Artist

Ceramics by William Edmonds

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I’ve men­tioned that I’m on the hunt for ceram­ics. William Edmonds has cre­ated some ves­sels and pots, each with their own dis­tinct shape. Their glaze is col­or­ful but at times min­i­mal, let­ting the clay shine through.

These items are non-representational, but the names that William has given them paints a pic­ture of what his actual inten­tions are. Dream Nude, Patty Stack, Burger Stack are all names that elicit some sort of visual beyond what he has presented.

All images via Some­Wow - the shop for his ceramics.

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Design, Illustrator

Tomi Vollauschek of Fl@33 » Lecture at MICA tonight!

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My grad­u­ate pro­gram, MICA’s MFA Illus­tra­tion Prac­tice, has some super amaz­ing illus­tra­tors visit. They cri­tique our work, run work­shops, and give lec­tures. The first year stu­dents have been work­ing with Tomi Vol­lauschek, who is one half of FL@33, a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary design stu­dio run out of London.

Together with his part­ner Agathe Jacquil­lat, they work on a vari­ety of projects. And when I say vari­ety, I mean vari­ety. They pub­lish books, develop iden­ti­ties, illus­trate, design cloth­ing, and more. It’s really inspir­ing to see this type of range. When so many are focused on a spe­cific style, I like to see those that aren’t — ones that uti­lize prob­lem solv­ing as the main medium in which they work.

If you like Tomi’s work and are local to Bal­ti­more, why not come to his lec­ture tonight at MICA?  He’ll be speak­ing at 7PM in Fav­ley Hall in the Brown Cen­ter (the pointy glass building).

All images via Fl@33.

The 3D Type Book by FL@33 from Tomi Vol­lauschek on Vimeo.

3D let­ters included in the book (cre­ated by, com­plied, designed, and writ­ten by Fl@33):

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Cre­ative Review cover design:

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Book designed by Fl@33, cover as well. Pat­terns below done by dif­fer­ent illus­tra­tors.

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Cus­tom rub­ber floor design:

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Design-a-Qee:

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Again, check out their web­site. There is so much more to look at!

 

Time Travel Tuesday

Time Travel Tuesday » Henry Darger

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I asked my pal Lisa who should be my focus of Time Travel Tues­day today, and she men­tioned that she loves the work of Henry Darger. Henry Darger! Perfect!

He’s an Amer­i­can folk artist who worked as a cus­to­dian in Chicago, Illi­nois. Darger became famous after his death, when a 15,145-page, single-spaced fan­tasy man­u­script called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebel­lion, along with sev­eral hun­dred draw­ings and water­color paint­ings illus­trat­ing the story were discovered.

In the Realms of the Unreal (short­ened title) is the story of the 7 daugh­ters of Robert Vivian who are aid in a rebel­lion in the nation of Abbiean­nia, work­ing against the  evil regime of child slav­ery imposed by John Man­ley and the Glan­delini­ans. Chil­dren go to war, fight­ing, and are often killed in bat­tle or cap­tured and tortured.

Above and below, some images from Darger’s opus. All images via the Amer­i­can Folk Art Museum web­site.

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Illustrator

Sam Kalda

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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.

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Artist

Jiro Bevis » Fun

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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.

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Illustrator

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, Illustrator

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.

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'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.

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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, Illustrator, Time Travel Tuesday

Time Travel Tuesday » Olle Eksell

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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.

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Illustrator

Sophia Foster-Dimino

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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.

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Artist

Sofia Arnold paintings


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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.

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