Ira Glass on Creativity

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
Ira Glass of PRI’s This American Life gives a brilliant talk about creativity, he’s referring to those producing video, but alter a few words, and it maps to pretty much any creative endeavor, including illustration... “What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste...

Ko Machiyama

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
Ko Machiyama is an illustrator in Tokyo that specializes in abstract paintings and fashion illustrations.  The stark, minimal quality in the renderings, graced with a muted palette and barren narative display a gorgeous rendition falling somwhere between fashion illustration and well designed drawings.

Illustrating with Quentin Blake

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Beloved English cartoonist, illustrator, and children's author Quentin Blake demonstrates his illustration process step-by-step in this short video, "Ten Minutes of Illustration," filmed in 2003 by the National Gallery Company. It's an invaluable glimpse into the artist's creative practice, from the very first rough sketches to the finished drawing.

Bette Burgoyne

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
"What I see during time spent in the forest and at the shore is translated and re-formed during the process of drawing," says Seattle-based artist Bette Burgoyne of her organic, monochromatic creations. Using white prismacolor pencil on black paper, Burgoyne endeavors to "reveal a spectacle of wood, water, light, and atmosphere," sharing her enthusiasm for natural processes and patterns as they blend, harmonize, and echo one another.  

Always With Honor

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Always With Honor is the collective work of creative team Elsa Chaves and Tyler Lang. After meeting at Ringling College of Art & Design, Chaves and Lang moved to NYC but soon felt the pull of the west coast, relocating to Portland, OR to begin AWH. Together the design duo have developed an instantly recognizable minimalist style that combines clean lines, smooth shapes, and lively colors to create straightforward and geometrically charged images.

Liam Stevens' Illustrated Dioramas

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Liam Stevens is an image maker and designer based in London. He favours simple materials enabling him to craft his work through expressive lines or graphic shapes and is particularly fond of his Pentel 0.7mm mechanical pencil, coloured paper stash and scalpel. His miniature sets, illustrated and arranged dioramas are depictions of vast natural scenes, detailed renditions of nostalgic, environmental magic.

The Work of Florian Nicolle

Illustration // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
'I try to create an image that retains its freshness of the first paint stroke, the expressions of the line have to be very free and spontaneous. While keeping a rigorous drawing. So i use fast techniques, like a bic, large brush, watercolor and chines ink. I draw a picture as if I wrote a text, with the same tool, the same freedom, erasures, lines, scribbles, …' Florian Nicolle is a 25 year old French illustrator and designer.

The Trading Tortoise

Illustration // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Trading Tortoise is a traveling art project created by illustrator Souther Salazar & Monica Choy with the goal of creating a unique community experience while exploring America through objects and stories. The plan is to make a sculptural installation (in the form of a large tortoise-shaped trading post) that we can set up at different stops throughout the nation. Could this be any more adorable?!

Meditations on Symmetry

Illustration // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Artist Kelsey Brookes’ latest exhibition “Meditations on Symmetry” was recently on view at The Compound Project in Malibu, CA. Eliminating the figurative elements of his past work, this show finds Brookes favoring symmetrical abstract patterns and words, each painting a pool of concentric electric color. Check out this video that Kelsey posted on YouTube, giving a walkthrough of the show.

Cerulean

Illustration // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Directed and animated by Jack Featherstone and Will Samuel of London's ISO studio, this abstract animation follows the journey of the little white dot that could as it ventures through a two-dimensional computer universe. The incredibly cool and inventive little video is set to Simian Mobile Disco's single "Cerulean," from their forthcoming album "Unpatterns."

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