Been thinking about comics a lot lately. A great story line and awesome art, standing alone, are something to applaud. However, I find the most important aspect of comics, the feature that truly hooks me into a book, is the visual storytelling – the light, angles, and viewpoints an artist uses to dramatize and embellish, to convey the message without using words. The legendary comic artist Wally Wood understood this and created this awesome visual reminder of the best angles to use in comic frames. To say it has become iconic would be an understatement. Via Neil Gaiman’s Tumblr.
Posts Tagged ‘Art’
Poster art is so cool. Like a visual jingle or soundbite. Better than a movie trailer, because there is a permanent still-record. Check out some great poster art over at Smashing Apps. And be dazzled.
I have always loved wood cuts and scratchboard images. Kent Barton brings this particular style to new heights. His work is beautiful, with every line and cut artfully placed. Kent works on a grand scale, and his art is often found in architectural placements, as depicted in the image above. I could stare for hours!
Hat tip to lines and colors.
Beautiful, flowing style and widespread appeal marked the career of Bernie Fuchs. Born in 1932, died in 2009. Fuchs, a well-known commercial illustrator, holds the number 3 spot for most Sports Illustrated covers. His works also included Presidential portraits and U.S. postage stamps.
Do I love this or what? Simply the best recycling project I have stumbled upon in a very long time, Art O Mats are recycled cigarette vending machines that have trade cancer sticks for artwork. Pull the old levers to feel that reassuring click as the art is released into the bin and your waiting hand. There are 82 active machines located across the country. Check out their website to find a location near you.
Lots of groovy movement and color in Oliver Vernon’s work. The Joshua Liner gallery has this to say about the talented painter:
Oliver Vernon was born in New York in 1972. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1995, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has exhibited his work in cities all across the United States including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, and Chicago, and has also shown in London and Toronto. His work is part of numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He is exhibiting his work on the following dates at the following places –
June 5 – July 3, 2009
Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, group exhibition
June 20 – August 1, 2009
Street/Studio, Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington DC, group exhibition
Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington DC, solo exhibition
Who would be on your list? I am more fascinated about other peoples’ rankings than my own, so I perused this list at the artwolf.com with great interest. Not surprisingly, Pablo Picasso held the top spot. Michaelangelo was 15th and my personal fav, Matisse, was number 20. Lots of big names and names that were less familiar to me. Interesting stuff.
Extraordinary in its breadth, if not depth, MoMA is currently showing selections from the largest gift of drawings ever received, 2,500 drawings by 650 artists from The Judith Rothschild Foundation. The exhibition, “Compass In Hand”, includes 354 works by 177 artists of those artists, the largest show of drawings MoMA has ever stood. You can read the NYT review here and, while it is not altogether favorable, I myself loved the slides. Never mind the NYT – here’s hoping I can get to the City before the show ends on July 27, 2009.
I love this creative take on the alphabet from illustrator Paul Thurby. The cards I have lining my daughter’s room are nowhere near as funky as these. The colors are soft and appealing to go with the fun images. Taken from Paul’s site:
Originally from Nottingham, UK based
Paul has been a full-time illustrator since
September 2006 after graduating from
University in Buckinghamshire.
Paul holds his pen in a funny way, but it
works just fine for him. He has built up
an impressive list of commissions including
regular contributions to The Guardian since
Check out the images on Flickr
Hat tip to Color + Design Blog.