With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, now would be a good time to order gifts and cards. For anyone who’s into Star Wars, PJ’s ‘Yoda Cupid’ card could be just what you’re looking for…If not, PJ also has some fantastic giclee prints available, such as his Brigitte Bardot.
Russian pin-up king Waldemar Kozak was a nice find. His work is humorous, sexy and punchy. He is an incredibly talented painter and I believe he also uses airbrushing techniques. He uses typography on occasion, sparingly and well placed. I’m also impressed by the way he captures cars, planes and other machinery; he makes it look easy! I think Waldemar would make a great Bond movie poster, don’t you?
Dasha Tolstikova lives and works in New York. She is a doodler extraordinaire, creating all sorts of interesting work, such as her ‘Book of Lonely Children’ and her work in progress titled ’12: A Year Without Mom’, which looks intriguing and I’m sure will be a great piece of work. I’m not sure if her works are autobiographical at all, but she does pick interesting subject matter and you can feel some real truth coming through. Her style carries a child-like innocence, which is perfect for the type of subjects she draws. Her handwriting is adorable (quite an achievement if you consider she uses only capital letters).
“Born in 1857, his successful career as an artist was interrupted while on an expedition to Siberia in 1896. Swept away by a freak uphill avalanche, Otto lay frozen in the Russian ice for the next 114 years.
Discovered by a passing hiker in March 2010, Otto’s body was sent to Moscow for routine analysis. There, scientists were astonished to discover faint signs of life and immediate steps were taken to resuscitate him.
After a lengthy and painful period of thawing, Otto was restored to full health and reunited with his descendants.
He has resumed his career as an illustrator and now shares a studio with his great-great-grandson and illustrator, Beach.”
Spanish illustrator Rafa Alvarez has an impressive selection of works on his website. I like the way he sometimes uses coloured ink lines, almost like those in many animated films. There are nice strokes in his lines too. He has a good knack for well thought out editorial illustrations as well as advertising posters and comic strips.
Rafa’s clients include Playboy Magazine, Etihad Airways and American Express. He has published graphic novels and children’s books and is currently working on interactive ebooks for the iPad.