Monday, March 18, 2013

Mark Powell

London-based artist Mark Powell has chosen the backs of old envelopes as a canvas for these delicately rendered portraits of the elderly, using nothing more than a standard Bic Biro pen to create the delicate folds and wrinkles of their skin.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Gwen Murphy

Gwen Murphy has a foot fetish.  Also an MFA in Sculpture from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, 1990. The combination makes for some very interesting 3D work...

Dave McKean

Dave McKean is an award-winning illustrator and designer spanning books, comics, music and film.
His works have included ground breaking books and graphic novels such as The Magic of Reality (Richard Dawkins),The Homecoming (Ray Bradbury), Varjak Paw (SF Said),The Savage and Slog's Dad (David Almond), The Fat Duck Cookbook (Heston Blumenthal), What's Welsh for Zen (John Cale), Arkham Asylum (Grant Morrison), Wizard & Glass(Stephen King) and Mr. Punch, Signal to Noise, andCoraline. He was also responsible for the Newberry and Carnegie Medal winning The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman). His self-penned Cages has received several awards for best graphic novel.
Dave has illustrated hundreds of book and comic covers including Neil Gaiman's influentialSandman series, as well as his own written work, Pictures That Tick which is a collection of short comics, and an erotic novel Celluloid.
Outside of the world of publishing, Dave has also created well over a hundred CD covers for a diverse list of artists including: Michael Nyman, Alice Cooper, Altan, Bill Bruford, Bill Laswell, Tori Amos, Frontline Assembly and John Cale.
Dave has designed characters for two of the Harry Potter films and directed five short films and two feature films: MirrorMask and Luna.  He is currently editing his third film, The Gospel of Uswith Michael Sheen.
His paintings, drawings, photographs and narrative works have been exhibited across the world in America, Europe and Japan.

Nathan Ota

"Ever since I can remember, I have always found myself drawing over doing my homework. My early influences came from cartoons on television, comic books, photographs and Punk-rock flyers.  I can still remember sneaking into my older brothers room and raiding his ,"Vamperella" comics and trying to copy or trace all the covers I could get my hands on. Classical art never really interested me at that time so I turned to what really spoke to me with artists such as, Robert Williams, Olivia, Puss Head and Raymond Pettibon.  Traditional art never came into the picture till I started high school but it still didn't speak to me. I always found myself gravitating toward popular culture and at that time it was graffiti. I was completely hooked!  I loved everything about it, the clicking of the ball in the can when shook, the sound of the constant flow of the paint, the scraping of the can against the wall when drawing, the colors, the scale, the friendships and the complete feeling of freedom. Till this day, whenever I smell spray paint in the air, it brings back good times.  

I still dabbled a little in graffiti once I entered the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California but a whole new world of art was opening my eyes with Illustration. I never knew what I wanted to do when I entered college and kind of left it in the hands of the instructors to lead me in whatever direction I was going.  It was a bit frustrating at first but soon after, I started to get it and knew that I was going to be an Illustrator.
Shortly after graduating in 1993, I started working as a freelance Artist for newspapers, magazines, recording companies, background art for the gaming industry and gallery."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Brian Despain

"I love art. I love looking at it, I love talking about it and I certainly love making it, so it’s really no surprise that art would be my chosen profession.

From early on there really wasn’t any doubt that a career in art was the direction I was headed. I was hardly interested in anything else and a lion’s share of my childhood was spent with my head in the clouds, doodling a veritable army of dinosaurs, space ships, demons and imps. Even much of my later schooling was spent failing other useful but mundane subjects like chemistry, math and english while art was the one area that I excelled at. College was hardly different, I spent six years finding myself and taking a lot of classes before graduating with a BFA. Documented and dedicated to my chosen profession I set out to make my veritable mark on the world.

Since then I’ve held all sorts of jobs, from graphic designer to 3D modeler, photo-retoucher to illustrator. I’ve studied, learned, grown and spent a lot of time as a professional artist making a decent living doing art, but in all that time and through all those jobs I’ve learned one all important thing. It was the time I spent, like the kid at the kitchen table, creating art for no other reason than sheer wonder of it all, that I was happiest. No matter the piece or the end result it’s the art that we do for ourselves that wholly reflects us as people. It is that art which is purest, it isthat art which holds the most magic, it is that art which connects on the deepest level."  

Brian Despain