Fri
Sep 24 2010 12:04pm

A is for Artist: K

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 Kahl
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.

Michael Kaluta
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 Kanevsky
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.

Michael Kareken
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.

Heinrich Kley
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.


C O L O P H O N
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.

7 comments
Marc Rikmenspoel
1. Marc Rikmenspoel
"K" is also for Kelly, as in Ken W. Kelly, the prolific painter and cover artist for hundreds of books and numerous music albums. I'm a big fan of Michael William Kaluta, but I'm a huge fan of Ken Kelly. His site is kenkellyart.com
Irene Gallo
2. Irene
Marc: I used to work with Ken Kelly was I first started at Tor, back when we did a lot of Conan books. Great guy.
Marc Rikmenspoel
3. Oscar2
Perhaps John Kricsfalusi, creator of Ren & Stimpy? Also one of the best bloggers on the internet.
Marc Rikmenspoel
4. Marc Rikmenspoel
Irene, I used to see books by Glen Cook at the store in the early 80s, when I was becoming a teenager, but I didn't start reading Glen until Kelly did the art for Reap the East Wind and An Ill Fate Marshalling.

These days, I think you're doing well enough with those Raymond Swanland pieces for Glen's books :-)
Michael Burke
5. Ludon
Let me suggest Wildlife Artist Bob Kuhn.

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/kuhn_bob.html

He has a fun style that in my opinion suggests more detail than he puts in the painting.
Michael Burke
10. Ludon
Okay, this is the third attempt. Maybe the system does not like the hyperlink.

Any artist interested in depicting vehicles - science fiction or otherwise - could benefit from studying the work of Shigeo Koike. He is one of the masters of aviation art and he is best known for his paintings done for the annual Fuji Heavy Industries, LTD. Calendar and for the box top art done for many of the Hasegawa model kits and a few from other Japanese companies.

The - non-hyperlink - link below is to an on-line 'museum' of his work for the Fuji calendar. This series depicts aircraft from the beginning of aviation up to shortly after the end of WWII.

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/airplane/museum/Ecl-pln2.html

Now. Let's see if this attempt will show up in the system.

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