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.
Stretched fluid figures rendered in harmonious and electric colors. His subjects are usually a mix of the gruesome, the sexually charged, and the elegant. Tomer has certainly earned his place in the illustration world and his work has graced everything from wine labels to book covers.
A japanese printmaker who had been highly influenced by western academic painters in the early 20th century. His prints are masterful executions of color, shape and negative space and he’s one of our most beloved influences.
A master in oil, Homer had been working as an artist for nearly two decades when he took “a sudden and desperate plunge into watercolor painting.” His watercolors remain vibrant and fresh even today and are perhaps some of the greatest watercolors that have ever been painted.
If Gil Elvgren’s brain was attached to Alphonse Mucha’s drawing hand and became obsessed with comic book Heroines you would get Adam Hughes. His pencil drawings and convention sketches might even be better than his gorgeous fully rendered illustrations.
One of the most acclaimed contemporary illustrators working today. His style remains in a constant state of evolution while maintaining a very high conceptual wit.
A figurative painter whose vigorous brushwork and glowing chiaroscuro lighting serve to heighten the drama of his dynamic compositions of boxers and construction workers.
C O L O P H O N
Image header for this week uses the type family Champion Gothic, designed by the prolific and talented Jonathan Hoefler in 1992, and one of several uncial typefaces by Victor Hammer, Neue Hammer Unziale, released by Klingspor in the 1950s.
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.