I posted a couple of these paintings on my Tumblr last weekend, and wanted to show them on here as well. Nathalie Du Pasquier has a series of square paintings that depict still lifes.
Nathalie sets up scenes that are of forms with no specific texture or patterning on them. Through these paintings we can see that they are mostly about composition, color, and shape relation. I think it’s also about the challenging the square composition to make it dynamic.
I’ve been doing a ton of work on my computer lately, and while I diligently worked my way through Netflix’s House of Cards, I’ve also been listening to podcasts! Previously I listened to just NPR and a couple of comedy podcasts, but I’ve turned my attention to a couple of illustration and design related podcasts. Check them out:
Design Matters with Debbie Millman: A really interesting design show that has guests including graphic designers, artists, writers, and educators. They talk about their projects, their process, and other design-related issues. Debbie has the opportunity to talk to some big names (a personal favorite: Steven Heller) in a casual way.
Your Dreams My Nightmares: This is an audio side project by illustrator Sam Weber. He interviews illustrators, designers, and art directors in another casual conversation about different aspects of illustration, the industry, and image-making.
I personally like back and forth banter in a less formal setting, which I think is a strength of these podcasts. They are insightful and funny, too!
Illustrator Rebecca Green has perfected pink cheeks and red noses. Using delicate brush strokes and subtle coloring, she constructs a world that is full of dreaming, wistfulness, and a lot of celebration.
I think I most enjoy her painting. The strokes and glazing give her ladies and animals more visual weight and place them firmly in their composition.
Illustration is a form of problem solving. You take an article, a creative brief, etc., and apply your unique lens to the problem. Some illustrators have a style that is very distinctive and generally looks the same. Not everyone chooses to work this way. Some people enjoy let the tone of a project dictate the exact visual solution.
I would put illustrator Grace Danico in the latter camp. While her shapes and visual language are consistent, she is obviously comfortable with several different ways of working, whether this be simple line drawings, digital coloring, or printmaking.
You’ve probably heard of Grace before, especially if you read the illustration and design blog Grain Edit. She writes for it and is the illustration editor.
Emily Haasch is a collage artist and designer living in Chicago. Her general collage aesthetic is minimal and controlled, with bursts of gesture and sometimes mayhem. A photograph or carefully cut paper is often joined with paper that’s been torn or crumpled, sometimes using ink. Emily writes about her process, saying, “In my practice, I like to work with the lushness of physical material, space, and color in order to illustrate particular moments of emotion. In many pieces, the variations of proximity, exclusivity, and escapism are the major focus.”
I introduced Emily as a collage artist and designer. In addition to her artwork, she is completing a degree in visual communications at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This has helped yield the publication Offline, which focuses on self-initiated projects by designers, artists, and makers within Chicago.
Today on Time Travel Tuesday, let’s take a look at the storyTales of Uncle Remus by Joel Harris. Produced in 1979, the characterization, funky shapes, and bold color combinations immediately caught my attention.
The problem with Tales of Uncle Remus is that the entire tale is in Russian. I don’t know any Russian! But, I can glean that Uncle Remus is the fox-looking character and he is either the keeper of the peace or an instigator of trouble. Readers that understand the language, help me out!
The book’s format is rather narrow, so the illustrations are all spots, with no robust, full-bleed scenes. But, the drawings themselves though are pull of pattern and color and stand on their own.
Happy Monday, ya’ll! And how about those Ravens, huh?
I wanted to extend a huge THANKS to you for your patience over this past week. I had some irritating technical issues to deal with (and am still dealing with), but I am grateful for your readership.
So, how about something jubilant for the start of the week? Chad Kouri posted this on his Tumblr last week, and I fell in love. It is a music video by Shugo Tokumaru for the song Katachi.
I really like the song, and the animation has me in awe. As someone who has been dabbling in stop motion animation lately, this is an excellent use of it. The color, the rhythm and contents of the video are very appropriate for the feel of the music. It’s also amazing how water and swimming is conveyed in an environment that feels rather cold.
The water-based media that Ching Ching Cheng uses in her work takes advantage of its properties, creating bursts of washes and some whose shapes call (to me) of ships and ocean life.
Despite this, she states that her work has no definitive subject, writing, “…but only a meditation on personal experience and emotion. The subject matter that influences and inspires my work the most comes from psychology and nature.“
You are most likely no stranger to the illustrations of Matte Stephens. He has worked for many large clients, including Herman Miller, NPR, and Chronicle Books. A fan of vintage-esque illustrations, I am captivated by his muted palette, lively scenes, and knack for design. I am impressed that Matte uses colors that can become so easily muddled — but I don’t think that they are. The color adds to his aesthetic of a flattened space, supported by bold shape design and crisp lines.
All images via his blog. He also has an Etsy that does very well.
Much of Naomi Kolsteren’s work focuses on small moments, be it abstracted or not. Texture is an obviously important part of her portfolio and takes various forms. Naomi looks to be using it via photography, collage, ink, and more.