Jacob Samuel has been making exquisite artist prints for more than two decades. He’s teamed up with iconoclasts like John Barldessari, Ed Ruscha, Barry McGee and Marina Abramovic (prints form the latter two pictured above), going beyond simple reproductions of their work to create truly unique editions. Samuel’s catalog is so impressive, UCLA’s Hammer Museum recently acquired his archives and are presenting the works in a show called Outside The Box. Check out the video preview and visit the museum to see them up close through August 29th.
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.
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’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!
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.
“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.
Epic Supreme is the nom de design of Gregory Coats, a designer who roves among media like a hunter through the dark reaches of a magical forest. As it happens, magical forests figure into his arsenal of design inspiration, as do metallic inks, laser beams, and heavy metal.
We love the posters and screen prints on Coats’ website, and we especially dig his book design for ‘The Diamond Net” (above), an artist catalog featuring the work of Kara Tanaka and Richard Turner.
Occasionally you stumble upon a website that raises more questions than it provides answers. Sometimes this is a good thing. In the case of Special Reflection, it’s a great thing. The website collects drawings and posters and music by (we think) various people connected by some mechanism that we can’t quite divine.
Anyone out there have more information? If so, offer it up. If not, just enjoy the treasures of the site under the auspices of anonymity. After all: a good drawing is a good drawing, no matter who made it.
Bindi Booth’s illustrations, prints, posters and textile designs have a palette of cherry-blossom pink, egg-cream white and French vanilla-yellow. They’re good enough to eat, in other words (though probably non-edible) and maintain a lusciously soft mood while still packing a punch on the printed page.
Booth also produces lovely hand-made and limited-edition folio books, which might be our new favorite collectibles. Check out the whole roster of projects here, and keep your eyes peeled for illustrations in places like Bust magazine.