There’s a peculiar syndrome among artists that parallels the discussions of many a record store clerk, except amongst artists “have you heard” becomes “have you seen.” Depending on whose chin is wagging, you might come away with the names of a couple of Argentinian comic artists, a slew of nineteenth century naturalist painters, or someone’s favorite Japanese printmaker.
In no particular order, other than alphabetical, we present to you this weekly feature about artists who help power our pencils.
Luis Ricardo Falero
Luis probably would’ve been the greatest heavy metal album cover artist who ever lived, unfortunately he was born a century too soon.
Toward the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, Russia was producing some incredible artists. Nicolai Fechin was a prime example. His uncanny drawing ability might be explained by his tutelage under Ilya Repin but the more likely explanation was that he was bitten by a radioactive charcoal stick.
Animation studios seem to have some of the best artists squirreled away in the development end of their studios. Like some sort of uranium art core that then powers the rest of the team. A master of light and composition, Paul Felix is pure unadulterated uranium and his beautiful graphite drawings are truly awe-inspiring.
William Russell Flint
Artist Laureate to Queen Victoria at the end of her reign. Classical themes. Highly inspired by the pre-raphealites. His illustrations are incredible for their formal design sense, while his later watercolors are almost hyper real.
Yet another animation veteran and definitely not the last. Along with a deep understanding of color, Nathan has an unfair ability with watercolor and charcoal. His landscape sketches are incredible displays of virtuoso brushwork and refined simplicity.
His incredible multifigure paintings with their beautiful glowing light are, sadly, practically forgotten. He was another academically trained painter who became enchanted by the impressionistic palette and by the immediacy of photographs.
C O L O P H O N
This week in type: Some weights of the grotesque sans serif Univers by Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger (1957), and Fournier italic, based on the work of French printer and typographer Pierre Simon Fournier. Fournier is credited with inventing the beginnings of the point system of type sizing in the mid 1700s.
We are Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon. We live in a pocket-sized apartment in Brooklyn where we collect neat, weird things. Our home is abundant with books, old furniture, mismatching tea cups, and a cat named Cipher. We both illustrate stuff for money so we can continue to invent stories, buy shoelaces, watch puppet shows, and eat sandwiches.