Combine one of my favorite publishers, Nieves, with one of my favorite illustrators, Tim Lahan, and you get one sweet new book called The Hot Seat. Lahan employs his signature art style (simplifying, objectifying, beautifying the mundane) but this time he’s melted everything.
The Hot Seat is made from a series of drawings that focus on the impermanence of the physical things we perceive in our reality. The destruction of these objects is motivated simultaneously by the primitive desire to see things destroyed, the resentment of existence and our inability to control the effects of nature.
Yesterday, Artsy posted this great piece on Emma Allen, the semi-recently appointed humor and cartoon editor at The New Yorker. Previously the position was held by Bob Mankoff, who held the position for 20 years, and was the subject of the documentary Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists. The documentary was interesting to me because it highlighted that the world of New Yorker cartoons were primarily driven by mostly older, white men. Diverse voices didn’t seem to be a priority.
Cut to Emma Allen, a 29-year-old New York native who was a double major at Yale in English and Studio Art who ended up at The New Yorker in 2012. She took on a multitude of responsibilities, including “Cartoons, Daily Cartoons online, Shouts & Murmurs, Daily Shouts online, and humor videos and podcasts.” Such a huge feat. And now it’s clear that her goal is to bring new ideas to an older medium that stays true to it’s identity while bringing in a diverse range of voices.
The website has become a fruitful place for Allen to experiment with strategies that she hopes will keep the magazine’s humor content fresh, funny, and relevant. She sees the Daily Cartoon and forthcoming Daily Comic sections, for instance, “as a nice way to get in new voices that aren’t necessarily selling to the magazine every week and have different takes on current events.”
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a mysterious and ambiguous film that’s truly a bizarre masterpiece. The 1975 film was directed by Peter Weir, who you know from Dead Poet’s Society and The Truman Show, about a group of schoolgirls that disappear on Valentine’s Day of 1900. I mean, that set up alone should have you intrigued.
Last week saw the release of a tribute poster by the talented Kilian Eng, absolutely one of my favorite illustrators. He’s done an impressive job of capturing the intrigue of Hanging Rock, the purity and innocence of the girls, and the juxtaposition between the two. The piece is so stunning, and technically it’s a brilliant, being made from an 11 color screen print. I can’t even impinge what a pain in the ass those separations were!
You can snag a poster for yourself by clicking here.
Below is the trailer, just in case you haven’t seen the film.
The world needs nice things these days, small gestures to brighten one’s day, and I believe Christopher David Ryan agrees. That’s why he’s currently offering one-of-a-kind rainbow drawings for only $20. Perfect for a pop of color on your desk or for that down in the dumps relative who needs something to smile about. Plus it’s great to support indie artists!
Really feeling these pieces by Sara Andreasson, an illustrator and designer who’s based in Gothenburg, Sweden. There’s such a playful and graphic element to her work that’s so appealing, but what really sets it off is her color palette. There’s a slight Parma vibe to it all but her combos of dusty pinks and drab olives is truly stunning.
These days I find so many new artists and creatives via Instagram. For example, I came across the work of Karolis Strautniekas, a Lithuanian based illustrator via a comment on a recent photo I took. Diving down the rabbit hole I discovered his beautifully moody work. i love his use of color, particularly the rich blue tones he uses, as well as the texture that’s ever present, giving his work a tactility and grit. He’s also quite adept at light and shadow which gives each piece a unique depth. Also be sure to check out the video at the end of the post which brings his work to life.
It’s hard to give such a creative individual like Christoph Niemann an ordinary title like “illustrator” but it would probably serve him best. Over the weekend he created this exquisite sketch simply titled “brush girl” and I rather liked it. Funnily enough may brain immediately goes to Degas when I see this. Perhaps it’s the skin tone, the face that’s hidden from view or the tone of the skin color. Either way it’s quite stunning for such a clever idea.
If you’re a fan of Niemann’s work you should take some time and read his interview over on FvF, it’s a treat and it gives you an idea of what his work ethic and ideals.
What happens when you combine the soulful, emotional lyrics of The Smiths with the beautifully drawn world of Peanuts? You get This Charming Charlie, a mash-up comic that takes the characteristics of both world’s and artfully combines them into brief, angst-filled masterpieces. I believe I’m a bit behind the curve on this though I had to share as it made me laugh. In fact, it was such a big deal that site creator Lauren LoPrete was served a cease and desist, which was retroactively redacted because the Moz was “delighted and flattered” by the site. Pretty badass for a side-project, if you ask me.