As we near the end of 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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One of the key animators on the landmark anime Akira, Tatsuyuki is a draftsman obsessed with rendering cluttered mechanical detail. His punk-populated rust-colored worlds look like they’ve been assembled from defunct boiler rooms and chemical plants.
Gustaf might be a bit of a lesser known fairy tale illustrator, but he is, by no means, a lesser talent. His early style, inspired by Arthur Rackham, earned him a place shaping the look of Disney’s Snow White and Pinocchio.
Taught by Harvey Dunn and possibly influenced by Dean Cornwell, Saul Tepper is another inheritor of the artistic tradition of Howard Pyle. A master of multifigure compositions and bold chunky brushstrokes, Tepper’s work is overflows with drama.
The Grotesque, the erotic, and the bizarre often sit side by side in the illustrations of Kaysuya Terada. A Japanese illustrator who’s worked primarily in and around the game and anime industry. Recently he began a foray into comics with his own over the top interpretation of the Chinese classic, Journey to the West.
Abbott Handerson Thayer
An eccentric American painter and naturalist whose idealized renderings of women and children meshed the academic with the spontaneous. His work beams with subtle yet rich color and a wonderful balance between the broad and the detailed. Beside his personal work and portraiture he’s also known as the father of military camouflage.
C O L O P H O N
Chaparral Pro, a humanist slab serif well suited for text, was designed by Carol Twombly and released by Adobe in 1997. She is perhaps best known for her revivals and historic types including Adobe Caslon, Trajan, and Lithos.
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.