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I know it’s freezing and we’re all bundled up, but I spied a tattoo the other day over by an area of our office known as “Open Design” and decided to do some detective work to see how many tattoos I could find here in the office. I was pleasantly surprised! Several people passed me along to others and, of course, everyone had a story.
The following shows the process Ethen and I went through while working on the cover for Michael Buckley’s latest series, NERDS. I wish I could have better descriptions but I don’t want to give away all my secrets. See how the cover evolved after the break.
It’s been a while since the last time I posted on this blog about the happenings in the local NYC art world. Summer is always a bit quieter at the galleries and I just haven’t had the chance to get there on the weekends. But a visit from an artist friend of ours this past weekend, made for a great reason to head to Chelsea. Hurricane Sandy hit some of the Chelsea galleries pretty hard, much art was lost and there are still some places that are closed for renovations. However, there are still a number of galleries that are open and the art scene is still bustling. Highlights of the day included after the break…
The Dark Knight Trilogy DVD will go on sale globally today – and it will include an exclusive on-pack booklet distilled from our New York Times bestseller The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy.
Illustrator and author John Hendrix posted the ‘Anatomy of a Jacket’ on his Blog Drawing on a Deadline. John discussed the process of making the jacket for his latest book JOHN BROWN:His Fight for Freedom. This entry is a follow-up to his but from the view of the art director. Let’s begin.
On June 6th, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) hosted a Children’s Art Auction at Book Expo America. The event included a silent and live auction, both featuring work from several ABRAMS authors. You can see a preview of the art here. My personal favorites were a shadow box of three origami characters from Tom Angleberger, a watercolor painting of “Piggies enjoying a good read” from Claudia Rueda, and an acrylic painting of pancakes with syrup from Matt Luckhurst.
This month’s installment of I WANT TO GO TO CHELSEA: ART AROUND TOWN & BEYOND takes us to the Storm King Art Center, located in the Hudson Valley in Mountainville, NY.
We had been car sitting for a friend of ours, and along with the responsibility of remembering to move the car in order to not get a parking ticket, came the fun of having the car to get out of town on weekends! So on a very gorgeous spring day a few weeks ago, we hopped in the car and headed upstate. Destination? Storm King.
At the end of February, I took a short trip to Boston for an opening at a pop-up gallery that my boyfriend and some friends are a part of. It was a short trip to Beantown, which included a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the Ellsworth Kelly show just days before it came down. The show, a collection of 30 wood sculptures that Kelly made over the course of his career, was elegantly stunning. Most of the sculptures were massive, solid pieces in an array of woods from birch to zebra, which felt like paintings in their own right.
Many of us raised in the eighties devoted countless hours to watching and rewatching Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. Decades later, their cult following continues to grow. Maybe it’s the fascinating and more-than-slightly androgynous Goblin King, played by David Bowie in tights and a Tina Turner wig. Maybe it’s the soundtrack. (Even now, if asked to recite—or better yet, sing—the lyrics to “Magic Dance” or “As the World Falls Down,” I could . . . and would, if David Bowie was the one asking.) But really—and no offense, Jennifer Connelly—it’s the Goblins and the Fireys and the Cleaners that captivate and carry you from one twist of the Labyrinth to the next. And with no human cast, The Dark Crystal is drawn by Jen and Kira and the wild weirdness that accompanies them: the Skeksis and the Mystics, the leggy Landstriders, Aughra the oracle (who has always reminded me of a grumpy long-haired Pekingese, albeit with a marginally better grasp of language).
The creatures—and subsequently, our love of them—in both films are the work of Brian and Wendy Froud: Brian was the conceptual designer for Labyrinth and Dark Crystal, while Wendy sculpted and built puppets for the films (And Yoda! Different movie).
Over the holidays I travelled back to my home state of Iowa (go Cyclones!). While there, I had the pleasure of visiting the new Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much–Iowa isn’t exactly known as an art mecca. However, I was thrilled to find that the park is filled with pieces from some of the art world’s biggest names–Louise Bourgeois, Barry Flanagan, Deborah Butterfield, and Yoshitomo Nara, among many others. It was actually the highlight of my trip.