Archive for the ‘pen/brush and ink’ Category
To me, sketchbooks are the most interesting part of an artist’s body of work. They show thoughts and observations before they become hidden in a more complex piece. I love the finished quality to Nicholas Stevenson’s sketchbooks so much, I just had to share! I have such a weakness for saturated color palettes and hectic compositions. Nicholas Stevenson is an illustrator based out of London who works mostly in Gouache. When he’s not painting, he plays a lot of music. I highly recommend checking out his portfolio, and all of his other internet hangouts: Portfolio | Twitter | Tumblr | Behance | Music
Post by Kristen
Russell Leng’s geometric forms are striking. Using a variety of media for his paintings including ink, acrylic, and spray paint, Russell recreates the relationships he finds between natural and man-made landscapes.
Russell currently lives in the United Kingdom and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh College of Art. He initially earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art from Trinity Western University. His work has been featured in numerous galleries and publications in the United Kingdom, British Columbia, Ontario, California, and Illinois, and Russell was awarded the first place Surrey Art Gallery Painting Prize in 2009.
View Russell’s full portfolio and follow his developing career on his website at russellleng.com
Post by Kristen
Rich Gemmell combines pencil and ink washes with digital elements to create a deep, rich texture for each of his illustrations. Rich keeps sketchbooks during travels through other countries, such as Scotland, France, and the United States, and his illustrations are developed from these entries with tracing paper. After pencil lines are thickened and ink washes are added, Rich scans his work into the computer to add some final touches.
My absolute favorite of his works is Falls, which he designed from one of his sketches observing kayakers descending some falls at the foot of the Ben Nevis mountain in the British Isles. This particular piece (below) is available on The Working Proof, where 15% of the sales from his illustration goes to profit Transportation Alternatives.
Located in Cambridge, UK, Rich has worked as a freelance illustrator for a variety of sources including The Guardian, Future Snowboarders Magazine, and Sunday Times Magazine. View more of his absorbing artwork on his website, richgemmell.net.
Post by Sarah
Goñi Montes has created a delightfully organic style with flowing lines and masterfully creates highly imaginative sceneries, settings and characters that never feel staged. He often chooses a perspective that makes you a part of the work and draws you in. Selected clients include: Dwell, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Wired.Goñi also very generously shares a lot of his process on his blog for those who are interested.
Post by Naomi
I am in awe of Yan Nascimbene’s breathtaking watercolors. Such a sense of stillness, light, and life.
Yan Nascimbene was raised in France and Italy. After working as a photographer in a Paris fashion studio, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California at Davis. He later spent many years living variously in California, France, and Italy. His illustrated edition of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way. Antibes, Clarievere et Autres Couleurs, his first book as author and illustrator, won the Graphic Award at the Bologna Book Fair in 1992. Yan illustrated Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Palomar, The Baron in the Trees and others. Nascimbene has illustrated over 50 books and 300 book covers. He passed away in Mexico on Feb 1st 2013.
Here is what he had to say about working with clients:
Rather than feeling limited by a client’s idea, I find that the challenge of expressing precisely his/her idea in my own aesthetical terms forces me to think harder, to search deeper and ultimately to create a much stronger and interesting image than if I had been given total freedom of style, format and subject-matter. I try to illustrate a literary piece between the lines, and I feel that an illustration must reflect at once the client’s idea and my identity. First and foremost comes the need of the client, then my understanding of such a need and the elaboration of a concept. This is the most taxing and important phase of the work, often the one that will require most time. A thorough sketch (or sketches) will allow me to explain the concept to the client and structure the image (composition, balance, etc.) until his/her unequivocal satisfaction. The final painting, although still an emotional and creative task, will rely at least as much on technique and my ability to translate our early discourse and sketches into a factual image, as it does on pure imagination. In my case, it is usually a quicker stage, as all but a few challenges have already been resolved.
Post by Sarah
As some of you may have noticed I am a fan of line based illustration in particular. Another big plus for me is when illustrators add something fresh to traditional techniques. Michael Wandelmaier from Toronto, Canada checks both those boxes: His penciled and inked lines are paired with a modern touch by color choice, settings and themes. I particularly love the warmth and depth that the coloring and its texture add to his works.
His website seems somewhat new and there is not a lot of info on the blog yet (there is a mention of an “illustration hiatus”), but I highly recommend keeping an eye on his work: Portfolio
Post by: Kristen
Tubi Du’s beautiful Paris-inspired themes are stunning. These scenes offer such a quality of perspective that you feel as though you are actually standing in her illustrations as fish swirl above your head or as you admire the Eiffel Tower, and her use of bright colors in her illustrations is captivating.
Tubi Du studied architecture and interior design before moving near Versailles, France, to begin her graphic artist career with her business, Tubidu Graphics. Her appreciation for the architecture in Paris has inspired countless designs and illustrations. “I love various kinds of themes: serious, emotional, surreal and architectural themes all inspire me. I also love to use strong colors because they make me happy and always fill me with energy.”
View her portfolio of illustration and design at Tubidu Graphics on Etsy.
posted by Wendy
I love portraiture. Capturing the humanity in a person is no small feat, and these sketches by Paula Bonet show such imagination and character, that they basically stare back up at you from their 2 dimensional planes. She works both large and small scale, mostly in paint and ink, and hails from Spain.
If you’re as obsessed as I am, check out the rest of her portfolio.
Post by Sarah Palisi
Michael Hirshon works as an illustrator and designer in Amsterdam. He expertly pairs clear lines with loose coloring and a great sense of composition. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, 3×3, American Illustration, Creative Quarterly, CMYK, Gestalten, and the AIGA.
Post by: Kristen
Muralist Ursula Barton strives to use art as a language. Her fluid illustrations of Portland, OR, bridges capture the movement of the city and the Willamette River that flows under each bridge. Her love of the city is evident in her contributions for the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in Ashland and P:EAR, a local program committed to creatively mentoring homeless youth, which are among a long list of clients for her artwork.
Ursula graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She launched a series of greeting cards with her ink artwork called Rainy City Scapes, and her murals can be found at The Rose Lounge (below) and The Daily Café in the Pearl. View her full portfolio at ursulabarton.com.