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September 24, 2013

Featured Artist #21: Greg Kletsel

Greg Kletsel is a drawing machine. In all seriousness, I believe he must be built of metal and moving parts with at least one robotic arm and an infinite supply of ink. That's the only thing that could explain the amount of work he outputs.

I met Greg a thousand years ago when he interviewed at the studio I worked at. The position didn't play out, but I liked his drawing skills and asked if he'd draw up an idea I had for a t-shirt. That's how Tools of the Trade was born (it's still one of my favorite tees).

Today, Greg is a full-time illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, New York who's rocking it on the illustration scene. Cranking out zines, comics, posters, and all while filling up sketchbook pages by the minute. I have tons of respect for Greg and so it made perfect sense to feature his work in an exclusive drawn interview. He of course did not take the task lightly and simply blew our minds away with his drawn responses to each question. Check out the detail, line work and thought behind each drawing. Wow! Featured Artist #21 »

September 19, 2013

For The Wit Of It



You want to know what I like about Michelle Last's illustration style? It's not pretentious or overly complex. Instead, it's always witty. And if you read her blog, you'll discover that such a description fits her personality perfectly. Visit her Flickr feed for plenty more goodies.

Oh, and as an aside: If you haven't joined our Flickr group, do so. It's one of the first places we check for talented artists like Michelle.


August 31, 2013

Professional Illustrator Collaborates
with 4-Year-Old



Disclaimer: This has been all over the internet this weekend. I originally discovered it from a tweet by Anthony (@nedroid) yesterday, but have since seen it posted everywhere from The Verge to This Is Colossal. It's simply too good to pass up and definitely one of my favorite things I've seen this year.

Professional illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks (aka busymockingbird) is really good at what she does, one of them being drawing retro, vintage heads. Recently, she's upped her game by collaborating with a special someone -- her 4 year old daughter.

It started innocently enough with her daughter sneaking in some lines and scribbles to create bodies for the faces.

"Not surprisingly, I LOVED what she drew. I had drawn a woman’s face, and she had turned her into a dinosaur-woman. It was beautiful, it was carefree, and for as much as I don’t like to share, I LOVED what she had created. Flipping through my sketchbook, I found another doodle of a face I had not yet finished. She drew a body on it, too, and I was enthralled. It was such a beautiful combination of my style and hers. And she LOVED being a part of it. She never hesitated in her intent. She wasn’t tentative. She was insistent and confident that she would of course improve any illustration I might have done. …And the thing is, she DID."



Later, Mica would use her talents to go back and add color, paint and details to bring the improvised collaboration to life. The results are jaw-dropping. I still can't get over how well their two talents mesh together. Read her original post that details the entire process and if you'd like, she's even put up a bunch of the final prints for sale at Society6.








February 21, 2013

Drawn Wallpapers for the Digital Age:
Art by Krysthopher Woods, #3

Krysthopher Woods often turns the ghastly and creepy into stunning and sublime. In the third wallpaper from our series, he seems to have drawn a creature enveloped by snow and tears during it's final journey.

It renders beautiful and it's yours to download.


February 11, 2013

Weird Dreams



This morning while I was browsing the web, I bumped into this video about weird dreams and strange nightmares.

The author is Jose Miguel Mendez. You know, one of those spanish exiles now based in London after living for a while in Paris.

I read his bio and found out that after spending some time working as an illustrator, he is now coursing through the MA Moving Image program at LCC. Well, I don't think he could have chosen any better, because I love this piece.


February 7, 2013

Minimal Miju



I met Miju short after I moved to Barcelona through an exhibition at Duduá and I was blown away.

I don't really know how she does it, but in her drawings there is no noise, just peace. It's just her and her imaginary friends. It's so special and different from everything nowadays. When you meet her, you understand her illustrations are just an extension of her own personality.



Born in Busan (Korea), studied Product Design in Seoul and then moved to Barcelona to make a living out of her illustrations. She also has a trademark called Mee and Zoo where she sells handmade cushions from Busan.

And please, don't forget to check out her animated gifs.


February 6, 2013

Drawn Wallpapers for the Digital Age:
Art by überkraaft, #2

Matt Williams (aka überkraaft) rocks red and black lines for our second drawn wallpaper in the series. Matt's been in the habit of doodling since the age of three and now resides in the U.K. as a freelance illustrator, designer and all-around creative.

This wallpaper looks amazing on my iPad. Download it today and you'll see what I mean.





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