I think it’s pretty obvious why Malika Favre is one of my favorite illustrators. I was stoked to see she’d been commissioned by BAFTA to create art for each of the Best Film nominees for their program & poster designs this year. I always love the simplicity in her work, and the subtle hidden messages in these are especially cool.
On January 1, Lisa Congdon began an incredibly ambitious project. She set out to post a new hand-lettered illustration every single day for the year.
I suck at anything that has to be done every single day. Honestly I don’t even brush my teeth every day.
But she did it! Today Lisa posted her 365th hand-lettered illustration.
Check out the entire project on her blog. Here are a handful of my favorites from the project.
I was talking with my illustration agent the other day and she asked what I thought was a really weird question. Her client apparently was curious to know if I were capable of illustrating more than one character in a scene. She asked if I had some other work that maybe she hadn’t seen yet.
I was a little flabbergasted by the question… of COURSE I can! What do you mean?
So I took a look back at the past 3 years of illustrating and was pretty disturbed by what I discovered.
Essentially every single illustration I’ve done featuring a “person” (human or otherwise) is only a single character in the scene. Observe:
Lisa Congdon is inspiring to me because (like me) she’s a self-taught artist—no fancy art school, no grad school connections with whom to jump-start careers—and didn’t start working as an artist until she was in her thirties.
She’s one of those people that give the self-taught, mid-thirties, bible-college-grad like me a bit of hope for this “career” I’m working on.
Because I have a tendency to want to do everything NOW.
Every so often I’ll come across an artist whose work is at once incredibly familiar yet totally unique.
Such is the case with Ward Jenkins.
I’ve been following Ward’s work for so long I can barely remember how I first discovered him. But I’m pretty sure it was when Grain Edit mentioned him back in the spring of 09… since that was right around the time I was discovering my great love for mid-century style.
And nobody does mid-century style like Ward. Read more
Check out this rad Ben Kweller 2006-07 Tour Poster by Delicious Design League.
Looks like they still have some in their store.
It’s my kind of style and probably would have made me pick up the cd in a record store (if I still did such things).
At the time that album released, Kate told me about the thesis project she was swimming in and it sounded pretty dang cool.
It is pretty dang cool.
Eric Smith is one of those guys that is almost obnoxiously cheerful.
It seems like every time I’ve talked with him I’m whining about not having enough work or client troubles or cancer stuff and he’ll be like. “Man, what are you enjoying today? I’m so happy to be alive! Life is amazing”
It’s a good thing though… I try to be pretty positive most of the time too.
In fact, over the last few months that I’ve gotten to know this guy it’s pretty interesting to discover the things we have in common.
Some men want fame and their name on marquees.
Some men love money.
I choose cheese.
From The Old Man Who Loved Cheese by Garrison Keillor, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf