Spotlight: Alain Gree

March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

When I need a reality check I…wait. Let me rephrase that. When NYC, city I love, has made me so tightly wound I feel like I might punch a pigeon if it looks at me funny, I turn to Alain Gree’s artwork. He creates just about the sunniest, happiest, dagnabbit adorable illustrations I’ve ever seen. If you want some sunny smiles and/or the pigeons in your neighborhood live in fear of you, go here: http://www.alaingree.com/en/main.htm

Keep It Gorey

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

As in Edward. Today marks what would have been the 88th birthday of the late, great, incomparably dark and wonderfully dreary Edward Gorey. For a kid obsessed with ink, paper, and all things macabre, he was a huge inspiration for me and continues to be so. For some reason I want to go draw a cat choking on a goldfish now. Sorry, PETA.

Spotlight: Matte Stephens

February 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

I recently stumbled across the artwork of Matte Stephens, a Portland-based artist. I knew after two seconds I was in love with his style, storytelling and humor. His work speaks to an audience appreciative of Charley Harper and Mary Blair-inspired vintage, playful characters that you hope will walk off of the page at any second, and a subtle palette that in other hands might fall short of intriguing but here is vivid and vibrant. So do yourself a favor by checking out his work—I promise it’ll cure any winter blues you might be having. Unless you’re in Australia in which case I’m so mad that you have summer weather.

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