We checked in with one of our favourite illustrators, Yuko Shimizu, recently: How are you dealing with the mugginess of the New York summer? ‘I am originally from Tokyo, where humidity is a lot higher in general, and summer temperature can go a lot higher’.
Maryland’s MICA just seems to be cranking out the talent this year! Recent grad, Megan Russell, creates quite lovely, intricate, densely pattern-based illustrations. With a polished portfolio that runs the gamut from editorial to set design to fashion, she is clearly a versatile illustrator. Be sure to check out her Narrrative-Book section as there are some especially wonderful illustrations composed of multiple vignettes colliding all over the page to create quite lively narrative tapestries.
Anyone who reads The New Yorker will be familiar with the work of Brooklyn illustrator Jashar Awan, a consistant fixture within its pages. With strong influences clearly drawn from the worlds of superhero comics and modern art, Awan creates his own style of timeless, bold, richly narrrative illustration.
I’ve always been an enormous fan of the work of Laura Bellmont. She creates the most engagingly surreal, personal images. Though her work is constantly evolving in many directions, as of now, I’m feeling thoroughly engrossed by her expanding body of pop-ups and black and white drawings.
When asked to describe his work to a stranger, Christopher Norris writes: ‘Pencil and ink drawings that hinge abjectly on transgressive statements, haunted house imagery and thick seeming minimalism, hopefully projecting an awkward but propelling narrative’.
The Kinz, Tillou and Feigen Gallery in New York is hosting an exhibition of recent drawings by Australian-born, Brooklyn-based illustrator Edwina White [above] and altered book sculptures by Brian Dettmer [below], in concurrent solo exhibitions.
New York-based illustrator, and regular Lost at E Minor contributor, Yuko Shimizu is heading to Philadelphia to give a lecture and attend the opening of an exhibition of her illustrations at The University of The Arts this Thursday.
We checked in recently with one of our favorite illustrators — and Lost At E Minor contributor — Yuko Shimizu: How has 2008 started for you? ‘I was just in the French Riviera with eighteen other illustrators and designers. It was our annual New Year’s retreat. People from all over Europe and North America meet up and spend a week together, exchange information, go see things together, or just have fun. It was fantastic, although we didn’t have the best weather’.
Yes, we’ve featured him a lot on Lost At E Minor, but how could we not? New York-based artist Sam Weber’s work is amazing, tapping into dreams, visions, and fantasies from every wayward mind. [more about Sam Weber]
A perennial favourite, Autumn Whitehurst creates seamless vector pieces that shimmer with lustful beauty. We asked her how reflective her illustration aesthetic is of her lifestyle aesthetic: ‘My illustrations are much more streamlined than my lifestyle aesthetic. I grew up in a family of magpies and must be genetically predisposed to collecting things I don’t need. I’ll need to move into a bigger space soon or I’ll have to start throwing things out because the visual stimulation in my house is nearly suffocating. If you’ve seen the movie Max, and remember Max Earnst’s house, that would be quite close to my ideal. But I would love to remix that with the aesthetic of those old French colonial homes in Vietnam and then I’d be quite content. How it would be possible, I have no idea’.