Sam Kalda


Sam Kal­da is an illus­tra­tor who works most­ly edi­to­ri­al­ly. He said in an inter­view with the web­site the The Art­fuls that he’d one day like to illus­trate pic­ture books for adults. His work would lend itself to this; it has a very nar­ra­tive spin to it, and through his por­traits, we are able to see that he can con­vey a lot about a per­son by just the nature of his style. He’s real­is­tic, but his draw­ing style has a bit of quirk to it — per­fect for show­ing the idio­syn­crasies of  an indi­vid­ual.

Read the inter­view he did with the The Art­fuls.

All images via his web­site.







Jiro Bevis » Fun


Jiro Bevis has a sec­tion of work on his site, Fun, which seems to hold true to its title. The sub­jects ref­er­ence pop­u­lar cul­ture, using bitmap ele­ments to dis­tort his dig­i­tal cre­ations. They are flat as a pan­cake and occu­py the weird space between 2D and 3D.

These type of images make me nos­tal­gic for my youth — grow­ing up with crap­py com­put­er graph­ics, dial up inter­net, AOL as a com­put­er pro­gram… The good ole days (not real­ly).

All images via his web­site.







Cam Floyd

cam Cam Floyd recent­ly sent me a link to some of his new illus­tra­tions. The are inter­est­ing — he illus­trates top­ics that range from sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries, and more. “Heavy” things, I sup­pose, not the most uplift­ing of sub­jects. I think that Cam’s work reflects the com­plex­i­ties of these ideas, both in his con­tent and the hand­ing of media. He often mix­es organ­ic and mechan­i­cal and robot­ic (for lack of bet­ter word) sub­jects.

All images via his web­site (last one from his Tum­blr).



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Drawing, Illustration

Period’ by Christopher Adams

Christo­pher Adams is an illus­tra­tor who has work in Don’t Call Me Hon­ney, a show I’ve curat­ed on my new­ly-launched eyra online illus­tra­tion gallery. (You can view the entire show here.) Christo­pher was nice enough to give me a copy of his com­ic, Peri­od, which I recent­ly fin­ished read­ing.

'Period' by Christopher Adams

Peri­od is a book bound by tan paper with the title and author writ­ten in pen­cil, so del­i­cate that you might miss it upon a first glance.

'Period' by Christopher Adams

'Period' by Christopher Adams


Casu­al­ly flip­ping through Peri­od, I was imme­di­ate­ly struck by the way Christo­pher for­mat­ted the pan­els of his com­ic.  You would gen­er­al­ly think of a com­ic as hav­ing 4, 6, or 8 pan­els on a page. Not the case here. Some sin­gle pages have as many as 32 pan­els on them.

Christopher’s draw­ing style is detailed, using water-based media to depict all of the hairs on an arm or stripes on a shirt. He is care­ful to shade his draw­ings, doing so in a way that gives them weigh, makes them feel real, but at the same time makes them styl­ized.  All of the pages are in black and white, with the excep­tion of a full col­or spread in the mid­dle of the book.

'Period' by Christopher Adams


The pac­ing is set by the pan­els — both what’s in them and how they are laid out. I men­tioned that sin­gle pages are com­prised of 32 pan­els. Time doesn’t pass quick­ly; instead, Christo­pher uses them to zoom in, pan out, and real­ly set the scene for what’s tak­ing place. At times, it felt like I was look­ing at a film strip.He’s able to pull my eye quick­ly across and down a page, despite how detailed his draw­ings are. I read through the book a few times to make sure I wasn’t miss­ing any­thing.

Peri­od con­tains vignettes. It opens up with us look­ing at the sea, mak­ing us feel small. We then delve into the lives of a fam­i­ly, a tele­phone com­pa­ny employ­ee, and guys hang­ing out play­ing with elec­tric toy cars. The details doc­u­ment­ed are minus­cule, jux­ta­posed with moments that remind us just how BIG things, impor­tant things, are hap­pen­ing in our world. But, we’re often so bogged down with rela­tion­ships, work, and our own lives to con­tem­plate what’s real­ly going on out­side of our front door. Christo­pher ends Peri­od in a sim­i­lar way of which it began. Leav­ing with a des­o­late land­scape, the moun­tains. The final page is a com­bat drone fly­ing over them, a sym­bol for war and gen­er­al polit­i­cal unrest.

'Period' by Christopher Adams

'Period' by Christopher Adams


Peri­od is for sale through 2D Cloud. Pick up your copy here. Also, check out what else they have to offer. Looks like they have some great stuff.

Design, Illustration, Time Travel Tuesday

Time Travel Tuesday » Olle Eksell


Olle Eksell was a Swedish graph­ic design­er and illus­tra­tor, known for his sim­ple designs and bold illus­tra­tions.

He worked with logos, posters, illus­tra­tion, book cov­ers, pack­ag­ing over the course of his career. In addi­tion, Olle Eksell also col­lab­o­rat­ed with the great Amer­i­can design­er, Paul Rand, also a favorite of mine.

Olle’s style, as I’ve men­tioned on the blog before, shifts depend­ing on the type of client he had, or visu­al prob­lem  he needs to solve. All of them have an evi­dence of his hand, though, with an illus­tra­tive solu­tion.

All images via the Olle Eksell web­site.








Sophia Foster-Dimino


My friends and I used to have “bad movie Mon­days,” where we’d watch a bad movie and make fun of it, some­thing akin to Mys­tery Sci­ence The­ater 3000. One par­tic­u­lar­ly bad movie was Wick­er­man with Nick Cage. Sophia Foster-Dimino’s illus­tra­tion about the movie (above) brought back mem­o­ries of this hor­ri­ble film. I like the illus­tra­tion much more than I did the movie. In fact, I like much of Sophia’s work, which ranges from comics, sim­ple por­traits and edi­to­r­i­al com­po­si­tions, as well as big sprawl­ing scenes. 

Sophia is also a Google Doo­dler, so I have no doubt that you’ve seen her images before.

All images via her Tum­blr.










Sofia Arnold paintings


I fea­tured the work of Sofia Arnold last year, and she’s the type of artist whose work I think about from time to time; it real­ly sticks with me.

Sofia’s work — the style, col­ors and themes — res­onate with me. Her newest paint­ings fea­ture mys­te­ri­ous beings, light emerg­ing from dark­ness, and col­or choic­es that pit the mud­dy with con­ven­tion­al­ly beau­ti­ful col­ors. All around, she makes inter­est­ing com­par­isons with­in her paint­ings, both the­mat­i­cal­ly and through her cho­sen medi­um.

I recent­ly reflect­ed on illus­tra­tors and image mak­ers whose work has influ­enced me over the past 8 years, and cat­a­loged them on this web­site. I would say Sofia’s work fits right in.

All images via her web­site.







Drawing, Illustration

Martha Anne illustration and sketches


It wasn’t until this sketch by Martha Anne showed up on the Illus­trat­ed Ladies Tum­blr that I saw her work. I am won­der­ing why I hadn’t seen it before! I’m a huge fan of Mary Blair (see: my arms), so her style and col­ors, of course, appeal to me.

After perus­ing both fin­ish illus­tra­tions and sketch­es, I real­ly like Martha’s draw­ings. They empha­size shape and line more, and because they are mono­chro­mat­ic, there isn’t for them to get lost in.

All images via her Tum­blr, but be sure to check out her web­site, too!










Atelier Stella


Did you know I have 10+ house­plants in my 1 bed­room apart­ment? Is that crazy? I have plans to buy more this sum­mer, too! So, I’m on the look­out for more inter­est­ing planters and vas­es. I came across Ate­lier Stella’s Tum­blr via Pin­ter­est (I have a major love affair with this site), and fell in love with her hand­made ceram­ics.

The vas­es and planters are giv­en faces and have their own per­son­al­i­ty- a qui­et smile, sassy hands on hips, and sleepy faces adorn Stella’s work.

You can buy her work from her Etsy shop. Sad­ly, as I write this, every­thing is sold out until the mid­dle of March. You can sign up for the Ate­lier Stel­la mail­ing list to get the word when she’s about list new stock.

All images via her Tum­blr.






Illustration, Printmaking

Simon Cheadle


I’m not sure how I came across Simon Cheadle’s work, but I first pinned it because I liked the design of his lay­out. When I final­ly looked at his web­site, I dis­cov­ered he has cre­at­ed some pret­ty cool projects. Simon describes him­self as a design­er, illus­tra­tor, and print­mak­er whose work is not dic­tat­ed by per­son­al style. He writes, “…my work starts with an idea in accor­dance to the brief, with the medi­um and process that I use reflect­ing this con­cept.”

I per­son­al­ly love this approach, and so it’s no sur­prise that I real­ly enjoy Simon’s projects, sev­er­al of which are inter­ac­tive projects.

The fol­low­ing are some his projects, writ­ten by him on his web­site. (All images via his web­site, too!)

Make Mis­takes:An ongo­ing and inter­ac­tive project that explores the impor­tance of mak­ing mis­takes in the cre­ative process. Draw­ing tools that gen­er­ate mis­takes were designed and used to rein­ter­pret objects and ideas that are con­sid­ered per­fect. By then print­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing the, these notions of per­fec­tion are pushed back into the realm of cre­ativ­i­ty and the imper­fec­tions of the object are cel­e­brat­ed.





Men­tal Block: ‘Usu­al­ly when I am stuck I either keep at it — think­ing of oth­er pos­si­bilites from oth­er per­spec­tives, flip­ping my ideas on their head, ques­tion­ing and scru­ti­n­is­ing the brief, chal­leng­ing the restric­tions of what is required, apply­ing the prop­er­ties of some­thing suc­cess­ful from anoth­er field to my prob­lem, ask­ing for advice from one of my friends, look­ing at anoth­er prob­lem I am try­ing to solve and see­ing if it applies well to my brief…or go for a beer.’



Note­book Cov­erA ver­sa­tile note­book cov­er that pro­motes per­son­al­i­sa­tion and every­day use based on the fact that a plain note­book can be used by every­one for any­thing. If, how­ev­er, the user decides not to adapt it, then it can be left as a dec­o­ra­tive pat­tern.



Also check out “How to be Great.”