Cartoons, illustrations, and drawings can add a nice touch in the Internet environment where text stories are aggregated, chopped up, syndicated or simply re-skinned and re-written without giving credit. Art, on the other hand, is treated as a more proprietary piece of intellectual property and can catch a reader’s eye, build a brand’s signature style, and help tell the story.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”—Chuck Close (via sandyhong & @emilycarroll)
This gorgeous video (sorry, it’s not embeddable) about House Industries is pure typographic pornography. It has everything from graphite calligraphy to brush and ink to pinstriping with One-Shot, plus all of their gorgeous consumer products like blocks, art objects, and more. The sound track is pretty awesome too. Enjoy.
(bonus: Drawn!’s logo was made by House Industries’ own Chris Gardner!)
Illustrator Dani Jones wanted to fill the void of a central marketplace for digital books and comics, so she created The Illustrated Section. All items are available as a downloadable pdf format making it as simple as possible for readers to enjoy the content. Completely independent from any bookseller, Dani simply wanted to have a place where artists can sell their comics and books without any hassles trying to find such content. She’s always looking for more stuff, so please contact her if you’ve got something to sell.
“Never underestimate the value of (and NEED for) simple, effective drawings. In every Concepts class I’ve taught, I’ve tried to instill the idea that sometimes a beautiful drawing is enough. Just as “surface” style can become dated, so can “conceptual” style.”—Jillian Tamaki
I am an unabashed fan of Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac comic. His linework, his humor, and his knack for getting childhood (and parenthood) motives down pat is a joy to read and an inspiration.
A fellow fan, and a friend of Richard’s, Chris Sparks, is organizing this fund-raising venture to support the Michael J Fox Foundation in honor of Richard, who, like Fox, has Parkinson’s disease. They invite professional cartoonists to contribute original drawings of the Cul de Sac characters to a book that will be sold to raise funds for the Foundation. The deadline is in May, so if you think you have the chops, go check out the donation process! I’ve included a video of Richard drawing Alice, the guinea pig, and Petey (sort of), for your inspiration.
Jolby & Friends is Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols. They’ve updated their site with some new work, including their fantastically illustrated children’s book, “The King’s 6th Finger.” Wonderful design and characterization. And color.