Thursday, December 4, 2008

how digital can you get?

Scott McCloud, comics-creator and author of the series beginning with "Understanding Comics," has been making web-based comics in the last few years. While not entirely up to date (last updated in 2004) he also has kept a list of links for others doing the same.
Here are a few more links:
How-to articles
An enormous database (=wide range of quality)
Notable webcomics (according to Wikipedia)

While the medium seems especially obvious for this day-n-age, rife with possibility, prepare yourself for a lot of sorting. Anyone can publish this way, which is a populist's dream, but it also means that you have to wade through a lot of mediocre work. Any other tips for good pools?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

idea block help

Just ran across this blog post by illustrator Penelope Dullaghan (who is also the brains behind Illustration Friday) about what to do if you get blocked on an assignment. It's always so good to hear from artists who are busy at work. It's reassuring to realize that everyone gets stuck, but even more reassuring to get tips on how to overcome it. Read away.

Jillian Tamaki has a great post on a similar subject (scroll down to October 19th, and enjoy the rest of this prolific illustrator's work on the way as well).

Monday, November 10, 2008

From the field...

note: date change

Visiting illustrators *next* Friday (November 21st, 9:30-12:30):
Tom DesLongchamp and Jessica Phoenix DesLongchamp.

Check out Tom's and Jess's websites beforehand!

Friday, November 7, 2008

talitha shipman

Here's Talitha's website, and here is the site she mentioned for finding free textures...

And here's another interesting book that you can purchase as a resource.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Julie Heffernan

Self-Portrait as Broken Home, 2008, Oil on canvas, 67 x 57 inches

I just was reminded of the work of Julie Heffernan, who I heard speak as a visiting artist at Ball State (my undergrad alma mater) a few years ago. Her work is a beautiful and disturbing lucid dream. See an interview with her here, and more work here and here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

one to watch (i feel like a news agency when i say that)

The personal, touching and hilarious world of one Laura Park.


"Remembering Dacia" Baltimore Sun. Illustrator: Penelope Dullaghan

Editorial Illustration = Illustration designed specifically for an existing article.

Shannon Associates: a little collection of diverse editorial approaches gathered together by this agency.
New York Times Book Review
The New Yorker
I seem biased toward the Big Apple, but these are two publications that put great emphasis on illustrative components.

Check out the print versions of the local Stranger or Seattle Weekly, as well, for a continuous commitment to interesting visual reflections on text. Other good print sources of editorial illustration: Rolling Stone, Utne Reader, Time, etc.

Friday, October 3, 2008

a new link

Just added a new illustrator link for Jenny Kostecki-Shaw after reading a great interview on Illustration Friday. Check 'er out!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

In view of new quarters

No posts here in a while (read: summer vacation)

But I wanted to get this in the net while I had the chance:
LCS Illustration News Portal

See you in a month or so...

{image above by Teetering Bulb/ Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon}

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


If you haven't already, take a gander at this post for a slice of poster history, and this one, for a more updated and music-centered approach, in preparation for the final project...

Also, check out Seattle-based Art Chantry (as per the suggestion of Fantagraphics' Larry).

Monday, April 14, 2008

Satoshi Kitamura

We picked up this alphabet book by Satoshi Kitamura a little while ago for my boys, and it's one of my favorite books to read to them. The illustrations are so thoughtful and elegantly awkward. (I'll bring it to class)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Meg Hunt

Just ran across this playful and colorful illustrator. Check out her site for more, but also look here and here for examples of her working things out in her sketchbook (click "all sizes" to zoom in). She talks a lot about her process on her blog as well.

Monday, February 11, 2008

rainbow in black and white

Dugald Walker's solution to a great challenge. See other examples of this Art Nouveau illustrator's work here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Revisit Hieronymus

If you've never looked at Hieronymous Bosch, now's the time. A great inspiration for illustration, especially if you adore the fantastic (as in fantasy) slant.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

your wildcards

(Thorburn, 1902)


Monday, January 7, 2008

On the Island of Patmos

Hans Memling's genius visual storytelling, encompassing the wild visions of St. John in the book of Revelations (1474-79).


Here marks the change-over from Digital Illustration to "plain" Illustration. All of the links and resources gathered here are as appropriate, and in some cases more appropriate, to the general practice of illustration, whether fed through digital filters or not.