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Pixels National TV Commercials

Earlier this year, Pixels.com hosted a national photography contest for all of our members which offered an incredible prize.  Each winner received an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Los Angeles to meet our staff, take a tour of Pixels.com headquarters, relax on the beach, and… star in their very own Pixels.com TV commercial!

The contest was judged by world-renowned photographer, Anne Geddes.  Out of 12,000+ photography submissions, Anne selected three winners: Colt Forney, Rob Blair, and Don Mennig.

About the Three Winners

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 11.10.29 AMColt Forney – Colt Forney is a storm chaser and photographer from Denton, KS.  He has always had a passion for nature, but weather and storms caught most of his interest.  Growing up in Kansas, he witnessed numerous severe storms and tornadoes by the age of 10, and this inspired him to attend the University of Oklahoma for a degree in Meteorology.  He began chasing storms in 2008 and has racked up 40,000+ miles per year chasing storms across the country. He chases severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards. Witnessing mother nature’s awe inspiring beauty led him to become interested in photography and wanting to share these beautiful scenes with the world. pixels.com/profiles/colt-forney.html

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 11.25.16 AMRob Blair – Rob Blair is a nature photographer from Munroe Falls, OH.  Rob is a professional videographer and recently developed a passion for still photography.  He has always enjoyed exploring the beauty of creation and finding fresh ways to share the experiences he encounters. pixels.com/profiles/rob-blair.html

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 11.53.57 AMDon Mennig – Don Mennig is a landscape photographer from Wallingford, PA.  He is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist whose photos have appeared in Forbes Travel, on Yahoo.com, MSN.com, and numerous other media outlets. Don’s photographic goal is to connect to others by capturing moments and scenes that create an emotional response.  Most often, you’ll discover that his images elicit feelings of tranquility, humor, reverence, and energy. pixels.com/profiles/don-mennig.html

A Week in Santa Monica, California

After being chosen as the winners of the contest, the three photographers and their families flew out to California at the beginning June to be filmed and interviewed for our commercials. Everyone stayed at the lovely Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica, which is right next to the ocean.

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Photo Courtesy of Fairmont Hotel

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Photo Courtesy of Fairmont Hotel

When the photographers weren’t on location filming, they spent their time enjoying Santa Monica with their families and our team. Activities included morning fishing, walking on the boardwalk, relaxing on the beach, taking a tour of Hollywood, and lounging by the pool.  For dinners, the Pixels team took everyone to the Watergrill and Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica.

Photo Courtesy of Santa Monica Watergrill

Photo Courtesy of Santa Monica Watergrill

Photo Courtesy of Fig Restaurant Santa Monica

Photo Courtesy of Fig Restaurant Santa Monica

Commercial Production Team: Jeff & Noah

Jeff Bloom and Noah Kloor are a Los Angeles based filmmaking duo. They specialize in creatively developing projects from the initial idea through the very last step of post production. Their work ranges from viral advertisements to large-scale national commercials along with a wide array of film and television content. jeffandnoah.com

For the Pixels TV commercials, Jeff and Noah scouted all filming locations, coordinated daily film scheduling, filmed and interviewed all three of the winners, and worked on post production – adding their own amazing special effects.

Jeff and Noah on location in Lancaster, CA

Jeff and Noah on location in Lancaster, CA

Production team, Sean CEO of Pixels.com, and Rob Blair

Sean CEO of Pixels.com, Rob Blair, and the Production Team

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The Bunker in Downtown Los Angeles

The Shoot Schedule

First Day:  – Colt Forney was filmed on location in Oxnard, CA. The day included many action shots of Colt riding in a truck chasing a storm.  Rob and Don did not have to film this day.

Colt Forney on location in Oxnard, CA

Colt Forney on location in Oxnard, CA

Second Day: Colt Forney was interview and filmed at the Bunker Loft in Downtown, Los Angeles. During this day, Colt sat down with our production team and Pixels team to discuss his own work and topics about selling and buying on Pixels.com.  Rob and Don did not have to film this day.

Third Day: Rob Blair and Don Mennig were both interviewed at the Bunker Loft in downtown Los Angeles.  Don was interviewed first to discuss his own work and get his thoughts about buying and selling selling on Pixels.com.  Rob was second to be interviewed. Colt did not have to film this day.

Rob Blair on location in Malibu, CA

Rob Blair on location in Malibu, CA

Fourth Day: Don Mennig was on location in Saddleback Butte State Park, Lancaster, CA. This day included action shots of Don climbing up rocks, stopping to take photos of nature, and looking over the wide desert sunset. Colt and Rob did not have to film this day

Don Mennig on film location in Lancaster CA

Don Mennig on film location in Lancaster CA

Don Mennig on location in Lancaster, CA

Don Mennig on location in Lancaster, CA

Fifth Day: Rob Blair was on location in Malibu Creek State Park. This day included shots of Rob hiking along Malibu Creek and photographing animals and nature.  Colt and Don did not have to film this day.

Colt checking out his canvas prints before being filmed and interviewed

Colt checking out his canvas prints before being filmed and interviewed

Don Mennig being interviewed at the Bunker

Don Mennig being interviewed at the Bunker

Don Mennig on interviewing on camera

Don Mennig on interviewing on camera

Rob Blair meeting the production crew and getting ready to be filmed

Rob Blair meeting the production crew and getting ready to be filmed

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Wrap Party at Nobu

Our great week of filming ended with aFriday night Wrap Party at Nobu – a popular beachside restaurant in Malibu, CA.  All of the winners, their families, the production crew, and the Pixels team enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and dinner at Nobu. A fantastic ending to the week and a great ocean view!

Nobu website: Noburestaurants.com/malibu

Courtesy of Nobu Restaurant in Malibu

Courtesy of Nobu Restaurant in Malibu

Nobu Dinner

Nobu Dinner

Before Dinner!

Before Dinner!

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Colt Forney and his wife Lauren

Colt Forney and his wife Lauren

Don and his son

Don and his son

Rob Blair, wife and daughter

Rob Blair, wife and daughter

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Dinner is served!

Everyone together!

Everyone together!

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Lindsay Frost – MLB Collection

A few months ago we interviewed the lovely, Santa Monica, artist Lindsay Frost. We caught up with her again at the Santa Monica Montana Arts Festival in July to see what kind of new projects she has been working on. We found out some very cool and exciting news…. Her baseball cap paintings were recently chosen exclusively by MLB to be displayed at dodgers stadium! This is a great opportunity for Lindsay and a huge step that many artists are looking to achieve. Lindsay started selling her work online at Fine Art America a few years ago which lead to more sales and also more recognition like the Major League Baseball. Watch her second interview with us to learn more about her MLB collection and other projects. Congrats Lindsay!

Lindsay Frost MLB Collection at Dodgers Stadium

Lindsay Frost MLB Collection at Dodgers Stadium

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Lindsay holding Dogders Hat Painting

Lindsay’s Website: http://www.lindsayfrost-art.com/

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A Look into Book Illustration

What does it take to be a book illustrator? We asked Fine Art America artist Eric Fan to share his knowledge and experience with creating book illustrations.

Eric Fan is a Toronto based artist with a passion for the whimsical and unexpected, a love of vintage art, clockwork contraptions, and pop culture collisions. He is currently working on his first children’s book with brother, Terry Fan, which is scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. His agent is Kirsten Hall, at the Catbird Agency.

Eric Fan’s website http://www.krop.com/opifan64/#/.

1. How did you get into book illustration? How does the whole process work?

It’s all fairly new to me, actually, and I kind of fell into it by chance and happenstance. My agent, Kirsten Hall, was just starting her new agency (Catbird: http://catbirdagency.com/) and was looking for new artists to fill her roster. She happened to see my brother Terry’s work online and signed him as an artist. She then asked him if he had any ideas for children’s books, and he proposed a few ideas that we had come up with together, and also mentioned that we often worked together collaboratively. She presented one of our ideas to Simon & Schuster and they made an offer on it, which blew my mind because it was our first book proposal. Since we planned to do the book together, I was also signed to Catbird in lieu of the publishing contract. The book is due to be published in the Spring of 2016. I’ve attached a picture of the cover art, as well as another cover we worked on recently for Ali Benjamin’s upcoming book, The Thing About Jellyfish.

"The Thing About Jellyfish"

The Thing About Jellyfish

2. What do you like about book illustration? what type (genre) of books do you typically illustrate?

I work almost exclusively in the children’s book field; primarily picture books for young readers. Picture books appeal to me because I like the idea of telling a story visually. When you do a single piece of art it can also tell a story within that single image, but there’s something nice about extending that into a fully realized story with a beginning, middle, and end. I spent my thirties writing screenplays, so some of that love for visual storytelling has always been part of my make-up. Depending on the project, there’s also the challenge factor of bringing either your own story to life, or bringing someone else’s words to life. Every story has its own specific obstacles, and it can be rather terrifying, to be honest, but it’s the kind of terror that spurs creativity and invention, because you’re working against a deadline within a very specific matrix of obstacles you have to overcome. When I was a kid, picture books had a profound affect on me, so the idea of creating something that may inspire other kids growing up is really at the heart of why I love working on children’s books so much.
In addition to picture books, we’ve also worked on a few projects aimed at slightly older readers. The cover art for Ali Benjamin’s book, The Thing About Jellyfish (Little Brown, Fall 2015) was an exciting project because I really loved the story and it’s getting some very positive pre-release buzz. It’s aimed at young readers, but also adults, since the themes are quite mature, so it was something a little different for us. We also did the chapter decorations for a book called, The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens, by Henry Clark. It’s a terrifically fun book about time travel and overcoming prejudice.

3.  What is the newest book project you are working on?

We just finished The Night Gardener, and have been putting together a proposal for a new book. We were also signed as artists for two other authored children’s books. They haven’t been announced publicly yet so I need to keep the details under wraps, but they’re both very exciting projects.
The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener

4. What in your opinion makes a good book cover?

I got my start in art doing t-shirt design, and I think it’s almost the same thing. A t-shirt is a moving piece of art and so it needs to ‘read’ very quickly, and be visually striking with a degree of simplicity, either in the message or the visual. In the case of a book cover, the art is stationary on the shelf, but the customer is moving, and so the same criteria applies. The image needs to be eye-catching and striking, and communicate something about the book very quickly.

5. Does Fine Art America or having your work online help in anyway with book illustration?
Like I said, both my brother and I were discovered by our work being seen online, so there’s a huge upside in licensing your art and selling it on print on demand sites because many agents and editors peruse these sites looking for new talent. It’s really revolutionized the playing field for artists in terms of getting their work seen and making important contacts. My career definitely wouldn’t be what it is today if I hadn’t started selling my work online.
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Artist Spotlight Scott Listfield

This month, our spotlight artist is painter Scott Listfield. Scott’s paintings usually include his iconic astronaut character, some dinosaurs and popular culture icons. His work captures both the idea of the future and world that we all live in today. Watch our video interview to get an inside look into Scott’s work and how he got started on Fine Art America.

Scott Listfield (b. 1976, Boston, MA) is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott studied art at Dartmouth College. After college and spending some time abroad, Scott moved back to america and began painting his astronaut series.

Scott has been featured in many magazines including Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, and on WBZ-TV Boston. His work has also appeared in New American Paintings and Surface Magazine. In 2010 he was named a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant finalist, and was the official artist of 2011 Boston First Night. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, and many other places.

Scott currently has a solo show “Astronaut” until July 12th at Chicago’s Rotofugi Gallery. We definatly recommend to stop by and see it!

Scott’s website >> http://www.astronautdinosaur.com

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Photographer Spotlight: April Reppucci

April Reppucci, has been a Fine Art America member since 2012. She specializes in lifestyle, portraiture, fine art and event photography. April loves to capture the simple things in life and believes “that our best retrospect can be found in the pictures that we take”. Watch her video interview with us to learn more about April’s story.

April’s Websites:
http://www.imagesbyapril.net/MeetAprilPage
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/april-reppucci.html

What April uses:
CAMERAS:
– Canon EOS 5D Mark II
– Canon EOS Rebel T2i
LENSES:
– Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L USM
– Canon 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro
– Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
– Tamron 17-50mm xd Di II LD

"Wear Your Camera" by April Reppucci

"Walk In The Snow" by April Reppucci

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