Published May 10, 2010 by Molly
Los Angeles-based Derek Albeck is 90% deaf in one ear, enjoys the belligerent and skilled music of Lightning Bolt and is most productive early in the morning and late at night. He would describe his work, if asked by a stranger, as “drawings from phorographs of family and surroundings. The drawings are somewhat autobiographical and serve as memory maps of shared stories and experiences.”
This is all gleaned from the artist’s interview at Fecal Face, which we recommend checking out as well as his website. Albeck’s got some neat prints, books and zines on sale on there, and a whole bunch of crazily meticulous drawings that we think are just great.
Published May 3, 2010 by Molly
Boy oh boy oh boy are we feeling Patrick Gildersleeves. The Brighton-based illustrator and artist has a deft hand with color and a knack for bustling, joyous compositions. Click through the wide range of work on his website: (illustrations, artier stuff and sketches) to get a feel for the artist’s aesthetic. It’s lovely, no?
For more info, wander over to this interview in which he speaks about his idyllic-sounding home (”a fairly pleasant village with a little wood, river and meadows nearby”) and favorite materials (mechanical pencil and gouache paint), among other things.
Published April 29, 2010 by Molly
In an interview at Little Paper Planes, artist David Jien talks a bit about his process, noting that he starts with an idea and progresses to research, references, sketches, and finally, a drawing. The artist, who works with graphite and paper, admits that “I work pretty slowly and my finishing time varies with every picture, but small ones usually take 2-3 days, and large ones take up to 3 months.” This makes sense, given the meticulous detail and technical verve of Jien’s drawings.
The drawings remind us (a bit obscurely) of the great Carol Reed noir film “The Third Man”, with its burnt-out postwar Vienna streetscapes, dark shadows, and sinister lurkers. Jien himself has talked about the influence of Nintendo, anime, Roald Dahl and Chinese scroll painting on his works, so what do we know? Only that there’s plenty of room for both interpretations. These are great, great drawings.
Published January 12, 2010 by Molly
If the word “mind-bending” didn’t carry connotations of Magic Eye paintings and CGI technology and Timothy Leary, it would be the perfect descriptor of Benjamin Degen’s pieces. The Brooklyn-based artist fills his thoughtfully-drafted works on paper with nature, nudes, text, books and, why not, the Financial Times. Alternately folksy and futuristic, the works are rendered in graphite and colored pencil with shading that will give you shivers. Ready, set, explore.