About Us

The Alternative Pick, Altpick*com and the Altpick Awards

Founded in 1991, The Alternative Pick commenced with a clear mission, providing creative buyers with a vehicle to source the best, brightest and most exciting illustrators, photographers and designers in the business. The Alternative Pick sourcebook became the outlet for cutting-edge commercial talent, offering a unique platform for artists to showcase their work. To meet the demands of an ever-changing industry, altpick.com was launched in 1996. It provides a vehicle for talent to utilize the web to connect more effectively with buyers. The Alternative Pick Deck has replaced our sourcebook, offering a fun and engaging format for locating leading commercial artists. In addition, the Altpick Awards introduces yet another way to provide a platform for talent to shine. In 2015, we mark our 23rd anniversary as the premier source for creative professionals and we plan to continue to push the envelope, providing the best vehicle for buyers to connect with creative talent.

altpick.com - The Ultimate Source for Creative Talent

At the forefront of technology, altpick.com was created to utilize the Internet to find not only illustrators, photographers and designers but also the leaders in emerging media: web designers, interactive artists and animators. This award-winning site provides our cutting-edge talent with direct access to update their work and information often and at any time. Visitors to the site can use key words to find specific talent, keeping track of their favorite artists using my*altpick which sends a notification by email when work is updated. This invaluable asset provides up-to-date communications directly with editors, art directors, designers and art buyers. The site also provides creatives the opportunity to expand their brands through our social media outreach, Altpick Connects blog, email promotions, newsletter, industry events, Artist listings are free and a full membership is only $99 annually.


Altpick Awards

The Altpick Awards call for entries is open to illustrators, photographers, designers and new media artists as well creative directors and art directors to submit their best work. The voting process consists of both a popular vote by the masses and a juried vote from a team of judges who are industry professionals from the advertising, publishing, editorial, design and entertainment industries.

The categories include:

    - Design - Ad Campaigns/Packaging/3D
    - New Media - Animation/Shorts/Commercials
    - Mobile Device Image - Images that were created by using mobile device.
    - Illustration - Single and Series
    - Photography - Single and Series

The process is easy! First register and upload your entries here: http://awards.altpick.com

Check out previous year winners: here.


The Alternative Pick Deck

The first edition of The Alternative Pick sourcebook was published in 1992. To better provide talent more quickly and easily, The Alternative Pick book has now evolved into The Alternative Pick Deck. Always on the cutting edge, this latest promotional endeavor sets us apart, creating yet another innovative format for locating talent. Each 5 1/2" by 4" card is printed on both sides and packaged in a gift box. The 2012 edition features photographers, illustrators and designers which were distributed to creatives nationwide.

The Alternative Pick Deck

Altpick Awards Site Design

NeverWithout: Naoya Wada and Mickey Cohen - https://altpick.com/naoyawada

Who runs this stuff anyway?


Maria Ragusa-Burfield - Owner and Founder

Since 1991, Maria has worked with established and emerging artists helping promote and market their work. Her main goal is to provide a low cost, easy marketing solution for artists to reach their potential buyers. Maria lives in New York with her husband, Jason, and son, Dylan.


Jason Burfield - Tech

Jason has spent his working years as a photographer and as technologist. He architected and built altpick.com as well as SportsShooter.com and PhotoShelter. His current day job is as CTO for a startup.

Jason has over 1 TB of photos of his son, Dylan, and rides a Harley BMW KTM Yamaha that he races in the East Coast Enduro Association race series.


Andreas Von Buddenbrock - Illustrative Journalist

Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Andreas developed a passion for both illustrating and traveling at an early age. After having spent several years in Asia (mostly Hong Kong and the Philippines) Andreas finally moved to the US. "My preferred working process involve drawing with ink-pen and coloring digitally, though I still like the variety of working with other mediums."

View a sampling of Andreas' work on his member page: altpick.com/andreasvb