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Coda, created as part of The Little Country exhibition in Fort Collins, CO, watercolor on paper, 20 x30 inches.

Silence in Trauma for the Los Angeles Times. Jamie Sholberg, art director.

Campaign Spotlight: Scott Laumann
An artist who knows no boundaries

Scott Laumann is both a nomad and a master of reinvention. Not rooted to one place or one style, he moves throughout the world with eyes wide open, taking in form, color and shape and re-imaging geography through his art. He quotes the Chinese geographer Yi-Fu Tuan who said that Americans have a sense of space but they don’t have a sense of place. They know how to move in the space. There’s not any direct relation to the place itself.

“I’m trying to find that sense of place with the work,” says Laumann. “It's more common these days for more commercial artists to be broad in their approach, maybe largely because of necessity. But that hasn't always been a seamless transition for me,” he relates. “Portraits have spilled over to ink prints, to oil painting, to working with natural pigments at specific sites to working on more sculptural installations. Sometimes I think I'm more designer than artist in the way I look at things. I'm always thinking about how work I complete can be applied or re-purposed in a new or complimentary way.”

The peripatetic illustrator grew up in Escondido in San Diego’s North County. He has been moving ever since, attending Northern Arizona University, and then to San Francisco where Gerald & Cullen Rapp signed him. Laumann’s early career was defined by award-winning portraits of musicians, and literary, film, and political figures for Rolling Stone magazine. He has done numerous commissions for Time, Rolling Stone, Reader's Digest, GQ, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dow Jones, the Grammy Awards, Warner Brothers and Netscape, among others and has exhibited his work in the U.S. and abroad. In a twist on the commercial illustration world, Scott has become intrigued by making work for which an audience has yet to be determined, reveling in the sheer joy of creating at will.

An engaging conversationalist with an avid curiosity about a myriad of topics, communication is vitally important to Laumann, who loves to collaborate with artists in other disciplines, such as dance and music. This includes his wife Alicia, a dancer and choreographer, with whom he has collaborated; he has filmed her dancing in a series of Vimeos, most notably in the elegiac Five Frontier Poems.

It’s the lack of control that excites him about the process of making three-dimensional, site-specific, “immediate” work. Within a few weeks of my visit to interview Scott for a feature in CA’s Design Annual 55, the piles of sinuous branches and surprisingly delicate tumbleweeds outside his studio had transformed an art gallery into a dialectic between nature and defined space, becoming part of The Little Country, an exhibition in the Historic Carnegie Building based on Charles de Lint’s urban fantasy novel of the same name. “Instead of utilizing a literal visual interpretation of the novel, cues were taken from my local surroundings and themes were transposed from the novel onto the materials present,” Laumann explains. “The Russian Thistle, or tumbleweed, plays a metaphorically prominent role in the installation as a ubiquitous symbol of the local landscape. Interesting parallels can be found in its cycle of life-death-life with themes from the novel.


World Illustration Awards 2015

SeiboldJ. Otto Seibold, Untitled, vector illustration, dimensions variable, 2014.

What's Hanging
Exhibitions of note nationwide.

J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch
Through March 8, 2015
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
(btwn. 3rd and 4th Streets)
San Francisco, CA

Children’s book illustrator J. Otto Seibold, has captivated kids for the last 20 years in this series written with Vivian Walsh. Their Mr. Lunch books were the first children’s books designed using computer software, a perfect fit for Seibold’s offbeat self-taught style. Mr. Lunch, the professional bird-chasing dog whose adventures the books captured in a sweet naïve style was based on the family pet, Dexter Lunch.

Seibold’s CGI animated Christmas television special Olive the Other Reindeer has become a holiday classic. Born and raised in the East Bay, he still resides there. This exhibition will explore Mr. Lunch’s history and Seibold’s artistic process through original artwork and interactive areas he designed with new content relating to Mr. Lunch.

This is the sixth in a series of exhibitions focusing on the work of influential children’s book illustrators at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.


50 Years
Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegan and Caroline Roberts

Good Books
A brief review of notable titles and inspiring monographs.

Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegan and Caroline Roberts
383 pages, hardbound, published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd., $40.
(c/o Chronicle Books,

Exclusive to Illustration Voice subscribers is a discount code for 35% off this title— LaurenceKing35—at

Having written about and been involved in the illustration world myself for the last 25 years or more, I was happy to see the inclusion of many illustrators I know or have profiled for CA, Step Inside Design, and Illustration Voice featured here. Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts have divided the book into five chapters, one for each decade. From the 1960s, “An Era of Utopian Idealism”, that brought us the likes of Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, Robert Crumb and Victor Moscoso; to “A New Wave” in the oughts, providing the most names, including Gary Taxali, Shepard Fairey, Paul Davis, Gina & Matt and Yuko Shimizu. There are many recognizable names, the giants of the field, those who have spawned legions of fans and imitators but whose work remains indelible: Mark English, Art Spiegelman, Barbara Nessim, Sue Coe; over 250 artists are featured.

The book is beautifully designed and produced. The informative and insightful writing complements the well-edited examples. Quite simply, Fifty Years of Illustration should be in every illustrator’s library—and by extension, those who love and collect the work of these talented individuals. I couldn’t put it down.


PLAY Illustration Directory of Illustration Medical Illustration
PLAY! Illustration and Design
for Toys & Interactive Games

Directory of Illustration
Medical Illustration Source Book


Good Surfing — Studio West in Toronto is now offering affordable education by professionals in the industry through workshops, weekly courses and life drawing and painting classes from such esteemed illustrators as Peter Chan, Harvey Chan, Anita Kunz, Keita Morimoto, and more. — This new online art resource specializes in “the promotion and celebration of the very best in New Contemporary Art from around the globe” with artist profiles, guest blogs, and more. I’m signing up. — Designer Con has come and gone, with 330 vendors, 73,000 square feet of toys and art, and over 7,000 attendees. Mark your calendars for November 21–22, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center.


Job Showcase
The Wall St Journal
Zina Saunders
Ashley Percival
Alexis Marcou
NALCO Champion EcoLab
Adam Questell
Orion books UK
Edward Bettison
Scotsman Guide Media
Dennis Wunsch
National Geographic Traveller UK
Freddy Boo
Artemis Fund Managers Limited
Bob Venables
The New Yorker
David Despau
Colagene, illustration clinic
The Wall Street Journal
Amy DeVoogd
Mendola Artists Representatives
Una Mano per Il Gargano
Fortuna Todisco
New Division
Adobe Illustrator CC 2014
Orlando Arocena
Richard Solomon Artists Representative
Aer Lingus
Ronald Wilson
AstraZeneca MedImmune
Mica Duran
Highlights for Children
Jan Benham
Nautilus Art Prints
Paul Blow
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
David Goldstone
Jonathan O’Connor
Yohey Horishita


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World Illustration Awards 2015
Industry Advice

Industry Advice
Another way to be inspired

Editor’s note: I was going to review this title but felt that sharing a bit of freelance illustrator John Roman’s advice was the better approach. The 50 markets he presents—complete with full-color examples of contemporary work—provide a wealth of opportunities and are so wide-ranging that surely there is inspiration there for just about everyone. To order the eBook, visit 50 Markets of Illustration.

The following is adapted from the Introduction to the book 50 Markets of Illustration by John Roman (Foreword by Mark English) that compiles 50 specialized markets in which illustrators can prosper. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge will hold a “book launch” event for the release of 50 Markets of Illustration on January 31st: For more information, visit the Norman Rockwell Museum.


Tigers in the jungle do not sit in one spot and wait for their prey to come to them. Out of sheer necessity, they spread out and establish their own special territory—not too wide, not too narrow. Fueled by hunger, the tiger’s very survival depends on a strategic targeting plan designed to hunt specific locations for the most productive return.


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