Artwork by Erik Izo
“I use ink and gouache with brushes and rollers on heavy Arches paper. I’ve have a pretty extensive collection of vintage letterblock type—both wood and lead. When I use the smaller lead type, I tape the letters together to form the words, then brush paint onto the surface of the type and hand press it into the paper. The larger wood block type is painted and hand pressed into the paper, letter by letter. Attached, you’ll find three paintings. Working in advertising for 25 years, I like to paint because nobody can revise my paintings or change the strategy.”
Erik Izo works at Publicis, NY.
.“I begin my work with a large – and growing – pool of black-and-white, freehand illustrations. I photocopy the images needed for any given piece onto art paper, and cut them out in as much detail as possible and in such a way as to minimize visible seams. I then collage these cutouts together to create large-format, richly detailed city- and landscapes ranging in size from 4″x6″ to 3′x5′, of which I have completed about thirty so far……I have gained a fair amount of experience showing my work, having participated in a group show at the now-defunct Echo Curio and with several various warehouse art cooperatives in Los Angeles.”Joe worked freelance after college, designing media kits, logos, flyers, etc for small businesses; including a punk band he used to manage, an Australian paint company, and a set construction company in Burbank.To see more of his work and contact info:
“The thought behind my art is to explore and have a new perspective on popular icons-Through a process of colorful optical illusions applied to different mediums such as canvas and plexiglas, the final effect is one of nostalgic modernism.”
Daniel is an art director and creative director from Canada. He is currently working as a consultant and freelancer and welcomes new challenges.
Web Site: http://danielcharron.com
Facebook: Daniel Charron Toronto
.”Back in college, when I wasn’t taking communication or graphic design courses, I was constantly in the studio, doing oil painting after oil painting. My painting style is a bit loose and abstract, and generally on the bold side when it comes to color usage. While at school in St. Louis, you can tell I was missing Chicago.”
Keri Massi is a traffic coordinator at Euro RSCG, Chicago.
.“Broken English is a collection of illustrations of visual word play. I essentially went through the entire dictionary to get ideas. You can see more of them on my site: http://www.sakibafridi.com (in the ‘Other Projects’ section). The illustrations can live in multiple forms, i.e. a book/daily tweets/e-cards/t-shirts/postcards etc. Maybe even a ‘guess-the-word’ type of game as well.”
Sakib Afridi is an art director/ACD at Merkley + Partners in New York.
.”Many moons ago I left Omaha and moved to the Windy City to earn an MFA and be a “professional artist”. I soon learned everyone, even the biggest art stars have a day job. I was fortunate enough to find a niche (Creative Engineer) with the best in Chicago (and perhaps the world) Euro RSCG. I’ve worked for numerous publishers and ad agencies since I graduated and have never found such a wonderful group of people. I’ve been painting for nearly 30 years and it continues to be a source of endless frustration and unparalleled reward. These recent paintings were influenced by some shots I took at rose gardens in Seattle and Osaka. Why all the falls (people ask)? Because I love them.”.Scott is a “Creative Engineer” at Euro RSCG Chicago.________________________________________________________________________”Head Shots” Series of three by Rob Starkey.
“For the last 12 years or so I have been doodling heads on every notebook, creative brief, Post-it note or any other scrap of paper that comes my way. The sketches are never planned and usually take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Recently, I started thinking, What if I scanned all these sketches and made a poster out of them? Sounds easy enough, right? I should have a thousand heads by now. The trick is tracking them all down, and unfortunately, not all of them have survived. In fact, most of them have fallen victim to regular spring cleaning. I have about 500 scanned in at the moment and although that doesn’t seem like a lot, for a bunch of doodles it is plenty. Due to the large number, I have expanded the idea to four 24″x36″ posters, with 140 images each.”.Rob Starkey is a digital creative at Euro RSCG, Chicago___________________________________________________________________Three creations by Nathan Crow.
.Nathan Crow started out as a copy typist in the proofreading department of RPA and ” managed to ascend” to ACD/art over the last nearly 9 years..”It’s something that I do on the side to help maintain my sanity. Nothing fancy, nor MOMA worthy, but it’s something I love doing in my spare time.”__________________________________________________________________________________.Four illustrations by Noel Haan.
.Noel Haan is an art director by trade and an executive creative director at Energy BBDO in Chicago.._________________________________________________________________________________Painting by Maureen Sharkey.
Maureen Sharkey worked in the commercial art world for 30 years, starting as a fashion illustrator for Marshall Fields and other department stores; then as an art director at DMB&B, and then on to Leo Burnett. She has been a free lancer since 2001. Over the years, Maureen has done numerous commissioned portraits.
“I painted “Gossiping in Antibes” from a photo taken in Antibes, in the French Riviera, two doors down from the Picasso Museum. It is not totally finished yet. I showed it to the director of a very conservative commercial gallery in a posh suburb of Detroit and she said it would never sell.”
.____________________________________________________________________________.Three paintings by Brook Boley.
.”When I painted these (sometime back in 1994-95) I was an art director working on Honda. Now, Carbon14, Deutsch and Rapp later I’m making commercials for eHarmony…
…Old people have great faces for portrait painting. I was a young lad, so I often saw old people as being a little blind and afraid of change, hence the coke-bottle glasses. Now that I’m getting old payback is around the corner.”
“Taking my Southern liberal angst out with scissors, I used clippings from magazines, religious works, children’s books, government documents, packaging tape and a handy Xerox machine to make a statement about discrimination in the Bible Belt. This piece even incorporates the Adam figure from the Altoids campaign. It is only a coincidence that I came to work for the man behind that campaign later!”
“This portrait is done with chalk pastels on mat board. Keith was a very early influence on my artwork. His use of color inspired me to move beyond charcoal figure drawing and into vibrant, sometimes clashing, electric hues.”
Anders da Silva is a Creative Director/Art Director at Euro RSCG Chicago
Three nude studies, Jeremy Postaer (circa 1984-86)
Jeremy did these painting while studying fine art at UCSB. All three hang in my house. Detail from Study #1 illustrates this blog.
Currently, Jeremy is working on integrated launch of Microsoft “Bing” campaign for JWT in New York. He also is the voice over.——————————————————————————————————————————————–Three paintings, Justin Cox (current)
Justin Cox is a designer/art director at Leo Burnett, Chicago.Justin also designed the cover for my latest novel, The Happy Soul IndustryThese and his other paintings are for sale. Each is approx 24″ by 36″ or inverse. Average price $500, give or take. Justin can be reached at his agency or via Facebook._____________________________________________________Drawing by David Angelo
“This is a piece that I created back in 1983 (prior to art school). It’s a dictionary of words that reflect the plight of the war veteran and how they’re commonly neglected and mistreated by the government, and in some cases, by the military.It’s a topic that is very close to home for me – my father, a Marine tank commander in the Korean War, suffered serious side effects after being shot up at the DMZ. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for his efforts and spent countless days in the Veteran’s hospital, as well as serving as Chaplain for other injured vets.”David Angelo is the Chairman, Chief Creative Officer of David & Goliath in Los Angeles._________________________________________________________________________________Two paintings by Malgorzata “Gosia” Zawislak
Hailing from Poland, Gosia is currently a designer/art director at Euro RSCG, Chicago.These small-sized works are in ink and pastel.