I like the idea of a calendar without any dates, ones that you can reuse because they mark time without being about specific time. That’s why Young America Creative‘s Seasonal Fruit & Vegetable Poster isn’t called a calendar: it keeps time every year, telling you which fruits are and are not fresh. It’s very beautiful, too.
Lauren Tamaki is a Brooklyn based illustrator. She’s worked on some fantastic projects like drawing Rene Redzepi for GQ and making holiday cards for Bumble and bumble. She is very accomplished and has a very specific aesthetic.
One thing I like to do almost more than peruse a working artist’s completed work is to look at progress work, to see what work they do for fun or general “artistic practice.” These are usual found via sketchbook blogs and, thankfully, Tamaki has one of those. Her little online visual diary is a sweep through everything from New York life to fun food happenings to studying familiar forms, perhaps perfecting them for a story. They show off how talented she is, too.
On Molg H.‘s Facebook, his cover image offers a very specific welcome. “Black Humor For Bad People” it reads in English along with “Humor Negro Para Gente Mala” in Spanish, his mother tongue. You see, Molg H. is a very specific artist whose work is gross-out humor at it’s best. Take a Child’s Play film, multiply it by a Farrelly Brothers script, divide it by Microsoft Paint, then put it in an Internet blender: the result is his work. It is fantastically foul.
Emojis are bomb dot com. Who doesn’t like emojis? Show me that person and I will show them a light slap to the side of the head because emojis are the best. How else would I drunkenly text that I am enjoying drinking red wine without a yellow sunglass wearing face and a cartoonish glass of wine? Emojis, dudes and dudettes.
Artist Matthew Williamson must agree because he shares some crazy emoji artwork online. These aren’t just creations made in honor of emojis: these are off-the-wall, batshit crazy .gifs that collide emojis at each other in the funniest of ways. They are incredibly recognizable and are effortlessly cool: there is nothing to dislike about Williamson’s emoji .gifs.
The artist has created multiple series of works he calls Alone, where he use uses the monotony and repetitiveness of a canvas to show how isolated people can be. Whether it is a field or pool of water, his tiny character specks show that we really are little blips in a giant world.