As we journey past the quarter mark of the alphabet some of you may have noticed a slight itching in the back of your eyes. Maybe you’ve felt hunger pains, not in your belly, but at the midpoint of your head. That’s where your visual cortex is found and that hunger signals the beginning stages of art addiction. Other symptoms include: a compulsive need to discover all the names of teachers and friends of a particular well known artist, exploding bookcases due to the weight of too many art books, a deep knowledge of auction houses and their scheduled public viewings. Lastly, hives.
Don’t worry, the addiction is relatively benign and plenty of support groups exist. Just remember, it’s a scavenger hunt which has no list and never ends.
Milt was one of the “Nine Old Men,” the original core group of Disney animators. Of those nine, he was considered by many to be the greatest draftsmen and an animator of inhuman skill.
A comic artist who, along with Jeff Jones, came to prominence in the ’70s, his intricate formal compositions are built from the broad inspirations of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and classic sci-fi and fantasy. He might also wield the mightiest eyebrows of any living illustrator.
Alex’s unique textural painting approach and minty color palette has made him stand out amongst most contemporary figurative painters. Blending abstraction and reality while painting on mylar lends to his drippy, dreamy compositions.
Broad painterly realism, muted colors, and a fondness for finding the beauty in garbage, results in the work of MIchael Kareken. His work is a modern rust-filled take on the traditional landscape.
His furiously energetic and gestural ink drawings explode with imagination and have served as fuel for the mind of animators the world over. Heinrich’s combination of alligators, elephants and women in bizarre scenarios directly inspired a section of Disney’s Fantasia.
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The blackletter type Wilhelm Klingspor, and Neuland, a chunky, hand-cut sans serif, are by German calligrapher and designer Rudolf Koch. Both were released in metal in the 1920s by Klingspor Brothers type foundry, where Koch was chief designer.
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.