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Give Handcrafted Goodness from Nan Lawson

December 18th, 2009


I’ve had the great pleasure of watching LA based artist Nan Lawson’s artwork grow from shy water-color illustrations to beautiful pen and ink drawings, color prints, and photography over the course of the year. With her Etsy store selling more of her work than ever, you should give it a browse and snatch up as much of her art as you can! I’ve seen white elephant gift exchanges get very ugly as participants clamor for her pretty prints…

CF: Where (if at all) did you study art/design?

Nan Lawson: I took a figure drawing class when I was in college, does that count? I have a degree in film from Syracuse University, so I was never formally trained as an illustrator. I’ve been drawing my entire life, I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t have some kind of sketchbook lying around.

CF: What or who influences your style the most?

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Joel Trussell - Outta Site!

April 3rd, 2009

When you get a sec, you should definitely go check out - no, you know what?

Stop. Stop what you’re doing.


See this? Yeah, there’s more where that came from.

Joel Trussell’s revamped website is finally up, with paintings from his gallery shows, illustrations, and the cool intro to “The Animation Show 4“.

Stop reading this and visit to get your face rocked off. Then grab an icepack and an aspirin to soothe what’s left of your head. Totally worth it.

-Bailee DesRocher

A Wintry Mix

March 2nd, 2009

It is storming outside my window, so I think I’ll stay in my toasty apartment and contemplate superb snowy art today. First off, a sensitive and atmospheric Lexus commercial by Yves Gelyn. Called “Bow Farm”, it was greatly inspired by the nature illustrations of Charley Harper.



Since the YouTube version has embedding disabled, you must go here or here to watch the full spot.

See the work of Charley Harper at The Online Home of The Charley Harper Art Studio.


And here’s a young artist particularly adept at the depiction of inclement weather: Joey Chou. While frantically trying to cover the floor of New York Comicon in a brief afternoon visit, I came upon Joey’s table (which he was sharing with Grace Lee).  This duo was my big discovery of the day. Here’s an example of Joey’s work:


After the jump, something by Grace with a winter theme… [Read more…]

Have You Ever Seen Anouk Ricard?

January 27th, 2009

I was bopping around the website for The Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angouleme (more about that later in the week) and discovered the work of French illustrator Anouk Ricard. Amusingly awkward and extremely charming, the style is perfect for animation. (As you can see above, in a stop motion adaptation of her book Anna et Froga.)


She also contributed to a series of shorts called Avez-Vous Déjà Vu?, created by French comic Alain Chabat. Who, by the way, dubbed the voice of Mike Meyer’s voice in all three Shrek movies.

Are you afraid of CANDY? Now I am!

Check out her website.

PS: She sings, too.

Anne D. Bernstein

My Cupco Runneth Over

December 9th, 2008

Group Shows! Group Shows! I can’t get enough of them. Luke Temby, the creator of a toy-centric universe called CUPCO, creates one-of-a-kind hand-stitched dolls. He’s part of the “Cutting Edge Plush” contingent in collectible toyland. He’s made soldiers, Jesus, The Dalai Lama, Gandhi, L.Ron Hubbard, Kali, and (most controversial) a female suicide bomber.

His latest project is “The United Nations of Cupco”, an upcoming exhibit at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern (Sydney), Australia. The show runs December 10-22. 100 international artists received felt templates of CUPCO dolls. The artists painted or otherwise decorated the templates and returned them to be stuffed and stitched. You can see all the dolls and a list of artists here. There’s an interview with Luke here.

“What are the 5 main ingredients to world peace?”
“Sewing. Stuffing. Sexing. Eating. Drawing. In that order”

This one is by Diego Medina:


After the jump, a group show with over 1000 pieces of arwork! [Read more…]

RAW Art Today!

November 17th, 2008


Evan Tedlock

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RAW Art Today!

November 7th, 2008

RAW Art Today!

Change Is In!
James Sugrue

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Kid Robots Love Dust

October 28th, 2008


There’s an interesting lecture coming up at The Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street) on Wednesday, November 5th from 6:30-8:30 PM. It’s called “Character Design, Animation and Toy Design”. The speakers are Paul Budnitz from Kidrobot and Mark Graham from ilovedust.

Kidrobot is famous for manufacturing and distributing high-end collectible toys and other consumer goods. They ‘re also in the animation business; Wild Brain studio in San Francisco now owns a major chunk of the company. Nickelodeon recently announced that they plan to turn Kidrobot properties into a series of feature films that blend animation and live action.

ilovedust is an English “design boutique” that has developed toys for Kidrobot–keeping it all in the family! This Zulu Dunny would fit in among his fellow premium plastic pals in any designer toy collection:


On the jump…how to order tickets…

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RAW Art Today!

October 24th, 2008

Check out this amazing RAW Art!

superman my way
Adonis Alexantrou

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Event Round-up…Yee-hah!

October 23rd, 2008


Today is the last day to catch Brad Benedict’s Side Show exhibit at Wal Art (1639 South La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles). Includes animation peeps like Chris Reccardi, Dave Wasson, Ric Heitzman, and Everett Peck. La La Landers have about an hour to run over. Otherwise, see the artwork online. (Artwork above by Wasson.)


“Game Over” (Art of the Gamer Generation) is a group show that runs through October 29th at Giant Robot in San Francisco (622 Shrader Street). (Artwork above by Justin “Scrappers” Morrison.)

And…the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City just announced two upcoming Kim Deitch events:

Cartoon Movie Night (October 30, 7 pm)
Kim Deitch will host a Cartoon Movie Night featuring rarely seen animated cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s hand-picked for the occasion from Deitch’s own personal collection. MoCCA will also display for one night only selected specimens from Deitch and spouse Pam Butler’s extensive collection of antique toy cats.

Deitch Q & A (November 13, 7 pm)
Q & A session with Deitch and exhibit curator Bill Kartalopoulos. Deitch will present examples of recent work and will also preview images from his current works in progress.

Also at MOCCA, a one-day only preview of Heritage Auction Galleries’ November 2008 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, to be more specific…

MAD Contemporary Art Treasures: The Most Classic Original Art from MAD Magazine (October 29, 10-5)

More info after the jump… [Read more…]