For the past month, a group of 29 illustrators have been collaborating with the organizers of Occupy Wall Street to create a deck of educational playing cards. The cards in 52 Shades of Greed illustrate banking practices that lead to the financial collapse, and catalogue the decision makers that were most responsible. On September 17, the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the organizers plan to distribute 1000 decks in lower manhattan, and with your help it can happen!
Ben Voldman works in a variety of mediums and brings a singular sense of humor to all of them. The quirky sensibility that distinguishes his work has served him well as he has begun to explore the world of 3D modeling. He brings a outsider’s sensibility to the slick surfaces we tend to associate with product design or video game graphics. Make sure to check out his news feed, where for the last few months he has been uploading some truly hilarious gifs and some looser drawings than you will find on the main site.
In his comics and illustrations Jess Worby draws connections between the small moments of absurdity in everyday life and the potential they hold for deeper meaning. In his Crowds drawings, soldiers and businessmen fill the space up to the horizon and give in to anarchic impulses. His comic, A Walk In the Park, plays with the conventions of a classic self discovery narrative in a way that both celebrates and makes light of that tradition.
In her watercolor work Erin Supinski gives the textures and colors inherent to her medium free reign, and the results are breathtaking. Under her eye, everyday objects take on jewel like intensity that allows them to be seen as if for the first time. Her compositions are a study in restraint, and a case for how much can be expressed with a few thoughtfully placed artifacts. Also worth checking out is the variety of hand lettering on display at her website.
Christopher Darling’s work combines wit and a refined design sensibility with an almost childlike freedom. The pleasure he takes in his work is contagious, and carries through both his personal and commissioned work. In Nick Pope: A Diary, Darling and writer Chris Stanton recreate the diary of an imaginary high school outcast. The project was created in real time, with Darling finishing one page a day, and as a result the book has the same organic quality that can be found in the best artist’s sketchbooks. This quality could describe the rest of Darling’s work as well.
After focusing on traditional print making techniques in college, Pat made a career change and brought his hand hewn line quality to the editorial illustration market. With a foundation in strong drawing and composition, what distinguishes his work is the knack he has for finding the sinister undercurrent in even the most familiar situation. This ability has given him a loyal client base and a portfolio of very dark work.
‘Artist’ and ‘illustrator’ are two terms that are sometimes seen as contadictory, but in his work, Ryan Hartley marries the two effortlessly. Motivated as much by his engagement with social justice as by his passion for drawing, Hartley’s projects tackle political issues of the moment in a way that always feels heartfelt and lived in. For his piece, Media at the Crossroads, Hartley investigated differences of ideology and perspective at the US/Mexico border and produced a body of drawings that underscore the human element behind the headlines.
Hyesu Lee’s cheerful color palette and childlike recklessness belie the depth of feeling and true mastery of craft that distinguishes her work. From image to image, Hyesu introduces us to the flora and fauna of a world that only she can see. Along with her portfolio of paintings, Hyesu maintains a regular drawing journal called Dear Anne where she matches her drawings with observations about her life and surroundings that never fail to take the reader by surprise. Through Hyesu’s eyes we see the city of New York for the alien land that it is.
What began as a way to fill the hour a day I spend on the subway has become one of the most exciting parts of my studio practice. Each morning, I post a new entry to the ongoing catalogue of images and thought fragments that fill my sketchbook. The subject matter is gleaned from childhood memories, overheard conversations, half recalled movie trivia and anything else I can get my hands on. It is impossible to say what direction the project will take as it moves forward, but I hope you will check in occasionally to see where I end up.