I’m a big fan of sketching. It’s not something that I’m particularly good at, but I do enjoy the process of it and and it’s something I keep telling myself I should do more often. I like the sitting, studying and translating the world into lines and I love the challenge of trying to capture the essence of a place with nothing more than a series of well considered gestures with a pencil. It was through my love of drawing that I discovered the work of Gérard Michel.
Gérard is an architect from Belgium who also teaches courses in sketching and drawing at the school of architecture in his hometown of Liége. A fan of urban sketching, much of his works focus on architecture and he says that every one of his pieces is drawn freehand and on-site. With a Flickr account consisting of nearly five thousand drawings, that’s pretty impressive stuff!
Last year he released a book of his sketches of Liége which I hear you can find in the bookshops of Beligium. I can’t think of a better souvenir to come home with from a trip abroad! Frequently Gérard’s work can be found on the Urban Sketcher’s blog where you’ll also find many more budding artists and sketchers. A video of Gérard in action can be found here, while more images can be viewed on his Flickr account.
Have you ever grazed a flock of montivagant sheep? Perhaps you’ve once received a recumbentibus of righteous indignation? Maybe you were once the recipient of a glare so angry that it left you completely gorgonized? … No? … Not sure? … Don’t worry! I didn’t know the meaning to any of these words either until I discovered this wonderful A-Z of Unusual Words by Irish graphic-arts duo The Project Twins.
Combining bold graphics with visual wit the series explores the meaning behind 26 words. Starting at “A” (Acersecomic – A person whose hair has never been cut) and heading all the way to “Z” (Zugzwang – A position in which any decision or move will result in problem) the series is bound to offer a few new words to add to you’re vocabulary while also putting a smile on your face.
The Project Twins are James and Michael Fitzgerald and they recently launched a new website. It’s full of both personal and commercial projects that range from large scale art pieces to great design and illustration projects.
Prints from this series are available from their online shop.
Kyle and I speak often about gentrification and some of the effects it causes. You might view it as helping neighborhoods look better or you might see it as kicking people out of their homes. Either way it made me think about Robert Crumb’s A Short History of America which illustrates how the country has progressed over the last 100 years. It would be interesting to see how he’d update the street for 2014. In some respects you have areas like Brooklyn which have been completely gentrified, but you also have areas of Detroit where neighborhoods have been neglected and abandoned.
You can see a high-res version of the illustration by clicking here.
Dogboy is the name that London-based illustrator Philip Huntington works under. I’ve been loving his illustrations ever since I saw one of them on the cover of a flyer for a late-night opening at London’s V&A (above). While his bio is quick to point out that his work process “does not involve experimentation with mind-altering substances”, it’s clear to see that the language of psychedelia has clearly made a way into the crazy alternative reality he creates.
DogBoy frequently works on personal projects and produces work for independent magazines. If you like what you see here make sure to head over to his site and see some more of his work.
I don’t know if you’re into cycling but looking through Neil Stevens’ portfolio it’s pretty clear that he is! His Spring Classic series is a wonderful celebration of the races that are held each year in France, Belgium and the Netherlands; and even if cycling isn’t really really thing I’m pretty sure you’ll love these.
I like Carolyn Alexander. She’s got a great style and a wonderful sense of humor. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art; Carolyn studied Visual Communication where she says she specialized in “illustration and smoking”.
The image above is the first page of a two page comic called The Mega Behive. Inspired by an article in a fashion magazine, Carolyne’s black and white images are beautiful and I just love the story.
According to her bio – after graduation – Carolyn decided to run off and live up a mountain in France for five years. While there she became proficient in “speaking terrible French, shrugging her shoulders and the eating of cheese”. She has recently returned to civilization where she spends her days drawing haughty ladies. You can see more of her drawings and comics on her website here.
Pascal Campion is a French-American illustrator and animator living in San Francisco. Since 2006 he’s been creating a sketch a day, everyday Monday through Friday. It’s an impressive undertaking and the quality of these “sketches” is really quite something. Pascal is a master of capturing light and movement and every one of his images tells a story. Inspired by life experiences and moments from his day, his work is beautifully rendered and a story unto itself.
This is a great little project from Canadian illustrator Mike Ellis. Entitled Room For Rent, the work was part of an experimental installation show in Toronto and consists of a large three-dimensional miniature house filled with illustrated bedrooms. The house allows viewers to peer inside and scoop out the rooms. According to Mike, the piece uses multicolored LEDs which make the illustrations “come to life” – exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.