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While many of us tend to spend our lunch breaks chatting with friends and coworkers, messing about with our smartphones, or maybe even reading a book, artist and high school teacher Gregory Euclide uses his 25-minute lunch breaks to makes beautiful, short-lived paintings with Sumi ink on dry erase boards. It began as a form of stress relief as well as a personal challenge and demonstration for his students. The results are simply wonderful. We love it when people turn mundane situations into awesome artistic outlets.
Here’s a sneak preview of the little book of paintings I will have at my table (1320) at San Diego Comic Con. 24 Full Color Postcards you can remove to send or frame as you choose! Or keep them all in the book! People have been asking if I sell my tiny paintings . Now everyone can have their own copy!
Ooooh jeeeeezz you guys!! Jill Thompson is selling these little books of her gorgeous paintings!
Mechanical Apple is a boutique animation studio based in Australia, led by Ari Gibson and Jason Pamment.
They recently relaunched their website and posted this beautiful short. Nice of them to give us a visual blast of winter to get us through these hot summer days. Looking forward to more great work from this budding new studio.
This is a satire on the Northern Gateway oil pipeline by Dan Murphy, political cartoonist for a Vancouver BC newspaper. According to news reports, he is speaking out because he has been pressured to pull it, due to oil corporation Enbridge allegedly threatening to withdraw its advertising from the newspaper if he doesn’t.
Nicolas Delort a freelance illustrator based in Paris, France. I’m in love with these scratch board looking ink drawings he does. You can see more of them here. Check out his blog which also has a lot of sketchbook work, and his website which seems to be older digital work.
Been working on personal projects lately! Here’s a digital painting I did today. :>
A self-portrait in windows and corners. Thinking about Tacita Dean’s piece called “More or Less”, which I saw last night at the New Museum.
Rebecca Mock!!! Three exclamation marks!
My eye wants to take in every wonderful thing in this quiet frozen moment in time: the textures, the soft changes in colour and tone, the map on the wall, that little photo, the bedspread, everything. I want to walk on that smooth polished floor, explore the rest of this little apartment, crane my neck into the next room so I can peek out that window. This is entirely due to Rebecca’s command of light and colour and composition.
A lot of artists think style is the most important thing to good art, but it isn’t. Style is a by-product, and tends to change multiple times over the course of your career. Style can be faked, copied, especially with the tech at our disposal today.
But you can’t fake light and colour and composition. You either understand them or you don’t. They’re deliberate and planned, yet used poorly can result in pieces that are uptight and lifeless and cold. It can take years for most of us to get a decent grasp of them, even a lifetime. But they eventually become like tools in your kit, like your brushes and pens and paint. And when you know how to master them, you can create little worlds that seem so alive your audience will wish they could walk into them.
Congratulations to Philip Street whose comic strip Fisher today makes its 20th anniversary being published in the Globe and Mail. Not many comic strips these days live this long, and certainly I can’t name many that exist solely in a single paper. Visit philipstreet.com to delve into the Fisher archives.
Adrian Valencia gives wonderful tips on building a portfolio, and shopping it around. These are standard, basic, important essentials. These never change. The secret is no big secret: Make the work you want to get hired for, and hit the pavement.
Twelve years ago I was very new in London and when I decided I wanted to test myself as an illustrator, I didn’t know where to start. I spent two months building my portfolio ( let me tell you…it wasn’t amazing ) and once it was ready I took notes of art directors’ contacts from the magazines I wanted to work with. My English wasn’t great and on top of that I was clueless about the industry but in a way I guess I had nothing to lose. I had a business card and a few printed pages with my illustrations to be remembered. No website just a printed portfolio. I called every single publication in London and I was lucky that most of them agreed to meet me. (via Draw Adrian, Draw!: Once upon a time…)