Check out this live footage from 1939 - in COLOUR - of Diego Rivera painting murals for the Pan American Unity Expo. He does it for real, painting with fresh-ground pigments into damp plaster (ie, no screwing up! you have to get it right the first time).
I’ve been a fan of Vera Brosgol’s since I first saw her animated short, Snow-Bo. I finally got to meet Vera at this year’s Stumptown Comics Festival in Portland, OR. I saw her again at TCAF in Toronto, and both times she had copies of her new book, Anya’s Ghost, but I wasn’t able to nab myself a copy. Now that the book is finally out officially, I’m grabbing a copy as quickly as I can. Anya’s Ghost has gotten high praise from all corners, not least from Neil Gaiman - yeah that Neil Gaiman. I can’t wait to hold it in my mitts!
Concurrently (probably not a coincidence?), Vera has given her website a facelift, and it’s a great-looking site! We’ve been getting tastes of her awesome work through the 2009 film Coraline and more frequently with her blog collaboration with Emily Carroll, Fashion from Old People. Now with all her best work collected in one place, I’m going to lose an hour or two poring over it!
“Artscape president and CEO Tim Jones spends his days finding and creating spaces around the city for artists. His big idea for Toronto would be to give artists the tools – under one roof – to develop the business side of their work. Founded in 1986, Artscape grew out of the Toronto Arts Council’s recognition that it needed to defend artists’ live-work space. Since then, the not-for-profit has been working against the forces of gentrification to maintain affordable studio space.”—Building the business of art - The Globe and Mail