I met Caitlin Bowbeer yesterday at the Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show in Dundee. Caitlin is dynamic, personable and utterly charming. I loved her hand bound book of 'A Miscellany of Medical Mishaps' with its enigmatic illustrations and poetry that reminded me of the crazy thoughts and books of Ivor Cutler.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Monday, 23 May 2016
In the book 'L' Enfant Chasseur' Adrien Parlange has created a book who's content changes when you put the profile of a child into the pictures.
Adrien Parlange uses minimalist Matisse cutout style illustrations and strange registration signs (circle, arrow, square, curve segment) to direct the reader to position the transparent head of the child.
In this way, the picture becomes animated the layered color changing the perception and revealing silhouettes of the shark, squirrel or fox.
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Friday, 20 May 2016
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Zhila Hodaee was another discovery from this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair. This award-winning Iranian illustrator has a unique style and I am not sure how she has achieved the effect in these works, possibly bleach or reductive print. Zhila was born in 1954 and has many published books, but unfortunately I was unable to find a website.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Photographer Emilio Cresciani works with the ignored and unnoticed be it; portraits of waste, the landscape of nightime road maintainence or the beauty of bird poo.
Flight Patterns, "These works explore the idea that beauty is all around us and in places that we least expect it. Each black and white photograph highlights the patterns and textures of bird droppings on different pavements. I became fascinated by the delicate patterns, creamy white textures and circular shapes and sprays during a visit to Venice, Italy and I noticed that over time the patterns fade or are added to with more layers and sprays.The patterns are a landscape overlaid onto another landscape – the brick pavements, concrete slabs and wooden boards that we walk on each day. The splats contrast the straight lines of the pavements. This work continues my interest in waste and finding beauty in the overlooked aspects of our lives." Emilio Cresciani
'One Day I looked down' is a project by Sue Mitchell in 2012 during a years art sabbatical, Sue was photographing trees and looked down observing some other interesting imagery.
Sue embellishes her bird poo sightings with found objects, sticks, leaves and pebbles to 'draw out' the image.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Above the White Rabbit, Below, The Caterpillar
Now I that I have exposed other illustrators, for this habit of seeing things in odd places, I feel free to expose myself . So here are some things that I have seen, looking too hard at things I shouldn't look at and letting photoshop help.
Monday, 16 May 2016
I start the week in bad taste, maybe, depending on how sensitive you are.
Illustrator Tineke Meirink posted something that I had wanted to do for years, a wee feature of 'Shitty Artists'.
For years, walking around creative, surreal; landings/ prints? of bird poo have caught my attention and I have thought of drawing 'out' what I see with chalk, however Photoshop attracts less attention and disgust.
Tineke sees things everywhere, so it was no surprise really that she had seen things in the poo as well, in fact it was affirming and encouraging.
What ever your thoughts, after today you may not see these innocent deposits in quite the same way.