I’m always drawn to the unearthly qualities from tales of gods and monsters. They capture the imagination and transport us to another time and place. This on-going series of illustrations, Gods and Monsters A-Z, by UK based artist Ed J Brown does just that. Here are a few from the collection so far. Check out his site for more!
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There’s something about the work of Canadian cartoonist and illustrator Jesse Jacobs that I just can’t get enough of. His isometric style, attention to detail and sense of humour create a world that’s all unto it’s own. He has published two books: Even The Giants, published by AdHouse Books and By This Shall You Know Him, published by Koyama Press (featured below). Both are amazing stories to be read over and over again. Be sure to check them out!
Purchase this book here.
Purchase this book here.
Don’t forget to visit Jesse’s site!
These hand drawn bic pen illustrations by Oliver Cartwright are really something to feast your eyes on. Love that even though he creates very detailed complicated patterns throughout his work, the final illustration has a simple graphic appeal. Unique and inspired work!
Interview with founders Kyra (right) and Fiona (left) of New Zealand-based magazine Threaded.
What is Threaded Magazine? How did it start and how has it evolved since its inception?
Kyra started Threaded while studying Graphic Design in 2004 after noticing a distinct lack of magazines offering exposure for emerging creative and Fiona was a tutor that took an interest in the project in 2005 coming onboard in Ed.2. Over the years our core objective has shifted from being a platform focused on showcasing student work, to a vehicle that profiles emerging artists/designers alongside industry-based practitioners.
You’re based in New Zealand. Do you try to infuse the magazine with some local culture, or is it more international by design?
Although we are heavily inspired and influenced by international typographers, designers, artists and publications like IdN, Dumbo Feather, Wallpaper*, Eye Magazine, Grafik, King Brown, Monsters Children to name a few. Threaded initially focused on offering insights into NZ practitioners but since going international with Ed.XI, we profile NZ-based studio/ creatives alongside international artists/ designers. But the nature of collaboration within each issue is where the real cross- cultural fusion resides and although we are based in Auckland the magazine is multi faceted by design.
Many of the studios, designers and artists you feature in Threaded design their own layouts, bringing a collaborative aspect to the magazine. Do you give them any creative direction to go off of, or are they encouraged to explore their own individual design?
For Threaded to survive, collaboration is key! We are a very small studio and working with other like-minded practitioners enables us to produce a well-designed publication that showcases great work. We are always trying to improve our collaborative process and sure we supply profile guideline’s and set a thematic for each issue but this is mainly for our editorial approach. Our collaborators get to lead and present themselves as they want to be seen and our challenge is to produce a successful compilation publication.
How do you go about finding artists to collaborate with? Are there any people that you’d like to work with but haven’t had the chance yet?
All of our profiles are commissioned, [by that we mean invited] and every now and then we are declined but we are persistent! We still want Eduardo Reciffe to follow through on his promise and we have only just stopped stalking Kelli Anderson – maybe we should start stalking her again…
Issue eleven was the first issue to be sold internationally. Where do you hope to see Threaded in a couple of years?
As a viable quarterly international publication, offering limited edition hardcopies and significant on-line presence and audience. Did we mention authentic, interesting and worthwhile…
What are five things that the Threaded studio couldn’t survive without?
No1. People. Being surrounded by people that are cleverer than us and our families waiting in the wings… worrying about Kyra’s workaholic-issues and paying our taxes.
No2. Personal Memorabilia Objects and places that tell stories from the past, like Kyra’s dad’s bone carvings and drawings, (he died when she was 8).
No3. Collections Ceramics, Art, Prints, Magazines, Books, Shoes and Wine… if you only you could collect Artisan bread, basically we admire all things well crafted.
No4. Sideline Projects Kyra did a painting/etching for Christchurch’s earthquake appeal last year, she really is a closet dabbler producing illustrations, soft- toys, lampshades, making wallets and small gifts for friends and family.
No5. Technology Yes it sounds lame but we are always plugged in, did you know that iPhones are the latest baby pacifier –well its working for Fiona’s one year old daughter. Maybe we need to practice ‘unplugging’ both the kid and ourselves sometimes….
What can you tell us about Threaded Magazine that we don’t already know? Any secrets or gossip you’d like to share?
• We are terrible at selling ads – so we are quitting and developing a partnership model with a few key organizations • We are growing a digital arm – watch this space we expect Threaded to be available from the iTunes store and on Newsstand in the VERY near future… until this is released officially you are able to purchase digital versions of Threaded via Zinio’s Newstand here. • We will never stop printing the limited edition physical issues – and these are the true gems. • We do not pay companies to be profiled, and we do not pay ourselves. We do it ‘for the love of it’ and hope that love survives the test of time and maybe one day can pay our mortgage and rent…
Huge thanks to Kyra and Fiona for taking the time to do this interview. Thank you!
I just came across these fantastic illustrations that Dan Matutina did for Alex Mathers’ book on Self-Promotion using Google Plus, playing with the theme social space. If you’re unfamiliar with Dan’s work be sure to stop by and check out his portfolio. I love the textured, geometric, slightly retro feel of all his illustrations.
(via Ape on the Moon)
I just discovered the work of Brooklyn-based artist Benjamin Edmiston. He works in a variety of different media: collage, painting, lithography and silkscreening. I love his flat and decorative style. He describes his work as “bold, and often symmetrical, drawings offer a plane of floating heads, half-skinned snakes, and bodiless arms.” I really love his series of disembodied floating heads. Here are just a few.
Lilli Carré is a Chicago-based artist who works in illustration, animation and comics. I came across her work many years ago after reading her comic book The Lagoon – which I wholeheartedly recommend! I particularly like these book covers she did recently for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published by Penguin Classics and Very Good, Jeeves! for W.W. Norton & Co. Be sure to stop be her site to check out her portfolio, and buy some of her fantastic books! Besides The Lagoon, I would recommend her comic Nine Ways to Disappear.
There is a really great interview with Lille Carré on The Comics Reporter.
Great little documentary on Bristol’s biggest-ever street art event, See No Evil. Artists, both local and international, transformed one of Bristol’s drabbest city streets for the event.
Read full article on Computer Arts.
Montreal-based EN MASSE is a collaborative drawing initiative, who create highly spontaneous, large-scale murals and public installations. They have been described as “an ongoing exercise in irreverent, improvised collaborative drawing — a boundary-blurring cocktail of high and lowbrow culture, pop imagery fragmented like shattered glass in a spontaneous, multi-genre, black-on-white collision.”
8 Faces is a UK-based typography magazine. In each issue they ask eight designers from all fields of design: “ if you could only use eight typefaces for the rest of your life, which would you choose?“
The images above are from he current issue (issue #3) featuring interviews with Ellen Lupton, Frank Chimero, Steve Matteson, Mark Caneso, Vincent Connare, Yves Peters, Jason Smith and Phil Garnham of Fontsmith.
Loving the work of Brooklyn-based illustrator Bryce Wymer. I especially like his sketchbooks. It’s always nice to see an artists work in progress. Stop by his blog - he posts tons of videos and sketches I’m sure you’ll love. (via Ape on the Moon)
I want this book and so will you. Here is a sneak peek at some beautiful paintings to be featured in painter Mark Whalen‘s first book: Human Development, to be released this September by ZERO+ Publishing. It will be printed in a limited edition run of 1000 with 90 colored plates. I have a sneaking suspicion that these won’t last long, so get yours while you still can.
Here is a bit about the book:“MARK WHALEN: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT examines the world of artist Mark Whalen (AKA Kill Pixie), who explores the human condition through his stunning body of work. Using a tightly controlled painting technique, Whalen expresses satirical social narratives through universal situations. Strange hooded characters caught in the throes of ambiguous action, shimmering trees, geometric patterns, architectural anomalies and intricate textural beads of color collide in kaleidoscopic intensity, at once immaculately composed and careening out of control. Whalen uses sly oppositions to reflect life’s puzzling duality; evoking dark humor through luminous color, chaos through controlled detail, the sublime through the specific. Whalen employs a seductive synesthesia that sheds new light on humanity: which, like his works, is both erotic and oppressive, vibrant and reclusive, beautiful and uncanny.”
To coincide with Mark’s book release he will be having a show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA from September 3 – October 1, 2011. If you are in the LA area (I envy you) the opening reception is Saturday, September 10, 8-11pm. Here is a little preview video for the show. I can’t wait to see the video in it’s entirety! Cheers!
Alex McLeod constructs hyper-realistic 3D environments for print, animation and web. Here is an interview with McLeod about his upcoming show at Angell Gallery in Toronto – The Ministry of Artistic Affairs invited Angell Gallery Associate Director Gareth Brown-Jowett to interview McLeod about his work, his working process, and his upcoming exhibition.
These are the beautiful paintings of Brazilian artist Talita Hoffmann. Inspired by the world around her, she says “my ideas come from the things I see and keep with me”. Her epic stories of mythical civilizations, reminiscent Hieronymus Bosch’s depictions of the afterlife, seem of a time yet to be or from some distant past. Here animals and humans coexist, sharing and building a world for both to inhabit and flourish.