• 6.16.17   The Selby Laces Up with Buscemi

    If you want to get a piece of The Selby you can head over Todd’s blog, grab one of his books, a stack of stickers, walk through the Daelim Museum, or catch any number of his commercial projects on billboards and displays when they pop up. But if you want to take the next step, literally, you can lace up his latest collaboration. He teamed up with luxury sneaker brand Buscemi on a pair of hyper exclusive kicks that feature his work pressed in gold onto the highest quality Italian calf leather. To create the pattern for the 100mm sneakers he looked at the world around him and drew from everything – whatever inspired him went into these shoes. “I decided I would do some watercolor paintings of all the super random things that inspire me, lobsters, cats, Chinese take out, manhole covers, fire hydrants, you know… the good stuff,” says Todd. “My wife Danielle Sherman came up with the idea to print white onto the finest shiny gold leather which apparently makes the shoes pop more.” Todd’s wife is right: they do pop. They’re bright and shiny and a very clean choice for any day of the week. Not only did Todd’s illustrations make it to the upper of the sneaker, but they were also imprinted into the famous lock that Buscemi sneakers are known for. The hardware reflects the leather: it’s glistening gold. The shoes are available now in very limited quantities for $1,200. If that price tag is a little higher than you’re used to spending take heart that it’s for a good cause. $100 of each Buscemi x The Selby pair sold goes to Creative Growth, a charity that supports people with disabilities creating art. You get to pay it forward and rock a beautiful new pair of sneakers. Editorial photography of the courtesy of cobrasnake.
  • 6.19.17   Eevolver Tranforms for Paramount

    Ten years ago Michael Bay released “Transformers,” a film based off the Hasbro toys and 1980s animated television show. It was a brave new vision for a film landscape that was decidedly less hero-centric than the environment we have today. It was wildly popular, bringing maturity and adult level action to storylines that were originally angled for kids, and launched a series whose fifth installment hits theaters this week. The movies get bigger and bigger with each release (the series budget has crossed $1.1b so far with at least two more films scheduled to release), and their impact resonates beyond the screen – at least the big ones. To help celebrate the release of the fifth Transformers movie, ‘Transformers: The Last Knight,’ Eevolver helped bring some of the fun to the smallest screens. The LA based CGI studio was invited by Paramount Digital Entertainment to create a series of “stickers” for mobile users to incorporate into text message communications, and the results are transformative. All your favorites are here: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Hot Rod, Hound, and even Megatron (plus Squeeks to blink at you in silence). Users who download Eevolver’s app can use the stickers like emojis: Optimus Prime will give your friend a thumbs up on your behalf, while Megatron offers some sinister guffaws perhaps after a well timed but unfortunate joke.  The stickers are completely free for Apple Device users, but if you don’t have access to one of those devices we’ve included some of our favorites. As our world gets smaller and more digital, our stories are getting bigger and more exciting. But no matter how big they get, we are constantly reminded that every story is a human story. Even the tale of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is about people being people, loving and knowing others. And those stories, even as they fill our hearts and minds, will always be intimate enough to fit in the palms of our hands.
  • 6.13.17   We Are The Rhoads Get There with Maven

    The world is out there waiting for you, you just have to get to it. In 2017 there is a host of different options to get out and see the world and one of the newest, Maven, wants to join you on your journey. The car share program from GM makes vehicles available for wherever you want to go. Unlike the rideshare model that’s become so popular in recent years, car sharing allows you to borrow and drive the car yourself – it’s a system that’s relatively new and could use some introduction. That’s why Maven asked We Are The Rhoads to help introduce them to the world. Sarah and Chris Rhoads helped create a campaign that focused not just on the cars and driving, but what happens when you get to where you want to go. “This was all about using a car to go to these interesting places so we sent out a location scout around San Francisco and the surrounding areas to find as many interesting places as we could and ended up with this little honey pot of options,” says Chris. “Not everybody uses a car for the same reasons. So it was interesting and fun to come up with unique scenarios and ideas.” You may want to plunge into nature with Maven while your neighbor may just need a car for a trip to the furniture store. No matter your reason Maven can make it work and the Rhoads wanted to show that.  To do that, they got the greatest range of imagery they could. “One day we went out to the Redwoods, another day we went to the ocean, another day we created a festival scene within San Francisco, and we also went to Chinatown. We really shot all over which was fun,” says Sarah. The result is an expansive campaign that hits a ton of different energies, aesthetics, and moods. But all of it is strung together by the Rhoads’ inventive creativity and storytelling. That’s something they build from the ground up in every shoot – just like they created the aforementioned music festival on a quiet San Francisco street. “One of my favorite scenes we did was the festival scenario but at the time there weren’t actually any festivals so instead we created it,” says Chris. “It’s one thing to take something that already exists and document that in a unique perspective, but I always really like the challenge of creating something from nothing and building out what we all have in our mind.” One of the most surprising elements of the campaign might be that there are very few cars to be seen, but this was by design. Sure, at the root of it Maven is all about connecting drivers with available vehicles, but in action, it’s about so much more. It’s about freedom, mobility, and accessibility. Showing off those elements is the most immediate way to describe the brand. “The whole campaign is centered around ‘Be There’ and being in the moment,” explains Sarah. “Most times when you are in the moment that you want to be in it’s not about getting to the moment. It’s not driving to the moment. It’s being in that experience and fully immersed in it.” It’s something of a corporate risk to not put the cars front and center, but through development, Maven got on board with the more expressive and creative campaign –that’s something they deserve credit for. “I really applaud Maven for that trust in the creative and to really, wholly embrace that approach,” says Chris. The campaign has since rolled out all over, including major billboards and installations in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Wherever you are: look up! It might be there!
  • 6.5.17   Jing Zhang Shows Us the Future of Staten Island

    Considered the “most suburban” borough of New York City, Staten Island also happens to be more than twice the size of Manhattan, the busier island that gets all the attention. But Staten Island is working to change that. The “Destination St George” initiative, a $1.2 investment to bring shopping, entertainment, and cultural institutions into one place, is set to make Staten Island a new kind of destination for more than just the curious explorers. Plus they’re building a gigantic Ferris wheel. But what good is the investment if no one knows about it? Jing Zhang was brought on board to help create an image for the marketing campaign surrounding the project, and it’s a dream come true. The image that took Jing four months to create depicts a north shore of Staten Island that has come together in a new bustling version of perfection. It shows the famous Staten Island Ferry gliding past the Statue of Liberty with riders on their way to shopping and the theater or a baseball game and gallery. Shoppers commune on the beach under the sweeping Ferris wheel that will dominate the Staten Island skyline. Beyond the north shore is the lush green of the island with picnickers, photographers and maybe even a dragon to slay, or sing to. To many, New York City is the capital of the world, and Staten Island is a big part of the city even if the casual tourist never gets there. “Destination St George” is set to change that, but the only way that change can come is if the world knows about it. So that’s exactly where Jing’s illustration is going: all over the world. Already the ad is posted in Manhattan, but it’s also been spotted in China, Germany, and the UK, with more worldwide stops to come. The shopping center isn’t set to open in St George until next year, and the Ferris wheel that summer, but for now we can revel in the beauty of the future thanks to Jing’s gorgeous illustration.
  • 6.8.17   Ben Rayner Gets Up Close with Liam Gallagher for ES Magazine

    As one of the founding members of Oasis Liam Gallagher is a bona fide rockstar, and someone that Ben Rayner has admired since he was a kid. “Oasis has been my favorite band since I was a child. I saw them in 1996 and many times after so Liam was actually the one person I wanted to shoot my whole career,” he says. When ES Magazine called Ben to shoot Gallagher for the cover he jumped at the chance to spend time with an artist he admires and bring translate his personality to still images. “I was a huge fan so I was super happy and I am really happy how it turned out,” he says. Part of being a total rockstar means that Gallagher has a unique energy to him. It’s that energy that makes his music specially honest and able to speak to millions of fans. It’s that power that turned him and his band into an international movement for the better part of two decades. And it’s that energy that jumps off every frame. In order to get that come through, Ben didn’t try anything fancy at all. In fact, he did the opposite. “I directed him somewhat but I wanted him to be him, so I really wanted to capture him as he is and I hope that came through,” Ben says. “He knows who he is. He’s not trying to be anything else.” Whether it’s a raised eyebrow or a grimace of consideration passing across his face, rather than offering a series of pristine moments, Ben offers a window into who Liam Gallagher is beyond the music and the fame and the tabloids. They’re quiet moments, and surprising. Ben didn’t have a ton of time with Gallagher to get a broad range of images, they spent some time in the studio and took a stroll down the street, but Ben wanted to offer a wide look at Gallagher with a series of different aesthetics. So Ben mixed up the medium, using his regular camera, and then a few others to offer a selection of looks and feelings. “I shot it on an old Fuji instant camera from the 90s, and also a point and shoot from the 90s just to mix it up, to try some different things,” Ben says. “It can add some variety when you’re shooting a celebrity and you don’t have much time and it just adds variety to the sequence of images.” Not to mention that Oasis was such a significant band from the 90s and using equipment from that era feels appropriate. “It becomes a bit more timeless,” Ben says. Check out Ben’s shoot of Liam Gallagher, and the rest of his portfolio here
  • 6.6.17   Chloe Aftel, Once More with Feeling

    When Chloe Aftel was named as one of PDN’s 30 photographers to watch nearly a decade ago she was already making her mark and shaping a style that would define her work. It was a huge moment for her, but more than that it was a way for her to see herself among her peers and place her work inside of the industry. It made her strive further to create beautiful images that have meaning. And after taking a look at the photography around her, Chloe wanted a little bit more than what she saw. “Everyone always talks about authenticity, talks about being real, always talks about being genuine,” Chloe says. “Lending some dimension to joy or to an emotional experience is what I really gravitate towards. I want it to be a richer, fuller, more interesting more dynamic moment.” Chloe brings these moments into all the work that she does, from editorial to advertising, but we’re thrilled to bring a whole new collection of work. In each project Chloe chases a type of narrative, whether it’s told over a series of images or just one. For Chloe it’s all about finding a true emotion, a true feeling, even if just for a slice of a second. But it’s more than just an artistic preference: it’s good business. “We’re in a world where we’re inundated with images: they’re everywhere and there’s no lack of stuff that you’re constantly interfacing with or dealing with. It’s everywhere. It’s pervasive,” she says. “What people respond to is what rings true and I think that the truth is something that your eye picks up on in a fraction of a second. That part is crucial for actually getting people’s attention.” The images we see around us are only meaningful if we bother to look at them, truly look at them. And Chloe’s true moments beckon us closer. They draw us in and make us listen to the story she’s telling, whether it’s a moment between a mother and a child, or a couple having a fun day with a refreshing drink. Finding these stories and these emotions is good business, but it’s also what Chloe says is the point of photography. It’s why she picks up her camera and makes images that reflect the world around her. She wants to represent the world by pointing her camera at it, in all its colors, shapes, and sizes – and all its feelings. “What the point of taking the picture if it’s not to deal with a feeling?,” she asks. Indeed.  Please enjoy Chloe’s latest work and don’t hesitate to reach out to Ehrin Feeley with any questions.
  • 6.7.17   Andrew Rae Shows Us How He Fills a Blank Page

    Ever wonder how artists work? Looking for inspriation for your own work? Andrew Rae has just the solution! He's teamed up with his partners over at Wacom on a series of online tutorials called 'The Blank Page.' The first episode, 'Luck of the Draw,' was just made live and dives deep into Andrew's process, something he says is "The only way I'm capable of working." In this episode Andrew shows us why being an illustrator is great ("You get to be your own boss, you chose your hours... and you don't have ot shave or cut your hair"), why it can be tough ("Dealing with self doubt and procrastination"), and what to actually use to get the work done ("I use lots of equipment but I always come back to drawing with a black pen on a piece of paper - it's the clearest and quickest way to communicate"). There are a ton of gems, techniques, and cool characters in 'The Blank Page.' Check it out on Facebook or watch the episode below!
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