Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Artist Lecture- Gary Panter

I actually had forgotten to make a blog post about this lecture, but I did write some notes that I wanted to mention. A point that Gary Panter made that really stood out to me was the idea of making a list of what you love and hate to start any kind of art. We seemed to do this in illustration class, but it really seems like a good idea for creating other ideas for other classes. He also mentioned problems with society getting swirled too much into media, and how we should go to an earlier version of ourselves before we'd been so influenced by it.  This also brought up the other part he mentioned about for artists was that anything we learn, it would be best to learn the old fashioned way first. This stood out to me since I've always been so based on digital skills that I haven't been focusing on traditional mediums as much.
Gary Panter's work itself as he mentioned, has a sense of lonlieness to it, and it also seemed to play with humorous ideas as well. What was also interesting to me is that he liked psycadelic light shows from the 1960s, and the pieces he created and described really demonstrated his focus of painting with light. The 1960s aspect seemed to stand out in his work with a lot of the ideals at the time.
His work and lecture brought up ideas of reaching beyond the exterior of ourselves and viewing how we portray ourselves as humans in general. I really can relate to his mention of art not just being for selling, but it being a spiritual trip.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Illustrator Research #2- Andrea Cobb


Andrea Cobb attended Parsons School of Design in New York where she received her BFA in Illustration in 1988.  After living in Manhattan for ten years, she now works in North Carolina.

Some of her clients  have been Quaker Oatmeal, Ritz Carlton, Target, Toyota, The Wall Street Journal, and
 Yoga Journal.

Andrea Cobb has been featured in media for advertising, corporate, editorial, package, card and stationary.  She recently has launched limited prints of landscapes.

She mixes Illustration, Fine Arts, and Surface Design to work with high amounts of color and pattern.

I really enjoy her designs in their simple styles.  They're really whimsical and playful, and I also enjoy how she incorporate color choices and text.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Illustrator Research #1- Kim Rosen

Kim Rosen worked as a graphic designer for several years in New York before becoming an illustrator. She received an MFA degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and Kim is now working as a Freelance Illustrator.
Kim combines traditional media such as painted textures, hand drawn patterns and intricate line-work, with digital media, completing each illustration digitally.
Some of her clients have been American Express, Scholastic, NY Daily News, Continental Airlines, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, National Post, Delta, American Way, Indianapolis Monthly, Philadelphia Magazine, Today's Parent, Shape, Women's Health, and Conde Nast Traveler.

I really enjoy the style of her work, especially how she combines traditional media with the digital. I really enjoy how she plays with the figure and expressions.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"What's Missing" Piece

Here's the piece focusing on what is missing from my portfolio.