Scott Hull Associates

Artist: curtis parker

Commnication Arts Illustration Annual 54

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“I was inspired by the huge quantity of great work.  A lot of illustrators are stepping up their game by making smat art that is well executed.” Communication Arts Judge, Penelope Dullaghan Read More
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Curtis Parker’s mural for the outside wall of the Panera Bread restaurant depicting the history of Emeryville, Califorinia. Read More

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Curtist Parker and Road and Track’s Creative Director, Richard Baron teamed up on an article entitled “Sanitation and the Racing Car”, about rebuilding a classic race car and how to hide all the wires and cables.

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The Atlantic and Pentagram commisioned Mikey Burton to provide an ongoing series of spot illustrations for a variety of topics for the Dispatches section. “After the Oil Rush”, “The Court Crasher”, “Pipe Dreamer”, “Perks and Recreation” and Can the Tea Party Take Japan?”

Curtis Parker + Barron’s Forecast for 2014

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Curtis Parker has illustrated the New Year cover issue for Barron’s Financial Forecast for over ten plus years. So naturally, the creative challenge each year is to make sure it stands apart from all the previous years’ covers.

This year the idea was to show we are now in a “Bull” market and the bull is on top while the bear is down. Sharing his solution Curtis says, “I wanted a scene that was a little more interesting and a bit less stodgy than you would normally associate with the financial market. One of my ideas was a carousel with the bull at the high point holding down the bear. I liked the thought that it makes for a volatile market going up and down and around. I was really glad that Barron’s art director Pam Budz chose this particular image.”

Art director Pamela Budz has this to say about working with Curtis over the past decade, “I’ve worked with Curtis for many years. His illustration truly has a magical aura. It’s strong both conceptually and visually — with beautifully crafted lines, composition and color. It makes any project I’m working on look special. Additionally, he’s just the nicest guy who makes me believe that my ideas are wonderful.”

Curtis Parker+Beautiful Star: From Sketches to Finish

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Where do ideas begin? How does the process start?

I thought it would be great to share with you Curtis Parker’s concept sketches along with his notes to the creative direct of Triad Stage. And yes, the final artwork.

It all starts with paper and pencil!

Curtis Parker’s Visual Voice Santa List

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Curtis Parker gives his list to Santa a new twist.
Oh, the power of the visual voice!

Curtis Parker + AAF ADmerica

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Curtis Parker artwork is featured for this year’s American Advertising Federation conference, “Admerica”, which is being held on June 5-8th, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ.

Curtis Parker + Barron’s Cliff Hanger

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Curtis Parker has illustrated the New Year cover issue for Barron’s Financial Forecast over the past twelve years. So naturally, the creative challenge each year is to make sure it stands apart from all the previous years’ covers.

Facing a readership of predominately stock market investors, art director Pamela Budz has this to say about working with Curtis over the past decade, “I’ve worked with Curtis for many years. His illustration truly has a magical aura. It’s strong both conceptually and visually — with beautifully crafted lines, composition and color. It makes any project I’m working on look special. Additionally, he’s just the nicest guy who makes me believe that my ideas are wonderful.”

Curtis says, “I asked Pam a question regarding some aspect of the bear and bull behavior in the painting and there was a pause before she said, ‘How long have you been doing these?’ Meaning, ‘I should know by now.’ Of course that is part of the challenge– to keep it fresh and organic.” Obviously, through his decade of successful illustrating for the company, Curtis has no problem with that.

Curtis Parker + Panera Bread Mural

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Did you know Panera Bread builds each bakery cafe from the ground up, with architects and designers thinking through all aspects of the project, including which neighborhood it’s in? Realizing that, it makes sense that they wouldn’t choose off-the-shelf art for their carefully considered spaces.

And in the case of this custom mural for a building-side in a California location, SHA artist Curtis Parker cooked up a 40 x 12-foot painting that reflected the history of the city — local planners were emphatic that it couldn’t be about Panera itself — as well as evoking the feel that Panera was looking for.

VP / Design Creative at Panera Bread Jay Jung said “It turned out to be an amazing piece of art and full of incredible detail and activity” and we’d agree. Curtis did a fantastic job. Jay also mentioned enjoying the collaboration with Curtis, saying “it worked beautifully, just discussing the objectives of the project directly with the artist.” And as little bit of project trivia, Jay added, “If there just happens to be a small group of work men in an obscure corner of the mural enjoying a sandwich from Panera, I really can’t tell you how that got in there!”

Rough Sketches
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Final Sketch By Artist
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Panera’s Final Presentation Draft
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Panera’s Emeryville, CA Store Mural
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Close-up of Mural
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Close-Up Detail of Mural

Curtis Parker + Communication Arts Award

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Communication Arts Illustration honored Scott Hull Associates artist Curtis Parker for his artwork published in Orange Coast Magazine. “Gathering the Indigo Maidens”, the article which features Curtis’s artwork, tells the story of the young women who harvested the indigo plants to make the pigment for the art produced during the Spanish Colonial period in Central and South America. Curtis states,  “I wanted the artwork to have the feel of the art of that period.”

This is what makes Curtis a truly unique artist.

Alternative Pick Editor’s Choice Award for 2011

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We are honored to be selected by the staff of Alternative Pick for the Editor’s Choice Award for 2011. There is so such wonderful talents in Alternative Pick and we’re just pleased to be part of the success.

Congratulations to everyone!


Penelope Dullaghan


Curtis Parker


Larry Moore


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An SHA artist’s big chance to brand an entire city

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Mesa, Arizona has a plan. The way they see it, their combination of resources makes them the optimal location for businesses in aviation, healthcare, tourism and education, so they’re launching a move-to-Mesa campaign encouraging those businesses to do just that. For help giving the campaign a visual voice, they brought in Curtis Parker.

His creative challenge: Keep the imagery simple yet bold. Maintain a business approach that covers all the bases. And once the project is underway, preserve the integrity of the original vision amidst a healthy amount of client input. To do this, Curtis worked closely with art director Art Lofgreen at Catapult Strategic Design through the entire process, keeping the ideas flying back and forth like dusty tumbleweeds roaming the Sonoran Desert. (In a business-focused sort of way.)

The end result connects the reader, whether it’s a tourist, teacher or captain of industry, to the city itself. It also connected with the client. The City of Mesa Marketing and Business Development Manager confirmed the positivity about their citywide revamp. “We look forward to promoting the campaign,” he said. “And Curtis Parker’s artistry, too.”