Welcome to the New Year! The first issue of Lürzer's Archive will become available soon and we'll be publishing the latest edition of our biennial 200 Best Digital Artists worldwide around the same time. It will be the fourth book in this series, in which we present the cream of the crop in all things COI. The hefty volume will comprise more than 340 pages and feature the very best in commercial digital imaging from all over the world. Additionally, you will find an interview with Surachai Puthikulangkura, the highest-ranking CGI artist/illustrator in Lürzer's Archive, of Illusion, Bangkok, the studio he founded.
Since this is also the time we go searching about for an image from the book that will serve as a cover, I thought I’d show you all the options we’ve found so far. As this is still an ongoing process with alternatives found every day, we won’t ask for your vote on this. Instead, I present you these current cover options only to give you an inkling of what lies in store for you in the upcoming 200 Best. You are, of course, very welcome to voice your opinion in the comments section of the Facebook post of this blog on those you like or don’t like.
The first option has been taken from a campaign by Y&R in Santiago de Chile for the Cafe Caribe brand of coffee, a dark-roast espresso blended with "the Latino taste in mind."
DA: Pedro Slaibe Ad Agency: Young & Rubicam (Y&R), Santiago de Chile CDs: Francisco Cavada, Alvaro Becker, Patricio Reyes ADs: Sergio Araya, Andrés Beroiza, Rodrigo Pérez PH: Ale Burset Client: Café Caribe
The second option is taken from a series of posters that form part of the new branding of the Royal Opera House in London. The agency is Atomic, London, the photography is by Giles Revell. The images feature ballet dancers and opera singers captured in movement to form abstract shapes, and are influenced by the classic stroboscopic photography pioneered by Harold Edgerton in the 1960s.
DA: Loop Corp, Richard Green Ad Agency: Atomic, London CD: Dave Henderson, Guy Bradbury AD: Pete Mould, Dave Henderson PH: Giles Revell
Client: Royal Opera House
Another option would be an image originally conceived for a campaign for Starburst brand chewy candies.
DA: Serialcut Agency: DDB, Chicago CD: John Maxham, Ari Weiss, Myra Nussbaum AD: Dan Lavigne, Johnross Post Client: Starburst
A fourth, rather dramatic cover option would be this image created by Mexican CGI studio Rabbit House for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
DA: Rabbit House Ad Agency: Archer Troy, Mexico City CDs: Carlos Oxte, Mike Arciniega PH: Claudio Napolitano Client: PETA
New York City-based design studio Sagmeister & Walsh created out fifth cover option which is taken from the Wall Street Journal's Tech section "The Future of Everything."
DA: Matteo Giuseppe Pani, Daniel Plateado, Zaid Abouzeid, Sagmeister & Walsh CDs: Jessica Walsh, Anais Maroon, Frank Augugliaro ADs: Angela Iannarelli, Soomin Jung, Rachel Denti Stylist: Arielle Casale PH: Zak Mulligan, Sarah Hopp Client: Future of Everything
Platinum FMD from Rio de Janeiro, is the studio behind our sixth and final cover option, which is part of a campaign for L&PM Pocket Books, conceived by Sao Paulo agency Africa.
DA: Platinum FMD Ad Agency: Africa, São Paulo AD: Raynier Santos, Fabio Has Client: L&PM Pocket Books