• 10.1.14   Amanda Marsalis Won't Trick You

    There’s much more to an image than the contents of the photograph. It’s not just the set and the subject, it’s a captured moment. A slice of time frozen in form. Every element, whether it shows up directly in the silver or pixels, is a part of that moment. Everything must be considered. When Amanda Marsalis welcomed Lizzy Caplan, star of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” and the cult classic "Party Down," into her home for the cover of Bust Magazine, Amanda knew that the shoot was starting off with the perfect tone. “At my house I’ve photographed Jason Scwartzman, Lizzy, a few different lookbooks, Julie Delpy, and it always ends up being a nice, more intimate experience,” Amanda explains. “Maybe somebody who has their guard up lets it down a little bit because they’re actually in your space, and you’re hosting them. And so they’re acting more like a guest.” That gracious, collaborative energy comes through the photos in a feeling of intimacy. Amanda had already let Lizzy into her world, so Lizzy opened up for Amanda.  When Amanda picks locations for her shoots, she takes all these variables into account. Initially the project was slated to be set somewhere else before it fell through at the last minute. She had chosen that first space specifically. “I knew it basically had good vibes. And it was like a place where every person in the crew would be relaxed and have the space they need,” she says. Luckily, they were able to find the same elements in her home. “Every element is an important part of making sure you have good photos. Especially when you’re doing a cover and you have a few hours and you want everyone to be happy,” she explains. When everyone is relaxed and comfortable, that permeates the image and creates a better story in the photograph. This way of working isn't a trick. She's not managing the emotions of everyone in the room for the benefit of the photograph. Instead she's inviting everyone along with her. That relaxed energy is kind of Amanda's thing. And she gets it through the collaborative spirit. "I always get permission to take my photographs and that’s why there’s an intimacy to them. It’s something we’ve agreed upon and we’re entering it together," she explains. "I’m not taking anything from anybody, and I’m not tricking anybody." Amanda doesn't have to hide behind manipulations and TRICKS. She shows up to work and INVITES her subjects along with her.  
  • 10.2.14   Vault49 and Si Scott Go Natural

    Kiehl’s Artfully Made campaign doesn’t stop, and this time we’re taking a look at the work Vault49 and Si Scott did for the project. One of the focuses that Kiehl’s has as a brand is to create products with a careful balance between nature and effectiveness. They strive to make goods with an attention so particular it becomes an art; they are artfully made. Contracting artists to interpret their own work underscores that effort, and Vault49 and Si Scott were happy to oblige. When Vault49 approached the assignment of tackling the Ultra Light Daily UV Defense, they started with Kiehl’s attention to derivation. “Kiehl’s products are all created using Naturally-Derived ingredients, so we felt that the piece also needed to look natural and organic to reflect this,” explains David McLeod, Head of CGI at Vault49. “We set out to create a bright, fun and energetic scene, filled with nature and summer activities in a hand-crafted paper cut aesthetic.” Obviously, UV Defense protects against damage the sun can inflict on human skin, so that was the perfect visual jumping off point for their design. “We wanted to really place the focus on the product, and to achieve this we used the radiating sun to draw the focus into the center of the image,” David says. To get the natural organic look that David mentioned, they opted for a cut paper aesthetic, but it’s entirely CGI. Starting from sketches, to compositing in Adobe Illustrator, to finally using Cinema4D to construct the 3D image with texture, Vault49 was able to create that natural look using technological processes. Si Scott’s image was for the Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser, derived from Chamomile and Tiger Herb (Centella) which are favorites of bees. Si has always been enamored with insects, especially those that fly, so it was a natural fit for Si to bring that interest into their piece. Along with the bees Si brought the actual natural ingredients into the image. “The ingredients that are used in the cleanser were used to create the illustration that wraps and sits around the product,” he explains. Bright, big chamomile flowers are embedded in the leaves of the Centella, along with spears of aloe, another ingredient. All of Si's work starts as hand drawn illustration that gets converted to digital assets as it proceeds. This was no exception. The details in the leaves, flowers, and bees remain from his handy work, while vector drawn elements infuse a luxurious movement to the composition. Kiehl's "Artfully Made" series continues uniting artists with the inspiration Kiehl’s uses in their own products, creating the perfect marriage of mission and creation.
  • 9.30.14   Tom Corbett's Perfect Shot

    The perfect shot does not come easily, and it does not come fast. For Tom Corbett’s latest shoot for Siempre Mujer the whole team put in a lot of time and work to make the shots be exactly the way they needed to be. Drawing inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits, Tom and company constructed the entire looks around the model. “We all love Frida, and everything she did, so we thought that was a good way of doing it,” Tom explains. “We wanted to do something really, really colorful. And mostly make it look like a painting.” Each shot was meticulously pieced together to get the exact look they were going for. Every item, hundreds of flowers and pieces of fruit, were placed just so in a manner that would present their concept in the best way. To get the flat look of Frida’s paintings, they had to move the whole image 90 degrees to work on a horizontal plane. “Instead of standing her up we laid her down on the floor and placed all the props around her,” Tom explains. Their subject stayed still the whole time during the process of constructing the shot so that the composition would be flawless. This position also “meant I obviously had to be above her on a platform. We had to build this 12-foot scaffold for me to shoot through.” Unfortunately Tom has a small fear of heights, but it didn’t get in the way of capturing the shot. This story wasn’t the only thing that Tom shot for this issue of Siempre Mujer. He also got the cover featuring Alexis Payne. Alexis won the “Muse of Siempre Mujer” for her hard work, beauty, and focus on the future. To capture the inspiration that Alexis has lent to the women that read Siempre Mujer (which translates to “Always Women”) Tom shot her like the star she is, on the red carpet in a gown, and in front of a flashy silver background. It’s classic Tom Corbett. Showing off the natural beauty and energy that already lives within the subject, he pulls out her most charming, natural energies. To look at Alex in the effortless images you wouldn't see the time and effort she puts into maintaining her 3.8 GPA while working full time at a restaurant. But it all builds into her character, and that's exactly what Tom let shine through.
  • 10.1.14   Sophia Haig Crowns the King and Queen of the Streets

    The real royalty of a city reign over the streets. Gowns and tuxedos are the armor for those with false power. The pack that's really in control wears jeans, running amok between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. For Nylon’s highlight of Buffalo David Bitton, they found the King and Queen of the streets and it was up to Sophie Haig to show off these merry monarchs. Using Laura Mercier products exclusively, she hit just the right amount of glam for the street. The collection is perfect for this couple. Buffalo David Bitton represents a special collaboration for the heritage denim company, Bitton adding a new angle that Sophie was on hand to highlight. Minimal makeup brings out the effortless beauty of Gabriela’s gaze, while a tender shadow gives Timothy the perfect punch to his boyish grace. This duo has already left the party, but that doesn’t mean it has to end.
  • 9.29.14   Stan Chow Doesn't Get Bored of Faces

    Stan Chow does a lot of portraits. If you follow him on Twitter or Instagram you’ll see a constant stream of famous faces, with some you might be seeing for the first time. He’s always current, using his cultural savvy to comment on recent events or express his interest in the biggest news of the day. For instance, during the World Cup this summer he didn’t let a match go by without giving us a new look at some of the sport’s biggest or greatest heroes. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes in many disciplines, so Stan’s work is never done. Wired Magazine’s upcoming uber-intelligentsia meeting of the minds, Wired by Design (WxD), has as many heroes as any other high profile conference with the MVPs in each of their own categories. “There seems to be plenty of pretty interesting people to see,” says Stan who is about to head over to the conference. David Chang who is at the top of the food world will be showing off his culinary wares for the attendees, along with his Pastry maven Christina Tosi. Rumors of an appearance by Jerry Seinfeld are afoot. And Wyatt Mitchell will be sharing wisdom as well. Stan says about Wyatt, “he’ll be talking about the New Yorker redesign, which I have involvement in, so it’ll be interesting to hear what he has to say.” Also speaking: Bernstein & Andriulli photographer Platon. For their super slick website presenting the event (that is totally sold out, sorry!) Wired had Stan illustrate all the portraits of these speakers. It’s a fitting way to bring together graphic stylization and some of the best minds around. Even though Stan has become known for his stylized portraits, having done hundreds of them, it hasn’t always been this way. It was something that he started with early on but moved in a different direction along the way. “Doing portraits and caricatures was what I was really good at since I was at school,” he explains. “I used to do my school friends, teachers, and popstars from the 80’s. Then when I was a little older I used to do caricatures of barmaids for beer. It was a lot of fun.” Not a bad way to keep the night going. “But for the first 10 years of my career, I never really illustrated portraits professionally. There were so many great portrait artists and caricaturists around the time I left art school that I felt there was no chance of making a mark amongst them.” Eventually he found his way back into it after working out his own unique style. The rest is a history of innumerable faces. With all those portraits you’d think Stan might get bored of it. He hasn’t. “It’s the fact that I am illustrating somebody different, that’s the challenge,” he explains. “It’s just that no two people are the same, so that’s where the excitement comes from. Nailing a likeness is like scoring a touchdown!”
  • 9.25.14   Sam Robinson Won’t Keep a Good Secret

    Some secrets are too good to keep. When Sam Robinson discovered BoomCase, the company that constructs custom stereos in vintage luggage, it was not something he wanted to keep to himself. He thought it was too good. “I bought a BoomCase maybe two years ago and I use it on set. People always comment on it, the incredible sound, and it looks unique,” he said. So he did something about it. He got in touch with BoomCase and said, “Let’s do a shoot.” So much of Sam’s photographic work is authentically organic. He adjusts his tone around the product or people that he’s shooting while always remaining true to his style. That’s why he responds so deeply to BoomCase’s process and method. “The thing I like the most was that it was unique. Each one is unique. Each case has its story before they come to Simo [Dominic Odbert], who makes them. Then he does his thing and he makes them all sound fantastic,” Sam says. “Each one is individual. I bought mine and they’ll never make another one like that. I like the idea that it was the only one in existence.” Their special process means each piece is a one of a kind tailored to the needs of the user. For Sam, he wanted to use his case on shoots, so his battery is super powerful. It will play for 24 hours on full sound. When he finally got to shoot for BoomCase, they let Sam do pretty much whatever he wanted. According to Sam, they gave him a wide berth telling him, “We don’t really mind what you do. Just do it how you do it.” So that’s what he did. They were in Miami, so Sam and his team traveled all over to prove a point. “We went to the beach, the city, under the highway, skating. Just trying to involve a little bit of action and movement to show that it’s portable,” Sam explains. “You can pretty much take your party anywhere.” Taking the party anywhere is a big deal, but for same it’s really about the object. The creativity. How special each one is, and the personality they have while still being good pieces of machinery.  “I like BoomCase because I like that they’re the best quality, the best creativity, and the best in what they are producing.” Lucky for us, he couldn’t keep it to himself.
  • 9.26.14   Andrew Rae Has 'THE' Creative Partnership

    Creative partnerships are challenging. There are a lot of ideas, expectations, and complex communications that can get muddied in a creative relationship. That’s why revisions and drafting are such an integral part of collaboration. But sometimes a creative relationship just clicks. For Andrew Rae and The Martin Agency that’s the kind of relationship that’s shaping up in Stoli Vodka's “A vs. THE” campaign. In the campaign, Stoli shows the difference between making “a” choice and making “the” choice, meaning the right choice. A worm is insignificant: it’s a tube of an animal that feeds on dirt. But THE worm is an enticing and exciting dance. To elegantly express these ideas, they tapped Andrew Rae to create a fortune of images to use in clever, hilarious animations. “We seem to be on the same wavelength,” Andrew says about working with The Martin Agency and Stoli. “All the references that they’re giving me are things I’m familiar with or like already. We’re on a wavelength. It’s good. It’s nice when this happens.” It’s kind of rare, according to Andrew, to have a working relationship like this. But for a project like the one with Stoli it’s really important. Especially because of the scope. So far four spots have been released, but that’s a drop in the ocean. They’re gearing up to release at least 25, or possibly even more. Many more. They’re constantly on a roll out schedule to continue to produce all of the spots and that means Andrew has barely stopped working. When asked how much he’s working on the vast campaign, Andrew says, “It’s kind of all the while at the moment.” We’ve caught him at the beginning when only a handful have released, so he’s still at the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a fantastic artistic challenge. “Bonkers, isn’t it?,” he remarks. But there’s a lot to stay interested with a campaign of this breadth. And Andrew is already having a great time. Since he’s doing all the drawings, and the animations are being taken care of elsewhere, there’s still some surprise when he sees the final product. He says, “Those first three I particularly enjoyed. The hawk guy. I like the little sound he made: ‘Ku-kurro-ko.’” That exploration and surprise keeps things fresh and feeds back into the relationship that Andrew and Stoli are building together.
B&A Instafeed. Images From Our Artists & Community
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  • #tbt That time a few months ago I went to "Cheers" in Sarajevo at the tail end of my week long mission in Bosnia with the #morethannothing crew. It suffices to say that no one knew my name. 
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  • Rough drawing for my new illustration for Nectar Business Superpoints promotion on Facebook #illustration #illustrators #isometric #illustrator #drawing #drawn #pencil #artist #artist #advertising
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  • CanStopWillStop: CANCER! Come join us in our awareness effort, and fund raiser to offset my homeboy, coach, and friend @truebluewilly cancer treatment. He goes in for surgery #2 on OCT 8th, when we are having an all day fitness classes from Yoga to BX, Bootcamp to YONCE DANCING!
Check it here: https://www.facebook.com/blankcancer
Print and create your _______: Cancer poster here: http://bit.ly/1CbdF9H
‪#‎teamlanier‬ ‪#‎blankcancer‬ ‪#‎canstopwillstopCancer
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  • Mille Miglia
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  • Little & Large. Both editions of my 1st bestselling book Top Gear Where
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  • Little & Large. Both editions of my latest book Top Gear Where
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  • SIDE BY SIDE | New works by BASK & TES ONE 
December 5th @ 1AM Gallery SF @1amsf @knownasbask @tesone
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