Thursday, May 28, 2009
I fell for Kevin Dart's work when I saw his super cute "Robot and Christmas Tree" image at Comic Con last year. And I fell even deeper after seeing his awesome faux movie posters.
He's now jumped into the deep-end of retro goodness by creating an entire mid 60s fantasy world of sexy espionage with Yuki 7. The book is on pre-order now, for order info and a great series of what it's like to put together such a project, check out, Mr. Kevin Dart.
Labels: Kevin Dart
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This made the rounds yesterday but since people keep sending me links to it (and I do appreciate links - so keep them coming...except, you know, on something else now):
Yes. Ug. The iPhone New Yorker cover. Of all the amazing digital art in the world this is a revelation!?
“The best feature of it is that it doesn’t feel like something that was done digitally; quite the opposite,” said Françoise Mouly, the art editor for The New Yorker.
This week's Tor.com animation picks:
Hello: Apologies for the commercial up front but, this was too great to pass up. The same ol’ story: Boom Box falls for cute CD Player. Gramophone offers sage advice. Shy and sweet. (6:30 minutes)
Who’s Hungry?: I’d say it’s a demented Hansel and Gretel story, but Hansel and Gretel is pretty demented to start with. At any rate, this is not for kids...or the squeamish. Via Cartoon Brew, who also have an audience reaction video up. (5 minutes.)
For the full list of animation picks, check out the Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.
Massive Black/Conceptart.org is continuing their excellent series of download demos. This time, Gary Kelley oil painting. Not many people are as knowledgeable and eloquent about art as Gary is. This will be a treat to watch.
Order info here.
Gary Kelley, Jim Bennet, and Greg Manchess demo at the Society of Illustrators.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Last Thursday I attended San Fransisco's Academy of Art University annual Spring show. After last year, I had pretty high expectations, which, I'm happy to report, were met. Both this year and last, the base level of quality was very high. Those that stand-out from this group are in an excellent position to have a career drawing and painting.
Nothing lets you get around having to have a great portfolio but being engaging, speaking well about your work, and asking good questions is an excellent way to make an art director feel comfortable taking a chance on a younger artist. It shows that they understand the problem solving in illustration, are eager to learn from each experience, and are willing work together to make a project successful for all parties.
Mad geniuses are a wonderful thing and I'm glad they are out there creating work for the world to enjoy, but illustration is a commercial art and giving these students the opportunity to present themselves as such is a good learning experience for both them and those asked to do the looking.
Congrats and good luck to all the students. The bad news is, there is a ton of work to do ahead of you...but that's kinda the good news too.
Tyler Jacobson and Samuel Farinato
Photos from the exhibit.
Linda Olafsdottir and Albert Ramos
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I'm getting yelled at for relying on Twitter for too much of this so...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I've loved Michael Sloan's "Professor Nimbus" comics since having judged the Society of Illustrators sequential exhibit in 2006. I have a clear memory of reading the wordless Heresy of Professor Nimbus and voting for it to get a well-deserved silver medal.
And...I can't remember when first ran in to Adam's work? I think it was in book store looking at The Time Warp Trio, but I know I've enjoyed his one-sheet pun-y comix for ages.
We are happy to present both on Tor.com.
Cory Godbey has started Terrible Yellow Eyes, a Where the Wild Thinsg Are tribute site. Each Friday he will post an image inspired by the best book ever written and drawn. Along with his own work he will displaying contributions from invited guests. They've got colossal shoes to fill but so far it seems to have just the right amount of heart. I'm looking forward to following along each week.
Seen here: Cory Godbey and Pascal Champiom
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tor.com is having a meet-up tomorrow. You don't need to be a regular Tor.com reader to go, you just need to be nerdy. We had lots of fun last time. Cool people like Sam Weber and Kurt Huggins & Zelda Devon showed up. We have Proof.
1st Ave and 2nd Street.
There's a garden, they say an awesome liquor selection, and people are threatening to bring board games. Fun for all.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Last Friday was the 2009 Society of Illustrators Student exhibition gala. You know its going to be a good show when you turn the corner of 63rd street and Lex and there's a mob of people waiting to get in.
You can view all of the work on display at the Society of Illustrators' site.
Big thanks to the chairman of the show, Scott Bakal.
The Sandman: A truly scary bedtime story. Great expressionist backgrounds and lighting. I’d say it’s Tim Burton-esque but it was made before Nightmare Before Christmas. (9 minutes)
Sébastien: Flights of fancy are contagious. From the amazing french animation school Gobelins. (1.50 minutes)
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Two short and super cute movies on this week's Saturday Morning Cartoons:
ClickClack: Robots and Rube Goldberg-inspired word play. Delightful. Until it’s sad. But mostly it’s delightful. (5.30 minutes)
Baman Piderman: 20 seconds long—has had me saying “Piderman” for months.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
And bid, bid, bid!
A huge thanks to teh participating artists:
Welsey Allsbrook, Volkan Baga, Chris Buzelli, Justin Gerard, Greg Manchess, Paolo Rivera, Luis Royo, Greg Ruth, Francis Vallejo, Michael Whelan