Too much news and life and contradiction this week, had to make something of a response. It's about choice, risking yourself by choosing to hold on to your beliefs.
Reading through thesis papers of my senior illustration class, I found some really honest and insightful statements about illustration, creativity, and personal influence. Be inspired.
I am a collector of the exquisite.
Here I was, thousands of miles from home, feeling more accomplished for drawing in a sketchbook than for climbing Mt. Fuji.
Everyone has a piece of life that burns. Comics saved my life.
My work is a reflection of the way I was raised and of the life I live today.
I believe in creating a new experience, a new story.
I realized that I did not have to grow up.
I can make images that are simple enough to understand yet strong enough to feel like a punch in the gut.
Illustration forces you to supply something of a story to understand it.
Make use of everything that (you) have in the present moment.
The ability to make the impossible possible.
I was just checking out the print work of Chicago artist Ryan Duggan (Dooo-gan). He is currently making a poster every week of this year, and I can tell you people, it's not easy to do, even in editions of 15. Ryan's work is smart, irreverent and honest, and I recommend that you take a peek for and buy a darn print yourself.
But first, check out this sweet video about the dude.
Here are a few posters from the year-long POTW series. Snatch em up!
Nerd Christmas came the other day when a strange package arrived at my door from the sweet folks at Chronicle Books. Inside the discrete brown wrapper was a copy of the just-released Pictorial Webster’s Pocket Dictionary. Collecting over 500 of the best engravings from the original Pictorial Webster’s, this pleasing little tome will happily accompany and inspire you wherever you go. Upon initial inspection, this will fit in a gentleman’s coat pocket with ease, perhaps also in a laptop case or in your brown paper lunch bag.
Also worth mentioning is the Coccyx section at the end of the book, which describes a mysterious code hidden within and throughout the book. Pick up your copy and crack the code!