Tom LaBaff resides in Florida, USA. Interestingly, he began his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he stayed for 10 years. During this period, he worked on classics such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Recently, his credits include Rio and Ice Age 4. Animation aside, Tom is also an accomplished illustrator, with clients including The Wall Street Journal, Scholastic and Mac World. His illustrations are both intelligent and full of humour, with sketchy, loose and natural line-work to be admired. See more excellent work on his website.
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.
Thanks for getting in touch, PJ.
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?
I highly recommended the short trip over to his website and hope you enjoy the long stay.
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).
I cannot attempt to better the write-up on Otto Von Beach’s website, so here it is:
“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.”