Washington DC artist and designer Pete Morelewicz really likes Bob Ross. No, I mean, he REALLY likes Bob Ross. So much so, he’s created an entire series of prints bearing the TV painting icon’s bushy face. I have to say I’m pretty partial to Phreno-Bob with his ‘happy accidents’ and ‘puffy clouds’.
Berlin illustrator Jasmin Fuhr creates elegant fashion illustrations. I love how she mixes it up with textured vector art and sparse watercolors. This stuff has a nice way of appearing classic yet contemporary at the same time.
German illustrator Lars Henkel has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. In illustration, they generally warn you against tackling more than one ‘signature’ style. Henkel says pfft to that and I’m so glad for it. I’m digging everything, from his haunting, old timey collages, to his detailed ink drawings.
Delving into the ouvre of California artist Chrystal Chan, I was pleased to discover a whole world of whimsical fantasies — bunnies on clotheslines, butterflies and magical forests. She’s even got a section on her site for ‘cute paint’. Cute is certainly the word here.
Manilla-illustrator Anjo Bolarda’s certainly has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. Bubbly and colorful, this stuff is like my high-school sketchbook come to life — albeit, a much cooler version of it!
I’m such a sucker for colored pencil these days and I’m really digging the way UK illustrator Peter James Field goes at it. The pencil brings a soft, folkiness to what might otherwise be pretty straightforward renderings.
Spontaneous, loose and moody, like a hurricane blasting through an art supply store, the work of Washington artist Garric Simonsen is just a little Basquiat — with droll humor mixed up and splattered all over a canvas. I can’t help but chuckle at titles like Damn I Just Ruined My Best Shirt and Ha, Ha, […]
Melbourne illustrator Rik Lee creates images as if they were a delicate easter egg. Faces, animals, bikes — they’re all rendered with the same light touch, with some interesting juxtapositions with the pastel smeared throughout, like make-up after a night on the town.
I don’t even know where to begin describing the work of Chicago artist Matthew Woodward. Maybe it’s my deep-seated love for all things historical and sturdy, useful antiques. Maybe Woodward created these drawings especially for me (maybe?). Using graphite to create ghost-like, mysterious images of elements like finials, gates and augers (go look up old fashioned tools), there is something utterly mysterious and compelling about his work. They remind me of old photographs with their far away magic.
On a recent visit to New Hampshire, I had the good fortune to land at the Ale House Inn, located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth. Located in a converted nineteenth century brewery, the Inn is a perfect blend of clean modern and rustic design (In homage to the old brewery, the owners are avid collectors of local breweriana and display a great collection of antique bottles in the sitting room), with a cozy B&B intimacy.
Walking into the SVA Illustration Graduate show a few months back, the work of Anna Raff was one of the first things to catch my eye. A huge wall was decked out with the most impossibly charming watercolor creatures of every shape, size and color. Pink nosed mice stealing away with cheese, smiling alligators toting […]
At the wonderful Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, not a bite passed our lips that didn’t send us ooh-ing and aah-ing into an utter state of bliss. We had some of the tastiest seafood of our lives while dining amongst the beautiful and understated decor — or lack of. The restaurant is located in […]