Sorry for the radio silence this week. I was busy prepping for my MFA thesis talk! It’s over now and I’m one step closer to graduating.
I discovered the work of Sophie Roach because she followed my Twitter account for eyra. She has some intense drawings that are extremely detailed. I love getting lost in her images. Her site allows for a full screen look at her drawings, and I say do it! You need it.
Sophie includes a lot of non-representational shapes in her work that take on their own personality. There is some repetition within the images. Doing this creates some expectation and visual organization in them, which is helpful given the amount of detail.
All images via her Tumblr.
Did you know that I’ve started another project? eyra is an online space dedicated to the show and sale of illustration. I curate exhibitions centered around a theme, with each illustrator providing variations on that theme. (Kind of like This American Life.)
eyra’s newest show, Long Form opens NEXT THURSDAY! I am so excited to be able to share it with you. The exhibition features works that are unusually long or tall in size, and it’s been a lot of fun seeing what illustrators for this show are coming up with.
Jessi Noonan has been a favorite illustrator of mine for quite some time. She’s participating in the show and was kind enough to share some of her in-progress photos with me. If you love this piece, the original + prints be available for sale in eyra’s shop starting next Thursday.
Cari Vander Yacht writes, growing up in Oregon, she developed as a “loud nerd that drew dragons,” later entering the advertising field as a graphic designer. Like a super hero, Cari has a double life. She designs and art directs by day and paints at night.
She takes on some commercial jobs and commissions, and also shows as a gallery artist. In that setting, she’s made masks, bling, and silk prints.
All images via her website.
Nanae Kawahara is a Japanese illustrator whose website is full of dogs. This is appropriate, as her first solo show, DOOOOOGS !! was in 2012. She depicts dogs like humans, standing on two legs, throwing a baseball, drinking from a cup. She’s very good at character design, creating simple yet memorable characters that don’t take themselves too seriously.
All images via her website/Tumblr.
Since I’ve been on ceramics watch the past 6 months, my interest was piqued when I saw that Buy Some Damn Art was featuring Sarah Burwash’s ceramic hands, spoons, and necklaces. I bought the last of her White Hands, and much of her stock is already gone!
Sarah also draws and illustrates, creating intimate, quiet drawings. She said she enjoys walking in the woods, something that you can gather by looking through her images. Nature, both its splendor and appetite for destruction are present in much of what Sarah creates.
In a Q&A with Buy Some Damn Art’s Kate Singleton, Sarah says that she thinks of her ceramics being more of a hobby, but she’s planning on combining 2D and 3D works that bring aspects of her drawings into her ceramic pieces. I’d personally like to see that!
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.