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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Malachi Ward

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Malachi Ward has been building up steam in the small press comics world the last few years. His latest release, Ritual 3: Vile Decay, has been met with critical acclaim, and he continues his strong creative collaboration with writer/artist/friend Matt Sheean on their self-published title, Expansion, and Prophet from Image Comics. His earliest works, Utu & Scout, introduced his distinctive character-driven, surreal, sci-fi stories to readers, and you can find similar themes explored in his paintings, as well.

Malachi Ward was raised in Yucaipa, California, and studied drawing & painting in college. Some of his biggest influences growing up included Calvin and Hobbes, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Spider-man comics. He currently lives in South Pasadena, CA with his wife Keiko.

Malachi will be attending the San Francisco Zine Fest this coming Labor Day weekend, Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD on September 13th & 14th, and Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on October 4th & 5th. His work with Matt Sheean continues in Prophet Strikefile, hitting comics shops in the next few weeks.

You can order a copy of Ritual 3: Vile Decay at the Alternative Comics website.

You can follow Malachi Ward on his tumblr site here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 08/27/14 under artists,illustrationfriday,Interviews,weekly topics
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Pretty Flyers: The Art of Ben Foot

Article by Oli Rogers
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Before we begin, a quick disclaimer: you’ve already missed all of these gigs. Sorry about that.

But never mind, you were probably busy anyways, right? However, had you been there in the crowd, it would in all likelihood have been because your eyes eager eyes once alit upon a flyer whose unique style could be described as “mid-Century comic book meets etching inside a disarranged psychonaut’s brain”: a flyer that was the work of illustrator Ben Foot. And today, Illustration Friday is here to save you all the bother of rescuing one of his aesthetically outstanding yet probably somewhat trampled pieces of art from of a post-mosh puddle of beer, because you can admire them all from behind a nice, clean screen of your choice.

Music and illustration are two disciplines that have a rich shared history; they’ve probably been complementing one another in some form or another since the first time someone opened their mouth to sing, thereby unleashing an avalanche of images on the inside of someone else’s skull. Indeed, there’s definitely something synesthetic about Ben’s work, with its behind-the-eyelids glow of candied violets and emeralds – and although there may not be any lyrical reference to moons with whimsical cat faces in the songs they complement, these images certainly hail from the same dimension of inspiration that informs the work of the musically innovative. In fact, this is artwork that at times strays into the sublime realms of true psychedelia, where image breaks down and the pure geometry of the universe, unfettered by mere human perception breaks through, spewing bubbles of energy and shards of celestial light through the rift and into the viewer’s consciousness. Yeah, you heard. At other times though, it’s as wistful and human as the work of Daniel Clowes.

Besides creating musical ephemera par excellence, Ben’s work has also adorned t-shirts from purveyor of illustrated fashions, threadless.com, and appeared in self-penned comics effervescing with his trademark surrealism and wry humour, such as the outstandingly-named Sparkly Sparkly Chew.

If you’d like to see more of Ben’s artwork (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to his website.

Posted by Oli Rogers on 08/27/14 under artists
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Flora Waycott Illustration

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Flora Waycott graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA Hons in Textile Design, her whimsical designs are inspired by her childhood in Japan where she was surrounded by lots of colours and patterns. She currently works freelance in New Zealand creating illustrations and surface patterns for stationary and the children’s apparel market. I really like all the textures that you can see in Flora Waycott’s work as I think this makes them really visually exciting. I also love how she uses nature in her work as it looks very beautiful.

To see more work by this talented illustrator visit her website or facebook. You can also purchase cards and tea-towels from her Etsy shop.

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Posted by Jessica Holden on 08/27/14 under artists
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Contemporary Artist: Louise McNaught

 

Contemporary artist, Louise McNaught uses nature and animals as her primary source for inspiration and says her degree in Fine Art at the University of Greenwich (2012) helped her achieve what she does today. It is so reassuring to hear this as an undergraduate student and budding artist myself!

The use of vibrant colour created by using neon and metallic paints gives a sense of uniqueness and life to her paintings, although even McNaught’s delicate use of pencil brings this sense of depth also. There is something mesmerising about her work and how she portrays nature as a powerful force, emphasing their beauty. I also love the way the artist uses a variety of materials to paint on which gives her pieces a certain edge.

More of McNaught’s work can be viewed on her Facebook page and Website.

 

Thanks for reading,

Carla

Posted by Carla Taylor on 08/25/14 under artists
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Back to school : 5 Creative tips before you start art college or university

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Hey everyone ,

Pretty soon I know a majority of some very talented young people will be setting out to start university or college here in the uk . I remember back to my very first day of art college and university studying my creative degree, I didn’t particularly know how to prepare for my degree and hence this meant I was abit behind in my prep before I started.

So if you’re wanting to pursue a creative career and are ready and raring to start your course but want to prepare here I’ve put together 5 of my own tips to do before you start to help give you a flying start unlike I did!

Art box materials : Art college/university is a great opportunity to really broaden your creative understanding , explore different styles and experiment with materials to really find your own creative niche. So gather together a variety of art materials from oil pastels to watercolour, acrylic paint , ink and collage. Having these materials to hand in a art box or tool box that you use for DIY will make it easy for you to carry to and from college with ease.

Sketchbooks : You may well need a sketchbook for each art project your given, one of my personal favourite makes of sketchbooks whilst in college was the pinkpig sketchbook ( have to say a3 was my favourite). Size wise I would stick to having larger size sketchbooks like a4-a3 giving you plenty of room to draw aswell as making them easier to carry around though your college or university tutors might also specify a different size you need like 12×12 for example

Portfolio : Your portfolio is going to be where you store all your progressive artwork for each project from the start to your finished projects. In art college I had to use an A1 portfolio with a centre binder and plastic display pockets however in university I simply down sized to an a3 portfolio with display pockets the same. Be sure to ask your college or university what type of portfolio you might need before you start so that you can be sure to get what you need in advance.

Computer equipment & software :  Now your university or college will no doubt have a variety of computer equipment , scanners and software available for you to use to edit and progress with your work. However its always handy during those dissertation projects or final deadlines to have some of these things to hand at home aswell.

When I started university I didn’t have anything computer wise at home because I couldn’t quite afford it, but with my student funding I purchased a cheap and cheerful all in one a4 epson printer from amazon that allowed me to both scan , copy and print ( I still have this 4 years on!). Secondly the computer I bought was a hp pavillion laptop but a majority of my friends had the money to invest in mac computers. To be honest its really up to you even if you go for a windows laptop like I did or mac you can still do a majority of the same things that you can on a apple laptop though the great thing about getting a laptop version is they’re much more portable.

If your wanting to try software there are some  trial and student editions of adobe that you can get online or subscribe to creative cloud etc with student discount on top which comes in handy ( though I’ve not tried  CC myself).

Be open minded & try new things: I remember when I started art college I was very much into the “Manga”, at 17 it was what I was aiming to do ( current fad at the time look how my style turned out in the end!) so I drew very graphically in my work using strictly ink and markers and because I did this I missed out on being able to experience more techniques like print making. So one thing to be is open minded , though you may well have an aspiration to be a specific type of artist that may well change as you get older. My best advice is listen to your tutors and experiment in your creative studio as much as you can and absorb all the learning.

Image by designer  Susan Estelle Kwas   you can find out more about their work here.

Posted by Kate Leonard on 08/24/14 under artists
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“Designy Illustrator” Mikey Burton

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Self-described “designy illustrator” Mikey Burton is a Philadelphia-based creative with a serious bear preoccupation. His professional work centers around editorial illustration, infographics, and identity design. He’s also been bestowed with awards from ADC Young Guns, Communication Arts, & Graphis, some of the most prestigious organizations in the industry, and has worked with clients like The Atlantic, Converse, Facebook, Fast Company, and Wilco. Mikey values simplicity in principles of color and design, using minimalism and traditionally-inspired typography to an effective advantage. The understated elegance of his work is what secured his spot in the Art Crush Friday Hall of Fame.

Mikey’s aesthetic is identified in the intersection between sharp, geometric vector designs and substantial, meaningful textures. I use the word meaningful not to be an art school asshole, but to say that the textures have strong purpose and intent in his work.

As I’ve learned more and more about graphic design, I’ve started to see the fork in the road that exists between flat and realistic design (this gorgeous Webby-winning site explains this very conundrum in further detail). As I mentioned earlier, Mikey’s process allows real textures to shine through flat shapes, seemingly creating atmospheres within the simplest of flattened shapes. Interestingly enough, he’s referenced his really old HP LaserJet printer as being the very tool that creates these fascinating textures. [More about his process here.]

Mikey swears by two things in particular before starting his design process: coffee and preliminary sketching. He’s a refreshingly real person who needs to participate in real humany things before dragging along on the computer for hours on end. He will routinely post final work to his Dribbble account, modestly seeking feedback from the peers he so deeply respects. I admire his humility, honesty and continual hustle for meaningful work, even amidst his great successes thus far. For budding designers, here’s some of Mikey’s advice: create work that you want to be hired to do, and don’t be a lame person to deal with.

Follow along with Mikey and his adventures to come:

Website

Dribble

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Twitter

 

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 08/24/14 under artists,conceptual,design,digital,freelance,technique,typography
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Illustrator: Matt Chamberlain

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Matt Chamberlain is a University student studying contemporary art and illustration in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Since I am on the same course as Matt at University, I must say how amazing it has been to see his work progress over the years! His skills in mark making and detail are truly unique, using fine liners as his primary choice of media. Main influences include Dan Mumford and Paul Jackson which is clear to see from the detail in his work. See more of Chamberlain’s work here and on Etsy.

 

Thanks for reading,

Carla

Posted by Carla Taylor on 08/20/14 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: David Lapham

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It was great news when it was announced that Stray Bullets would be returning to comic stands again, with the new series Stray Bullets: Killers. I’ve been a fan of David Lapham’s work since 1995, when a local comics shop owner handed me a copy of Stray Bullets #1, and said, “I know you like different stuff. You should try this.” Well, Stray Bullets was different than your average super-hero/cartoon comic book, that’s for sure. It read like a mixture of Pulp Fiction, and Mean Streets. The series was self-published, and self-marketed for 10 years, with 40 issues produced, which is quite an impressive feat in the volatile comics market. Lapham took a break from Stray Bullets in 2005, and did writing/drawing work for many of the major publishers, including Young Liars for DC/Vertigo, Daredevil vs. Punisher for Marvel, and Crossed for Avatar Press.

It makes perfect sense that he would take the long awaited final issue of Stray Bullets, #41, and the spin off series Killers to Image Comics, since the publisher has now become a safe haven for the type of original, creator owned comics that David Lapham was an early pioneer of.

In addition to Stray Bullets: Killers, Lapham recently completed his first all-ages series, Juice Squeezers, and he’s currently writing the comics adaptation of the hit FX TV series(and series of books) The Strain, both published by Dark Horse Comics.

You can follow David Lapham on Twitter here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 08/20/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
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Editorial Submission :: Bett Norris

Post by Natalie

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Bett Norris is an illustrator living in the lively city of Bristol, UK. She earned a degree in illustration from the University of the West of England and since then has worked on a variety of projects including editorial work, social media campaigns, exhibitions and most recently an animation for The School of Life. She finds inspiration in packaging, travel posters and classic design. Experimenting with shape, color and line she fuses traditional drawing techniques with digital technology to produce bespoke illustration, pattern design, portraiture and typography.

See more of Bett’s work here.

Posted by Natalie on 08/19/14 under artists,editorial submissions
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Kyle Bean

Posted by Jessica Holden

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Kyle Bean graduated from the University of Brighton in 2009, he was spotted and commissioned by Liberty to create a window display.  He has a passion for crafts and conceptual thinking, using a variety of materials to solve the brief in clever and exciting ways. His clients include; Wallpaper, Selfridges, Google and Vogue to name a few.

To see more look at his website or follow him on twitter.

Posted by Jessica Holden on 08/18/14 under artists
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