Posts Tagged ‘sketchbook’

Jim Stoten

Published June 4, 2010 by Molly

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Jim Stoten’s illustrations manage to have a distinctly wonky, vintage OZ Magazine vibe while also conveying their modern messages with precision and subtlety. Some things the artist is especially good at drawing include: pirates, bugles, ruddy monarchs, everyday activities such as hanging the laundry or reading a book, and balloons. And that’s just a sample!

Check out Stoten’s website for examples, as well as a blog chock full o’ sketches, updates, tip-offs and works-in-progress.

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.

Ellen Kling

Published May 20, 2010 by Molly



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



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!

Bindi Booth

Published May 13, 2010 by Molly

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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.

Juanita Cardenas

Published April 22, 2010 by Molly

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Colombia-born Juanita Cardenas has lived in Bogota, Miami, New York, Buenos Aires and Barcelona. Her drawings? We love ‘em. Her puppets? Freaky and rad. Cardenas has a talent with color (dig her virtuosic use of pink—not an easy hue!) and an eye for unexpectedly pleasing compositions; there’s no doubt about either of those things.

We’re equally entranced, however, by the artist’s sketchbooks, which are been scanned and offered up for greedy eyes to devour. Each turning of the page reveals a fresh experiment, whether that be a figure drawing or a tangle of lines or a rainbow of abstracted faces, like sherbet spilled across the paper. Totally enchanting.

Jaakko Pallasvuo

Published April 15, 2010 by Molly

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Jaakko Pallasvuo has a name that sounds like a smoked Finnish delicacy and an aesthetic that blends wintry spareness with controlled riots of emotion.

Pallasvuo’s production rate and versatility are both impressive. There are the books and zines, a rewarding and oft-updated Flickr account, an alarming knack for painting beautiful scenes of distress and dischord, and an entertainingly stream-of-conscious tumblr to top it all off.

The website is set up so that it’s easy and fun to tour the premises of Pallasvuo’s impressive brain. Think of it as a mini-vacation of the mind, and eyeballs.


Published February 16, 2010 by Molly


Any kind of art that gets described as “zany” is either really good or REALLY bad. It’s one of those tricky adjectives. You have to proceed with caution when you encounter it.

Luckily! David Stromberg’s Baddies falls on the “really good” side of the zany divide. It has also been described, by everyone from the LA Times to Aimee Bender, as strange, eccentric, wonderful and darkly funny. The book reads like an especially polished sketchbook of witty cartoons and mini-narratives, some of them the visual equivalent of one-liners with Glen Baxter-ish captions like “Cosmonaut Oleg Grandolovichsky has opted not to return to the shuttle”. How droll!

Sweetness and bite and wild things

Published January 5, 2010 by Molly

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From the mind and pen of Ron Regé Jr. come images that rival Where’s Waldo in sheer intricacy and detail. Stop Thinking Start Sleeping Stop Sleeping Start Living is issue twelve of the cartoonist/musician’s long-running comic series Yeast Hoist, and it compiles drawings, sketchbook excerpts, and odd scraps produced within a five-year span and bound up nicely in a cherry-red cover. Regé’s subjects range from suburban pastorals to mental breakdowns to messy offices, and all are brought to life with the kind of scrupulous detail born of a lifetime of doodling (and some sharp peepers).

(Not to mention Ron’s sick Wild Things tribute over at Vice!)

From My Mom’s Sketchbook

Published August 28, 2009 by Spike

A day on the lower east side.