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Marisa Morea on Ape On The Moon


Artwork by Marisa Morea

Marisa Morea’s work has been featured in Ape On The Moon, one of the best sites about contemporary illustration. Well done!


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News published at 9:27 am, Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Roadshow


Artwork by Marilyn Faucher

Marilyn Faucher is going to be part of the Roadshow during the ICON8 illustration conference on July 10th at the Portland Art Museum.


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News published at 10:00 am, Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Featured Artist – Emory Allen


Artwork by Emory Allen

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
As a kid, I moved around a lot, but no matter where I lived, comic book characters stayed the same. So, my earliest memory of drawing with a purpose (not just doodling with oversized crayons) was trying to mimic the drawings from my 1992 Marvel Universe trading cards (which I still have).

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
My home is where I find most of my inspiration, all of my favorite things are here! My wife, my cat, my books… There’s also a lot of wonderfully old trees and parks in my neighborhood, so taking a stroll around the block can clear my head pretty quickly. I typically listen to comedy podcasts while I’m working—they mesh well with my jovial illustrations.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
Everyday! My daily drawing project, anexquisitebeast.com, is 8 months along as of today. Each drawing is a small, quick way for me to get rid of whatever weird, random stuff is left in my head at the end of the day.

What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
Coming from a design background, I have a lot of screen printed posters both hanging up and in various piles around my house. They’re just waiting for a prime spot to open up on my walls!

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
By working through it. Sometimes my hands know what to do and my brain has to play catch up!

If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word be?
Characters


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News published at 8:00 am, Monday, June 9th, 2014

Featured Artist – Marie Lafrance


Artwork by Marie Lafrance

How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
I’ve always doodled and drawn on any available surface, but thought I wanted to be a graphic designer. When I started working in graphic design I realized illustrating was all I wanted to do. So I did.
 
What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
As a child I had a thing for royalty so I spent years drawing nothing but people with crowns on their heads.
 
What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
After many years and many studio mates I’m back working from home, which makes it easier for me to work 24/7. I listen to talk radio all day and music at night.
 
As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
It’s so tough to take the time, but so important, for fun, and from time to time to break the mold I’ve put myself in.
 
What type of transition needs to be made between creating art for yourself and creating art that is commissioned?
Frankly, none. My mind takes a trip around an idea to try and zero in on the way to express it, whether I’m the boss or commissioned.
 
When you are creating commissioned work, how do you take yourself out of the project and focus on the idea that needs to be conveyed?
It’s really a voyage of some kind, trying to see it in different angles, differently from my first idea, sometimes to go back to it in the end. The first sketch is always excruciating, but once that door is open the other ones speed by.
 
What accomplishment so far in your life stands out as most important?
I’m going to have to take the Fifth on that one, seeing that I would make myself guilty of conceit for saying my brilliant child.
 
Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
M.C. Escher, but was he an illustrator? Henrik Drescher and Brad Holland then.

Do you read criticism done on your work?
Yup.
 
How do you deal with negative criticism?
I don’t like it of course, but then I become combative, and I think “Hey, I’ll show them wrong!”
 
What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
I look at plenty of images to jug my head back in position. And if I have the luxury of time, I take a walk with my dog and sleep on it.


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News published at 7:00 am, Monday, May 26th, 2014

Merciless Ming Dynasty – AOI Awards


Artwork by Phil Wheeler

Phil’s design Merciless Ming Dynasty (a Ming themed mash-up) was selected for the short list for self-initiated work for the 2014 AOI awards.


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News published at 11:29 am, Friday, May 16th, 2014

Featured Artist – Tony Healey


Artwork by Tony Healey

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
To quote Chuck Close: ‘Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work’

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
Both. At my home studio I tend to work like a Trappist monk. I also share a studio with 5 other illustrators in central London, which is a little livelier.

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
I’ve been drawing since I can remember. My dad was an accomplished natural draughtsman who, given different circumstances, could have been a professional artist himself: it could well be that seeing my dad at work was the spark for my own interest. I like to think so.

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
As a youngster I spent a lot of time reading comics. Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid were favourites, but the artist of this era that I most tried to emulate was Frank Hampson. Frank Hampson drew Dan Dare for the Eagle comic. There was a quality to his black which seemed blacker than black. I found out many years later that he used to re-ink the black parts after the watercolour had been applied. It’s a technique that I hijacked and that I still use today (though I do so digitally now): I always make the topmost layer a copy of the original drawn layer.

What are your goals for your future as an illustrator?
To continually try to improve and to try to produce work that I would want to look at.

What question do you wish an interviewer would ask you?
…and what is your fee for this interview, Mr Healey?


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News published at 10:20 am, Monday, May 12th, 2014

Applied Arts Awards And Interview


Artwork by Andy Potts

Andy Potts had three entries chosen for this year’s Applied Arts Awards and was interviewed for the Split Run section of the current issue.


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News published at 9:33 am, Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Featured Artist – Eva Tatcheva


Artwork by Eva Tatcheva

How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
From a very early age I was fascinated by picture books and used to spend hours looking at the illustrations and thought how amazing it would be if I could create similar books myself. Then, when I was 11 I joined a drawing class in my home town and this is where it all began….

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from Nature in its most natural format. I also get inspired by colours and the performing arts, anything that is out of the ordinary and by incredible people who have achieved some great things.

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
Scribbling on the pages of a picture book and being told off by my parents for ruining the book.

Do you read criticism done on your work?
Always, and actually think it is a compliment that someone took the time and effort to give feedback. In illustration, design and publishing, there are a few occasions when people do not praise or criticise, leaving the creator in limbo as to what needed to improve to be worthy of response.

How do you deal with negative criticism?
I am an absolute perfectionist and any criticism is always welcome. I find criticism very healthy and humbling. There is no definitive excellence in art and design, it should be viewed always as a learning curve, to which we all have room to listen, learn and improve. At the end of every year I look back at my work and see improvement. I am influenced by my fellow illustrators, clients’ feedback and family and friends who offer me advice in order to see something from the viewers objective.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
Watching movies and MTV. Looking at abstract art.

If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word be?
Colourful.


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News published at 2:39 am, Monday, April 28th, 2014

Featured Artist – Jojo Ensslin


Artwork by Jojo Ensslin

How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
I always thought that I wanted to make movies, so during my studies I mostly made animations, short movies and music-clips. But for that, and other small jobs that I did, I was drawing a lot and after a while I realized that I could earn my money doing it and became an illustrator.
I was always drawing since the time my brother showed me how to use a pencil. Of course, I didn’t think of becoming an Illustrator when I was young – actually at this time I dreamed of becoming a farmer and growing world famous tomatoes.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Life, love, friends, travelling… well, that’s too superficial. I would say authors like Boris Vian and Douglas Adams, filmmakers like David Lynch and Dennis Hopper. Artists like Warhol and Egon Schiele really made me start reflecting and thinking about my own perceptions. But the wonderful worlds and stories my fiancée and I create are the biggest source of inspiration for me.

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
When I was about 5 years old we lived in Neanderthal (yes, exactly this place). I remember grinding up stones that produced different colours. I did it with a whole big pile of rocks and in the end I had my first piece of “Landart”.

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
At night in the summer, with good music (Scout Niblett or Cat Power) and no phone ringing.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
Sure.

What type of transition needs to be made between creating art for yourself and creating
art that is commissioned?

That’s easy. In free work for myself I can do whatever I want to and just listen to opinions or suggestions that I want to hear. In commissioned work I have to satisfy at least two “persons”: the client and myself. Sometimes there are many more (agencies, girlfriends of the Director, the therapist of the Art Director etc.) so it can get a bit more complicated. In these cases I mostly have to forget that I want to be satisfied with the end product as well.

What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
There is a wonderful piece by Mario Wagner, one drawing by Frauke Berg, one by Moki, a couple of drawings from dasha (RDW) and two woodprints of my own.

What accomplishment so far in your life stands out as most important?
Getting through all the pain, fear and throwbacks for months to keep my right hand after I got bitten by a cat!

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
Hergé with “Les Aventures de Tintin”.

Are there any other current illustrators that you feel you identify with or share a similar style?
Not in sharing styles, but humour. One of the greatest for me is Lewis Trondheim and also Tim Biskup.

How do you deal with negative criticism?
If they are right, they are right. But I always remember when, how and under what circumstances things are done or created. So I can also be forgiving with myself.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
Surfing and listening to music. If all that doesn’t work, I grab a sheet of paper and start writing and I stop when the page is full. It doesn’t matter what I write, the only importance is that I don’t stop and think in between. Fabulous output sometimes!

Is there any one publication that you still have aspirations to see yourself in?
Only one? ;) Okay, there would be an animated film on ARTE (French-German broadcasting station) and… well, there are too many. Oh well: childrens Books!

What magazines do you personally read?
DER SPIEGEL, DIE ZEIT, Les Inrocuptibles, and a friend gives me all her fashion magazines, but mostly I don’t read them, I just flip through the pages.

What are your goals for your future as an illustrator?
Become famous and live a good life. Of course, work on my style, become better and faster.


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News published at 7:00 am, Monday, April 14th, 2014

Featured Artist – Tyson Smith


Artwork by Tyson Smith

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
I used to sit down at the kitchen table with my dad and do drawings with him. My dad doesn’t have an artistic bone in his body, but he and I sure enjoyed those times.

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
I have a home studio where I can get away and listen to some music while I create my art.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
I don’t do as much as I used to, but I have found some inspiration with my 3 year old son who loves to create art and be creative.

What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
Mostly photographs that myself and my wife have taken.

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
Early on I was inspired by cartoonists like Bill Watterson and when I started getting more into art I noticed and admired the work of Dr. Seuss, M.C. Escher, Norman Rockwell, and J. Otto Seibold.

How do you deal with negative criticism?
I am my harshest critic, so when I read some negative criticism, it pales in comparison to what I’ve already thought.


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News published at 7:00 am, Monday, March 31st, 2014