Archive for May, 2010

Andrea Kalfas

Published May 24, 2010 by Molly

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The lovely Andrea Kalfas lives and works in Baltimore and spends her hours drawing up a storm of illustrations, among them visual treats for children and serial treats for adults (see above). We love her giddy use of color and sense of restrained whimsy—nothin’ cutesy here, folks! Just pure and skillful loveliness.

To top it off, Kalfas maintains an adorable blog detailing her process and providing slices of the illustratin’ life, including a recent project that involved drawing Tarzan and jungle scenes. Jungle scenes! Gotta love ‘em.

Dadu Shin

Published May 21, 2010 by Molly

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We’re fatally enchanted by Dadu Shin’s sketchbook pages, each scanned and documented online for voyeuristic sketchbook-snoopers to page through. Delightful!

Scottie Cameron

Published May 21, 2010 by Molly

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Australian photographer Scottie Cameron’s photos are big and vibrant, even when they’re diminished to the size of your computer monitor. Like WLYS favorite Sleigh Bells, Cameron’s work comes across as large and loud even when it’s technically shrunken down to the system requirements of whatever machine you’re accessing it on. We’d still kill to see the photographs in real life, though!

Ellen Kling

Published May 20, 2010 by Molly

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The varied and colorful talents of Ellen Kling are almost too far-ranging to summarize in the form of a single blog post, so we’ll just introduce you to the artist/designer and then set you on your path toward discovering her Midas touch.

Klings illustration work is truly a portfolio to behold, and her design aesthetic is one that we can only describe as “delectable” (we especially dig the ice-cream colors and celestial dessert illustrations.) The dossier also includes “Forbidden Love”, a 24-page zine about Kling’s love-hate relationship with deodorant, a couple of other small book projects, a giant red snake painted on canvas with acrylic and “Cats”, a work of paper cats embedded in layers of plexiglass. Among much more.

Finally, there’s Kling’s blog, which is an ever-unfurling document of the artist’s life and work, interspersed with charming notes on friends, movies and the way that energy drinks make her feel (weird).

Sam Bosma

Published May 20, 2010 by Molly

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Sam Bosma’s illustrations are detailed, colorful and a little loco. We love the way he draws people, hairy ape-men, wedges of cheese and renegade chickens. Best of all is Sam’s rad blog, which keeps track of all of his work-in-progress and sheds light on how the illustration process trucks along.

We’re huge suckers for behind-the-scenes enterprises, and Sam’s blog doesn’t disappoint. If you don’t know the meaning of the words “duralar” or “vellum bristol”, prepare to learn some new vocab too!

Albert Reyes’ Never Dies the Dream @ Mastodon Mesa

Published May 19, 2010 by Graham

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Come join me at master illustrator Albert Reyes’ solo show, Never Dies the Dream, at Mastodon Mesa tomorrow night! His maze will reel you in and then his illustrations will melt your mind. Deep in the recesses of room B210 at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, you will have a one night only chance to enter a world of mystery, beauty and despair.

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Pluc Plaatsman

Published May 19, 2010 by Molly

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Aside from having a name that rolls off the tongue like a melody, Pluc Plaatsman has a crazy-original design aesthetic that draws equally on tattoo design, street art, memories, principles of typography and collage. We’re especially into his Personal Medical Dossier. In the artist’s words, “It is a manual about myself, my past and about what I can and can not do with my restriction. When people read the manual they know all they need to know to understand my situation.”

The work that results is highly personal and undeniably beautiful. Check it out here.

Alexandra Roucheray

Published May 19, 2010 by Molly

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“Graphic designer” sounds so much cooler in French (”Designer graphique”) and that is one of many reasons why we’re in love with Alexandra Roucheray, whose work is as varied and glorious as her native language.

Explore her books and record designs and manifestos and more here, at her website. Employ a translator if necessary.

The Things We Are

Published May 18, 2010 by Molly

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Illustrator Joost Stokhof has a cool project that he has dubbed “Without Thinking”. This project involves a constant production of zines composed of sketches, photos, and whatever other work the illustrator finds laying around his studio. It’s a cool little project: instead of throwing all the ephemera away, Stokhof repurposes it into beautiful objects. And that’s not all!

Stokhof spends the rest of his time designing 7″ records, producing beautiful artist books like the above, and drawing and illustrating out the wazoo. We’re big fans.

Eastside Projects

Published May 18, 2010 by Molly

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Eastside Projects is an artist-run space and public gallery in Birmingham, UK. The group commissions experimental contemporary art and hosts rad exhibitions as part of a project to serve the public good. Cool, no? The current exhibition is a collection of work by the London-based artist group known as hobbypopMUSEUM, who specialize in site-specific installations that combine sound, performance, film, and painting.

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has also released a bunch of awesome publications (above is an excerpt from Keith Wilson’s “What is Industry?”) including beautiful exhibition catalogs. Drop by if you’re lucky enough to be in the hood, or explore the website if you’re not. Either way, a productive experience.