Joanna Concejo08. July 2014
Joanna Concejo is a Polish illustrator who creates such imaginative and whimsical drawings. Her characters are playful and a little off-centre and I really like her delicate style of drawing.
- Joanna Concejo is a children’s book illustrator whose work is published in France, Italy and Spain. She’s originally from Poland, but currently lives in France where she spends her time drawing and bringing up her children.
My main influences have come from childhood. I was brought up in the countryside with a grandmother who told stories in such a marvelous way that I’ve always had the desire to make things up. I was also surrounded by women who worked with their hands, whether embroidery or knitting, and I had an aunt who loved drawing.
No Man’s Land Exhibition at Wolves Cafe20. June 2014
A new exhibition is going to starting today at Wolves, it’s called No Man’s Land and it’s one I don’t think you’re going to want to miss. Four very talented artists, who include Sonia Dearling, Jaques Kleyhans, Nina Torr and Maaike Bakker are showing their work. They are all super talented individuals and the pieces are really cool. There are a few that are prints available in limited numbers and then a bunch that are originals painted or drawn on glass. You must come have a look if you can, you won’t be sorry.
I have included a few of the works that are up on display for you to have a sneak peak.
Irana Douer18. June 2014
These illustrations are by artist Irana Douer. They remind me of the movie The Ring a bit. They’re dark and a bit obscure, but I think they’re very cool, I think they would make such rad tattoos.
-Irana Douer is an Argentinian artist based in Buenos Aires. Since 2005, Irana has been running Ruby Mag, a magazine featuring the work of artists from different countries, which led her to the publication of the Ruby Book by Gestalten in 2011. Recently, she has also translated the magazine concept into a gallery and shop space where she curates the work of like-minded artists and designers.
Paper Paintings by Geoff Mcfetridge04. June 2014
Saw a couple of paintings by LA based artist Geoff Mcfetridge on Pinterest today and went on a search for more. This guy is super talented and has done a lot of amazing work for loads of different shows, galleries and clients. I really like this series of his called ‘Paper Paintings by Geoff Mcfetridge’
- LA-based artist Geoff Mcfetridge works across a great variety of media including graphic design, illustration and animation for clients such as OK GO, spike jonze, the new york times, the walker art center and NIKE among others.
Kiekies – No. 4 – Wolfeyebrows28. May 2014
I haven’t posted one of these in a while, so today I thought I would introduce you all to my friend Cath who goes by the name Wolfeyebrows on Instagram. She is a talented illustrator who lives and works in Cape Town and lately she has been flooding (in the best way) her Instagram feed with monthly illustrative projects, which are just too awesome. Each month she chooses a different theme and then she draws a picture a day. Below I have included some of my favourite illustrations from her so far.
She also takes pretty photos and they are scattered in and amongst her drawings, so she’s definitely worth following. I asked Cath some questions about this project, see the answers below, after the pictures.
The last Kiekies post I put up - Kiekies – No. 3 – Sol-Sol-Street
And if you’re keen to follow me, here is my link miss_luckypony
1. How long have you been on Instagram? Approximately 3 years.
3. Could you live without it? Yes, but I’d rather not. It’s a wonderful distraction.
4. You have started a monthly illustrative project on Instagram, what made you think about using that as a platform to host it? The project has a sense of immediacy – drawing everyday for 30 consecutive days around a given theme and then repeating the process. So, it made sense for me to use a platform like Instagram that is instant and immediate. I also wanted an audience to prevent me from abandoning the project. Nothing like peer pressure to keep you going!
5. How long do you see the project going on for and what is your plan for all the amazing drawings at the end of it? The project is set to continue for the rest of the year and then I’ll reevaluate. I do like the habit of drawing everyday, so I may create a new incarnation of the project to keep that going. I’m not sure what to do with the drawings – I didn’t really think about it at the start of the process, it was more a way for me to get back into illustration. There has been a very positive response to project, the crest and patron saint series in particular, so I may include some of them in a future exhibition. The other more personal drawings, like the daily diary and clothing portraits, lend themselves to more intimate kinds of presentation – I was thinking a zine but I may just keep them for myself. Some people have contacted me to buy prints, which I didn’t expect, so I’ll be looking into converting the original illustrations into prints soon for those with a smaller budget. The project has also sparked some commissioned illustration work that I am really enjoying and would like to grow in the future.
6. How do you come up with the themes for each month? The themes are largely informed by my interests and background. I majored in History of Art and English literature at University, both subjects are inspirational goldmines. For example, the patron saint series allowed me to draw from the religious iconography I had studied in History of Art and Sociology. I’m an academic at heart, so this project allows me to express that visually.
7. Who are some of your most favourite instagramers? This is a tough one….I like following other illustrators, some of my favourites are Carla Fuentes (@littleisdrawing), Rui Tenreiro (@tenreirui), Ping Zhu (@pingszoo) and Katrin Coetzer (@trini_prins). National Geographic’s (@natgeo) Instagram feed is also phenomenal.
Marsi van de Heuvel13. May 2014
This Thursday my friend Marsi van Heuvel is opening her show at Tonic at No. 3 Desmond Road, Kramerville. Marsi is one of the most skilled artists I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in real life. Her work is so fine and detailed that it makes you go crazy looking at it, because you just can’t comprehend the amount of work and patience that has gone into every piece. Below I have included only a few of the amazing pieces that are going up, there is still lots more that forms part of this show and believe me when I tell you, that this work will only be properly appreciated when seen in person.
All Marsi’s pieces are ink of paper, so all the little dots, lines and textures you see below are made up by hand, bit by bit over a period of time. I cannot wait to see this show and I think if you’re in Johannesburg you must make a plan to go see it too. I have no doubt that you will be blown away.
All work up, bar a few limited prints will be original pieces, ranging from 50 x 50mm to 1335 x 1090mm.
“We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” – Carl Sagan, astronomer, 1980