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To view online veLEVINLAND PROMO MAG.v2rsion of the LevinLand Magazine Portfolio click on cover or here.

This is the digital home of the ‘Illustrators Journal’ (dot) com, a place where you can  see great art, photography and read insights of the proprietor for those interested in the art of illustration, animation and creative expression through narrative design.

I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on the art of illustration and my experience on the road to meeting my expectations and  goals for the future

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Interview with Ted Lewin

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As I move forward doing more “realistic” illustration I am fascinated and I relate to perhaps one of our greatest contemporary artists, Ted Lewin. Here in this interview Ted talks about his a children’s book about Gleason’s Gym in New York. The paintings are superb. His mastery of watercolor makes the imagery vibrant and alive. More of Ted’s work can be found here http://www.tedlewin.com

LevinLand Newsletter May 2105

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Over the last year and a half I’ve been working on different kind of projects using a more serious graphic novel style. I’ve been fortunate for some publications to give me a chance to show what I can do. This newsletter shows some of that work. There is more to come and as they are published I will show them on this site. This is a perfect example of transforming yourself into something different if you want. I encourage anyone who is contemplating a move like mine to go for it. You never know where it leads and it will challenge you and you will grow creatively.

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From The Buffalo Braves to the San Diego Clippers: The Inside Story

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san-diego-clippers-logo_fao6nubcwe1s14t0fvfjg1482 This is the official NBA explanation of the Clippers name origin:

In 1978, San Diego welcomed the relocation of the Buffalo Braves’ franchise because the city had lost their Rockets to Houston seven years earlier. San Diego team officials didn’t think ‘Braves’ was a representative nickname for the club. A contest decided on Clippers because the city was known for the great sailing ships that passed through San Diego Bay. When the Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984, they kept their nickname.

And now for the rest of the story. In 1978 I joined the Clippers as Advertising Director. I was hired by my father Irving Levin, the owner of the franchise. The team history and glide-path from Buffalo to San Diego is perhaps coherent given the market conditions at DAD AND LON CLIPPERSthe time (see: The Boston-San Diego Shuffle and The San Diego Clippers: A Dream Ends), as my father was growing increasingly weary from non-stop commuting between Boston and LA when he owned the Celtics. My father was being pummeled in the Boston Press for bad trades that resulted in the Celtics going from a championship team to a losing franchise – not a good thing in Boston. He wanted a way out. Through a series of talks and meetings involving league officials, he and John Y Brown (owner of the Buffalo Braves) agreed to a deal to switch franchises and players. Prior to the ’78 season in San Diego my father decided to change the name of the franchise which was moved from Buffalo as a way to get the city involved with the new team along with the fact that the previous name had nothing to do with the San Diego area.

839ad754de38b658e9d03c435d102cd9The advertising agency of record for the Clippers along with team officials in which I which actively participated oversaw the contest. Most of the Clipper officials involved in this process were in their 20’s like me save for Irv Kaze, Hal Childs, my Dad and Lou Lenart. Tons of suggestions came in and we considered everyone of them. Most were ridiculous or totally inappropriate though we had a great deal of fun and laughter vetting through the submissions. How we arrived at the Clippers is as mentioned above in the official NBA line. However before the name was formally chosen my dad and I went to the San Diego harbor where the Star of India ship was docked. Star of indiaIt was and remains a beautiful boat and legitimate icon of San Diego. We looked at the ship and in the moment my dad said he thought naming the team the Clippers was a good idea since people could identify with the local icon. We talked about possible cross promotions etc. Not totally on board with naming, I thought we should call the team the Stars but Dad thought it sounded like a team the Globe Trotters (an exhibition vs. real competitive team) would play. And back at the office the general feeling was the name was not that good but we had nothing better. The ad agency came up with some logo looks to visualize what the “Clippers” brand would look like. As a trained designer and advertising director I thought the logo was awful, I hated the colors and the uniforms were of the ‘pajama’ blue variety. I’m not sure if anyone shared my opinion but Dad liked all of it so it became the official logo and the name Clippers was born (so there you have it – a moment of inspiration codifies a name for a league franchise now valued at $2 billion).

Looking back the name ‘Clippers’ has become a ‘Kleenex’ or ‘Xerox’ play of sorts. It is the team brand yet no one associates it with ships, the ocean, the city of San Diego or LA Marina for that matter. This is just like the ‘Lakers’ (birthed in Minnesota – the ‘lan of 1000 lakes’) as their name has nothing to do with Los Angeles either.

I was asked by a magazine writer recently what I thought about the rebranding of the Clippers. The technology shows at the arena, the colors, the throwback uniforms etc. I told him what my dad always told me and he was right. If you win everything works, if you lose it nothing else matters – it’s all chatter.

For the Clippers to emerge from their dark past of losing (the Sterling Years) and the grey cloud that hangs over the franchise they need to win…and Saturday’s game against the Spurs is the biggest game in franchise history since opening day in 1978. When you consider that San Diego may be poised to witness another professional and some may say ‘trophy sports property’ loss, i,e., with the rumored potential exit of Chargers to LA, one can only speculate that perhaps a Clipper win against it’s nemesis San Antonio Spurs is an honoring of the long suffering San Diego sports community spirt and karma. We shall see….

Tomie dePaola: A Children’s Hero

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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 9:45 pm | Updated: 11:51 pm, Fri Mar 20, 2015.

Children’s book illustrator Tomie dePaola grew up with “a mother who read to me every night of my life. “She read what was available then,” he said, “which were the folk tales.”

DePaola’s own books have been bringing parents and children together for 50 years, and have been honored with a Caldecott Medal, among many other awards. He will be at the Wenham Museum on Sunday as part of “Draw Me A Story,” an exhibit of illustrations from children’s books that will be on display until April 27. “The exhibit is in the lobby, and there will be a book signing there,” said Cynthia Novotny, merchandise manager at the museum. “In the Burnham Hall area, there will be art activities.” Other illustrators in the exhibit include Jesse Watson, Lisa Cinelli, Katia Wish, Elizabeth Wolff and Cyndy Szekeres Prozzo, several of whom will be present on Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.main The event is being held for the fourth time, and celebrates the important roles that books play in children’s lives. “We thought if we could show the original work and have parents and children meet the illustrators, it makes a better connection for them” with books, Novotny said. The connections that parents and children can make, over the pages of a book, can last a lifetime.

SUZANNE ALLSION’S GIMME SHELTER


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Dog Lovers Read this and help out

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Today Havi and I attended Woofstock at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. We took our two Goldens, Atticus and April Snow and met our friends Phyllis and Frank and their dog Harry. There were all types of dogs and owners there as well as plenty of dogs and puppies needing homes. The weather was terrific and the vibe was great. One of the booths we stopped at was Pet Orphans of Southern California They are out in the SF Vally and are performing a great services for our furry friends. In the booth as well was super photographer Suzanne Allison who put together a marvelous book called Gimme Shelter.The book features Suzanne’s great photography of celebrities and their pets.

  • A four year labor of love the book not only contains beautiful photos of celebrities and their pets it will also feature friends, family, neighbors and anyone who shares or has shared…

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FROM BELIEVING TO BELONGING


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This blog is as relevant today as it was when I first wrote it. Read thru because it could help you shape your vision of today and it’s possibilities

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I choose this sketch to illustrate this blog because it fits the theme. When you feel like you belong somewhere even if that somewhere appears odd to the outside world trust your instincts and go with it.

The last five months have been very transitional for me. I took a position that all at once made me feel like I was finally in the right place. Each dayI got to work confirms that initial feeling I had. It’s a place where I’v been given the opportunity to use my skills to help others and grow as a person and a manager of other people. This morning I read the latest email blast from my friend Mark Susnow and it speaks to this very subject, so I’m passing it along to you.

We’ve all had dreams at different times in our lives. Without them our lives wouldn’t be the same. We…

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SUZANNE ALLSION’S GIMME SHELTER

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Today Havi and I attended Woofstock at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. We took our two Goldens, Atticus and April Snow and met our friends Phyllis and Frank and their dog Harry. There were all types of dogs and owners there as well as plenty of dogs and puppies needing homes. The weather was terrific and the vibe was great. One of the booths we stopped at was Pet Orphans of Southern California They are out in the SF Vally and are performing a great services for our furry friends. In the booth as well was super photographer Suzanne Allison who put together a marvelous book called Gimme Shelter.The book features Suzanne’s great photography of celebrities and their pets.

  • A four year labor of love the book not only contains beautiful photos of celebrities and their pets it will also feature friends, family, neighbors and anyone who shares or has shared the experience of loving a pet. It also includes some heartwarming stories and facts about taking care of animals. 
    Suzanne Allison has had a camera in her hands since she was 13 years old. Her outstanding work in concert 11025661_800137693405659_5526552612634767151_nphotography speaks for itself, but her real gift is capturing touching moments with people and their pets. Suzanne believes that these beautiful creatures are the real stars of “Gimme Shelter”. “The greatest accomplishment we can achieve with this book will be opening peoples eyes to the overwhelming numbers of pets that are abandoned and how it IS possible to greatly reduce the number of dogs and cats in shelters by doing THREE things…. SPAY, NEUTER, MICROCHIP…. educate your children. Teach them that pets are not toys. They are to be treated kindly with respect and love… Give love, Get love… pretty simple.”
    To learn more about how you can help out go to Suzanne’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GimmeShelterXO/timeline
    …and if you want to see killer photography go to http://suzanneallison.com/suzanneallison.html and check out Suzanne’s work

Finnish Artist: Riikka Laasko

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I love the color and clean architectural lines in Riikka’s work. A bit of whimsy and a storyline are infused in the imagery.  For more  about Riika go to here

This article and profile is running on Eye on Design. Info below.

Hey look, everyone’s favorite professional association for design has its own blog.

For the past 100 years, AIGA has celebrated, lauded, applauded, championed, cheered, awarded, supported, and (most of all) loved great design. In the next century we expect to see a lot more, so we’re turning a well-trained eye on the best new work from emerging and established designers alike in the AIGA Eye on Design blog.

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