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.
Yule Log is a website composed of a collection of short films created by illustrators, animators, directors, and creative coders, that wants to bring back the age old X-mas tradition. The site’s creator, Daniel Savage, did a version last year as well which was equally great. I’d rather put one of these fine pieces of art on my TV rather than watch A Christmas Carol on repeat for 24 hours.
Below are a few of my favorites.
Art at a large perspective never fails to impress me. Much of my own work is done tweaking the pixels on a subtle UI or for a mobile app, which is such a tiny world when compared to art pieces. Last week I came across this time-lapse video of illustrator Machiko Ono painting a large scale portrait of a young woman. It’s fascinating watching the piece come together with such precision especially when the piece is larger than she is. I could watch this all day.
Jean Jullien, French illustrator who’s now located in New York, offers up his ideas for creative Halloween costumes. Not sure how you could ever go wrong with Bacon Mummy or Pumpkin Spice Latte. Jean is one of my favorite illustrators around because of his talented line-work and his clever, clever mind.
There are two clear front runners for most important visual storytelling method: the emoji and the GIF. In the case of the latter it’s becomes increasingly interesting to see how people are experimenting with the media of short, looping animations. One of the most impressive artists I’ve come across lately is designer and illustrator Drew Tyndall, a Nashville resident who has created some impressive looking GIFs that are reminiscent of Sol Lewitt mashed with Piet Mondrian. His ability to create such fluidity and texture in each of these is mighty impressive, and his color choices are absolutely spot on.
You can see more of his looping illustrations in his portfolio.
For those who are in Los Angeles you should take the time to stop by Poketo on Thursday for their most recent pop-up with the fantastic Friends of Type. The exhibition will include eight exclusive framed letterpress prints printed by San Francisco based boutique print house Aesthetic Union—two prints per each Friends of Type artist, each a limited edition of 25. The guys have been posting sneak peeks on their Instagram and the work is looking sharp as usual.
When: Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 6-8pm
Where: Poketo Flagship, 820 E. 3rd Street, Downtown LA
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