World-renowned illustrator Steven Noble
Visit stevennoble.com and see thousands of illustrations in a variety of mediums: Scratchboard, Line Art, Woodcut and Engraving.
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Since graduating from the University of California, Davis in 1990, Steven Noble has mastered a wide range of detail and style within the scratch-board medium and has become internationally recognized for his work from clients as far way as Japan to Europe.
Over the years, he has become equally adept in the woodcut, pen and ink, traditional engraving and steel engraving styles, as well as a variety of stylized scratchboard techniques. His highly disciplined and complex line work is based on over 23 years of experience using X-Acto precision knives carved into pre-inked clay boards which generate very fine line strokes which allow a versatility in the detail from bold woodcuts to very fine traditional 19 century steel engravings.
Over the course of his career, he has created many nationally recognized logos and ad campaigns for a large list of prestigious and high caliber clients such as Coors (corporate/packaging logo), Exxon-Mobil (stock certificate), JP Morgan (annual report) and Mercedes-Benz (ad campaigns). A lot of his expertise encompasses a large volume of subject matter that include food, portraits, animals, maps, architecture, and corporate conceptual images.
In 2001, he won the "Meade Show Award for Excellence" for creating the best corporate conceptual illustration for an annual report for the Wet Seal’s 2001 Annual Report. In addition, in 1996 his work was recognized in the Communication Art Magazine for the best advertising spot for "Beaulieu Vineyards."
Steven continues to strive for excellence in his work and is always up for the next challenge. One of his last projects was a series of illustrations for the acclaimed Children’s book "Zathura" which came out (Fall 2005) at the same time as the release of the movie "Zathura".
Latest awards, achievements, milestones include:
-2010: SKYY SPIRITS & STEVEN NOBLE BRINGS AWARD-WINNING ESPOLON™ TEQUILA BACK TO U.S. FANS
- 2010: Cracker Barrel National Addy Award 2010
-2009: OLD SPICE FRESH COLLECTION / PROCTER & GAMBLE / LANDOR ASSOCIATES Cincinnati, USA
- 2009: AdPulp: Sell! Sell! in London is helping Fentimans, the independent Hexham-based soft drinks company, tug Coca-Cola’s long white beard this Christmas.
- 2009: Brand New: Lobtster.com logo
Logo Inspiration: Steven Noble (Of Amex Centurion And White House Fame)
If you haven’t heard of Steven Noble before, you most certainly have heard of some of his work: he illustrated the back of the one dollar bill; he is the illustrator who was hired to redraw the White House for its most recent logo refresh; he is the artist behind American Express’ centurion/gladiator illustration, famously used on the company’s initial cards and nowadays on the mythical Centurion Card (unlimited balance, invitation only it seems).
His highly disciplined and complex line work is using X-Acto precision knives carved into pre-inked clay boards which generate very fine line strokes which allow a versatility in the detail from bold woodcuts to very fine traditional 19 century steel engravings. The resulting logos are complex and stunningly detailed, works of art in a world that more and more bows to convenience.
His work spans way more than logo design – annual reports, illustrations, engravings, etc. Some of them can be bought off his website. But for now, here are some beautiful logos for your inspiration (go buy those X-Actos!)