Sunday, April 26, 2009

anatomy!

I'd have a bad conscience posting 10 illustrator-related posts in a row, so I'll show you some approximately 100 years old anatomy-studies. Ohmygod they are so lifeless and boring, I'm sorry. They did help though. I'm actually drawing quite a bit these days, but most of it is rather meh.



Saturday, April 18, 2009

Nancy E. Burkert

A while back I was researching fairy tale illustration and one artist I got to know this way and whose art stood out was Nancy E. Burkert.

From "Acknowledgments," by H. Nichols B. Clark:
"Because Nancy Ekholm Burkert's work is so thoughtful and deliberate, she is not a prolific artist. Whether creating an easel painting, a print, or an illustration for a book, Nancy brings to her task the highest aesthetic measure. No detail is too insignificant to warrant intense scrutiny, and her exacting standards reflect the meticulous research she brings to any endeavor. One need only survey the research materials and preliminary drawings she assembled in producing Valentine & Orson to fully appreciate the methodical regimen to which she adheres. As Jane Curley points out in her thoughtful essay, Nancy scours the full spectrum of art history to infuse the requisite image with the appropriate resonance."


Sadly I douldn't find a lot by her on the web. Her work for Snow White looks so well-researched though, delicate and gentle, the colouring reminding me of theso-called primitivists up to Boticelli.

Wikipedia has a list of the books she illustrated and I've found something about her here. (It's a pity there are no pictures to go with that article.) I'm happy some books about her are available.





Thursday, April 16, 2009

J.C. Leyendecker



I just want to share a bit of my newfound fondness for art d├ęco stuff. Leyendecker is really famous, but he's not so well-known here and I don't know him for that long.

I really like his simplification of form and shapes and the boldness of his designs. Interestingly it reminds me of a lot of the digital illustration from today.
I you are further interested, I found a nice summary of his career here .






This socks advertisement amuses me greatly.


He really liked these blocked in white backgrounds.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

quick portrait

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Spring cleaning

Yesterday was such a lovely day. I started cleaning my room, but I'm not finishd yet.

I've listened to music all day (it's easter after all!) and I realized that I want to sing in a choir again so badly. :( I loved it so much.

Have a color study (after screencaps from Atonement which was rather well-lit IMO.) This is not the only one, but the one I like best. I consider doing a few more of these, it's fun.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

HRSL

I've noticed that the website form the workshop I attended last year has been updated. You can check out the other artist's work (which made me feel vastly inferior), if you want to. I think it's worth it . :)
>> HERE.
Here's some of the more fnished stuff I produced. It's older now and I've shown it before, but I want to give this entry a little bit more substance ;) Hmmm now I'm in the mood to draw trees again.

Friday, April 3, 2009

I bought comics.

Today I went to a bookstore, because I wanted to buy Fun Home, but they didn't have it anymore.
So I wasted money on two other comic books instead , namely
(- because Vikings are awesome! Hey Lucca, want to borrow? ;) ) andI don't know anything about it (didn't see the movie) but I fell in love with the raw art style.
I'm looking forward to reading them! (when my exams are over)

I'm also very interested in reading some Moebius stuff, but I don't really know where to begin. Do you have any recommendations?

I've got an account on GoodReads.com now! I've had the desire to keep track of what I read and whether I liked it and why for some time now. This site is really nice and well-designed and the network is huge, I instantly felt comfortable. Is anybody else there so we can BE FRIENDS? +~*

Thursday, April 2, 2009

some squeeage

I want to see this movie.


I've read some lukewarm reviews but I don't care.
I love the warm colour scheme, the retro-design (it's from 2001), the setting (Middle Ages! Just looks at the blond woman from the trailer, she's straight out of a tapestry or illuminated manuscript) and last but not last the fantastic flying machine. Seeing the kind of day-to-day life scenes of poeple working makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (Emma bcame one of my favourite manga because of this kind of loving attention to details, I'm pretty easily smitten by these things it seems.)
This song is so beautiful, too.

Today sucks.

So have a WIP