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October 20, 2011

She Will Not Rest

I want the passion and commitment of Sarah Watts. She has an obsession with illustration and swears that she'll do it forever or at least "until a shark eats her." It's obvious in her work how much she's done, on her website you'll find tons of illustrations created for posters, books and patterns (with and without drawn type). It's just endless really.



A former graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, she spent years creating children images for a living, and then finally left the corporate world to pursue a full-time career as an independent illustrator. She illustrated her first book at the age of 23 for The Tilting House written by Tom Llewelyn (above).

While plenty of her commissioned work is in beautiful, vivid color, she'll mostly begin each one with a black and white drawing. Here's a glimpse into her sketchbook.


February 14, 2011

Heavy Color

I've followed Mario Kolaric (aka Sretan Bor) for a little while now and have gotten use to him posting black-and-white illustrations for his series of "dark" zines, but recently something of color has been coming up in my image feed.

I was surprised to learn it was him behind the colorful strokes of overweight bodies in splendid pose and action. He looks to be having lots of fun with (what seems like) a new set of felt pens. Love it!


March 23, 2010

It's Like Candy

Flipping through an illustration book I received in the mail today, the handy work of Hennie Haworth got me to stop flipping. And then I immediately googled her name. Hennie creates intricate illustrations with her own unique and personal touch. I feel like a kid again when I see her lines and colorful layered compositions. I want to touch them and put them in my mouth. No really, look at those marbles.


March 12, 2010

Cut It Out

I love the whole cut out, diorama look. It works so well in sketchbooks, journals as well as finished pieces. I found Steve Simpson's work in a 3x3 illustration annual. Then I hunted him down on the internet and saw his Absolut campaign. This is inspiring me to do a diorama illustration project. Oh for more time!

March 11, 2010

Colorblind

Nikki Farquharson is experimenting with colored pens and found imagery in a collection of illustrations she calls Mixed Media Girls. It's impossible to ignore the visual impact when you see her use of color, patterns and doodles.

Also check out the work she did for Missbehave Magazine in collaboration with photographer Brooke Nipar.

Found via Nophar (a DA Facebook fan). Thanks for the tip!

March 4, 2010

The HORROR of the BLANK!!!

I was recently contacted by The Art Bureau to do 10 pages in a zine/book featuring 10 other artists and myself. I excitedly accepted only to seize up in the idea stage for 3 straight weekends as life got in the way and the evil deadline came hurling toward me. Since I work full-time, those 3 weekends were much needed for my mental stability. This moment of insanity became the premise of my submission. Below are some teaser shots of the work which goes to press on March 7 and lands in my hands at a time to be decided by fate. I will announce this on my blog when it releases.


February 24, 2010

Sea Legs

Our good friends Josh and Colby, otherwise known as illustration team Jolby, are putting on a show of new works with photographer Ashley Forette at Together Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Opening reception is tomorrow night (February 25th), but the show is scheduled until March 20th and will explore the legends, mythology, and superstitions held by sailors of the 1800's through a mix of illustration and photography.

If you live anywhere near the City of Roses, get your butt over to the show. Above is a teaser of what you can expect and you could always take another glance of our feature on Jolby, which documented a week in their life.




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