Painting

Square paintings by Nathalie Du Pasquier

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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.

All images via her web­site.

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Illustrator

Feast your ear tongues on these podcasts

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:

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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.

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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!

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Rebecca Green’s people

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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.

All images via her web­site.

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Grace Danico

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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.

All images via her web­site.

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Collage

Emily Haasch collages

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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.

All images via Flickr. Check out her web­site, too!

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Time Travel Tuesday

Time Travel Tuesday » Tales of Uncle Remus

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Today on Time Travel Tues­day, let’s take a look at the story Tales 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.

Read the book here (all images found there).

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Animation

Shugo Tokumaru » Katachi

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.

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Ching Ching Cheng

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.“

All images via Ching Ching’s web­site.

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Illustrator

Matte Stephens

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.

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Collage

Naomi Kolsteren

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.

All images thanks to Naomi’s Flickr. She is also apart of the col­lec­tive Stu­dio Fluit.
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And, from tex­ture to lack of tex­ture, Naomi also puts together plas­tic still lifes that I enjoy:

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