Archive for the ‘painterly’ Category
Nicholas Wilton was born in San Francisco, California and spent his youth exploring the wilderness areas of Marin County. As a teenager he studied design with the German contemporary glass artist Ludwig Schaffrath, who catalyzed his ongoing passion for art making.
Nicholas studied art at the College of Creative Studies in Santa Barbara and then went on to receive his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In addition to gallery exhibitions and the inclusion in numerous private and corporate collections, Wilton’s paintings have been used on the covers of the national bestseller “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and Brene Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection”.
Recently, the US Postal Service issued a stamp featuring Wilton’s artwork.
See more of his painting work on his website.
Brook Slane was born and raised in Wisconsin and recently graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. When he is not painting he can be seen drinking diet soda, collecting antiques, watching medical documentaries, or some combination of all three. He loves painting birds because he secretly wishes he could fly.
See more of his work: Portfolio
Anne Smith’s work is really beautiful. She does a series of cups that has captured my attention since I was an art director! But I didn’t know she made pottery cups before her painting incarnations. Read her story in the latest issue of Everything in My House, an online magazine that has just published a lovely feature on her work. Read it here (flip to page 37!).
Love these simple prints by Faye Bradley.
Aurelia Fronty has always drawn, surrounded by colors and fabrics of family life. After graduating, she joined the School of Applied Arts Duperré in Paris. There she specialized in textile design and creation. Her work is so beautiful. I love the rich colors and unique compositions.
These animal alphabet paintings by Anne Marie Jones made me look closer. Such great texture, line and color!
1. Tell us about yourself. What makes you tick?
My name is Susie Ghahremani and I am addicted to mail, paper, stationery, and sending things around the world. Everything I make is probably a hybridization of the love of the written letter, my experience with music, and my reverence for animals. Also: I have a cat and five pet finches.
2. How did you get started as an illustrator?
I went to the Rhode Island School of Design to study illustration, and while in school, played in bands and made merch for those bands. And I’ve always made my own stationery.
3. How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
It emerged pretty naturally through the process of working; I didn’t consciously try to find or imitate a style. It hasn’t really changed since I started though it has refined over the past 10 years of freelance life.
It looks a little different when I use different materials. My pen sketches are a little more stippled.
4. Can you briefly explain your creative process, mediums, etc?
I’ll create a sketch, then transfer the basic composition of that new sketch to a freehand painted final and layer the details. Everything I make is painted, often with a tiny 10/0 liner brush.
5. How do you come up with new ideas? Do you have a process?
I get off the internet. I read, visit museums, go for a hike, talk with friends, make diagrams, listen to music, look at old photos, and maybe most effectively, pay attention to dreams.
6. Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then?
Yes! Everyone does! (If they say they don’t, they’re lying.) During slumps, I feel despair, get antsy, maybe focus on accounting or administrative stuff, and then re-emerge unscathed and motivated to keep working. It always works itself out in time.
7. Best / most fun part of your job:
Getting to draw every day; hearing people say they’ve seen my work in cities I dream of visiting; having such inspiring, supportive and often hilarious clients.
8. Worst / most difficult part of your job:
Having to defend copyright of my artwork and chronic wrist pain.
9. Do you have side projects you work on?
I create and craft a collection of products with my art on them. I’m also in a band – I play synths and sing in it (and play lots of other instruments.) I co-organize a meet up for full time artists here in San Diego. I’m also trying to read 50 books and see 50 movies in 2012 which is more of a challenge than it seems.
10. What’s on your horizon? Any current/future projects and plans/dreams you can share with us?
I have a solo show in Los Angeles at Giant Robot on November 17th.
My first picture book “What Will Hatch?“ written by Jennifer Ward will be out in February, published by Walker Bloomsbury.
I have illustrations in the latest issues of BUST, Isthmus and the Boston Globe; there will be a new journal and notepad set I created published by Chronicle Books in the spring, and I designed a new collection of jewelry with Chocolate and Steel that includes bats.
Also, I’m on the board for ICON8 the Illustration Conference in 2014.
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5 things inspiring you/your work right now:
1. My mom – she puts love and energy into everything she makes & it is contagious.
2. finches – they’re pretty tiny and quiet but they work their way into so much of what I make!
3. a few records I can’t get out of my head. Tilbury “Exorcise”; Jherek Bischoff “Composed”; Wolf Parade “Expo 86″; Tears Run Rings “Distance”; Colleen Green “Cujo”; X “Wild Gift”; The Cleaners From Venus “On Any Normal Monday”
4. wanderlust. My husband and I try to steal a night out of town every month.
5. I twitter a lot (@boygirlparty) and I actually find the twitter community incredibly inspiring. I love seeing snippets of other people’s days in that context.
3 constants in your day:
1. the chirping of finches in the background as i work
2. music all day
3. taking to my sister! she’s my bff, we work together + chit-chat pretty much every day.
Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom:
Art tip: Make a brush or pen grip and save your wrists.
Words of Wisdom: Trust your gut.
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Thank you so very much, Susie!
Ronald Slabbers is an Amsterdam-based illustrator. He create visually clever, humorous and conceptual illustrations for national and international clients. His techniques range from traditional drawing to totally digital, and nearly everything in between. Whenever time allows he creates his own Ron Art: drawings, paintings and 3D objects.
I was particularly drawn to his simple, graphic-styled paintings.
Katie Daisy does some amazingly lovely hand-lettering… don’t you think?
Andrea D’Aquino has always resisted labels like “art director”, “illustrator”, “graphic designer”, or “writer”, and finds herself happiest straddling the line between all those things. For several centuries, she was officially a senior art director for advertising agencies on the east and west coast of the USA. After doing time for clients like Giorgio Armani, The New York Times, and countless others, she became an independent “creative”. All the while, she gained experience in every medium from print, film and video to digital, and collaborated with world-class photographers, film directors and editors, illustrators and the occasional evil dictator.
Despite numerous awards from The Art Director’s Club, Communication Arts, etc etc….she became increasingly frustrated by the mountain of ideas that ended up in the garbage pail for one reason or another, and turned back to her childhood interests of drawing, painting and making pictures.
So, here’s where you find her. While there is a very personal stamp on her work, she does not consider herself “a brand”® (no, thank you) but an actual person with complexity and contradictions. She reserves the right to be unpredictable, and to work in a wide variety of media.
Whatever form — or forms — it takes, I think that her work rocks. I love the thinking behind it, the beautiful textures and patterns, and of course, the palette choices. You can see some of her process here and here.