• 10.5.16

    Three B&A Artists Kick It Off with the NFL

    Nothing says Fall quite like Football and just last month the season officially began.  Bay Area News Group celebrated the start of the season with their annual Kick Off, and invited three B&A artists to contribute to the celebration. Will Barras, Tim Marrs, and Ryan McAmis each brought their singular styles to tell the variety of stories in the pages of this publication.

    The cover is created by Tim Marrs, who brings together everything you can imagine in the world of football. It’s a single compositional study on the energy and moments that make the game what it is. Numbers, angles, athleticism, and in the background of it all: the fans. Tim’s illustration, like our memories, is distilled past reality, bringing in colors that are unnatural but true to experience. It’s hyper realistic in its rejection of realism. It’s honest in execution.

    The broadest spread created by our B&A artists is by Will Barras who was tasked with bringing the world of Fantasy Football to life. Fantasy Football is a notoriously diverse experience with a wide fan base, but at the root of the game it’s strangers trading real life humans in a fantasy space. It’s easy to forget that the players are people too. Will brought together all the players that the magazine spoke to into one image, bringing in the aspects of their lives that we may forget just watching them on our screens, or seeing their status through Fantasy.

    Ryan McAmis brings his signature style to two full body portraits. The magazine featured two editorial essays on the performances (or lack thereof) of two General Managers in the league. Marcus Thompson wrote about the success of the Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie, and Ryan brought through the managers coy humility and passion for his team. On the other side is Tim Kawakami’s piece about the suffering Trent Baalke who manages the 49ers. Ryan presents him as hard and stiff, exactly what you’d expect from a manager who is misdirecting his world-class team.

    Every publication presents a bevy of experiences and stories. We’re thrilled to bring multiple artists together to help a publication like the Bay Area News Group’s Kick Off tell the range of stories that they tell every day.

  • 12.25.15

    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.

    Enjoy.

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    Star Wars' Past and Future with Marco Grob for Time Magazine

    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.

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    Craig Ward's Infectious Love for New York City

    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.

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    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 JamesKobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, three of the most powerful names in basketball. What they created turly elevated the game.

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    Joey L's Lavazza Calendar: A Study in Sustainability

    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.

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    Marc Hom for People's Sexiest Man Alive

    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.

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    Stephen Wilkes: Day to Night at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

    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.

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    Platon Helps the Met Communicate Across Cultures and Time

    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.

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    Everyone Wants Hate Mail from Mr. Bingo

    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!

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    We Are The Rhoads and Taylor Swift Team Up for Keds

    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.

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    Stacey Jones Trades Orange for Gowns

    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.

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    Tom Corbett and Somerset's Love Letter to Paris

    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.

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    Donald Trump's Stratospheric Ambitions by Stanley Chow and Jamie Chung for The New York Times Magazine

    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.

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    Marcus Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch's Real Impact

    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.

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    Four B&A Artists Illuminate Your Lunchtime Chipotle Burrito

    Chipotle has seen better days, but before their troubles they made a very solid decision when they asked Harriet RussellSarah J. ColemanAdam 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.

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    Douglas Friedman Goes Home with Ken Fulk

    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.

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    The Essence of Bernie Sanders by Ryan McAmis

    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. 

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    Brian Doben and UPS Find Essential Common Ground

    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.

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    The Learning Process Never Ends for Chloe Aftel

    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.

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    Todd Selby Lets the Kids Run Free - Safely

    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.

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    James Joyce and Banksy's Festival of Malcontent

    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.

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    Roof Studios Envisions the Future for Toshiba

    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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    Ice Skating GIF by Nomoco.

  • 11.25.15

    The Essence of Bernie Sanders by Ryan McAmis

    Bernie Sanders has captivated millions of Americans as he makes his bid for the White House. He’s a unique character, especially his political record, and it’s hard to find someone in recent political history who can be compared to him. But his unique features are intangible, as Ryan McAmis recently learned while working on a cover of The National Review. The constituent parts of Bernie’s face and look are rather familiar and that can get tricky when it comes to illustrating an image of him. “Bernie was really hard to do because he doesn’t have many distinctive characteristics,” says Ryan. “His hair is interesting but his face doesn’t have much going on. It’s all in his personality and that’s what was so hard in bringing out because I needed it to feel like Bernie. He kept looking like Dick Cheney. Or like any other old man. He even looked like John McCain. It was like every white haired, bald guy!” If our political history is full of anything it’s white haired, bald guys so Ryan went through a lot of experimentation to place Bernie apart from his aesthetic familiars.

    The illustrations that Ryan creates are deceptively simple, but they have built into them an incredible amount of work and experimentation. It’s a dichotomy that gets him the results he wants. “I like to do a quick sketch,” explains Ryan. “I do them over and over again so I get them right, because I like them to be as spontaneous looking as possible even though it takes days to get it. I like things that look like they were done in an instant but behind them is like a week’s worth of work.” He simplifies the images, taking out every unnecessary line he can, and then uses three-dimensional elements to complete the look. For Bernie, it was his hair. Ryan combed out some cotton yarn to get the right fluffy, thin, wily look.

    But nothing sold Bernie's look quite like the mouth and eyes. “Once I got the mouth and the eyes I knew I got it. Even those eyes were a little too overdrawn,” says Ryan about the eyes which are each only a black dot and a line. “I wanted them to be dots. He needed to have a little bit more into him to make him work.” Ryan’s pursuit of absolute essentials makes for a drawing that is as pared down as possible but filled with the essence of Bernie Sanders. In a flood of images of this new pop icon, carefully composed and manipulated by artists who want to put their own stamp on his story, we have this cover image that in a few lines and puffs of cotton somehow gets closer to Bernie's character than any photograph could.

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