Presenting Kyle Smart. Part-time tutor at Bristol UWE, member of the Drawn In Bristol collective, and full time freelance Illustrator. Predominately working in editorial illustration, he creates images for magazines and book covers. Some of his previous clients include Variety Magazine, Readers Digest, NoBrow Press, The Wall Street Journal, and Computer Arts.
Mr. Smart’s illustrations have humour and energy. His colour palettes are muted and harmonious. His technique seems predominately traditional, but with gentle digital touch. All combined create a very impressive and enjoyable portfolio to thumb though, which you can check out here.
Englishman Brian Bolland born on March 26th, 1951 has made a lasting impact as a comic book artist.
Although American comics didn’t actually appear in the UK until 1959, Bolland was instantly smitten by the medium. After starting out illustrating fanzines, Oz magazine and, the then-underground, London listings magazine Time Out, He landed his first comic work in 1972 on the comic titled Powerman. In 1977 Bolland snapped up a job at 2000AD working on various titles including Judge Dredd.
Due to the waves Bolland made on the comic book seen DC Comics gave him the opportunity to working on any of their characters. Choosing one of their flagship characters, Batman, he along with the poise penmanship of Alan Moore created a truly awesome piece of art, titled Batman:The Killing Joke. published in 1988 the book explores the Joker’s origin and is often held as the most controversial Batman story ever created. Bolland went on to collect a total of three Eisner awards and three Harvey awards.
After studying a copy of graphic novel The Killing Joke, Heath Ledger cited it as an influence on his Oscar-nominated portrayal of The Joker in the movie adaptation of BatmanThe Dark Knight.
I’m very excited about Mr. Penfold’s solo show in lively Camden Town next week! It runs from the 1st to the 4th of August. If you are in London during this time, pop in and show some support! Here’s a press release for the show:
The highly anticipated debut London show for Mr. Penfold is finally here, Thursday 1st August is the date to save. Showcasing new works from the artist, the series will feature new paintings on three materials: wood, canvas and paper. The work sees Penfold delve deeper into his love for both abstract art and graffiti, a fusion which the artist has been developing and nurturing over his career.
An exclusive new Silkscreen Print, hand printed by the artist, will be available on the opening night.
Cult Events presents this private view offering a selection of gourmet food and tasty cocktails for all guests.
In collaboration with Honest Brew & Camden Collective, an exclusive beer designed by Mr. Penfold himself will be available to competition winners and those lucky enough to get their hands on one.
An evening with Mr. Penfold is a dining experience in which the diner is fully immersed into the mind of the artist. A carefully curated space by Mr. Penfold himself draws the guest into his abstract world; full of colours and shapes that make the basis of his conceptual street art.
Cult Events has designed a deconstructed menu of drinks and food to work in sync with the set design as well as the art; taking the diner on an aesthetic journey which will challenge three main senses; from taste to smell as well as vision.
Running only for 4 days after the private view of Penfold’s art, this is an exclusive experience not to be missed!
Mr. Penfold says:
I’ll be releasing a new Screenprint edition on the opening night. The info for the print is: 5 colour Screenprint on somerset soft white. Edition of 25 + 4 APs. 60 x 50.5cm, £110 unframed.
Most illustrators I’ve come across use pencils to sketch with, so when I first saw Joe’s work I thought it was totally refreshing. Not only are his pencils finished pieces, he also animates using this method. Beautifully grotesque, Joseph’s work is an ongoing exploration of the absurd. In his own words:
“All my personal work is based around a long standing research project which focuses on the absurd and its relationship to visual and written communication. I am interested in How fantasy, nonsense and the inexplicable can take on the semblance of ‘normality’. The language of science is one element which I look at extensively in my work, exploring how this language can be used to represent the absurd and what effect this has on the narrative. I explore these subjects using narrative illustration and illustrative animation, creating printed books and short animations.”