Lush work from French freelance illustrator, Romain Mennetrier. His simplified shapes work wonderfully with his textured colour treatment. I particularly love how emotive and charming his characters are. You can find more of Mr. Mennetrier work on his blog, brutal moineau or maybe pick up one of his Society6 prints.
Multiple Eisner award winner, writer/illustrator, Gene Luen Yang began his career self-publishing his comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. He went on to write and draw a host of books including Animal Crackers, Prime Baby, American Born Chinese. The latter was released by First Second Books in 2006 and became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award.
Mr. Yang is also the writer of Dark Horse’s comic series the Avatar: The Last Airbender. Very recently First Second Books released his two-volume graphic novel project, Boxers & Saints.
Not long ago I watched a wonderful talk Gene Luen Yang gave at Penn State University, where he champions the comic medium, and discusses his thoughts and process behind some of his work. If you have a spare 60 minutes, it’s definitely worth the watch.
Gerard de Lairesse (1641 –1711)
Lairesse was one of the most celebrated Dutch painters following the death of the great Rembrandt. Lairesse worked as the key illustrator on one of the best anatomical books of the era Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams (1685) by Govert Bidloo. The illustrations were then engraved into copper plates for printing by Abraham Blooteling and Pieter van Gunst.
Interestingly Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams was not a commercial success at the time and the publisher sold 300 of the extra printed plates to William Cowper, a noted English anatomist.
Cowper published the plates with his own, English language text in Oxford in 1698 under the title, Anatomy of the humane bodies, without mentioning Bidloo or the artists of the original plates. Cowper went so far as to use Bidloo’s engraved allegorical title page, amended with an irregular piece of paper lettered: “The anatomy of the humane bodies …,” which fits over the Dutch title.
A number of vitriolic exchanges took place between Bidloo and Cowper, including several pamphlets published in each anatomist’s defence. Cowper claimed, without much evidence presented, that the plates were not Bidloo’s at all, but that they were commissioned by Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680) and that after his death Swammerdam’s widow had sold them to Bidloo.
Daniel Spacek lives and works in Prague (Czech Republic) as a freelance artist. Daniel has recently produced a series of animated shorts for a popular new kids channel “ČT : D” for Czech television. These short animations are available to view on his official website as well as some more of his lovely illustrative and design works.
Daniel also sells some rather nice and very reasonable prints over at society6.
Max Saladrigas has vowed to post at least 1 sketch or piece of work per day by himself of a fellow illustrator at his blog cadadiauno.com (every day one). We wish him all the very best.