As we continue our journey through 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, and 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.
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The preeminate illustrator of British fairy tales. His spindly figures and twisted trees have become synonymous with the look of all things Fae and continue to inspire illustrators today. Working primarily in a muted pallet, his delicate ink and watercolor renderings reveal what enchantment and fantasy looked like about 100 years ago.
A contemporary Spanish fashion photographer whose lavish imagination is constantly on overdrive. Eugenio infuses Caravaggio’s epic lighting into dreamlike installations creating surreal and hauntingly whimsical high end photography. I want to paint the way he photographs.
Rembrandt de Rijn
Arguably one of the greatest painters in all of art history. His dramatic lighting and expressive paint handling serve to reveal a deep empathy for his fellow man. His portraits go beyond merely capturing the image of his sitters but seem to capture some of their presence as well.
Neil Campbell Ross
A truly unique voice in the world of concept art. There are relatively few artists that explore the use of graphic shapes, texture and color quite like Neil. His work is sometimes abstract, often textural, and always expressionistic.
Illustrator, concept artist, matte painter, art director...you name it he’s done it. Robh’s rock solid understanding of gesture, form, perspective and value allows him to be equally at home rendering highly detailed landscapes or graphic cartoon posters. He’s recently made strides to bring digital painting into the outside world with his incredible landscapes painted on location with an iPad.
Greg Ruth is such a master of drybrush technique that it’s plausible to think he invented it. His always amazing and moody ink paintings have graced a broad range of projects from comics to children’s books. However, his personal venture, the 52 Weeks project, is where he really pulls out all the stops and lets his imagination go.
P. S. His hair resembles his brushstrokes, wild and awesome. There’s a great interview with Greg Ruth here on Tor.com.
C O L O P H O N
Among the first geometric sans-serifs, the hugely influential Futura (1927) was designed by Paul Renner and exemplified a new age of modernist typography. Imre Reiner was a wood engraver and sculptor in addition to a type designer, and you can almost tell just by looking at the strangely woody heavy brush script Matura (1938).
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.