You may already be familiar with the work of Javi de Castro from a recent running Doctor Who gif, which he created for the Spanish site Crucigramas y Café, to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. As an avid fan of gifs, de Castro uses them exceptionally well in his illustrations, demonstrated perfectly in his webcomic Everybody. His style utilises simplified shapes with minimal pencil outlines, combined with often vivid colour choices, making his portfolio a relaxing joy to flick through. You can check out de Castro’s work on his blog and tumblr.
Firstly, we would like to wish all our fellow Loungers a Happy New Year and hope you had a cheerful festive break. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are looking for Guest Authors. If you are a knowledgeable illustration-enthusiast, write well, and want to share your passion on the Lounge for all to read, please contact us. We would love to get back to posting daily by expanding the Illustrator’s Lounge team and can not do it without your help.
Now, with the formalities out of the way, let me introduce you to today’s feature, G. Grossman. If you are anything like me and wondering what the “G” stands for, I used all the Google-Fu I know but still could not find out for you, so sadly that will have to remain a mystery. However, though the forename is unsaid, G. Grossman has been rather vocal about their process answering a cross-section of questions. I positively appreciate the variety of time-honoured mediums Grossman uses, particular the watercolour/colour pencil combination. It is also nice to know Grossman’s skill as a traditional illustrator does not deter from taking pieces to the computer to add that little bit extra. To see more of G. Grossman’s work please check out the GG Makes Art website, and tumblr.
An inductee of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, Earl Oliver Hurst’s work is unmistakeable. Born in 1898 New York, Mr. Hurst’s career was exceptionally successful, of course, not without a difficulty. He chopped and changed his path and titles quite a few times but worked with a host of clients along the way. Some of his well known magazine work includes Collier’s, American Weekly, True, Pictorial Review, McCalls, and Home Magazine. Also doing numerous advertising illustrations for the likes of Nabisco, Royal Crown Cola, General Electric, Sanka, Jantzen Swim Suits, and Swan Soap.
A decidedly wonderful book of his work was published by Hermes Press in 2005 called, The Art Of Earl Oliver Hurst. If you are luck enough to find it at a reasonable price, it’s definitely worth picking up.
There is a great article on Hurst and his working habits on the Society of Illustrators website. For now I will leave you with this interesting quote:
“You will never find a deliberately drawn line in a Hurst illustration: only a swift-moving brush will produce that sense of alive-ness which is the essential characteristic of his work”
— Ernest Watson, 1942
Comic artist José María del Barrio Ken Niimura (Ken, for short) is based in Tokyo, Japan but is originally from Spain. As well as illustrating numerous comics, he has taught comic and manga courses at the University of Salamanca. The work that Mr. Niimura is most famous for is his Eisner nominated limited series I Kill Giants, written by Joe Kelly. It is a stand out comic and a must read. Mr. Niimura’s style is loose and packed with energy, but somehow he always retains clear, thin lines. You can see more of his work on his blog.