medium /// illustration




shannon d. taylor

magicmakerdreamweaver … that is a perfect description for everything in the portfolio of California based artist/illustrator (and professor at CCA) Shannon D. Taylor. It also happens to be her Instagram handle. Rainbows, ridiculously starry skies, and two very tigerific reasons to start playing ping pong ASAP. Happy Monday.





liana jegers

Sigh… these lovely drawings make me exhale. Perfect for a Friday. This is the work of California based artist/illustrator Liana Jegers. I love her simple color palette, those lovely lines, and the subjects she chooses. Her portfolio if filled with gorgeous work, zines, client collaborations … but these “farmers market” inspired pieces are my favorites. Here’s to a weekend filled with fresh fruit and fragrant flowers. Exhale.





carolyn gavin


Ooh, pages jam-packed with collections of nature’s wonders! Love love love… perhaps it’s because I grew up in a house with my artistic mother who painted watercolor mushrooms, but these fungi spoke to me immediately. And then, the succulents of course… who can resist watercolor cacti!? Not me. This is the fun, candy-hued work of Canadian artist Carolyn Gavin. ps. Prints, ridiculously affordable prints, of her whimsical work can be found in her shop.





nadiuska & priscila furtado

Ah, the lovely drawings and ceramic work of Brazil based sisters, Nadiuska and Priscila Furtado. They started this collaborative project under the name Uinverso, and this is why:

“As the name means inverted , it is also related to the  universe in physical existence and in the perspective that each species is a universe inserted in another.”

Beautiful. {You can find their work – originals, prints, ceramics, pins – in their shop}





jacqui morgan

Watercolor and burlesque … a dreamy combination! This is the work of American artist Jacqui Morgan. Does her name sound familiar? It might, as she was one of the first women to work as a full time illustrator in the early 1960s… in fact, one of her claims to fame was a poster for New York’s iconic nightclub, Electric Circus! I received an email from her cousin, Barbara, submitting on behalf of Jacqui. She passed away in 2013 and Barbara is lucky enough to have some of these sassy ladies in her home {a significant remainder of Jacqui’s work went to the Norman Rockwell Museum.} Thanks so much to Barbara for reaching out – I love this work, and I love Jacqui’s inspiring story … Read Jacqui’s very full / interesting bio.





sketchbook project, brooklyn art library

Oh, I am so doing this. In fact, my little sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project just arrived in the mail from the Brooklyn Art Library yesterday! Wanna do it too? Yes! We just missed the 2017 cut off, but I’m all in for 2018. Here are the ins and outs of this very cool project (est. 2006):

A GLOBAL ART PROJECT

Submit your work to the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks where it will reside in Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection, travel to exhibitions across the country and become part of a massive worldwide community of creative people. Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project. To participate and receive a sketchbook {from $30} which will become part of Brooklyn Art Library and our traveling exhibitions, sign up here.

Sign up by: January 5th, 2018
Postmark by: March 31st, 2018
Exhibition starts: June, 2018 
2018 THEMES : UNDERWATER / THIS IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS / TEXTURES / LINES AND GRAPHICS / LONG STORIES WITH SHORT ENDINGS / A COMIC BOOK ENDING / NO WORRIES / TACOS / CONNECTIONS / PEOPLE I WISH I KNEW 
I chose, “long stories with short endings” – granted all of these are just starting places, but that one spoke to me. Wish me luck, and please come along for the ride if you’d like to! Happy Friday.
*example sketchbooks above by James Oliver and Nuria Riaza.




olaf hajek

Gasp! “Antoinette // Flowerheads” is a mixed media series by Berlin based artist/illustrator Olaf Hajek. Now, I’ll admit that I’m a little late to the party … I believe he started this series in 2010, but when you find women covered in birds and flowers with mismatched eye color, you drop everything and share them immediately.





“humor, how-tos, and hindsight”

So, if you listen to my podcast, you know I’ve got a soft spot for funny art… combine that with hand-lettering, gouache, and some tacky cats and I’m all IN. I discovered the wonderfully kitschy work of Melbourne based artist Anna Hoyle last spring. Her paintings of book covers are hilarious and beautiful and I had to find out how and why she makes them. There also appeared to be a major detour in style and career around 2005 so I wanted to ask about that too, and I did. Listen right up there under that little hound with bad hair, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, a few of my faves:

So much LOVE!

Now, here are her ink drawings from 2000-2005 that she was showing quite a lot. Gorgeous but so different than her work now:

She mentioned adding a bit of color when she started getting tired of black and white only, but it wasn’t enough for her. Enter her stacks of books painted in bright, beautiful gouache:

Oh, those little legs! And yes, this work finally allowed her to bring her sign painting skills into her fine art work. A few “sluggish frumps”, “Painting à la mode”, and of course, “Painting is for Pussies”.

Here are a few of her totally fictional, totally fabulous book covers … price tags and all:

 

Gah! I love everything, especially that last one! We talked a bit about why she loves books, but she sent me a follow-up email to explain it further, so I’ve included that here:

“I chose to paint books because they are gorgeous objects, but more importantly, they have this threatened and precarious quality in the digital age. I like to paint ‘how to’ and ‘why’ research kinda books because they are the very books that no one really turns to in the age of youtube/google … but, the whole point of my books are that they are about ridiculous, absurd subjects to research anyway.” 

Speaking of which…

Ha! Yes! Anna says she has plans for this jailed kale, so we’ll have to keep an eye on her shop!

During the Not-So-Speedy Speed Round™, I asked her if she was a “cat person” or a “dog person”… she answered “dog person”, but you can see why I wouldn’t be certain either way:

Kitschy cats and lots o’ hounds… her birds are fantastic too!

And finally, I asked if she could send me a few images from her childhood drawings, and what she dug up was hilarious! Turns out, Anna’s been “taking the piss” out of old advertisements, playing with funny text, and using bright colors longer than she realized:

“Beauty without the Beast” … HAHAHA! Sigh. Such a perfect way to wrap up this episode. Thank you so much to Anna for sharing her story {and seriously, how is she not already a full time illustrator!? Agencies, brands, etc… CALL. HER.} Thank you as always to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and BIG thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Anna’s Print Shop
  2. Maira Kalman
  3. “Middlesex” by Jeffery Eugenides
  4. Thea Astley, Australian writer




brian fitzgerald

“Bounce Bounce” … the accidental epic adventure of a super cute bug. This is the work of Irish artist / illustrator Brian Fitzgerald. I love his illustration style, but what I love even more is this email he sent me a few days ago:

… I’d like to share a little on the inner critic. In 2013 it was at its worst and I was about to give up on illustration having been one for forever. I spotted a Competition called the Silent Book Contest in Italy and decided to give illustrating one last go. I did however make some rules for myself before starting and stuck by them all the way. One of them was that Brian the child should write the story and Brian the adult wasn’t allowed to make any changes no matter what. I wrote the story that day and in the evening Brian the adult started to pick flaws in the story. Thanks to the rule, I never allowed Brian the adult to impose and I went ahead and won the Silent Book 2014 in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. I guess my bully is Brian the adult and my creative is Brian the child. They get along thanks to the success and teamwork. Thanks for reading … Brian (the child)

I’m so glad that “Brian the adult” figured that out… and ended up on his very own epic adventure!

{And in case you’re wondering, “Can I buy this beautiful book!?” … yes, yes you can: buy it right here}





ilka mészely

Seriously, I cannot handle how much I love these. Geometric coats, pompom skirts and, obviously I’m going to need that red bear … thing. These cozy folks are from a series, titled “Stay Warm”, by Budapest based artist/illustrator Ilka Mészely. Her Instagram feed is full of them, and there are a few very affordable prints available in her shop … go get one!

{via Artistic Moods}