Monday, May 21, 2007
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The above is a collage I did a couple of years ago.
I've been really inspired by collage artists lately. Maybe is because of all the found object work I've been doing, but I can't get enough of it!
Here are some from my bookmarked illustrators:
And for continued inspiration I go here!
Posted by HOLLi CONGER
Sunday, May 6, 2007
John Byrne - self-portrait
I thought it might be fun for us to take turns talking about who or what inspires us. Other artists have always been a constant source of inspiration for me - not necessarily just children's book artists. Saying that, I want to talk about the painter John Byrne and I just read recently that he is illustrating a children's book, so I am pretty excited about that!
John Byrne is a successful Scottish painter and playwright. I first saw his work when I was a student at art college, and I was completely captivated by it. He creates characters with huge personalities that are very finely drawn and beautifully detailed.
John Byrne - The Slab Boys
I worked on one of his set designs as a scenic artist's assistant at the Royal Lyceum Theatre many years ago, and served him coffee on the opening night of his play Cuttin' a Rug (I worked in the Lyceum Bar too!). There we were, just me and John, and I had my chance to tell him how much I had admired his work over the years....and I was speechless, completely tongue-tied. I still kick myself when I think about it.
I was lucky enough to catch an exhibition of his when I was over in Edinburgh at Christmas time. It was called "Me and Them self-portraits and characters studies by John Byrne"
I am not very eloquent when it comes to describing why someone's work affects me so much, so I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I hope that you enjoy them:
John Byrne - Lucille and Miles, mixed media on paper
John Byrne - mixed media on paper
John Byrne - Phil, mixed media on paper
John Byrne - Me and my Shadow, oil on board
Thursday, May 3, 2007
I did a previous version of our Spring promo - but wasn't quite happy with it. But I did like some of the details. So here is my final piece:
And here's a detail - I love drawing and painting birds.Don't forget to sit outside with a book this summer!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
It's spring here in Norway too - and it's fantastic! We actually had an early spring this year, with a surprise weekend of snow in the middle of the warm weather. Well.. no more snow now, just flowers and singing birds. Hurrah!
Here's my acrylic paiting from our spring promotional postcard. The character looks a bit like me, I guess I tried to paint myself from spring and directly into the warm summer.
I hope you're all enjoying the weather!