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.
A veteran of Disney, Dreamworks, and Blue Sky Animation. His luscious, colorful background work is just as voluptuous as the women he portrays. He also has some of the coolest sketchbooks we’ve ever seen.
Another artist hidden inside the fortress of animation production, he got his start at Dreamworks animation but has since moved on to live action work with James Cameron’s Avatar. His personal work elevates the mundane with painterly renderings of airplanes and highway overpasses.
Pale tumbling figures in reductive settings signify the look of Jeremy’s work. He’s a younger artist who’s already made some serious impact in the illustration world and is certainly an artist to watch.
A muted color palette and a deceptively naive drawing style combine to create the rustic and whimsical work of Carson Ellis.
We are cheating just a bit here, but this guy deserves to be in the E’s. Besides, there are more “S” surnames in the illustrator’s alphabet than Saturn has moons. Swift has put his mark on everything from corporate logos to custom wine bottles. He’s a letterer and a scribbler and we bet he makes the greatest telephone doodles.
A student of Jean-Leon Gerome, Eakins combines the technical knowledge of the French Academy with a desire to capture the reality of the time in which he lived. HIs stark use of natural light, actual real world settings, and natural poses of his subjects resulted in some of the greatest paintings in America’s art history.
The cheesecake king, and one of the leaders of what was called the Mayonnaise school of painting. So named for the soft blended quality of the paint. Garters have never been sexier.
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Image heading for this week uses Eckmann, an art nouveau and blackletter influenced typeface by German artist and designer Otto Eckmann, circa 1900.
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.