I'm pleased to have been invited to contribute to this beautifully printed series along with fellow Canadian illustrators. These are phrases which I associate with life in Canada. Encouragements, metaphors from from tough game of ice hockey and sense of wonder about our vast natural wilderness.
Enhancing the visual richness of the in-store experience. Ontario farm locations who supply meat to this butcher shop. Before and process sketch shown. Art Direction by Q30. Visual Identity by Blok Design. Architecture by Giannone Petricone Associates.
Ben art directed the athletes in this commercial on set as they created lettering for the campaign tagline (#NowOrNever) to be used in the print campaign. At times only 10 minutes with an athlete would be available, so we had to make the best of it. One of the 15-20 final selects was used in the spot directed by Mark Zibert.
Copywriter / Art Director: Dave Laing, Heather Kinoshita
Director: Mark Zibert, Jordan Dashner
Production Company: Sons and Daughters, Descendants TV
Soren Meeuwisse - Mountain biking
The intent of the campaign is clearer here. The COC hopes to raise funds to help train Canada's future olympic competitors. It's a long, tough road.
Ecobee makes smart wi-fi thermostats with remote sensors. To show gratitude to their team they commissioned an illustration of this quote by Jimmy Johnson, "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra."
Featured in Creative Review and Communication Arts, this mural was created for the reception area of an advertising agency to help inspire their staff and visiting clients. Creative Director: Barry Quinn, Terry Drummond, Alan Madill. ACD: Christine Gliha. Producer: Ryan Teixeira. Assistant to Ben Weeks: Ian Turner.
Toscani ADC Poster
"World-renowned photographer Oliviero Toscani gave a bold keynote speech at last year's #ADCFestival in Miami Beach. We were so inspired by it, we turned it into a newspaper with the help of Ben Weeks and Underline Studio." —The Art Director's Club Global. Mailed to 2,000 of the world's top creative directors. Featured on the CR blog. Download your free PDF of the speech and posters HERE.
“We got great reception from the world on the newspaper. Toscani wrote to me to say he loooved it! he said, 'save any leftover copies for me!' :) Good job again!” —Ignacio Oreamundo, Executive Director, ADC
I was a second year illustration student when this work was published into American Illustration, beating hundreds—even thousands of submissions from professionals. The book recognizes the strongest images of the year. One of the judges was the guy who did the cartoons on SNL. So it was a great honour.
The twins are in the womb, dreaming of something to come in another world.
Soviet Space Race
This work was also done for fun on my own when I was an art student. I always had wanted to be an astronaut. Being an artist was a pragmatic compromise. Anyway the intensity, innovation and desire for discovery I love. We often in the west overlook the contributions and achievements Russia made. They have an aesthetic that's less familiar than the images we're more familiar with. So that was a fun collection of iconography to explore.
This was when I stopped drawing in the classical style and found the confidence to play and discover my own voice. I did a series of works I can post if you're interested. I love the decisions in this drawing and the others. Some of the best I've ever done. Though commercially, people don't often ask for this look. It would be amazing to draw a celebrity portrait from life sometime.
Rooted, Established, Loved
Good things to be. Love the graphic shapes and fragile lines. These were printed as banners for a church I grew up in where my dad had been one of the pastors as a kid.
The mint chocolate chip ice-cream floats by his fallen comrades in the frozen section of the super market.
I was also an art student sometime in 2002-03 when I did this one. It was based on some sketches I'd done for fun in my sketchbook that our awesome teacher (Paul Dallas) encouraged me to explore further. The brief had been to make something for inflight purchases for Virgin Airlines if I recall. For a sophisticated audience. I imagined a kind of very cool king who could fly with the power of his own beard.
desiringGod purpose video
"To date, it’s our most succinct and creative way of saying who we are."
Storyboards: Ben Weeks, Animation: Jorge Canedo Estrada, Soundtrack: John Poon, Voiceover: John Piper
One of many storyboard iterations
Stanford School of Business Magazine
Art Direction by: Pentagram
New York Times
An article on Performance Enhancement for the Week In Review section.
Art Directed superbly by: Joon Mo Kang
Art Directed by: Chris Lee who taught me how to triangulate colour placement.
Holiday Essentials Poster
"Ben Weeks has Many Loves" was a 2-year project. I researched creative leaders around the world, created an icon for each of them to represent their work, found their contact information, hand-customized 1200 posters for each recipient and mailed them out.
It was great to hear back from GQ, Hillstone New York Times Magazine, Rodrigo Corral and Apple. The project won lots of blog coverage and awards from D&AD and Communication Arts (No. 392 May/June 2013 pg.71) Over 4 years, my compounding annual rate of return on the project turned out to be 32.09% which was a 3X return on my investment.
Credits: Made in collaboration with Underline Studio where Claire Dawson & Fidel Peña art directed, Emily Tu designed and created the custom typeface. Cover Photo: Underconsideration.com Interior Photos: MadeByTung. Data Processing Assistant: Kate Noyes. Printed on Neenah Classic Crest at Andora Graphics.