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    Feb 2014

    Wilhelm M. Busch (1908 – 1987)

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    William Martin Busch was born in Breslau, Germany. His father was a painter and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. During Mr. Busch’s professional life he jumped from decorative painter to press illustrator, freelancing as artist, then sharing his wisdom as a teacher. Not least, amidst it all, illustrating over 300 books. Duly earning recognition and the distinguished Edwin Scharff Prize.

    Mr. Busch’s style ranges from meticulous and realistic renders, to loose and speedy sketches. Of which his entire gamut is equally enchanting. Personally, I am besotted by Mr. Busch’s more relaxed linework. He could capture the essence and gesture of a moment at a level that is rarely achieved.

    There are a couple of great websites that feature a ton of Wilhelm M. Busch’s work, head to Hans Bacher’s blog and Deja View.

  2. 5

    Feb 2014

    Phobs

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    Very popular deviantArt illustrator, Phobs, packs her gallery with vivid characters donning carefully observed outfits. Never scared of detail she regularly dress a scene with an array of elaborate fabrics. As an avid mix-media artist, Phobs is able to incorporate a range of textures in her work. It’s this attention to detail that really tell the story of her characters and bring them to life.

    You can see more of Phobs work on her tumblr, and she also has a second deviantArt page you can enjoy.

  3. 4

    Feb 2014

    John Stanley (1914 – 1993)

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    Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame Inductee, John Stanley, is best known for rendition of comic Little Lulu.

    Beginning his artistic journey In the 1930s, illustrating for the Fleischer animation studios, Mr. Stanley went on to freelance for the Western Printing Company. During this period he created stories for many much-loved characters including Bugs Bunny, Andy Panda, and Woody Woodpecker.

    One day, mid 1940s, Oscar Lebeck approached John Stanley to produce a bi-monthly series of Marjorie Henderson Buell‘s Lulu Moppett character. Mr. Stanley stuck to scripting duties for the most part, but did draw many of the early issues, and would produce a storyboard sketch for artist’s Irving Tripp and Charles Hedinger to work from.

    Modestly shrugging off being selected for the Little Lulu comic as chance, other illustrators are not so coy about singing his prises.

    Fred Hembeck hailed John Stanley as,

    “The most consistently funny cartoonist to work in the comic book medium”.

    and C.C. Beck said,

    “The only comic books I ever read and enjoyed were Little Lulu and Donald Duck.”

    A great place to find out more about John Stanley and his contribution to the comic industry is the blog, Stanley Stories.

  4. 14

    Jan 2014

    A Beautiful Customizable Children’s Book

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    I am by no means the first to write about this incredible book, but I recently ordered a couple for my son and niece, so I thought I’d now spread the word seeing as I now have them in my hands.

    The deal is this: for £18.99 (including free worldwide shipping might I add), you get a perfect bound, personalised children’s book with a story centred around your child’s name. Simply visit LostMy.Name and type in your child’s name and then select ‘boy’ or ‘girl’. You can preview the whole book online, which is great. The entire website experience is great.

    These guys seem to have gotten everything right, from the story by David Cadji-Newby to the truly beautiful and stylish illustrations by Pedro Serapicos. The books are perfect bound on some nice matt stock, too. I’ll also add that the customer service was really helpful (I shamefully mis-spelled my niece’s name, but they were very friendly put it right for me).

    I cannot recommend this enough; it’ll make the perfect gift and for a price that doesn’t break the bank.

  5. 13

    Jan 2014

    James Courtney

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    Born in San Francisco, James Courtney founder of Naked Comix earned an BFA degree in Illustration at the Academy of Art College. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Illustrator 10 he uses a combination of photography and the Adobe Illustrator software to produce dazzling vector based artwork.

    “Vector based art allows for the widest range of final options and usage for my work. I can create artwork without worrying that it may be too big or too small for whatever print usage I may want to do with it later. Also the smaller file sizes vector art allows for easier transfer of my work over the Internet to vendors and clients.”

    Check out more of James’s work via the official Naked Comix website.
    Warning his work does contain some nudity.

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