medium /// drawing

i’m jealous of sam battersby

I don’t know what I love most… the mermaids, the bird tattoos, or that lady in her red swimsuit? Gah! They’re all so pretty. These are the charcoal and pastel drawings of Sydney based artist/illustrator Sam Battersby {aka Matou en Peluche, her Etsy shop where you can buy prints of all of these pieces}. So. Pretty.

ps. I’m a tiny bit scared of the cat-lady, but only a tiny bit. She’s still pretty.

i’m jealous of alyssa dennis

I want to live in the work of Baltimore based artist Alyssa Dennis. Yep, I might just pack a few things, and move right into these whimsical, yet very structured/architectural drawings {graphite, pastel, colored pencil, gouache}… and I almost could because they’re really BIG. Some of these pieces are 42″x52″! Ok, fine, I’d have to crouch a little, and share my room with a fox, but I could totally make it work.

i’m jealous of steven vasquez lopez

Oh, here you go again Jealous Curator… writing about thread art. Oh, but that’s where you’re wrong!!! These are ink drawings - INK DRAWINGS! Paper {11″x14″} covered in delicate thread, I mean pen lines, by American artist Steven Vasquez Lopez. The perfection is amazing, but it’s those “flaws” that totally got me. GORGEOUS!

Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, he also draws these:


{via Design Milk}

i’m still jealous of jay dart

Ah, nothin’ says “Happy Canada Day, eh” like a bunch of colorful beards, some magical mystery branches, and a Mounty holding a bird. Ok, maybe it’s just the Mounty that really says it… the beards sort of say Portland. Anywho, what better way to kick off Canada Day, than with an amazing Canadian artist, and a few bearded guys with fishing rods. I wrote about Ontario based artist Jay Dart years ago, but my love for his work has just continued to grow… much like the long, colorful beards that he clearly loves to draw.

HAPPY CANADA DAY, CANADIANS! Enjoy the fireworks, go get a beaver tail, and while you’re at it…

i’m jealous of julia pott’s sketches

Yep – I think a combo of sushi, pizza, pretzels and tacos {with faces!} would conjure up a few unicorn sightings FOR SURE! Wash it all down with some milk, and I can guarantee a night filled with bizarre dreams, brought to you by the sketchbook of UK born, Brooklyn based artist Julia Pott. Love. So much.

i’m jealous of souther salazar

I want to live here. Yep, right here, smack-dab in the middle of the weird & beautiful world of  Portland based artist Souther Salazar. These are all 5″x5″ drawings… well, drawings that happen to be created using watercolor paint, and just a touch of collage thrown in for good measure. If I did live here I’d always remember that guy this way. Plus, I’d have a tiny pet goat, a dinosaur that lived next door, and i would totally help my neighbor find his dog  ♥

{…thanks to Frances Marin for pointing me to Souther’s work}

i’m jealous of robert lansden

Oh my. Drawings. Crazy beautiful, meticulous drawings by New Orleans artist Robert Lansden. I didn’t know that a person could do this with graphite, ballpoint pen, and/or gouache… I thought that’s what Spirograph™ was for! {Am I aging myself with that reference? Probably.} Not only are his tiny little perfect lines beautiful, his colors & compositions are stunning. I thought I had my post when I found all of these mesmerizing circles… and then I stumbled onto these:

Drawings, people. Drawings.

{I found Robert when I sent out Facebook/Twitter posts saying that I had no one to be jealous of. Well, thanks to Erik Barthels, now I’m jealous of Robert… and to the other 82 [!!!] of you that sent in suggestions, THANK YOU! I’ll be thinking ‘damn, I wish I thought of that’ for the next two months!}

i’m jealous of holly wales

Holly Wales: Most likely to make me jealous using only felt-tip markers and white paper!

Oh I love this piece, titled “Class of” by London based artist/illustrator Holly Wales. This puts the doodles in my year book to shame! … hm… I’m pretty sure I dated the guy with the horns. Aaaaanyway. Oh, and look what she does with colored markers:

Vintage motel signs, hand-drawn with brightly-hued, juicy felt-tip markers… ♥

{ps. all of these drawings can be purchased as prints, right here.}

i’m jealous of masako miki’s new show

Sigh… the work of California based artist Masako Miki. I love her work, and wrote about her back in 2011, so when it came time for me to start looking for artists to show at The Fig House in LA this coming summer, I hopped right over to her site… and found all of this new work! I love it all, but those red ink drawings on paper are kinda killing me. Oh, and yes, I’m thrilled to announce that Masako is in fact one of the confirmed artists for Fig House – YAY!!!

{She has a show called “Helplessness in Hopefulness”, that is currently at K. Imperial Fine Art Gallery in San Francisco. The show is still up until this Saturday, June 1… so get over there if you can!}

i’m jealous of becky cooper … & manhattan

I love this. I love it so much, that instead of me fumbling to describe it, I’m going to copy and paste the description of this lovely project, titled Mapping Manhattan, by native New Yorker, Becky Cooper. Ready?

“Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to “map their Manhattan” and to mail the personalized maps back to her. Soon, her P.O. box was filled with a cartography of intimate narratives: past loves, lost homes, childhood memories, comical moments, and surprising confessions. A beautifully illustrated, PostSecret-style tribute to New York, Mapping Manhattan includes 75 maps from both anonymous mapmakers and notable New Yorkers, including Man on Wire aerialist Philippe Petit, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, Tony award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein, and many more.”

So, so, so good! Here are a few of my favorites:

Awww! Isn’t that last one so sweet? ♥  You want to make one now, don’t you? No problem! You can download the map right here! Now all you have to do is draw/paint/write your love {or hate} story with Manhattan, and send it to Happy mapping, and happy weekend to you :)

{ps. If you want to buy this book, you can find it in bookstores everywhere, or online at: ABRAMS, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Oh, and there’s a great article about it in The New York Times}