// posts about illustration
Owen Gatley’s print for The Working Proof makes me nostalgic for my childhood – dreaming about fairy tales, dragons and princesses…Owen’s The Slaying of the Beast print was influenced by his childhood obsession with King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table. Owen decided to form his own brotherhood of knights called ‘The Order of Succor’ (‘Succor’ meaning ‘to come to someone’s aid’) and produced five pencil drawings depicting each knight of the Order. This piece shows Sir Digbeth, who won his knighthood by slaying the vicious dragon, Shirog.
We just released a new print over at The Working Proof – Wanderlust, by LA-based artist, Linda Kim. When we first approached Linda about doing a print for us, she sent us a bunch of amazing images and it was nearly impossible to pick our favorite. I love Linda’s work – there is something other worldly about her paintings – the colors, the textures, the subjects…it’s so beautiful! Linda says about the print:
“I always love a good adventure or mystery. When I was young, I wanted to be an archaeologist and discover clues to ancient pasts or to find new, unknown things. This is probably where my idea for this print came from. Although I didn’t have a definite idea of how this image would turn out, it seems as if the subject matter manifested itself from a dream that my younger self may have had.”
15% of each print sold will be donated to the Kids In Need Foundation. Linda chose to pair her print with KINF because she values education for kids. The more kids know about their world, the more they grow up with a passion to learn and an awareness of world issues and their surroundings. The KINF provides kids with the necessary tools for a healthy classroom environment, allowing them to see that people care about them and care about what they have to say.
Balance is a new archival inkjet print by Wendy Marchbanks, a designer and illustrator hailing from London, England. Her work is focused on illustrated wallpapers, textiles and print work. Wendy chose to pair her print with The Smile Train. As always, 15% of each print sold will be donated to The Smile Train, an organization whose mission is to fix childrens’ cleft palates in 77 of the world’s poorest countries.
Meighan of my love for you is a stampede of horses organized a fundraiser dedicated to helping with the clean up the Gulf after BP’s drilling catastrophe. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Gulf Restoration Network. We were super happy to be a part of the fundraiser, along with 100 other artists who donated work. Everything is available in ML4U’s Big Cartel Shop which is open through July 5th at 12pm, PST. A lot of the work has sold already (yay!) but there are still some great pieces available.
Some of my favorites (not all of which are still available): Castle Trouble by Alex McLeod (above), Red Shell by Shannon Rankin, The Guide by Stacey Rozich, Blue House by Amy Casey, and Mean Bird Print (Pigeon) by Amy Ruppel.
A bunch of cool projects by Xavi Garcia populate his website portfolio. Above are Whatever (left) and Handmade (right). Whatever is a collage project and Handmade is a commentary on money and value of creation of goods.
Patent drawings are the funniest things ever. Take, for example, a patent search for ‘skateboard’. It turns up some interesting finds. Like the manually steerable skateboard (left) or the power accessory for skateboard (right). I wonder if these two dudes turned out to be millionaires…
Two very nice illustrations by Nook for the Pretty Please show. I would love to know the inspiration behind them. So strangely sweet.