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.
I’m not sure if French illustrator Belhoula Amir is a lonely person but the work on his Behance page certainly make you wonder if he needs a friend or two.
The artist has created multipleseries 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.
Mike Frederiqo has made a small, fashionable empire for himself by using what fashion labels give him. What is it that they’re giving? Logos and figureheads. What do you get when you combine the two? You get a series of clever rethinkings of luxury fashion logos in which the persons associated with the brand literally become the brand.