Okay, full disclosure, Miss Cassie is my wife and no longer technically a Miss, I suppose. Her artwork is dense and complicated, full of pathos, and never fails to inspire me. Throughout our 17 year relationship, I have watched her work evolve, grow, and change into what it has become today. I am particularly intrigued by her more recent work, which mixes a fascination with Japan, printing techniques, recent motherhood and frozen charlottes. I am looking forward to an exhibition in the spring at newly re-located Slingluff Gallery in Calicoon, NY.
Eastern European art has always had a very distinct style. It’s the pure and sharp, sometimes almost brutal style many of them use. Same with Russian illustrator Dima Rebus. His work is pretty frank and critical, no disguise. But you still get a bit of a mystical and vague feeling when you look at his work realizing somehow that there is a lot more hidden in these watercolor illustrations than you thought in first place.
ONEQ, born on Japan’s southeast Kyushu island, mixes Japanese and American art styles when dealing with manga designs. It’s a pop-art style with an underground flavor.
Javier Medellin Puyou is prolific Mexican artist. I only recently discovered his work, and I fell in love with it at first sight. His line work and choice of color reminds me of Japanese comics. He depicts girls with wide-set eyes in a unique and beautiful way, and his color compositions are very unique.
New York artist Jazzberry Blue uses bright colors and playful pop culture references. His work has crazy titles like ‘Gum, Drugs and Coca Cola (gifts under 5$ for the witchdoctor who has absolutely everything)’. It’s bold, graphic and fun.
He may not have seen the modern world of today, passing on at the age of 77 in 1963, but Frank Rudolph Paul evidently saw the future with incredible imagination, as we can see in his trippy science fiction and fantasy illustrations. According to this, he was the ‘first person to ever make a living drawing spaceships‘ too.
A good friend of mine, Austin Lotz, recently got a job and moved up to New York to pursue design. I have all the faith in him, because this kid leaks talent. His work displays creativity and intelligence that most illustrators and designers lack.
April 6, 2010, I survived a death defying five story fall through Philadelphia’s Divine Lorraine Hotel. I spent the next ten days in ICU Psychosis in Hahnemann Hospital. During this time I had hallucinations of dead babies, riots, terrorism, hell, and 4Loko. I talked to inanimate objects, perceiving them to simply be French tourists. Six months after my recovery, I made a series illustrating my hellish voyage into my own mind. This experience has continued into my personal and illustrative work dealing with perception, memory, and mental deterioration that can strike any of us at anytime.
Comic anthologies are a great way to be introduced to a variety of artists, whether they’re legends in the industry or new and upcoming. Horror anthologies, however, are a breed all in their own. The trend is coming back and it’s well deserved. I am thrilled. Ghosts #1 features brilliant work from Paul Pope, Rufus […]
Emma Leonard is an illustrator based in Melbourne. She draws beautiful artworks of beautiful ladies with wonderful attention to detail. Her work is usually dabs of colour standing out of her fine-lined pencil work. From the intricacies of flower petals, to each strand of hair, Leonard’s drawings are superb works of art.
When I’m inadvertently or advertently a jerk in public, I sometimes get apprehensive someone with Mel Stringer’s insight and sense of justice will be present and make a comic about it. Based in Brisbane, Stringer’s kawaii characters bely a subtle but potent introspection into every day situations. She uses a gentle pallet of pastels to create comics and cards, and she takes commissions.
News flash: hilarious illustrator Graham Roumeu has not stopped working. His humor is surprising and human and could be comparable with David Shirley. Some of my favorites by him include his Big Foot memoir books. If you want to laugh and find inspiration to think on a different level, Roumeu is your man.
The felt-tip marker illustrations of Listen04 are childlike and paired with darkly humorous, Twitter-friendly wordplay. Traditional media with built-in social media integration? Genius.
A mutagenic R Crumb, James Unsworth’s art is scatological and venereal. A print-maker based in London who employs pen and ink, his drawings contort penises and breasts and sex toys into people and animals. Unsworth was raised ‘on a diet of Thrash Metal, Clive Barker, Stephen King and Video Nasties’, and he studied at the Royal Collage of Art, and his work is a Danteian vision of excess and depravity manifesting through decay, dismemberment, and excrement. Bless his work and soul. I feel nauseous.