Alexis Anne Mackenzie is a collage artist, who was born in Michigan and is now based in San-Francisco. Her work has appeared in many publications including: Zeit Magazin, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The New York Times. Alexis Anne Mackenzie’s work has been exhibited internationally including shows in L.A and Poland. I’m personally a big fan of collage artists/ illustrators and I think these images have a really original and quirky feel to them, which are very inspiring.
posted by Jessica Holden
I had to post a lot of images for this week’s Comics Illustrator of the Week, because Bill Sienkiewicz has so many amazing pieces of art to share. I only just scraped the surface of his body of work! One of the first comic books I ever read was Dune, the Marvel comics adaptation of the David Lynch film. I didn’t really read it, so much as I absorbed the dynamic art by Sienkiewicz within those pages. It was the first time I’d really seen an example of comic book art crossing over into the “respectable” fine arts realm.
Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is best known for his magnum opus, Stray Toasters, and his work on Elektra: Assassin for Marvel. He incorporates a combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media, collage and mimeograph into his art, which is very rare in comics. Sienkiewicz has done a lot of work for Hollywood, including The Dark Knight, The Grinch, and The Green Mile just to name a few.
He recently worked on the critically acclaimed Daredevil:End of Days series with friends, and fellow comics legends, Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Alex Maleev, and Klaus Janson. His variant cover for Wytches #1, the highly anticipated new Image series, is truly disturbing, and shows a master artist at the peak of his craft.
Other works of note are Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix, Santa: My Life & Times (An Illustrated Autobiography), and a stint designing multimedia stage productions for Roger Waters’ 2006 Dark Side of the Moon Tour.
Bill Sienkiewicz has recieved numerous awards, and nominations, but one of the biggest honors was a 2004 Eisner Award for DC Comics’ The Sandman: Endless Nights.
You can read more about Bill Sienkiewicz’s illustrious career, and see more examples of his art on his official website here.
For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates
I get asked all the time how I built my illustration career from scratch, and how I’ve gotten to work with clients like The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many others. The most complete and useful answer I could give is all included in 15 Steps to Freelance Illustration, a step-by-step guide and workbook written specifically to give you the best chance of getting started on the right foot. Thousands of artists have already benefitted from this book, and many professors have made it required reading for their students, because it tells you exactly what you need to do to be a successful professional Illustrator, with no unnecessary filler!
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There’s nothing better to get a new creative project started than by making your own inspirational mood board. Creating your own mood board of idea’s and inspiration will help you to build a collection of concept base ideas to build a new art piece from whether a series of illustrations, photographs or painting. It’s not all that hard to do and once you get started creating a mood board can actually be a really enjoyable part of project building, although if you’ve not made one before here are afew easy tips to help you get started on making your own.
What do I put in a mood board?
A mood board can contain anything from doodles, words, photographs, textures , colour swatches, fabrics and much more based around a chosen theme for your project. So for example a theme maybe “ocean” to which you’d include images of its inhabitants , sea blue colour tones and meaningful words tied to the theme etc.
What do I need to make one ?
Its really down to personal preference but you can make a mood board easily in anything from the pages in your sketchbook, sticking them to a piece of artboard or a cork board with pins. There’s really no right or wrong way because your mood board is personal, there to give you idea’s and pull together concepts for your project that will help it grow.
Putting a mood board together.
- To begin putting your creative mood board together collect a series of images and inspirational materials linked to your chosen theme.
- On an a3 blank sketchbook page ( or any page size of your preference but bigger is less limiting to your mood board ideas) begin to add your mood board research to your page.
- Stick bits down with patterned washi tape or masking tape to make it more visual and allow you to change things around.
- Make it personal and have fun.
- Keep your creative mood board in sight throughout your project to stay visually inspired and consistant to your project theme to prevent getting creatively lost along the way.
Image by illustrator Katt Frank you can find out more about their work here .
We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Lydia Guadagnoli, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘WISH’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.
And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:
Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).
Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.
Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).
Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!
Post by Heather Ryerson
Keith Negley’s moody, evocative editorial illustrations cannot be dismissed with a glance. They instead capture and entrance viewers, provoking pensive contemplation. Negley’s work combines high concept with strong composition and refined color palettes to create sophisticated yet accessible visuals that strengthen the written works they accompany. His illustrations can be found in respected news publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and NPR as well as among the pages of top publishing houses McSweeney’s and Nobrow. He attended The School of Visual Arts in New York and now lives in Washington.
I was introduced to Jae Lee’s artwork when he took over on Marvel’s Namor back in the early 90’s. He was one of the talented young artists that joined Image Comics in the mid 90’s, working on such titles as WildC.A.T.S. Trilogy and Youngblood Strikefile, before launching his creator-owned comic, Hellshock. Jae Lee returned to Marvel in 1998, when he collaborated with writer Paul Jenkins on a new 12 issue Inhumans series. His work on the Inhumans ushered in a new level of depth, and maturity to his work that would only grow, and grow into the next decade.
Other notable works are Stephen King’s Dark Tower comics adaptation, Fantastic Four 1234 with Grant Morrison, and The Sentry for Marvel. In addition to that, Jae Lee has become a highly sought after, and prolific cover artist; notably his recent string of covers for DC’s New 52 Batman/Superman series, and the Jason Aaron Wolverine relaunch a few years ago.
Jae Lee was born in South Korea in 1972 and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1977. He started his professional comics career at the age of 19, drawing short stories for Marvel’s anthology Marvel Comics Presents.
Jae Lee won an Eisner in 1999 for his work on the Inhumans, and was nominated for Best Cover Artist in 2002.
You can catch up with the latest news, and see more of Jae Lee’s art on this website.
For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates
After attending the Buy Art Fair 2014 in Manchester at the weekend, I saw the lovely work of Katie Hampson, a fine artist and illustrator from the North West of England. Hampson’s work initially struck me with their looseness and vibrant colour depicting several animals. At the art fair, the artist was undertaking a live art demonstration where she proved her skills and talent. I was able to briefly meet Hampson and ask about her main inspirations which she responded by telling me her main influences are drawn from animals, music and from her own imagination.
Thanks for reading,
Post by Natalie
Barry Lee is an Atlanta based freelance illustrator who has a love for bright colors, weird characters and pop culture. He feels humor can be universal through illustration and gains inspiration everywhere from early eighties funk records to the Muppets. Follow him on Instagram @barrydraws for daily sketches.
You can see more of Barry’s work on his website.
There are times when despite our efforts we all feel disappointment in some of the things we may do creatively. Like for example when you didn’t quite get that illustration sketch right only to screw it up into a ball of scribbly disappointment landing on the floor behind you or when something you put alot of heart into didn’t turn out exactly how you’d wanted.
With the creatively good we get the bad , I mean if everything in each talented creatives journey went right we’d all be rolling into success feeling very happy with ourselves prancing in a field of flowers with sketchbook in hand ( you get the jist). Even after a blow of disappointment though its what you do after that is important to both regaining your own self confidence within your creative self to overcome disappointment and continue to create something amazing.
Here’s 3 ways to overcome any creative disappointment :
1. Sketch it out talk it out – Disappointment and negativity can really make our creative brain foggy meaning that it’s often hard for us to see outside of the fact we didn’t do to well. I find that when I’m feeling this way talking it out with a friend or taking time to sketch out what I did and why it didn’t work, helps me to better understand where I went wrong and feedback from a friend can help me learn how I could improve.
2. Look at the bigger picture - Even though that one thing may not have worked out, looking at the bigger picture can help you see things more clearly and in perspective. Look at how far you’ve come, how much you’ve grown and improved at your creative practice whatever it maybe , you may have not succeeded this time but you can use your experience to make the ” bigger picture” better in the future.
3. See an imperfect thing perfectly – Lastly understand that nothing is perfect , being your worst critic isn’t going to help you become the aspiring creative you want to be so be kind to yourself and know that no matter what nobodies perfect. Every success creative whether illustrator or painter has had their own falls, but if you’re able to rise from the fall you’ll become all the more stronger a person.
Image by artist Aled Lewis you can find out more about their work here .