I was lucky enough to illustrate one of ten wonderful tales from the ‘Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories!’ ‘The Elephant Carnival’ was a dream to illustrate. It will be published on October 2nd by Walker Books! Here is a little snippet…
IM SENDING THIS TO MY ART HISTORY TEACHER
I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU HOW HELPFUL THIS IS
AS AN ART HISTORY MAJOR I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS IS 100% ACCURATE
As a former gallery attendant of 3 years at the Norton Simon Museum, this is all true.
Inktober starts next week! Thirty-one days, thirty-one ink drawings.Are you ready?!INKtober rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)
3) Hashtag it with #inktober
4) Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.)
Codex Seraphinianus, 1976-1978
‘The Codex Seraphinianus is a book written and illustrated by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini, from 1976 to 1978. The book appears to be a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world, written in one of its languages, an alphabetic writing intended to be meaningless.’
…I need an ARG based on this.
Lonesome Town: The Paintings of Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
There are few modern painters as beloved as Edward Hopper. He’s like the face that launched a thousand ships, except in this case, he inspired generations of image-makers. His beautifully observed light - almost always incidental - and impeccable compositions are like a text book for cinematographers and photographers, while the quiet melancholy of his subject matter reflects the ennui of 20th century living like no other.
Hopper’s paintings have a subtle narrative quality that would become a template for photographers like Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Gregory Crewdson. He frequently plays the role of outsider or voyeur in the scenes he depicts, which gives them an inherent loneliness and sense of isolation. Even when painting subjects in an intimate setting, there is a palpable physical distance.
I don’t know any biographical details about Hopper and I decided not to look it up, because I’m pretty sure everything you need to know about him is in these paintings.
*Edit: After I finished the post curiosity got the best of me and I went to Hopper’s Wikipedia page, where I found this quote, “Always reluctant to discuss himself and his art, Hopper simply summed up his art by stating, “The whole answer is there on the canvas.”!!