I found out about artist Ashley Mary through her collaboration with Nooworks (from which I purchased "Jogger Party" and "Dahlia Candy") and have recently very much enjoyed falling down the rabbit hole of buoyant colorful artwork.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
One interesting thing I get to consider when drawing book covers on book covers is which book cover to draw. Many, if not most, books have more than one cover design -- be that just hardcover and paperback, or for older titles different covers over the years. I generally try and go with the most iconic, or the first edition, or sometimes the one I myself read and loved. Sometimes that's the cover on the copy of the book I'm using and sometimes it's not. Or sometimes, like with this one, I just go with the one that feels like it will be the most fun to draw. A solid background is interesting because all my painted surfaces both are and are not solid flat areas (because, on the one hand, I'm not much of a one for shading and shadows, but on the other hand I've got brush-strokes, so nothing is ever going to be truly solid). And the more typography the better, as far as I'm concerned -- because drawing typeset text is a super pleasing thing to do.
Friday, March 6, 2020
My favorite thing at the Soul of a Nation show at the de Young was this enormous piece by Sam Gilliam. In the 1960s, Gilliam started painting canvases without stretcher bars, draping his paintings into something more like sculptural objects, rather than flat rectangles on the wall. This one was enormous and insanely beautiful. I was shocked that I had never heard of this artist or seen his innovative work before. But then again, I was not so shocked after all -- Black artists having been shamefully omitted from the Modern Art cannon. Nevertheless my heart leapt getting to see it now.