This website is a compilation of work by Irish graphic designers, with a twist. They’ve made posters depicting inane criticisms received about their work. Definitely hilarious, unfortunately true. See more of them here
If it’s not worth drawing, it’s probably not worth having after all.
Post by James
Matthew Watkins is an artist and freelance Illustrator born in England, raised in Canada and now living and working in Italy. In his own words, Matthew likes to “make things up”. Amazingly, these pieces were all created on his iPad.
See more of Matthew’s work on his website.
Maira Kalman is an American author, illustrator, designer, and book artist. She has written and made pictures for numerous books including Ooh-La-La Max in Love (for children) and The Principles of Uncertainty (for grown-ups).
Maira was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1949. She moved to New York City with her family when she was 4 years old. She attended the High School of Music and Art, made famous by the movie, Fame. She wanted to write short stories. So, she studied English in college at New York University.
Mrs. Kalman helped her husband, Tibor, found a graphic design company in 1979. Their studio, M&Co. was very successful. Some of their pieces can even be seen at the Museum of Modern Art. Tibor was the star and Maira was the “in house muse.” They designed album covers, magazines, film titles, clocks, umbrellas, and more. They accomplished all this while raising their two children, Lulu Bodoni and Alexander Onomatopeia.
Ms. Kalman also worked as an illustrator. In 1987, she illustrated a children’s book for David Byrne. He’s the lead singer of a band, the Talking Heads. Their book, Stay Up Late, launched her career as a book artist. A year later, she published her own book, Hey Willy, See the Pyramids. The book played with words and pictures. Kids and parents liked it so much that it started a new kind of children’s book: The expressive picture book.
A big hero of Maira Kalman’s early books was a dog poet named Max Stravinksy. Her books about Max won lots of awards. Kalman also wrote and illustrated Chicken Soup, Boots (about finding the perfect job); Next Stop Grand Central (based on murals she created for New York’s Grand Central Station); What Pete Ate From A-Z (a story about her own dog, Pete) and Fireboat (about an old fireboat that helped stop the fires in New York on Sept. 11, 2001). Each book celebrates Kalman’s love for New York City. They also tell a little bit of her own autobiography.
Before her husband died in 1999, Maira curated ‘Tiborocity’, a museum exhibition about his life’s work. She drew a beautiful story for New York Magazine about Tibor’s last days. She continued many of the projects that they began together like (un)Fashion, a book about world-wide fashion, and Colors, a magazine that Mr. Kalman founded.
Maira Kalman lives and works today in Manhattan in New York City. Her paintings are sold in galleries. She writes and draws for The New Yorker and The New York Times. She speaks on public radio. She paints murals. She designs handbags. She paints sets for dances and operas. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She is on the board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Kalman illustrated The Elements of Style, a textbook for writers. Her illustrated blogs, The Principles of Uncertainty and The Pursuit of Happiness, were published as books. In 2010 and 2011, her work was collected for exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in New York, The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Skirball Center here in Los Angeles. You can find her online at MairaKalman.com.
Maira Kalman has been a favorite artist of my family for as long as I can remember. Her Max Deluxe was a coffee table book in my high school home and her first New Yorker covers hung framed in our kitchen. My favorite is this one (above) that I also took with me to my first apartment. Beyond being one of my favorite artists though, Ms. Kalman serves as a wonderful example in my classroom. Her work is accessible, diverse, experimental, and cross-curricular. Consider, for example, how her recent books, Looking at Lincoln and The Pursuit of Happiness, make history personal. Not to mention how her illustrations for The Elements of Style make grammar warm and beautiful. I’ll be using Maira Kalman this year to inspire the kindergartener’s coloring book, the third graders’ still-life drawings, the fifth graders’ illustration project, and the seventh graders’ political cartoons.
Portrait of Maira Kalman drawn by yours truly, Rama Hughes
It’s that time of year again, where the fine folks at Doodlers Anonymous open the floor and collect submissions for their annual coloring book!
Last year they received over 350 incredible drawings (watch the teaser video), and narrowed their selection down to 60 for print.
Grab your pens and sharpies and get to it! The deadline is fast approaching (November 5th, 2013), so if you’re interested in participating go here for complete details »
Post by Natalie
Julian De Narvaez is a freelance illustrator from Bogotá Colombia, South America.
He earned a degree in Graphic Design from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, and then started a new chapter as an illustrator. He developed his own visual language, which he sees as a bridge between traditional illustration and contemporary graphics. His philosophy when approaching a challenge is that no matter what the project, there is always room to give it a unique character. In addition to graphic design and illustration, he has also studied web development, media and technologies for artistic production, intaglio and other printing techniques.
See more of Julian’s work on his website.
Posted by Jeanine
Marta Spendowska is an illustrator, licensed surface pattern designer, and web & print designer. She paints primarily on paper , building up layers of color into an intermingling shapes—which she calls “watercolor vanity”, and which has gorgeous results. I’m especially drawn to her fashion portraits, as she captures an exciting energy through color & line while also often conveying a beautiful melancholy in the expression of her subjects.
Her portfolio includes work for ad agencies and magazines in food, beauty & fashion markets.
Post by James
Southern California Illustrator Lara Odell employs painting, drawing, cut-out paper collage and animation to “address the ephemerality that defines consciousness and the awkwardness of performance anxiety”.
Lara’s mother, when asked to describe herself, chose the word “effervescent,” and her paternal grandmother, when asked what she would like to be reincarnated as, said simply “a summer breeze.” So she “comes from a lineage of jaunty ladies, on both sides”.
Lara has art degrees from Alfred University, SUNY Buffalo and UC Irvine, and lives in Southern California.
See more of Lara’s work on her website.
Lisa Congden (one of your favorite illustrators!) recently discovered that her artwork was used without permission by the wholesale company Cody Foster. HERE is Lisa’s post about the experience and how she plans to handle it. You can help!