Thursday, February 26, 2009

Society of Illustrators

I got a piece into the Society of Illustrators student competition, specifically the W. Burroughs portrait above. Holy crap!
Congrats to Lindsay and Will, who also got pieces in!

UPDATE: I've received a Society of Illustrators Education Committee Award! I've never been so honored.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

All School Show Submissions

Illustrators, get your work up in a show!

ALUMNI: We're looking for judges for the 6th! Email me if you're interested at

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Corey (Rey) Lewis

As of right now one of my main influences is Corey Lewis.(nicknamed Rey)  He's done work for UDON doing Street Fighter covers to Transformers toy boxes, basically any geeky commercial properties.  What really drew me to him is his original work: Sharknife.  Most of his artwork is based around super stylized characters, which is something I really want to do with illustration.  He has a couple comics planned for publishing, but thus far Sharknife has been the only one 100% completed and on shelves.  Sharknife's design alone is awesome, but on top of that the ridiculous action scenes and video game references thrown in for good measure make for a pretty fun comic.  Only the first volume is out right now, with number 2 hopefully out soon.(it'll be out sometime in 2009)

I actually really want to see some of his observational stuff and I hope he posts it online at some point.

Oh yeah, did I mention he's only about 5 years older than us?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Another great illustrator that I love: Paul Pope. Pope is a mainly a comic book guy, but he has done illustrations for all sorts of people. He was illustrating a japanese manga before he even graduated college(he is american) the he went on to create Batman 100 and Heavy Liquid. Anyone who is interested in ink should check this guy out. He has a fluidity to his work that is really unique and amazing. He also has an erotica book out!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Here's another illustrator that I can't resist mentioning. His name is Ken Garduno and his style is amazing. The sense of space in each piece is warped, though understandable and intriquing. I also love the sometimes covert humor of the situations that his characters find themselves in. There are many many more images on his site

Below: this is a petition that I recieved from a friend of mine back in Massachusetts. The point is to create a "secretary of the arts" in the United States. It sounds like a good idea to me!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Who do you love?

I <3 Emmanuel Malin

Emmanuel Malin is an insane Parisian painter with gorgeous design sense and a powerful, decorative style. Some pieces almost suffer from being too decorative, but most are jaw dropping, explosive stuff. Kaboom.

james jean

you probably already know this guy, but I just wanted to share the work of james jean with you all. He is an extremely successful illustrator but has also done a lot of "fine art". He recently had a show in NYC, and the work he made for it is AMAZING. I urge you all to go check it out at He is a great example of an illustrator who's work is fueled by limitless imagination.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

who do you love?

I thought it would be cool to post an image from an illustrator whose work I have been looking at recently. Then I thought, if everyone did this, we could all see things that perhaps we never would have otherwise. It's also a way to get people more involved in this blog!

How about it? Show us all an illustration or any work of art that you find great. 

This is a painting called Lavers by an illustrator called Andrew Hem. His work is filled with movement, dynamic figures, colors that make me want to paint, and a cerain percision that I hope to someday have. All of his work is emotionally charged and I admire his craftsmanship.

Check him out and show us another!