Storyboard artist Jerry Neumann’s name is more or less out there. After he drew the storyboards for DDB’s State Farm campaign, agency creative directors Barry Burdiak and John Hayes decided to honor the artist. They gave the name of “Jerry Neumann” to the hapless guy who crashed his car after he cancelled his car insurance and hopes his State Farm agent will reinstate his policy.
Neumann is far from the accident-prone fictional “Jerry,” however. He is a classic car aficionado (he owns a pristine ’68 Camaro) and no dent would dare mar his car.
Character naming aside, Neumann, a longtime go-to art resource for agencies, signed with artist Lenin Delsol’s Envisionaire, for representation.
Envisionaire is Chicago’s premiere studio for advertising presentation art — storyboards, animatics, comps and infographics drawn in a multiplicity of styles.
Delsol, Neumann and mother and daughter artists Carol Wanagat and Kari Wanagat, are represented by Peter Kuehnel, who’s been with Envisionaire since Delsol started the company 10 years ago.
Neumann has been a non-stop illustrator of advertising art since he graduated from the American Academy of Art in 1987, when he started as an “on-call” artist for DDB. While he has a flair for comedy, his talents aren’t limited to humor and range from illustrations for the Chicago Cubs charities to Ronald McDonald House.
He has storyboarded all of the Capital One/DDB spots with Alec Baldwin and the Visigoths, and those with Jimmy Fallon. His latest boards are for a new S.C. Johnson’s/O&M’s Scrubbing Bubbles spot and Kmart/DraftFCB Holiday 2013 spots.
Versatile Oak Park-based Delsol’s latest commercial assignments were storyboarding spots for Toys R Us/Escape Pod, Bayer Aleve/Energy BBDO and McDonald’s for Big Deahl Productions.
He has been a storyboard artist for 30 years, and a passionate fine artist working in oils and water colors all his life.
Kuehnel’s Powerandlight Reps can be reached at 312/733-0505.