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Alexander-Pollard
Madison, Georgia
Representing commercial artists from around the country
Interests: Small town life in Madison, Georgia, identifying birds at our backyard feeders, volunteering at our Madison Artists' Guild cottage, progressive politics
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Nature supplies a bounty of imagery that inspires many of our artists. I thought you might enjoy some of these nature-themed illustrations from Stanislawa Kodman, Judy Reed Silver, Laura Coyle, James Soukup, and Lindy Burnett. Stanislawa Kodman If you'd like to see more of Stanislawa's illustrations, go here, here, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Pimento Files
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Is it a compelling story? Or, maybe an artist with memorable childhood experiences? Starting on a children’s book assignment always requires the artist to connect with that inner child. Sometimes that connection is with an actual child. Meet three artists, Lindy Burnett, Don Morris, and Stanislawa Kodman who love illustrating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at The Pimento Files
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Photography can’t always achieve the reality of a scene that is imagined in an art director’s mind. Sometimes, photography needs an assist by an artist such as James Soukup. This scene in Prolift’s ad campaign would never exist in nature. Now watch the video as James combines imagery and illustration... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at The Pimento Files
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The subject of a child dying would be the toughest of assignments for a children’s book illustrator. Artist Don Morris recently took on that challenge for the book, When Savannah Got Sick. With the sweet characters he developed, his illustrations help tell the true story of Savannah and her family.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at The Pimento Files
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Some artists think in only 2 dimensions. But, to translate patterns onto dimensional objects, it really helps to have a minds-eye vision of the final product. Judy is particularly gifted in this ability. Here is how she explained it to me. “In the very beginning of a project, I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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I guess I’m going to have to change the description of our group from 15 award-winning artists throughout the United States to throughout the world! We’re international now that Nip Rogers has moved from Lake Placid, NY to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Victoria, Seychelles. I had to get out my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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...unless it's an illustration assignment for Emory Health Magazine. Laura Coyle worked with Peta Westmaas at Emory to bring the concept behind the article on Predictive Health to life as a board game. She plotted out a preliminary game layout in Adobe Illustrator with enough room for the information in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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I had the pleasure to write and illustrate 5 original cartoons for Burger King Corporate offices in Miami. The challenge was to create a series of cartoons based on the 5S methodology originally developed by Hiroyuki Hiranois of Japan. The method uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri, seiton,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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If you would like to see more of Stanislawa's illustrations, click here and here and here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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Just as the temperatures are hitting above 100 degrees in Southern California where Judy Reed Silver lives, she has been asked by a major Textile manufacturer to think fall colors. "They liked my Summer French Florals and wanted something similar but in Fall colors." “This company produces fabrics/quilting for Joann's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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Who among us doesn’t have some family piece that has special meaning to us? And, how many of us have lost family members before we had a chance to record memories and events that happened long ago? Here is the perfect book to nudge us into making a family history... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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Tom Gonzalez has created the illustrations for three children’s books in the space of 4 years. Apparently, there is no stopping Tom. He’s the energizer bunny and the Timex watch that keeps on ticking all rolled into one artist. His newest book is Gandhi A March to the Sea. Written... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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I’m not trying to be cute but when it comes to illustrated maps, it’s the journey and not the destination that’s most important to me. When I’m asked to illustrate a location, the first thing I ask is what the client wants or needs to say. Their answer determines everything... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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Artist Tom LaBaff is new to our group, but he is certainly not new to illustrating and animating. After leaving the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida with a BFA in illustration, Tom’s talent was immediately recognized by Walt Disney Feature Animation. Twelve years and many film... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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I recently visited the Los Angeles Mart Spring Show and saw a lot of new trends. I even purchased some fine art-which I usually don't do. Alan & Leigh gallery, http://www.alanandleigh.com featured KaleidEscapes from artist, Dawn LeGrave - http://lagravedesigns.com. I was stunned to hear that she was a laid off... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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The “Art Lessons” article in Isthmus, a weekly newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin was subtitled “Insights from 2012 that could help Madison Culture in 2013”. The author, Aaron R Conklin, collected some of the interesting and unusual lessons Madison’s arts organizations learned in 2012. The newspaper then asked Juliet Darken to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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Imagine me and you, I do I think about you day and night, it’s only right To think about the girl you love And hold her tight, so happy together If I should call you up, invest a dime And you say you belong to me and ease my mind... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 13, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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Not content to limit her creative energies, Juliet Darken has recently embarked on the study of Renaissance Literature. Inspired by Aesop’s fables and 16th Century poetry, Juliet has begun to tell the stories of her cats and the actual events in their lives. “I thought it would be pretty funny... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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Looking for inspiration and hope in the new year, Stanislawa turns again to nature. The following poem by Mary Dow Brine, with its description of dawn breaking, is an apt metaphor for the beginning of a new year. Perhaps, too, if as Emerson says, we adopt the pace of nature—her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at The Pimento Files
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I’ve always known I would be an illustrator. After some twists and turns along the way, I arrived at my destination and am still traveling that road. I’m so lucky to get paid to play with paint! Like most artists, I like to mix it up a little bit and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at The Pimento Files
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Game 162 of the Tampa Bay Rays 2011 season is already legend. Some baseball experts call it one of the greatest regular season games ever played. The difference between going to the playoffs or going home came down to the last 3 minutes of both The Boston Red Sox --... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at The Pimento Files
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My wife Marlo and I live in a house in Madison, Wisconsin. It has a lovely room that I have claimed for my studio. In my workspace, I need organization, light, visual stimuli, and solitude. I cannot, however, keep our three cats (Binx, Kafka, and Loki) out, so you will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at The Pimento Files
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Those black and white QR Codes on ads and printed material that are so widespread and generic that they almost disappear were just waiting for someone to come up with the next generation. Well, that next generation is here! The first time I saw these colorful squares of different designs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at The Pimento Files
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Our own Laura Coyle was honored to be a guest presenter for Wacom, the leading maker of the ever-present pen tablet for digital pros. Her one-hour live webinar, Tablet Techniques for Adobe Illustrator gave participants a look at how she uses the Paintbrush, Blob Brush and Calligraphic Brush tips in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at The Pimento Files
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Creating images for articles by a science department for an Emory University magazine can be challenging but also fun and rewarding. Stanislawa Kodman was recently commissioned to create the illustrations for an article on cutting-edge memory research. “What we remember is not always what we remember.” This is one of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at The Pimento Files