Staying Balanced with Stanley Chow and Real Simple
Life just keeps getting busier, doesn’t it? It seems like no matter what you do you just can’t catch up. Ingela Ratledge, writer over at Real Simple, realized she was having the exact same experience. But it wasn’t the world’s fault, it was because she kept saying “Yes” when maybe she shouldn’t be. Her piece about this discovery, and what she did to change her behavior, has a wealth of information about how to make this shift, and an illustration by Stanley Chow. The pieces explores a “Martyr Complex,” Stanley explored what that can mean in a visual language, and how traditional ideas of courage and heroism converge with a contemporary life.
Staney’s image that appears alongside the piece on RealSimple.com features a bunned woman on a valiant horse posed like a warrior ready for battle. The woman has hoisted a spatula above her like a sword, while holding a frying pan like a shield in her other hand. Behind her is the shining sun, outlining her pose like a halo. And of course, tucked under her arm is her handbag. The visualization is over the top, and that’s entirely by design. The point is that any woman, any person, can be a warrior if they want to, but they don’t have to. It’s okay to give to and take as much from this world as you want to, but you don’t have to do even the slightest bit more than what you want. The idea that martyrs are “brave, virtuous, and strong,” is great in allegory but not an effective way to live a balanced life.
Stanley includes a second image, one where the horse has bucked the rider off its back, and everything falls apart. It’s a reminder that if we take on too much, and to be more than we can actually handle it won’t turn out well.
Today remember to stay strong, take on what you want, and give yourself permission to live a balanced life – and keep a piece of it for yourself.
Stanley Chow and the Faces of our Future
Stanley Chow is a busy guy, so he can’t take every project that’s offered to him. In fact, initially he had to turn this one down just because he didn’t have the time to do that much work. But then he realized what it was. “I’m very pleased to be in that issue considering I’m not in that many issues of Wired,” Stan says. “When they called I said, ‘Nah, I haven’t got the time’ but then when they told me it was the Obama issue I said ‘Yeah, I’m in.’” That’s right, this was for the issue of Wired that Obama helped guest edit, just in time to help him round out the legacy of his presidency. That was an opportunity that Stan couldn’t turn down; so he didn’t.
Throughout the entire project, that included work both in the magazine and online, Stan ended up creating more than a dozen different portraits of all sorts of different people. From contributors to subjects, Stan did them all. Some you’ll recognize, some you won’t, but out of all of them the most challenging was clear: Mark Zuckerberg. Stan explains: “He’s got such a unique face, and it’s a specifically weird face because you have to be very precise with him because he’s easy to get wrong very easily,” says Stan. “Most people faces they allow you to be slightly off but still look like the person. But Zuckerberg, I felt like I had a tricky time getting him.” Not only is Zuckerberg’s face unique, it changes drastically from neutral to smiling, so achieving the smile Wired needed was an added challenge. Stan still isn’t convinced he got Zuckerberg 100%, but that’s an artist critiquing his own work. We think he got it spot on.
Remembering the Artist Known as Prince
Yesterday the world suffered the loss of one of our most beloved musicians, Prince. But more than a musician, Prince was an artist. By example he lead his fans and his community in the pursuit of personal truth, inspiring everyone he touched to follow the path that was their bravest.
Since Prince’s passing yesterday, the entire world has cried out. It has become a conversation of collective remembrance, paying homage and respect to an artist who touched so many. The artists at B&A are a part of that conversation and we’ve collected their work here. Some was created while Prince was still with us, like Platon’s photographs and Victor Gadino's digital painting that covered New York's Village Voice. While others have been created in response to his passing.
We will continue to collect our artists’ work here and encourage you to share your own. Prince’s legacy was to heighten the way we communicate with each other, we will all honor his memory by doing exactly that.
Rest in Peace.
Village Voice Cover by Victor Gadino.
Photographs by Platon.
Illustration by Stanley Chow.
Illustration by Mario Wagner.
Happy Holidays: 2015 in Review
As we come together with loved ones and friends to close the year, we’d like to take this time to reflect on some of our favorite moments from the last year. Included here is a list of some of our favorite stories we’ve had the pleasure to share with our community and friends. This year our artists helped usher in the next generation of Star Wars stars, discovered what bacteria lurk in NYC’s subways, sent hundreds of mean postcards to adoring fans, and put their own stamp on the 2016 Presidential campaign.
Our artists have done amazing things, so let’s take some time to remember some of the best stories from 2015 before turning our focus to the New Year.
We hope you have Wonderful Holidays, and a Happy New Year.
Weeks before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, Marco Grob photographed the cast of the highly anticipated movie for Time Magazine. Not only did he get to photograph the human stars, he also got to spend time with the famous R2-D2 and meet the newest favorite: BB-8.
Riding the New York City subway can be a precarious situation, not because of the unpredictable riders but because of what lurks on the handrails. Craig Ward wanted to see what exactly he has holding onto every day and the answers were both beautiful and revolting.
Sawdust and Nike Reach New Heights
One project with international powerhouse Nike is celebration enough, but when Sawdust teamed up with the athletic juggernaut for three bespoke typefaces it was an honor. Not only were they creating these solutions for Nike, but they'd be paired with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, three of the most powerful names in basketball. What they created turly elevated the game.
This year Joey L joined Annie Leibovitz, Erwin Olaf, and David LaChapelle as a photographer for Lavazza's annual calendar. With the theme “From Father to Son,” Joey L examined how the tradition of sustainable farming is passed on from generation to generation, and how food gets to our tables from around the world.
People's Sexiest Man Alive is always a hotly watched and eagerly awaited issue, and frequently their most popular. When Marc Hom got the call to photograph their non-traditional choice this year, David Beckham, it was an honor and a thrill. And on the day of the shoot, Beckham didn't disappoint.
For more than a decade Stephen Wilkes has been pursuing his ongoing personal project of condensing an entire day into a single photograph. This year, Stephen showed off some of his favorite shots at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, a great way to look back on all the work he's done, and look forward to what's still to come.
Over the course of months with locations stretching from The Costume Institute to the Louvre's vault, and even the private archive of Yves Saint Laurent, Platon captured the epic vastness of the Met's latest blockbuster. "China: Through the Looking Glass" examines how China's history has impacted the rest of the world through design influence, and Platon was able to photograph every step along the way.
Mr. Bingo's ongoing series "Hate Mail" pits the artist against those who pay for the pleasure of being berated by him through the post. Enough fans have gotten their kicks this way that he turned them all into a book that catalyzed an enormously successful Kickstarter. Books are available for purchase now!
Living a life in the limelight isn't always easy, so when We Are The Rhoads teamed up with Taylor Swift for their latest Keds campaign, they immediately found common ground. By creating a safe space the mega celebrity was able to focus on the moments with Sarah and Chris, resulting in images that are effortlessly Taylor.
Style is communication and a stylist has the power to shape how their subject communicates to the world. For Uzo Aduba's cover of As If Magazine, Stacey Jones dove into feminine luxury, offering the Emmy Award winning actress the opportunity to step away from the orange jumpsuits that her fans so often see her in.
Paris is a hotbed of fashion and style, making it a dream destination for many and attracting artists from all over the world. Tom Corbett is no different. On his latest assignment for Somerset he really sank his teeth into the city, taking advantage of every block and street corner, capturing the beauty of the city and the ease of its powerful energy.
It's hard to describe Donald Trump's political rise, so sometimes the best option is to not even try. When The New York Times Magazine tasked Stanley Chow and Jamie Chung with an image that spoke to the story they got right to work on something that felt honest but was also a lot of fun.
When Marcus Bleasdale began his work as a photojournalist it was to make a difference, but an artist can never be sure if their hopes are going to come to fruition. Marcus' has. His work with Human Rights Watch has lead to changes in law, and even helped end a war. Their joint gallery show, "Impact," proved it.
Chipotle has seen better days, but before their troubles they made a very solid decision when they asked Harriet Russell, Sarah J. Coleman, Adam Hayes, and Dave Homer to create illustrations for their bags and cups. Each illustrator was paired up with a writer whose pieces were to serve as the inspiration, and the results are as delicious as you can imagine.
Ken Fulk is a master at interior design, and Douglas Friedman is a master at photographing interiors. When the two came together in a show-stopping shoot of Elle Decor, Fulk's vision leapt off the page thanks to Douglas' unique ability to translate space into flawless photographic composition.
Bernie Sanders represents one of the most interesting political stories this season, and like any political character his whole persona is hard to distill into a single image (even a photograph!). Ryan McAmis took his time, and dug deeply into his bag of tricks, creating a portrait for the cover of National Journal that is as honest a representation as we've ever seen.
It's not every day that passion projects turn directly into corporate campaigns, but when UPS saw Brian Doben's "At Work" series they knew they needed it for themselves. Brian extended the project, meeting with read UPS customers that happened to run their own small businesses, to see what it's really like to work with a company that caters to their needs.
Cinemagraphs are becoming more and more popular, but Chloe Aftel was there since day one. In fact, she's sort of become a go-to photographer to create these captive moments that she finds particular expressive because of their ability to inject more emotion and more story.
Sometimes the best way to talk about serious issues is with a good laugh, so when Todd Selby linked up with Evolve on a series of gun safety PSA they imagined what other things kids get into. Whether it's playing with condoms like balloons, or tampons like Wolverine's claws: the kids will get into anything and, most of the time, it can be hilarious.
Few artists are as closely watched as Banksy whose work is discussed and devoured the world over, so when James Joyce got the call to be included in Banksy's latest installation it was a no-brainer. James' contributions ended up including the cover of Dismaland's catalogue, a piece that has now been distributed the world over and marked as a coveted accomplishment for any creative CV.
We cannot pretend we know what the future will hold, but if we had to bet we'd bet on Roof Studios' vision. They were tasked with glimpsing ahead for a spot with Toshiba that envisions how our relationship with technology will continue to deepen and grow, and shows us what that will look like.
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Stanley Chow Brings the History of Carnegie Hall to Life
The legacy of Andrew Carnegie reaches back more than a century. The steel tycoon changed the way industry was shaped during the industrial revolution, creating a totally different America. His career was marked with the turbulence that comes with vast industry and corporation, so he balanced that with giving back to his community with an incredible array of cultural projects not least of which was Carnegie Hall. Currently celebrating its 125th year, Carnegie Hall has begun a new tradition: The Carnegie Hall Digital Hall of Fame. They picked 12 figures from the history of the Hall who have influenced music and the Hall’s history and should be held up for the contributions they have made, and asked illustrator Stanley Chow to create a gallery of portraits of their picks. Names include Andrew Carnegie himself, Tchaikovsky, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington, alongside names you may not recognize like William Burnet Tuthill.
The long heritage that includes all these names came into play for Stanley who had to create the portraits. With hundreds of years of history, making accurate imagery that reflects these real people is a challenge. “There are references but some of them are photographs that are two hundred years old, and the quality was bad,” explains Stanley. “Nowadays I usually work from hundreds of images of the same person, and composite them all together in my head. Here, I kind of had to work from less reference, which was a lot harder.” That means that he’s literally negotiating the leavings of history and creating something out of the detritus of time. It can be a grey area that has to be tiptoed around, and brings a special challenge to Stanley’s work. Tuthill’s portrait was particularly tricky since there was only one image to work off of and a rumor, “Apparently he looks like Teddy Roosevelt. So we kind of made him look like Teddy Roosevelt,” Stanley explains.
The sheer volume of portraits that Stanley Chow does on a consistent basis is almost mind bending. He’s constantly taking faces and turning them into works of art, all within his own immediately recognizable style. He’s done it hundreds, if not thousands, of times and each one is as fresh as the first. For Stanley, each face its own challenge and that’s what keeps him going. “Everyone’s different, it’s as simple as that,” says Stanley. “Everyone’s a challenge. That keeps my interest up. If I have to keep doing the same person all the time that’s when I’ll lose interest, really. But when I’m doing different people all the time I’ll never have that lack of interest.” It doesn’t matter if they’re a topic of current cultural conversation, like Donald Trump, or a man whose likeness is almost lost to history, like William Burnet Tuthill, Stanley’s pen is ready for whatever face comes his way.
Donald Trump's Stratospheric Ambitions by Stan Chow and Jamie Chung for The New York Times Magazine
Donald Trump has captivated the political sphere as we've watched this real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-TV-star turn into something that looks like a politician. His rise has been quick and high but almost two months into this strange story his future seems unknown. The New York Times Magazine needed to encapsulate the entire essence of this remarkable story in a visual metaphor for this week's issue. They came up with a balloon and in a bit of artistic serendipity had illustrator Stan Chow and photographer Jamie Chung collaborate on the final image, but not directly.
The first step was to get Stan's take on Donald Trump. Stan has an unofficial policy that he won't immortalize anyone in portrait unless he likes them, and he doesn't like Donald Trump. But considering the man has become a national phenomenon (and international phenomenon, as Stan is from the UK), it was just a matter of time before Stan had to put pen to paper. Fitting the image on the balloon presented a challenge, but with a bunch of testing, and communication with the magazine’s Deputy Art Director Jason Sfetko, they were able to get a perfect fit. For Stan, this project was liberating and inspiring because his work is usually needed in 2D. “It gave me more ideas of what I can do in the future,” Stan says. “I’ve never thought out of the box like that, and to actually see that done makes me think about more possibilities of how I can actually use my work.”
Once they solved how Stan's illustration was going to fit on the balloon the challenge went to Jaime Chung to capture the final image. The problem with these balloons, as Jamie tells it, was buoyancy. Helium is a finite resource and so providers have to mix it with other gasses that are not as strong. The illustration decal on the balloon affected the helium's ability to hold the balloon aloft with added weight so Jamie had to simulate the floating. It ended up being to their benefit because it offered the control Jamie needed to show off the balloon’s major asset. “It’s kind of really about showcasing the illustration,” Jamie explains. “I’m just trying to give it a little more dimensionality.”
“It’s funny how such subtle things can change the meaning of something,” says Gail Bichler, Design Director of The New York Times Magazine, discussing how they framed the balloon for the cover. “We tried a lot of different positions, whether it would be cropped off the page, or sinking down a little bit, or rising up… All these things have a subtle meaning, so we experimented a lot.” They finally arrived at the image on the cover that Gail says they chose because it’s pretty open to interpretation.
What do you see?
Stan Chow Goes Mad
As the final season of Mad Men started last night, all manner of celebration and mourning are being observed for one of the most celebrated narrative stories of this television era. To honor this moment TIME Magazine created a game, “Mad Libs,” a play off the classic game of the same name. In “Mad Libs” TIME guesses how the show will end, providing the outline of a story whose details are filled in by the choices of the reader. Each option is chosen specifically to be in line with a Mad Men theme. Locations like “Palm Springs” or “Sardi’s,” and nouns like “convertible” or “fedora” create a host of options with four of the most recognizable Mad Men characters flanking the game. Don Draper, Peggie Olson, Roger Sterling, and Joan Holloway glower in their identifying expressions done up in the signature style of Stan Chow.
Stan is a fan of the show himself, mostly because of how engrossing he finds it. “Even though I’ve never lived in the 60s it feels like it captures the era perfectly,” says Stan. “There’s so much drama. The stories are well written and I feel engaged with the characters.” Those characters were suddenly his charge.
For anyone who has watched the show from the first season, the choice of these four characters is no wonder, and once Stan got his directive he was free to play. “TIME told me which four they wanted to illustrate and I just went about my way. They’re the ones that have always kind of stood out. I particularly like Roger just because he’s so daft and silly. He’s such a buffoon and that makes him more endearing.” Stan’s clean style has always operated as a great way to communicate emotions and personality clearly. By distilling complex looks and details into clear ideas and expressions, archetypes become accessible. Through that process, choosing which details to highlight, Stan sometimes has to morph given reality to communicate more clearly. Stan had to make those shifts specifically with the clothing these characters were wearing.
The style of the show is so unique that Stan tried to stay as true as possible, but communicating the ideas is what was important. “Because of my style I can’t literally copy the clothing that they’re wearing,” Stan explains. “So I just paraphrased some of the patterns, they’re simplified versions of the actual patterns that they actually used.” These choices make for images that may not be carbon copies of what happens on the actual show, but do the job of telling the story as if they were.
This isn’t the first time Stan ever illustrated the Mad Men characters. Since he’s a fan of the show, he’s created their likenesses before, but last time it turned out a little differently. “Lion’s Gate sent me a Cease and Desist for some Mad Men illustrations I did five years ago, and it’s nice that this time it’s properly authorized,” Stan says with a laugh.
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!”
AI-AP Includes B&A Names in American Illustration 33
Five Bernstein & Andriulli talents are "Selected" winners of AI-AP's American Illustration 33.
The catalog contains: Bright Nick Summer bumpers by Jeremyville; two works by Josh Cochran – "The User Experience, Team of One" and "S.E.A. Food: The Street Food of Southeast Asia" for Lucky Peach Magazine; Stan Chow's "Return Engagement," a portrait of Metropolitan Orchestra conductor James Levine for The New Yorker; John Hendrix's "Shooting at the Stars" and "The Sittin' Up" book covers, along with pages from his Church Sketchbook series. Yuko Shimizu rounds out the group with cover art for both DC Comics' "The Unwritten" and Kelly Luce's short stories collection "Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail," and her piece "Birds and Bees" for Nautilus Magazine.
Submissions by "Selected" winners appear online and in the AI33 book, to be released come November.
Eminem by Stan Chow in The New Yorker
This week's New Yorker contains a portrait of Eminem by Stan Chow, next to pop-music critic Sasha Frere-Jones's piece "Shady and the Lady." The illustrator was asked to use his signature head-and-shoulders composition and to "have a look at the 'Berzerk' video ... the art directors said, 'We want a boom box behind him like that!' " he noted.
Working on a tight deadline, Chow submitted his initial and only attempt, and The New Yorker team was ecstatic. "It has to be said this is a rarity," he remarked. "It's not often that [magazines] are pleased with the first try." Asked if Eminem reached out to Chow regarding the image (as David Copperfield did), the artist responded: "I'd be amazed if Marshall Mathers contacted me to tell me he liked [it], though I think it's one of my favorite illustrations I've done."
Stan Chow's David Copperfield for Variety
A Stan Chow-drawn portrait of David Copperfield ran with Variety's recent article, "Truth Not Tricks," which discusses the magician's ascent to fame and his new film production company.
"I first looked for a few references of Copperfield on Google Images and pulled photos from the '80s until now," explained the artist, "so it's not an exact portrayal of how he appears today. It's a combined version of him from the past three decades." Chow used Adobe Illustrator and a bit of Photoshop to add "more oomph and color depth."
He called the response to his work beyond amazing: "After the image was published, I received an e-mail from David's agent saying that David wants to purchase a print from me ... I was pretty blown away by that." Chow added that he used to tune into Copperfield's television specials as a child. "His 'Flying Illusion' is probably my favorite trick of his!"
Stan Chow's Djokovic in the New Yorker
This week's New Yorker features an illustration of Novak Djokovic by Stan Chow for a profile on the tennis player tied to the U.S. Open.
Chow kept with his usual head-and-shoulders composition, but watched YouTube videos and sifted through Google Images to develop it. "Eventually, I decided to do the portrait of him serving from above," Chow explained, "as it looked pretty dynamic; however, there were a good few drafts before I got to the final version." He made the artwork on Adobe Illustrator: "I only use a mouse to illustrate ... I say this as most people assume I use a graphics tablet."
Chow himself isn't an avid tennis fan, though he does tune in now and again. "Being a Brit, I generally wait to see if Andy Murray makes it into a semifinal, and then my interest picks up." Fighting words!
Stan Chow Illustrates for The New Yorker
Stan Chow illustrates a music opinion piece in The New Yorker on the Metropolitan Orchestra omnipresent conductor James Levine's career. The full page illustration pictures Levine from behind the conductor's podium and from overhead we see Levine's bed of grey messy curls and the first page of Wagner's "Lorengrim."
Levine has been a fixture of the Met for almost four decades, but due to a variety of health complications his last public appearance was in May 2011. Now after a two-year absence, Levine returns to the podium for a program including works by Wagner, Beethoven, and Schubert. Though his performance was near flawless, the question remains as to whether or not Levin will resume his duties as music director of the Met, and that question is the subject of The New Yorker opinion piece. You can read the article by Alex Ross here.
Gerald the Dog Comes to New York City
Gerald is not your ordinary dog. Gerald was born in 2008 as part of a rebrand for British design studio Lazerian and came as nine easy to assemble paper panels. Starting in 2011, hundreds of Geralds were shipped to artists' studios all over the world with the only instruction for creatives being to put their own spin on it. Now all 100+ Geralds have been wrangled and can be seen together for the first time starting in May. B&A artists Jimi Crayon, Kai & Sunny, Simon Spilsbury, Stan Chow, and Tatiana Arocha will all have their very own Gerald on display at the exhibit. The exhibition will run from May 17-19th with a special preview on Thursday the 16th in New York City.
Jimi Crayon's Gerald (pictured above) is aptly titled "The Universe, flys, diamonds, rocks and paint". Here's what he had to say about his creation: "I like to work across any and all mediums. I decided to bombard my Gerald with everything I was working on at the time to capture some real energy and variety. I worked across a flattened Gerald randomly placing my imagery across the cuts and folds with little thought, meaning the piece could take on a life of its own during construction. I didn't really know how it would look until I saw the finished dog."
Kai & Sunny: "Flower"
"Sunny and I were amazed by the structure of the Gerald Dogs so when asked to be involved it was a definite yes. The large Gerald has so many platforms and angles our flower print felt like the correct piece. Our line work fitted the various platforms perfectly. For us to see our 2D print 3D was very exciting. We were thrilled with the result."
Simon Spilsbury: Dogod 01 & Dogod 02
About Dogod 01:
"You don't get to draw on an origami dog very often, so that was inspiring enough. This was experimental and painted after construction so was a bit suck it and see. I have a spontaneous, impatient style and it was a test not to stamp on the damn thing when it started bending in my grip as I wrestled with its planes and angles. I used spray paint and stencils to start, adding character detail later. I think I painted it out twice and started again before settling with the madness you see in front of you."
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About Dogod 02:
"This was drawn onto template. An altogether easier task than manoeuvring brushes and pens around the constructed version. I adopted my BuiltByPeople amorphous characters, laid down on a sprayed background."
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Stan Chow: Pink Tulips
"When I first saw the actual model, the first thing I did was to give it cartoon eyes and pair of wings. This is what naturally comes first when I doodle. I tried it and I thought it would have looked like I was taking this project seriously. Ultimately I just wanted to do something simple and elegant, as that's how I want most my work to look, so I decided on a repeat flower pattern."
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Tatiana Arocha: Don't Stay Too Long in the Woods
"I love the process of illustrating, losing all sense of time while imagining entire worlds down to the finest detail. I want people to fully immerse themselves in my images discover something new with every viewing."
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Gerald and James Exhibition, New York
Curated by Liam Hopkins. Presented by LAZERIAN in partnership with James Cropper
Friday 17 - Sunday 19 May 2012, 10AM - 5PM daily (preview Thursday 16 May, 6:30PM)
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Stan Chow Illustrates Star Wars for WIRED Magazine
Last December Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney and announced it would be making new Star Wars movies. JJ Abrams has been tapped to take the reigns of director, as George Lucas would not be reprising his role. Fans rejoiced at the news, but they were also skeptical. WIRED, the go-to tech + everything cool publication, stood up for the people and put together an article called "74 Things Every Great Star Wars Movie Needs" to make sure that JJ Abrams gets it right. Stan Chow was pulled in to illustrate 10 of the 74 things after the New Yorker's Creative Director Wyatt Mitchell suggested him for the job.
Some of articles Stan illustrated where written by people within the film industry, such as LOST co-creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. After reading the articles and doing some Googling, Stan drew up their caricatures using Adobe Illustrator. So far the response has been phenomenal and people have even been asking for the illustrations to be made into posters!
Be sure to keep your eyes out for the latest issue of Computers Arts for an exclusive interview with Stan.
Happy Holidays from Bernstein & Andriulli!
Thank you to our talent, clients, agents, and friends for yet another wonderful year. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday wherever you're traveling to. We'll see you back on the blog Wednesday, January 2nd, but in the meantime here's an illustration by Stan Chow of Mr. T as Santa. Keep following us on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Behance, and Instagram for updates!
Stan Chow Illustrates JK Rowling
"The Casual Vacancy" is a novel five years in the making and the first JK Rowling has released since the Harry Potter series. Rowling's new novel sees her taking a step outside the fantastical world of wizardry and into a darker shade of literary fiction. Though some overarching themes remain the same, "The Casual Vacancy" was written for more adult audiences. The novel proves that Rowling isn't a one trick pony and the New Yorker decided to take a look at the woman, not the author, behind the books.
The New Yorker recently ran a ten-page profile on Rowling and asked Stan Chow to do an illustration of the author. Known for his artful depictions of celebrities and fictional characters, Stan has caricatured everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Obi-Wan Kenobi to The Beatles. Stan's caricatures are sleek and simple. Each character's essence is captured in the details, whether it be their clothes or the fine lines in their facial expressions. In Stan's illustration of Rowling, the detail is in the depictions behind the caricature of the author. Different items in the background illustrate themes of Rowling's new book - drugs, underage sex, politics, and where the new book is set. The juxtaposition of JK Rowling in a crisp white cardigan with a saccharine smile against highly charged and somewhat dark themes serves to reinforce the main point of the article - JK Rowling is more than Harry Potter.>
Stan Chow Creates Holiday Characters for OfficeMax
In time for the holiday party season, OfficeMax launches the Holiday Party Bingo game for Facebook. The game allows partygoers to connect around an event. To start, users create an event, invite friends or co-workers, and then customize a bingo board with twelve categories. Categories range from "Most Elftastic" or "Holiday Spirit" to "World's Wildest Dancer" or "Party Crasher." Invitees can make predictions about the party by nominating friends or co-workers to the categories. The game can also be used in conjunction with a free iPhone app that allows users to view the bingo board and upload photos from the event in real time.
Stan Chow created and illustrated the characters that represent each category for OfficeMax. After OfficeMax briefly outlined the character and their category, Chow fleshed them out by drawing on real-life inspirations. For example, the couple kissing in "Mistletoe Moment" is based on Chow and his wife. The "Too Cool for School" character was based on a singing waiter Chow once had in Goa.
See more of Stan Chow's illustrations here.
Holiday Party Bingo is currently available on Facebook and in the Apple App Store.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival from B&A Reps Asia!
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Bernstein & Andriulli Wishes You A Warm and Wonderful Holiday!
2009 is coming to a close and we would like to thank all of our talent, clients, agents, and friends for a wonderful year. A blog was started (which became our homepage), new artists were signed on, and lots of cool projects were carried out. We leave you with this animated video and wish you happy holidays and a happy new year!
The blog will resume January 4th, 2009. Cheers!
Animation and direction by:
12 foot 6
Am I Collective
Sound, Music, and Voice: