Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Edward del Rosario

Elizabeth Peyton portraits

Wistfully sad and fashionably attractive... 

From The New Museum, 2008:
Peyton emerged as a vanguard voice in the return to narrative figuration in contemporary painting in the 1990s, and is among a small group of artists to develop a peculiar hybrid of realism and conceptualism. Although her paintings reference nineteenth-century modernist painting - from Eduard Manet to John Singer Sargent - Peyton processes these masters through an intimate understanding of twentieth-century artists such as David Hockney, Alex Katz, and above all, Andy Warhol. Like Warhol, Peyton's art is at the service of the culture it captures. A brilliant colorist with a razor-sharp graphic sense, her paintings are enormously seductive in form and content, celebrating the aesthetics of youth, fame, and creative genius. They are also testaments to Peyton's deeper passion for beauty in all its forms - from the elevated to the everyday. Ultimately, Peyton's paintings are evidence of a dedication to the creation of a new kind of popular art. Steeped in history, her work aspires to bridge the gap between art and life.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Great post by Chris Schweizer on the many types of accidental tangents that can happen in line-based artwork... comic style or otherwise!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

mystery makers

Here are some author/illustrators whose work is all about hidden codes, clues and mysteries. They seem to appeal to all ages, but still fall within the "picture book" genre.

Kit Williams

Graeme Base

Chris van Allsburg

Nick Bantock (Bantock also keeps up a pretty active blog!)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

children's book history sites

University of Delaware, "World of the Child"

History of Little Golden Books.

Little Goody Two Shoes.

Looking Glass for the Mind.

Princeton Children's Lit Exhibits: here and here.

early experiments with multicolored lithography

Ida Waugh (1890)
From Wikipedia:
Senefelder had experimented during the early 19th century with multicolor lithography; in his 1819 book, he predicted that the process would eventually be perfected and used to reproduce paintings.[1] Multi-color printing was introduced by a new process developed by Godefroy Engelmann (France) in 1837 known as chromolithography.[1] A separate stone was used for each color, and a print went through the press separately for each stone. The main challenge was to keep the images aligned (in register). This method lent itself to images consisting of large areas of flat color, and resulted in the characteristic poster designs of this period.
Ernst Haeckel (1904)
James Rattray (1847)
Arribas (1937)
Julio Suarez (1942)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

on location

Illustrator Samantha Kallis drawing on location:
coffee shop

san diego zoo
Jury Duty