I originally discovered the work of Anna Kövecses on this very site. A previous runner-up of our Re-Covered Books competition, I found her work to be an utter delight. Filled with bold shapes and bright colors, there is something sharp, confident and striking in her illustrations that I absolutely love. Recently she worked with the BBC to create a small series of illustrations for a kids story-writing competitions called 500 words and the resulting work is an absolute joy!
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.
Adrien Mérigeau is a French filmmaker and animator living in Ireland. Currently he works as a Concept Designer and Art Director at Cartoon Saloon where they’re putting the finishing touches to a new feature called Song of the Sea. Checking out his blog, I recently discovered these two excellent GIFs. They were created as covers for a weekly design-led listings called Le Cool and I think they look great.
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.