Mark Ulriksen is a San Francisco-based artist and illustrator whose instantly recognizable portraits and whimsical take on life have led to projects for a variety of major clients. He specializes in figurative work that blends humor and darkness with psychological insight. After initially working for 13 years as a graphic designer and magazine art director, Mark went through a relatively early mid-life crisis and gave up a world of monthly deadlines for a world of weekly ones, pursuing a new career as a freelance illustrator and artist.
Photograph by Sarah Soquel Morhaim
Akiko Stehrenberger graduated with distinction from the Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 2000. She is a multi-award winning movie poster illustrator and designer, who works with directors, movie studios, advertising agencies and brands.
She was handpicked by directors Roman Polanski, Jonathan Glazer, Charlie McDowell, Joe Swanberg, and celebrated by David Lynch, Michael Haneke and more. Her poster for “Bad Milo” was featured on the Conan show, she was deemed “Poster Girl” by Interview magazine in 2011, Creative Review dedicated their January 2011 Monograph to her illustrated movie posters, and Vanity Fair included her “Funny Games” and “Kiss of the Damned” posters in their “Best Movie Posters of All Time” list.
Her clients include: A24, A&E Network, Brothers Marshall, Criterion Collection, FX, IFC Films, Levi’s, Lifetime, Lionsgate, Netflix, The Orchard, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Neon, Prune Nourry Studio, Radius/TWC, Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Sony Pictures, Weiden + Kennedy Amsterdam, Weiden + Kennedy Portland, Willo Perron, and more.
You may visit Akiko’s website by clicking on the following link: http://akikomatic.com
Chiara grew up between Italy, India, and New York. Her love of capturing people can be traced back to a childhood spent in her father’s studio, watching him paint portrait after portrait. Her love of storytelling was passed down to her from her paternal grandfather, whose bedtime stories first inspired her to create her own narratives. At the age of twelve, she asked for a video camera, started filming everything around her, and realized she wanted to tell stories in a visual way.
Chiara’s career has spanned more than a decade as a director and producer in the realm of documentary, short films, series, branded content, and commercials. She has gained a reputation for depicting intimate and revealing moments with people of many backgrounds – from artists, actors, chefs, and designers to millennials making a mark in the world. Thus far, she has interviewed almost two hundred people, and her passion for “the conversation” has become integral to her filmmaking style.
Her critically acclaimed feature documentary, Our City Dreams, premiered at the prestigious Film Forum in New York City, was screened in more than 30 cities worldwide, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Chiara’s experience interacting with audiences of Our City Dreams enhanced her desire to make work that encouraged people to follow their dreams. Shortly afterwards, she created the Webby Award winning film series Beginnings as well as four seasons of MADE HERE featuring performers such as Bill T. Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Cherry Jones. She has collaborated with many brands including Apple, Cotton, Levis, Mercedes-Benz, and Persol.
Most recently Chiara has directed films for Christy Turlington’s foundation Every Mother Counts and Screen Stories, a film inspired by Letters to Andy Warhol that has been part of a world wide traveling exhibition. Her most recent collaboration has been with Artsy on the series Broken Glass: Women in Arts and Tech and the importance of mentorship.Today she is based in New York.
Her client include: Persol, Max Mara, Baccarat, Apple, Cotton, Levi’s, Mercedes-Benz among many others.
Her work has been featured in: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Elle, Another Magazine, Paper Magazine, Variety, Vogue, V Magazine, Interview magazine, Harpper’s Bazaar, Nowness.
You may visit Chiara’s website by clicking on the following link: http://chiaraclemente.com
“What I aim to depict in my body of work, is a time of volatile change and freedom trough rebellion and mischief towards self discovery, on a backdrop of childish innocence and nostalgia. These drawings are about the contrasting pull of innocence and vice and the beauty that comes with a corrupt youth through the sheer will to discover and experience. I especially aim to focus on girlhood, and what it means to become one’s self while refusing to be taimed. In a simple sense, it’s about Bad Girls. It’s about girls refusing to be that pure and unblemished self. It’s about girls with faults. Girls who chose to be what they are and own it. But you have to look closer, to find clues hidden in the details as to what a drawing is really about : from the scars on the fingers of the cheerful girl with a lust for sweets to the Ouija symbols on a shirt, sometimes there may be more than one way to read the same image…
All of my drawings are done almost exclusively with ballpoint pens, except for yellow color pencils.”
Helena Hauss creates exquisitely crafted and intricate drawings using a ballpoint pen. Her lustrous and hyper-realistic illustrations are at the same time both beautiful and satirical, with a deep-rooted fascination with counter-cultural narratives.
Her clients include: WWD, L’Occitane, Undiz, Saatchi Saatchi London.
You may visit Helena’s website by clicking on the following link: http://www.helenahauss.net