics. So, as our artist Daniel Baxter illustrates, should we really continue to demonize this complicated man?
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Final layout for "American Lucifer" article

Sketch #1: Mirror images of Aaron Burr, portrayed as devil and angel

Sketch #2" Straight-on portrait of Burr with relevant elements of his story

Sketch #3: Overlapping contradictory portraits of Burr

Sketch #4: Burr looking in a mirror as devil, reflecting as angel
CLICK HERE for Daniel Baxter's portfolio.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Going the Distance with Nigel Buchanan

Nigel Buchanan has just published a fantastic series of illustrations in Runner's World! If you're looking for an artist who can go the distance, look no further. Nigel stuns with this marathon three-page spread.
Nigel always begins an illustration by drawing on tracing paper. But he only draws images the size of a postage stamp or (at their biggest) a credit card. Once he sends a sketch to the art director and it's been approved, he scans it into the computer and uses it as a guide to render the image in Photoshop. 

Benjamen Purvis, the new design director for Runner's World, featured Nigel's illustrations in his very first issue. The article "Is This Okay?" is a "start-to-finish beginner's guide (or veteran's refresher course) to the do's and don'ts of race-day etiquette." Nigel helps demonstrate how runners shouldn't wear headphones during a race, lunge for free water, or scoff at slower runners.

                                                                                                 ^ Don't run wearing someone else's bib.

^ Don't ask a fast-paced friend to jump in at the end and help you finish the race.

          ^ Don't lunge at the water table.                              ^ Don't wear headphones during a race.

CLICK HERE for Nigel Buchanan's portfolio.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Protecting our Furry Friends

The Wall Street Journal just published this illustration by our very own Jon Reinfurt! The article, "Pondering a Trust for Your Pet,” discusses the ASPCA's partnership with LegalZoom. The two companies hope to promote a Pet Protection Agreement, which will allow owners to provide their pets with proper care in the event of their death.

Jon submitted the following three sketches, and the team agreed upon the fantastic image featured at the top. Congrats, Jon!

Read the entire WSJ article here.

CLICK HERE for more work by Jon Reinfurt.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Daniel Hertzberg's Gold Medal!

Our artist Daniel Hertzberg has created a fantastic set of illustrations for Winning the Thirty Trillion Dollar Decathlon: Going for gold in emerging markets (2012), written by Yuval Atsmon, Peter Child, Richard Dobbs, and Laxman Narasimhan.

"By 2025, annual consumption in emerging markets will reach $30 trillion--the biggest growth opportunity in the history of capitalism. To compete for the prize, companies must master ten key disciplines," including the anticipation of industrial growth, targeting urban growth clusters, and learning how to reallocate resources quickly (p. 4).

The authors explain these economic concepts with athletic analogies (not surprisingly, given the current popularity of the Olympics). And Daniel Hertzberg illustrates these analogies with dozens of brilliant images. For the opening spread, Daniel depicts skyscrapers adorned with olympic medals. As he explains, "this is what happens at the end of the decathlon"--the most successful companies are rewarded with financial prosperity, and prosperity translates into enviable real estate space. Remaining images depict businessmen throwing javelins, swimmers diving into city maps, and racers using mini skyscrapers as batons. Trillion Dollar Decathlon is full of insight, advice, and stunning illustration.

CLICK HERE to see more of Daniel's work.

“Throwing Accurately"

Setting sights on where to take your business.

“Jumping In”

Taking the next steps to bring your business to other parts of the world.

“Running the Distance”

Beating out your competition and making your company sustainable for the long haul.

We can't wait to get our hands on a copy of Winning the Thirty Trillion Dollar Decathlon! Congrats again to Daniel, our awesome gold medalist!

CLICK HERE to see more of Daniel's work.

Survey Says: Scotty Reifsnyder!

Our artist Scotty Reifsnyder just created the awesome illustrations for "Business How-To: Creating a Customer Satisfaction Survey" in Remodeling Magazine (July 2012, pp. 44-47). Apparently, if you want to improve your business, you should define your objectives, survey your clients, and hire Scotty Reifsnyder!

CLICK HERE for more of Scotty's work.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's summertime... and we're Parched!

Our wonderful artist Stephanie Dalton Cowan has been working on several Young Adult book covers this summer. Most recently, she has finished the cover for Parched (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) written by Melanie Crowder and sprinkled with Magical Realism.

"Set in a drought-ridden country reminiscent of South Africa about sixty years after the end of Apartheid, [Parched tells] the story of two children who have been orphaned by the violence that grows out of desperate times and a history of racial tensions and inequalities. It is told in three voices: that of a young black boy held captive by a dangerous gang that exploits his talent for discovering water (he’s a dowser), a young white girl who, along with the dogs that her family used to breed, guards the secret of an underground spring, and the leader of the dogs, who tries to protect her family, both canine and human" (Houghton Mifflin).

Parched has already won several awards and will be officially launched tomorrow (August 15, 2012)! Find out more on Pub Crawl

Big congrats to Stephanie and the team at Houghton Mifflin!

CLICK HERE to view more of Stepahnie's work.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fantastic new artist: Michael Cho!

The team at Gerald & Cullen Rapp would like to welcome a fantastic new artist: Michael Cho! Michael's retro-influenced illustration style works equally well for conceptual and portrait editorial assignments. He is also an award winning comic book artist whose work has appeared in publications by Marvel and Image Comics, as well as The New York Times, Washington Post, the Village Voice, and Scientific American.

CLICK HERE for Michael's Portfolio

Michael grew up reading 1980's Marvel Comics. Much of his work builds upon the strong imagery of comic books and graphic novels, although his illustrations are undeniably versatile. He recently created the cover art for Don Delillo's landmark novel White Noise and Rabindranath Maharaj's The Amazing Absorbing Boy. Michael has been acknowledged by several institutions, receiving honors from the National Magazine Award (2004, 2007, 2009) and the Joe Schuster Award (2009).

Michael's retro work harkens back to 1950s Americana (see the Superman image below), classic American art, such as Grant Wood's American Gothic (bottom), and Norman Rockwell's illustration (see the boyish face of the state trooper below). Michael is a master of two- and three-toned illustration, creating entire worlds and long-past eras out of subtle color variation. 

Michael also recently published Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes (2012, TYPE Books), a "collection that speaks to the beauty of the urban landscape: sometimes grittily citified, sometimes unexpectedly pastoral, and always bewitching." His close attention to the detail reminds us to look closely, even when exploring a big city.

We are thrilled to have Michael join us at Gerald & Cullen Rapp and we can't wait to see what he does next!