Archive for the ‘pen/brush and ink’ Category
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.
Post by Penelope
Over the past few weeks Chrysa Koukoura has been developing fine-line pen mountain-scapes which are beautifully done.
With a slight hesitancy in working with color, Koukoura uses fine pen on paper with meticulous detail, aiming to draw the viewer in for a closer look. She loves the simplicity and the restrictiveness of working in black and white, as it requires her to bring something extra out of an image that wouldn’t usually be there had a color been involved.
Find out more about this series here :: Tumblr Site
Post by Kristen Nelson
Elina Lorenz studied in Moldova, Eastern Europe, for her diploma in art. Her bright, vivid paintings and illustrations are created with acrylic, pastel, ink, and sometimes organic honey-based watercolor paint. She now lives in Princeton with her young daughter and husband. Her husband is a professor for the philosophy department at Princeton University.
Post by Wendy
Comic books and film compliment each other really well. Jake Wyatt is an artist that does both, when he’s not illustrating something equally as awesome. He works traditionally, on bristol or vellum with paint and ink, and then adds more texture using photoshop. His short film about a girl, a fox, and public transportation is currently making the rounds online and is definitely worth checking out.
Post by Sarah Palisi
Angie Wang works as a cartoonist and illustrator in the editorial field in Los Angeles (previously
Portland). Matching her cheekily described entry to an artistic life – painting a “snot mural” on her child room’s wall – her style remains playful, imaginitive and uninhibited. Clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Hi Fructose, Nylon Magazines, Image Comics and Nobrow Magazine.
Chrysa Koukoura hesitates to work in color, instead choosing to use a black fine pen on paper and drawing with meticulous detail. Her aim is to draw the viewer in for a closer look. She loves the simplicity and the restrictiveness of working in black and white, as it requires her to bring something extra out of an image that wouldn’t usually be there had a color been involved.
View more of Chrysa Koukoura drawings on her website.
Aurora Cacciapuoti is an Italian freelance illustrator, based in Cambridge (UK). Love her linework and style. Please don’t miss her book cover illustrations. Just lovely!
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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!
Ping Zhu is a she-illustrator, organically grown in Los Angeles, imported to London.
Ping graduated in 2010 with Honors from Art Center College of Design.
I love that she shows some of her initial sketch ideas on her website. The thought process is fun to see.
From the editorial submissions:
Oliver Liebeskind is a self-taught ink artist and illustrator currently living in Weimar, Germany.
His images are mainly developed through hatching and cross hatching with pen and brush. By dint of organic ink craftsmanship he tries to achieve a strict spirit and aesthetic.