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Friday, September 24, 2010

Signature: Patterns in Gond Art

This is our last day for Tara Books week and the last book I will be talking about is the beautiful Signature: Patterns in Gond Art, which is just stunning. There are way too many artists to list that were involved with this book, but it was edited and put together by Gita Wolf, Bhajju Shyam and Jonathan Yamakami... a few names we have seen quite a bit over the past week!

This book was the very first book I looked through from Tara Books. On first glance through the book, I thought the intricate patterns were actually needlework art and couldn't believe it when I figured out that they were paintings and drawings. Incredible is the only word to describe it. Through this book, I learned so much about Gond tribal art, such as each artist featured in this book has created their own unique and distinctive design that have particular meanings. The designs are so distinctive that you once you are familiar with an artists' work, you can tell their art apart from others just based on the design. That's why this book is called Signature, since the main focus of the book is the intricate designs in each of the images. And that is essentially what each of the designs are to the artist - a signature.

This book is put together so well and beautifully. I love that the entire image is minimal and the main focus of the book is the design in the art. Sort of similar to pointillism, and yet so much more unique than just dots on a page.

To accompany each image and design, the artist of each image has included what the design or image means to them and how they came up with it. Most of the images seem inspired by sentimental and simple things in their lives as well as other forms of art or crafts like weaving, which could possibly be why I mistook some of the art for some sort of needlepoint at first.

Some of the artists who are featured in the book have been around for a while and are a bit more well-known such as Durga Bai, whose work we saw with The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme and others, to lesser known emerging teenage artists making their way into the art world.

For any art collector or anyone who is just interested in the world or art in general, this is a definite must-have. It's another new release from Tara Books and you will be kicking yourself if you miss out on it. Hop on over to the site and check it out. I would like to thank Tara Books SO much for introducing me to their amazing artists and works. Make sure you visit the site because they don't just sell books, but stationery, art prints and cards as well. The cards are all handmade and the stationery journals called Flukebooks, are a completely unique art experience of their own. Seriously, each journal is completely unique and there is not another one like it anywhere in the world... and they are all VERY reasonably priced, so please... support a completely worthy art cause and visit them right now. Tara Books... you are amazing.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I Like Cats

Tara Books week is almost over (oh no!), but do not fret! Today and tomorrow's features are on a couple of incredible and amazing books, not any more or less incredible than the previous book features, but pretty incredible nonetheless! There are a whole buttload of artists involved with today's book I Love Cats, which I absolutely adored, being a huge cat lover. This title is also a new release from the fabulous Tara Books, so be sure to check it out once you've read about how much I loved this book (plus the book comes with a silkscreen print!)

Just to cover the fabulous artists that are featured in this book, there is; Swarna Chitrakar, Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai, Putli Ganju, Chelia Hamir, Balu Ladkya Domada, Radhashyam Raut, Mayank Shyam, Ramesh Hengadi, Man Singh Vyam, Kalaba Shyam, Eknath Gangavana, Anand Shyam, Moyna and Joydeb Chitrakar, Roshani Vyam, and Avinash Veeraraghavan. Also, a bunch of the artists are listed as unknown, so as much as I wish I could list everyone involved, some of the beautiful illustrations remain mystery artists. If you've been following this weeks features, you may recognize some of the artists names from a couple of the other books.

Anyways, this book is basically a collective of amazing cat art with words that could be associated with how the cats look in the images, which you can see in the sample pieces at the end of this review. The drawings vary from simple cats with teeny tiny intricate designs in them to thick lined abstract cats. Each artist brings their own interpretation of cats to the page... silly, serious, fierce, ferocious, fun, beautiful... all words that I could use to describe some of the cats found in this book. All of the cats are different too, not just your average housecat... there's all sorts of fierce wild puddytats drawn in this book too.

The art in this book has been put together so well and the book overall has been designed fantastically to bring you a great piece of art and literature. I know that this book has a special place in my heart already and I consider it one of the most amazing pieces of art that I own in my home. This book is a great addition to any collection, whether you want it for a kids book, a personal fun book, or a really nice coffee table book for people to look through when they visit.

Bravo to the brilliant artists in this book for making me smile with their beautifully drawn cats.




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme

Carrying on with the Tara Books week, we have the next book on my list The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme written by Gita Wolf and drawn by Durga Bai.

This is a new release by Tara Books and I was very honoured to receive a copy of this book. This book has a fun story for readers of all ages, but personally for me, as much as I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the art even more. The story follows Churki and Burki, two sisters who love to rhyme as they explore, play and help others in their village. The story is a really fun concept that is based on the artist, Durga Bai's childhood in her village of Patangahr (click on Durga Bai's name to learn a little bit more about her!).

The extraordinary thing about this book is, again, the stunning artwork shown in it. What starts off as simple drawings, turn into masterpieces with the beautiful designs in each of the images. Very much like pointillism, but instead of just simple dots of colour, the images are filled in with their very own signature design and then are covered by a solid colour. There's no shading or any shadowing or any technical bits that much of western art seems consumed with, but rather just beautiful and straight to the point drawings to convey a wonderful story.

Even without the words, you would be able to tell a story of your own interpretation and I think that's what makes this book (and all of the Gond tribal art I've encountered so far) so remarkable, unique and generally stunning.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fingerprint

Today, as I mentioned yesterday, we continue our Tara Books themed week. The book I'm talking about today is Andrea Anastasio's Fingerprint. Basically, this book came into existence through the creators experience when visiting the United States and getting fingerprinted by airport immigration authorities.

The book is a small hardcover book completely made up of fingerprints. There are no words to accompany the visual story, but rather leaves it open to interpretation through the beautiful screen printed fingerprints on each page. The book starts with small increments of fingerprints and works its way up to numerous mushed together fingerprints. Some pages are neat and tidy, while other pages are chaotic and abstract, however, the whole time maintaining the fact that each little bit of paint on the page in unmistakably a fingerprint.

When I first saw this book, I didn't really know what to make of it, but what begins as at first glance, a seemingly childish project, becomes more complex and intricate the more you look at it and study it. I wish I had more to write about this book because it's a truly interesting and unique concept, but there's only so much that one can write about fingerprints. I do however, highly recommend you check it out for yourself.

Here are some images from the book itself:





Monday, September 20, 2010

Flight of the Mermaid

Well this week I have a really special treat for you. This whole week is a really awesome themed week full of some truly spectacular art coming from South India. This fabulous publishing company called Tara Books has introduced me to their line of products. Just to give you a little bit of information about the company, here's a snippit from their About Us page on their web site:

"Tara Books is an independent publisher of picture books for adults and children based in Chennai, South India. Now in our fifteenth year, we remain a collective of dedicated writers, designers and artists who strive for a union of fine form with rich content. We continue to work with a growing tribe of adventurous people from around the world. Fiercely independent, we publish a select list that straddles diverse genres, offering our readers unusual and rare voices in art and literature."


I wasn't completely sure what to expect when I was first told about the books, but once I opened the first one up and looked through it, I was completely blown away by the amazing work in the books. So basically this week, I'm going to enlighten you about some books you should seriously be aware of. This company is amazing and helps bring the artwork of South India to us through these brilliant books and you absolutely need to see them for yourself. Without further ado, I bring you my first Tara Books review of Flight of the Mermaid.

To start with, I am a huge fan of this classic fairy tale, not to mention the Disney movie which makes me oh so happy as well! We've all heard the story and many different variations, and yet this telling of the little mermaid is uniquely different and beautiful. It follows the same general plot of the original story with some changes, but what truly makes this book unique is not necessarily the telling of the story, so much as the beautiful illustrations that accompany it.

The book itself is a lovely hardcover book that comes with a removable fish made from the material the book cover is made from so you can glimpse the first page illustration of the mermaid herself. Each and every little thing drawn in the book is made up of smaller and stunningly intricate designs. Every colour in each drawing perfectly complements the illustration and help make the art pop out of the page. The illustrations at first glance might seem simple and child-like, but upon further inspection, again, the intricate designs in each item make the artwork so precious. It truly baffles me to think about how long the artist, Bhajju Shyam, worked to make these drawings so beautiful.

It really makes you realize that there is still so much art out there being made without the aid of computers in this nearly completely digital age. So much work has gone into this book that it's hard not to fall in love with it immediately. As a sidenote for children reading this book, it is an absolutely stunning book but for parents, don't forget that the original stories of the little mermaid are a lot darker than the fluffy (and amazing...) Disney version. With that being said though, the story is completely appropriate for readers of all ages in my humble opinion. With that being said, I will leave you with some images of the book from the Tara Books web site.







Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fan Expo 2010 - Adam Gorham

Hey everyone! About a week late, but the last weekend of August was Canada's very own equivalent to Comic Con - Fan Expo 2010. A clusterf*ck of the nerdiest, artsiest, most awesome people around. Way over it's capacity, the show was left with a line up of people around Toronto's streets Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We walked around the show taking photos of this and that and talking to awesome artists to showcase to you! We've already done a feature on this guy - the talented Mr Adam Gorham, but upon his comic book release of Teuton, we thought that we would re-feature him and his latest piece of awesome to hit the streets.





The first image featured is the cover of Teuton and the second and third are a couple of pages of the comic minus the story. It is seriously awesome and I highly recommend it. Here are some photos from the show with Adam and his comic and such!

Meet the real life inspiration for the guy getting stabbed in this panel. Meet Adam Gorham on the left and the stabbed in the armpit guy Mr Doug Broadley! Like Hellraiser's Doug Bradley (who was also at FanExpo), but cooler and less famous. Awwwesome! Below is Adam sketching away for a friend of ours... this kid never stops drawing... DC - you had better claim this kid as your own soon!



Adam with his BIGSEXYCOMICS.com shirt on and his lovely lady Teshley (although I shouldn't be giving out the real name of a superhero like Ms Marvel). She showed up all dressed up to help support the launch of Teuton and if you were lucky enough to be at FanExpo on Friday, you would've met Ms Marvel and their lovely little baby Rosalind dressed up as Wonder Woman! This is one awesome, kick-ass family!

If you're interested in buying his FANTASTIC comic, you can contact him through his deviantART page or on his facebook, where he can give you all the information you need!

Friday, September 3, 2010

hoyhoykung

I had some severe difficulties narrowing down which pieces to use. Seriously. This art is amazing. I might be in love with all of it. Waaah!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The easieist part is Sifi-character design, I love doing colorful things. The hardest thing is to remove color out of my painting TT__TT

Which is your favourite piece and why?
It's Anemonefish, a cute little fish machine. I really love it!

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Ha ha ha!!! None!! Because I can't translate it. (I use Thai as my first language, and for english answering I asked my sis for translate them for me.)







Please make sure to check out his deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Peppermint-Pinwheel

Amazing digital art (again, another backlogged artist... SORRY!!! :( ), Peppermint-Pinwheel from deviantART. I feel kind of silly calling people by their usernames, but I was too silly to ask a nice easy question like what's your real name on my questionnaire, so tee hee. Oh well! You're here for the art anyways, right? :)

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Personally, I would have to say that the easiest part(s) of the process is the laying down of the colour concept in the beginning. For me, the hardest part is finishing the image off.. I never seem to know when to stop ^_^;

Which is your favourite piece and why?
My favourite piece would have to be Snowfall, as it was the image that helped me with my first (relatively) major break into the art scene. However, it is also the image I hate the most as I haven't been able to surpass its success with any of my new images.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
I love deviantART because it was the medium through which i was able to discover most of my favourite artists. Also, I find the community here to be quite warm and helpful.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Haha, I can't really think of answer tp that question right now, but i know I've recieved some pretty strange comments in the past. Mostly from my little sister






Please make sure to check out her deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Matt Brown

I re-discovered this artist when going through my backed-up features and his work is incredible. Matt Brown is an amazing digital artist that completely deserves your love and adoration. Check out his work and become a fan noooooow!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The hardest thing for me is trying to find that voice or style or idea that's fresh and new.

I don't know whether or not I succeed, but it's where a lot of my effort goes in the first few stages of a piece. All artists are constantly being compared to each other, which puts pressure on you to keep coming up with something original.

There's nothing more deflating than thinking you might have something new and interesting to say, only to discover that another artist has already beaten you to it! It's like going to a party and finding you're wearing the exact same outfit as someone else.

The easiest thing is when you've finished your pre-lim work and move onto the final piece. By that point, the whole process really takes hold of your senses and everything feels great.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
My favourite piece is gerneally my most recent one. I guess that's because it's still new, and it reflects my most current ideas. But there's always things about each piece I'd like to improve upon, which means the further back I look in my portfolio, the more faults I see.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
I like being inspired by art that's totally different than mine, and DA is perfect for that. Just floating around in the currents and happening upon hidden gems... It's wonderful.

It's also always nice to get a sense of which of your pieces are best received, and why.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Just today I had someone email me claiming that they were my long lost sister. Turns out they were a fan of my work and had heard about me giving art to my brothers and sisters as gifts. It was a crazy, but lovely way to make a compliment!







Please make sure to check out his deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nariscuss

Today, we have the photograpy of deviantART's Nariscuss!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The easiest and hardest part of the artistic process can always depends on the person. I find the easiest part also varies from situation. Finding the subject has become something of a trait to me and i very often see things to photograph that no one else could spot alone. The hard part is making what i see some alive in my photos. So that anyone can get that same feeling i get when i take a picture, just by looking at it.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
Thats a tricky question, but i have one that i love the most is Grass fire. The reason behind it is because the image itself dipicts a sense small things making a big differance, using the referance of a fire. I had always wanted to take photos of butterflies and birds. I think the reason for this has alot to do with their similarities. Their both very free flying, and always find ways to suprise and elude me. I had always promised myself and set the goal of taking a decent picture of a butterfly and when i suceeded i felt i had acomplished more then just the resulting photo.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
I've always been abit of a web surfer. So i often find quite stero-typical things online. DeviantArt, however i loved because of it's massive variation of talented artists that made me feel so inspired to be just as good as them. I loved the lack of restriction and how i felt i had travled without actually going anywhere. Seeing beautiful pictures of stunning scenes made my more enticed to travel. I wanted to share my work with the rest of the community so i could get a broad and large scale opinion that would help me to become a better photographer. The people i have spoken to over deviantArt have made me more confident, friendly and been so supportive. I've made so many friends and met so many lovely people who i can share a common ground with.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
I've not really had many strange comments. I'd really have to look back in order to find any, but i often find people making a point out of something quite literally obvious. People also like to assume alot about a photograph and i'm quite commonly asked what camera i use.





Please make sure to check out her deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Cetrobo

Fan Expo Toronto has come and gone, but I have some special highlights from some awesome artists for you to check out soontimes! Keep checking back for loads of awesome.. like today's artist: Cetrobo from deviantART!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
the easiest is to find ideas, and the hardiest is to make the selection of all the picture and select the good one.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
I love each piece I do cos it has his own story that remind me the context and circumstances of the day of shooting

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
for me, deviant art is the most active community of the web.
it's a real motivation for me to post my pictures on the site.
It gives me opportunity to get constructive critics about my work.
eventually If I hadn't known deviant art, I wouldn't have been a photograph

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
the strangest comment I've received came from the strangest phot I've ever taken,
you can see the picture here






Please make sure to check out his deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Friday, August 27, 2010

German Nobile

German Nobile is kind of amazing. His art is awesome and I am fairly certain you will like it too. His Spider Woman vs Venom showdown is AWESOME and so is everything else he does. Check him out!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
It depends on each piece. But for me.. is easy (more fun than easy) the “render” part.
And the Hardest probably if includes a lot of perspective. =)

Which is your favourite piece and why?
Always the new one. But Only for a few hours.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
It's like the phone service in the beginning . More people use it! More usefull to everyone.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
One guy point an issue so big that makes me shame.
In middle of a storm in the sea I put some candles and the fire is very quiet!!





Please make sure to check out his deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cryptcrawler

If you haven't noticed, I've been playing catch-up again with a bunch of artists who should have been featured FOREVER ago on the blog. Cryptcrawler is one of those artists. AMAZING art that HAS to be seen. Check it out. It's completely all kinds of awesome.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
>> You know this is more difficult to answer than I thought it would be!
I find that it changes for each piece. Each work has its own personality and way it wants to be dealt with; sometimes a composition will come very fluidly, but other times i'll have to fight to get a conversation started.
I don't have a set workflow like a lot of other guys and gals, I usually make it up as I go along - its almost embarrassing, hee hee. I have to keep it intuitive and fun; ive found that trying to approach this with a rigid formula not only makes things harder but also strips the life from an idea.
It's tough to say whats "easier" or "harder" because so much of my work is based off of captalising off of happy mistakes. I always sit down with an open mind and ive been doing it long enough to know that when I get stuck or frustrated it's because im not seeing whats there, im seeing what I want to see and trying to make it click. So many times i've gotten so frustrated that I go ahead and destroy the thing im trying to make work and then suddenly the entire thing opens up and something happens that I never planned on but snaps the whole thing into place.

You can really have some amazing experiences when your willing to get yourself out of the way and to see frustration as an opportunity to learn.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
>> Another tough question!
I think i'd have to say "Containment Breach: Sub-Level 5". At the time I really wanted to do a horror/sci-fi piece and incorporate a mad-science theme and that 1st person camcorder idea. I tried so many different compositions for months but never got what I wanted, so I worked on other things for a while. Then I came back with a fresh head and things snapped into place. I feel like I tapped into the "80's horror movie vibe" that I wanted to capture initially.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
>> The pure enthusiasm for art itself.
DA not only has incredibly talented artists at every turn but is also populated by so many passionate, supportive and responsive art-lovers; I adore the community and have met some people though it that ive connected deeply with. It's a special place.
It's where i've gotten my start, so it'll always be the 1st place I post new work.

What is the weirdest/strangest/funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
>>Ohhh god! Hah! So many!
I gotta say im really blessed to have the people that I do who come by to comment!
Some extremely funny guys and gals come by. I've had everything from people telling me they hated me because they liked something so much, to someone saying they wanted to snuggle up with one of my monsters!
But I'd have to say that one of the most memorable ones was this guy who came by and left a few comments on "Containment Breach: Sub-Level 5" in all caps, saying something about the frightned scientists in the foreground to the effect of " THATS WHAT YOU GET FOR NOT DOING YOUR JOB..SOMEONE IS GONNA GET THIER HEAD POPPED LIKE A CHERRY!"
It was just so ridiculous and over the top, my wife thought it utterly hysterical as well.

I gotta say I really feel privileged to have support that I do, I always get so excited and nervous before I post something new because I really want to please those who are interested in my work.






Please make sure to check out his deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

SkoLzki

Today we have the amazing illustrations of SkoLzki on Art Libs today! Very interesting and amazing work to be seen, so read on:

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
It is very difficult to me to allocate favourite and routine parts of work) If the idea, the concept to me is pleasant - to do work easily (difficultly happens to come off on a dream or dinner XD). If is not present - that is painful process from the very beginning.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
Inspiration.. It undertakes in very different places) Music, cinema, own semantic constructions and even another's pictures) I do not chase inspiration, it absolutely suddenly fall upon me.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I think community online help artists to exchange experience, to study each other. It seems to me that their existence is very useful.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
The most remembered. It was about two years ago) One girl has told to me that I incorrectly do sketches because she does not understand that I have drawn)) I then very long laughed) it seems To me, the main thing that sketches were clear to the author)

What advice can you offer to other artists?
The main thing for the artist seems to me - never to stop on reached, to continue to study, be improved. And always positively to concern constructive criticism)That is my principle on an artway.






Please make sure to check out his deviantART page! And as always, please respect the art and the artist. Art Libs has gained permission from the artists to feature their work on our site. If you would like to use any of the art for ANY reason, you MUST obtain your own permission. Please do not steal or reproduce any art. Respect the art!