fin

Finished!


artist fridays: stacey rozich

This Friday I’ll be presenting the work of Stacey Rozich.  She is a recent discovery and one that I have looked at a bit since.

She recently attended the California College of Arts and has since moved back to her hometown of Seattle.  Her work is influenced by old children’s books, graphic novels as well as Slavic folk tales(!!!).

I think what makes her work so wonderful to look at is the surreal nature of the work, and the way she pairs patterns with each other. I love the characters she’s created and the context that it references, being a big fan of folk art myself.

I will be curious to see if she ever gives her characters a context (environmentally-wise).

All images via her blog, Mystery Meat.


in progress this friday

A special edition of some work in progress:  I kept going on and on about Friday, and this is what I had completed Thursday night.  I looks as though I can mostly complete this piece by this evening.

I redid the original guy because I was pretty unhappy with him. Much more pleased with this particular fellow.


golden thursdays: art seiden

For this week of Golden Thursdays (I unfortunately can’t get to the image for the header), I dedicate this entry to my dear friend Missy.  If you know Missy, you know that she LOVES dinosaurs.  I came across this book and not only loved the images and the story, but instantly thought of my dear friend.

The book I will be writing about today is Dinosaur Comes to Town.  Art Seiden illustrated this book in 1963.   The story is amusing – it’s about a dinosaur that comes arrives in a city, scaring off the animals and eventually settling on eating 60 million hamburgers.  What’s not to love? (The illustrations, obviously!)  I must say I am not a fan of the font for the cover/title pages, but I love the tiny mark-making and details put into the animals. I enjoy that they aren’t outlined, but they still have that element of detail to them.

When researching Art Seiden is a prolific illustrator- he created the images for over 300 books, in addition to writing books as well! Originally from New York, he entered the world of advertising with clients from hillip Morris, Hoffmann-LaRoche, General Motors and Hearst Publications.

All images via Golden Gems.


in progess and blog talk

Wednesday already, huh!  Still chugging along on this piece:

I didn’t add too much to it last night, but there is another part (the giant man – I am redoing him) that I didn’t post.  That will be for FRIDAY, when I finish this.

Also I have been working on another blog to be launched around Valentines Day that won’t really be about me at all, but will be more about works on paper that I like. A more professional blog.  Marshmellow Kisses will still be around, but it won’t be as frequently posted in and will be more personal work than it is now.  Stay tuned!

With the new blog, I’ve been working through wordpress.org rather than wordpress.com.  It’s amazing the amount of content-managed sites that are built using wordpress.org.  Big names – CNN, People.com, etc., all use the wordpress source.


what i wore illustrated

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know my affinity for “What I Wore” blogs.  Embarassingly enough, those are some of my favorite blogs to read (and often deters me from reading the news/other important topics).

I was perusing Flickr the other day and found a “What I Wore” photo pool, only illustrated!  I was intrigued. It combines two things I love – illustration with (fashion) blogs.  Below is one Flickr stream I really enjoy.  The  illustrator is Lizzy Stewart and she’s a freelance illustrator and design based in Edinborough, Scotland.  She has a number of other charming drawings at her website, About Today.

I love her style – so delicate yet very fresh.

All images via Lizzy Stewart’s Flickr.


over my useless weekend

I am still working on the same piece I’ve been working on for a while now —  I was hoping that I could finish it this past weekend but Sunday rendered me utterly useless.  Plus,  I took out the guy I had originally in the piece because I want to redo him.  I’m also working on another blog (which I will be launching around Valentine’s Day!) so I’ve been slowly learning some code and reading tutorials on how to make a more dynamic blog by using wordpress.org and not wordpress.com.

The background on this is done for the most part – really, there isn’t too much left!  My goal is to finish this by FRIDAY.  Let’s see if I can make it happen!


artist fridays: amy cutler

While I was in Los Angles last summer, I stayed with my friend Jess.  Jess has a lot of neat/interesting things in her apartment, one of them being a framed picture of a woman sewing up tigers.  I really enjoyed the delicacy of the work as well as the fantastical-yet-grounded imagery.

It wasn’t until recently that I found out that the artist in question was named Amy Cutler.  I looked up her other work, and it all has totally blown me away.  I find it very compelling and so masterfully done – it’s very luscious with rich pattens and line work.  The style is confident and very matter-of-fact, making anything that happens in her world seem grounded in normalcy.

I think I respond so positively to Amy because she has in her work what I want in my own – her associations with dreams, surrealism and fairy tales.

She is an internationally know artist and has many solo and group exhibitions.  She doesn’t have a website, but is represented by Leslie Tonkonow in New York City.

All images via Image Google (yes, for real why does it feel like I’m using Wikipedia to write a research paper?).


bowerbirds

I had to post this because I’m excited about it! Today was like Christmas.  I woke up with an email from Steph containing our newest collaboration – a poster for the Bowerbirds.

It will be up on God Bless the Tiger’s website soon.


golden thursdays: jp miller

For this edition of Golden Thursdays, I am introducing Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather, written by Dorothy Kunhardt and illustrated by J.P. Miller.

J.P. Miller illustrated a number of different Golden Books, perhaps his most famous being Little Red Hen.  I am unable to find a lot of information on him, but he illustrated Golden Books between the 40’s and 60’s, and the Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather was written in 1951.

I have seen some of his other work where his style varies slightly than the illustrations I am showing you today.  Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather has colors that are a bit more opaque and give the work a bit more texture.  His other style has a softer look with watercolors.  I greatly prefer the opaqueness with the dry brushing and hard-lined shapes.

One thing I loved while looking at this book were the patterns, and the nice balance of solid fields of color with small, delicate patterning.  It’s rather indicative of this era of illustration, is it not?

All images via Golden Gems.


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