24 June 2011

Anish Kapoor: Leviathan

Wooooooah. These images are amazing!

Anish Kapoor at the Grand Palais in Paris
Leviathan from 11th May to 23rd June 2011

Each year MONUMENTA invites an internationally-renowned artist to turn their vision to the vast Nave of Paris’ Grand Palais and to create a new artwork especially for this space. MONUMENTA is an artistic interaction on an unparalleled scale, filling 13,500m2 and a height of 35m. For its fourth incarnation, the French Ministry for Culture and Communication has invited Anish Kapoor, one of his generation’s greatest artists, to produce a new work for the Nave’s monumental space, from 11th May to 23rd June 2011.

Thirty years after his first exhibition in Paris, MONUMENTA marks Anish Kapoor’s return to the French capital. He is considered as one of the most important sculptors of our time. His work has profoundly enlarged the scope of contemporary sculpture, as much by his mastery of monumental scale as by the colourful sensuality and apparent simplicity emanating from his works. Born in Bombay in 1954, he has lived in London since the 1970s. His work rapidly gained international recognition and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the famous Turner Prize, which he won in 1991. His career has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions at the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Louvre, the Royal Academy, Tate Modern, etc. Recently, he has been commissioned to design the key landmark for the forthcoming Olympic Games in London: a 116-metre-high sculpture entitled « Orbit ».

The artist describes the work he is creating for MONUMENTA as follows: “A single object, a single form, a single colour.” “My ambition”, he adds, “is to create a space within a space that responds to the height and luminosity of the Nave at the Grand Palais. Visitors will be invited to walk inside the work, to immerse themselves in colour, and it will, I hope, be a contemplative and poetic experience.”

Here is a link to more photos, taken by Stefan Tuchila. I love the combination of something that feels so thin and brittle, next to something heavy and bulbous. The sense of scale must be amazing. Uuuugh so jealous to not be able to see this!

Illustration Friday: Midsummer Night

Well, this weeks topic is a great one, but unfortunately I have a frustrating experience with it; a bit fraught with miscommunication. This was a poster for a theater season of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" and was eventually killed. Sometimes it's those projects you work the most hard on, that end up... well... still being not worth it. I'm still waiting for my kill fee on this! :(

But, it was a fun enough project for me to try out some digital enhancements. I also had a second version that kept more of the under-drawing's grittiness.

I felt as though the first painting (above) was a bit too over manipulated and I wanted it to have a connection to the tradtional media a bit more. So I opted for a limited palette over the drawing. But, I think once again some of the soft gradients just felt a bit too polished for me.

Here's the original under-drawing, with its range of subtle texture.

Wow, sorry to be such a Debbie Downer with such a fun IF theme! I did have fun with the architecture in the piece though!

20 June 2011

I'll Tumble 4 Ya!

I just finished up my second Monster dummy! I was so excited to complete it, and get some feedback, just before the book's release this July. As I was composing the pages, this song keep repeating in my head... and I am glad for it to go away for a bit. Although perky... it becomes a bit too much.

You see, I don't want to ruin the surprise of the theme of the next book... but this should give you a healthy hint.

Typically at the end of illustration projects, I really spoil myself a bit. I get to CLEAN. You see, I LOVE cleaning. It's like a ritualistic purging and a moment to refocus. But, I'll save it for tomorrow morning. Menawhile... Downtown, we'll drown, doo doo doo doooo dooo!

12 June 2011

Bleeding Heart

It's been sometime since I've done a personal piece. Always good to take those hours for oneself. Now back to the grind!

10 June 2011

More Dragons!

This is by NO means a complaint, but I think I may be known as a "dragon illustrator". I soo welcome it! This is for a magazine, and i worked a bit more with an under drawing.

Having the drawing allowed me to be a bit more loose with my painting. It allowed me to have the line weight and depth, but still be able to move the paint on top without losing that structure. I think I am going to involve this more and more... experimenting a bit more with line styles... something fine to something more broad like a chalk or pastel stick.

When I was younger we had a pair of chinese ink landscapes that hung near our fireplace. I flipping loved looking at them, picturing myself walking along the tiny mountain path, or floating high about the river valley. I need surround myself more with these dreamy landscapes. Total brain food!

08 June 2011


I am pleased to announce studio mate (and husband) Antoine Revoy's newest project, Charakarts! I've been seeing these come alive the past few weeks, and I can guarantee more amazing karts in the future.

Charakarts™ is a character design side project by illustrator Antoine Revoy. Charakarts are an eclectic ensemble of characters driving imaginative kart-like vehicles, coexisting in a videogame-like realm. This project originated in a series of drawings created in 2002 and remained confidential till 2011, the decision now made to present the initial charakart artwork as well as new designs online.

I especially love the first sketches from 2002. He explains here, the inspiration for the project.

07 June 2011

Secrets At Sea a BEA Top Pick!

What wonderful news! I just saw that Secrets At Sea, written by Richard Peck (and illustrated by me) was named one of the top 26 books featured at the BEA (Book Expo America). This is AWESOME news!

Here's the Kirkus review featured with the article:

Problem novels, ghost stories, historical fiction—is there anything Newbery Medalist Peck cannot do? Apparently not.

Helena Cranston, oldest surviving member of her family after the deaths of both her parents and her sisters Vicky and Alice, has her hands full: dreamy sister Beatrice and skittery sister Louise keep sneaking out at night—Helena fears inappropriate liaisons—while brother Lamont skips school for more dangerous pursuits. Worse yet, the Upper Cranstons, dissatisfied with Hudson Valley beaux, are embarking for England to catch daughter Olive a husband. Europe, as Helena knows, is across a very large body of water, and Helena, being a mouse, fears water with all her heart. Yet soon she and her family, secreted in one of the Cranstons' steamer trunks, are carried onboard ship, where they discover an aristocratic mouse society heretofore unknown, including the Mouse-in-Waiting to Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's daughter, who shows Helena that mice can in fact change history—at least on a mouse-sized scale. Peck must have had a blast writing this. Whimsical language, sure characterization, unflagging adventure, even romance—all seen through Helena's relentlessly practical beady little eyes. Think The Tale of Despereaux without the twee.

Sheer delight. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3455-5
Page count: 203pp
Publisher: Dial

Ne'er were truer words typed

ps.) I MIGHT get in trouble for this image.

03 June 2011

Illustration Friday: Shadows

This is an oldie, but there's something about its looser painting style I still like. Got to loosen up!