Monthly Archives: April 2010
Kokeshi – are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist.
Kokeshi show at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles opened July 11, 2009. Last day to view this amazing collection of dolls from past and present is Oct. 4, 2009.
Tashkent based editorial illustrator and freelance graphic artist Dmitry Ligay pushes his modern style through the diverse of fashion and lifestyle magazines.
Recently Dmirty took a part in the first ever book of 60 Russian illustrators released on Designcollector. Dmitry Ligay is an artist and illustrator from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He’s only 23 years old.
His artworks and websites.
Andrea Joseph is from the UK – She lives in Wales and she’s Obsessive Compulsive Drawing Disorder. Check out her sketches and blogs. I don’t know anything about her biography…but I love and do admire her sketch-blog, I do like!
Andrea Joseph’s sketchblog and on Flickr
Gil Elvgren was born March 15, 1914 – February 29, 1980, a real name Gilette Elvgren, was an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. Elvgren lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. Today he is best known for his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow. Elvgren studied at the American Academy of Art.
Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. In addition, he was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the feminine, but he wasn’t limited to the calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early “pretty girl” illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy. Other influences included the Brandywine School founded by Howard Pyle.
Elvgren was a commercial success. His clients ranged from Brown and Bigelow and Coca-Cola to General Electric and Sealy Mattress Company. In addition, during the 1940s and 1950s he illustrated stories for a host of magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.
See also his website. And lots of his pictures, more then here.