Jesica Hische’s ornate letterform explorations have been making their way throughout the web. She has already made it through the alphabet more than twice over, and shows no signs of letting up. Take a look at a few of my favorites below, then dig into her blog to find many more playful examples.
Source: Daily Drop Cap
This is the type of video work that sets my creative juices a’ bubbling. It has it all: fun characters, splashes of watercolor, line art drawings of industrial environments, not to mention vocals from Kool Keith and Tom Waits. The video was created by Montreal based studio Fluorescent Hill. I’m definitely looking forward to digging through more of their past work. Watch the video HERE
To drastically oversimplify things, when I’m cruising the magazines and blogs for inspiration, things usually appeal to me for one of two reasons. The first being work created with a technique and style akin to my own. This kind of work allows me to gain some insight into a fellow draftsman or designers process. I try to glean some ideas I can work into my own approach. This could be called work of a common vernacular. Creatives that fall into this category of mine include: Yuko Shimizu, Paul Pope and Michael Perry. The second category encompasses work that is so beyond my own abilities and understanding that I simply have to tip my hat and admire it, free from deconstruction (at least concerning technique). Amy Bennett resides solidly in this latter category.
An oil painter who received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Bennett creates narrative landscape paintings with quite a peculiar vantage point. Browsing her portfolio I tried to grasp how exactly she achieves her unique light and perspective. Her compositions feel as though they’re referenced from a tilt shifted photograph, shot from a low flying helicopter. A read through her ‘About’ section reveals her process. Bennett creates a diorama around which she creates a series of paintings. The paintings put you in the position of an all seeing voyeur. Scenes of celebration, domestic dispute, grieving and innocence unfold through the seasons in this small neighborhood. Her process must take a very long time, but the results show in spades through each piece. I’m in awe of her dedication and unique approach to a very traditional form of painting.
There’s something so down to earth and wholesome about the illustrations of Rich Gemmell. His compositions remind me of the simple, geometric elegance of Charley Harper. I’m fond of his earthen, minimal color schemes. The compositions themselves are quite poetic.
Since migrating my studio practice to my new Macbook Pro in May, I’ve wanted nothing but the best to grace my desktop. And by “the best,” I’m referring to the excellent series of Desktop Wallpapers curated by Kitsune Noir’s Bobby Solomon. Beginning in march of 2008, Solomon has brought together some of Design & Illustration’s best and brightest to create an ongoing series of desktop coverings. There’s enough material here to keep your wallpaper fresh for years. I typically keep a design for around two weeks, giving me enough time to soak in all of the details. One could say that the quality of your desktop wallpaper has an effect on your mood while you work.
(Side note: if you are Bobby Solomon and you happen to be reading this, yes I would be honored to produce a wallpaper for the Desktop Wallpaper Project ;p wishful thinking eh.)
Anyways, here are a few of my favorites from the past year:
Check out the full Desktop Wallpaper Project at Kitsune Noir.
According to the profile on her portfolio site, Veronique Meignaud is a Paris based Illustrator and concept artist, working primarily for the video games industry. Her concept and illustration work employs a range of rich textures and colors. I find the sketchbook portion of the site to be the most intriguing. Meignaud achieves and organic flow with her lines that I’ve long strived for. It could just be my own predisposed fondness for line art, but I find her uncolored compositions the most compelling. The sketches have a gothic, nouveau sensibility; akin to Aubrey Beardsley. Whether your taste is for the surreal, the sublime, or the simply beautiful, Meignaud’s range of work has something that is bound to intrigue.
The Work of Veronique Meignaud