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    Aug 2012

    Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

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    Maria Merian was a scientific illustrator who studies all sorts of plants and insects. Of course in her time, illustration was the best way to record an image of anything, whether it be animal, mineral or vegetable in order to enable identification. One of her most important works was the documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly.

    Maria was born in Frankfurt in 1947. Her father died when she was very young and when her mother remarried to still life painter Jacob Marrel, he encouraged Maria to illustrate.

    “In my youth, I spent my time investigating insects. At the beginning, I started with silk worms in my home town of Frankfurt. I realised that other caterpillars produced beautiful butterflies or moths, and that silk worms did the same. This led me to collect all the caterpillars I could find in order to see how they changed”. (foreword from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium — Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam)

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    Aug 2012

    Fashion Fridays ~ Nila Aye

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    Born in Burma, Nila grew up in England and graduated from London’s Central St. Martins College of Art. Since then she’s been working as a freelance illustrator, with clients including Marks & Spencers, McDonald’s, Royal Mail and Paperchase. I love her sexy, minimal, colourful and fun illustrations, of which you can find plenty more on her website.

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    Aug 2012

    Humberto Ramos

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    By the mid 90s I had successfully chosen my three favourite comic book artist, Joe Madureira, J. Scott Campbell and you guessed it, Humberto Ramos. You can only imagine my delight when they buddied together to form Cliffhanger. Over the years I have revelled watching the way Mr. Ramos’s style has evolved, I especially love his confidence in his un-inked pencils. It was his art in Impulse that made me sit up and take note. After which he went on to work on some brilliant comics including, Ash, Crimson, Out There, Wolverine and Runaways. Dotting around publishers early on Mr. Ramos has, it seems, found a home with Marvel and is currently penciler for The Amazing Spider-Man.

    Here is a little something for my fellow Cliffhanger geeks!

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    Aug 2012

    Tiffany Ford

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    Tiffany is a character animation student at CalArts. What I like about her work is that every piece has something interesting and different about it, whether it’s the way she draws a nose or a pose, or a pattern or the perspective; there is something that’ll make you go hmm…

    Visit her blog to keep track of this exciting work.

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