Artist Quick Look: Brandon Liao, Hyoung Hwan Kim, Silvia Pelissero

Freditor is away at space camp this week so no one wants to do any work. Since I’m the responsible one, I figured I might as well make a minor effort. Coming up – flybys! I’ll be sharing with you a bunch of my favourite artists, little yummy taste testers of goodness. Maybe also some stuff from submissions that I haven’t looked at yet.

Brandon Liao

We’re not biased about concept art, where did you get that idea? Still…just look at it, Brandon Liao is a treat for the eyes. I just cannot get enough of these brush strokes. His Blogspot is bursting with so much concepty goodness that I could trawl through it for hours. The transition from sleek to restraint in his pieces puts the focus on all those sexy elements of his character designs. He also has this habit of sticking sci-fi elements into pretty much everything, which is EVEN BETTER.
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Hyoung Hwan Kim

Sweet sepia goodness from Hyoung Hwan Kim, and I’m not sure why I picked his blurriest image but there’s something lazily beautiful about his teaser. With unassuming brush strokes, Kim managed to paint a warm afternoon, the scent of flowers breezing in from outside, the tactile feeling of fabric as you lounge after a nap. I just feel decadent and sleepy when I appreciate this image. Whereas this is my personal favourite, I think even a quick perusal of his gallery may give you something different to store away in your imagination. He has many works using a range of techniques, but all of them are delightful.
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Silvia Pelissero

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous traditional art from Silvia Pelissero, also known as Agnes Cecile. A totally warring mix of black and white with a starry trail of blushing pastels makes this artist’s work bloom out across the paper. Highly stylised and more than a little evocative, Silvia’s gallery is like falling into a dream.
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The Perfect Book Binding Art of Marenne Laurine Hoeksema

Marenne Laurine Hoeksema was introduced to the art of book binding – the art of physically constructing a book from interior to cover – while studying at Rotterdam’s Art Academy in her home country of the Netherlands. She became instantly hooked, and spent the next five years testing her limits and expanding her skills and equipment, and now, the owner of online store BoekBindBoetiek, she has a vast spectrum of beautiful custom-made hand-bound books under her belt.

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When considering what constitutes ‘art’, it’s often easy to overlook commercial ventures like Hoeksema’s, who almost exclusively produces work to be sold via Etsy, as well as made-to-order custom books. Particularly when the finished product is something practical, we consider the object and its utility first, and its aesthetic appeal and the effort and artistry which went into it second. However, Hoeksema’s website could – and should – be considered as much a gallery as a storefront, and while an image online will never be able to capture the tactility of what is essentially a sculpture, we can still enjoy the beauty of the work on display; a broad selection of angles and close-ups ensure no detail is missed. A strong sense of design shows in every piece, from the very commercial floral patterned journals through to books with coins stitched geometrically into the cover and experimental CD-shaped books.

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Hoeksema’s use of materials is both eclectic and exciting, encompassing everything from the expected papers and ribbons through to vinyl records, porcupine quills, and circuit boards. She is something of a hoarder, gathering materials and components which interest her without necessarily having a clear goal for them in mind and frequently upcycling what others might just throw in the trash. This leads, she says, to her often already ‘hav[ing] all the materials I need for a newly thought up project’. With this Aladdin’s cave of materials, she uses a variety of methods of book-binding – the pedestrian-sounding Long Stitch, the elegant-sounding Piano Hinge, the mysterious Secret Belgium Binding, to name a few – and in an intriguing and generous move, includes on her website a wealth of information on these methods, rich with examples and work-in-progress photographs, as well as links to off-site tutorials. In a medium such as this, behind-the-scenes ‘bonus features’, if you will, rather than dispelling some of the magic, enhance our appreciation of the artisanship and offer a fascinating glimpse into what many – in this era of e-books and mass production – might consider a piece of cultural history.

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Artist Quick Look: Emilie Leger, Katarzyna Madej, Atelier Feral, and Jennifer Hom

Freditor is away at space camp this week so no one wants to do any work. Since I’m the responsible one, I figured I might as well make a minor effort. Coming up – flybys! I’ll be sharing with you a bunch of my favourite artists, little yummy taste testers of goodness. Maybe also some stuff from submissions that I haven’t looked at yet.

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Joni Belaruski – Too good for this mediocre world.

Joni Belaruski is a London-based illustrator and drummer of the folk-punk band The Great Malarkey. As an artist, her speciality is in pens and paper, relatively small pieces with plans to set up a workshop sometime this year. As a musician, I don’t know because I didn’t ask her. Whatever.

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Meet Oriol Vidal / Storyboard Artist and Children’s Illustrator

CreativeFluff has a monopoly on artists with fantastic names; Esther Bayer, Gabriel Picolo, and Mattias Snygg just to name a few. Joining these amazing artists with equally great names is Oriol Vidal, an illustrator born and currently based in Barcelona, Spain. Oriol has worked as a storyboard artists with agencies and animation studios; all the while being integral to the development of children’s books, character designs, and concept art. We were lucky enough to catch up with Oriol who was wonderful in giving us his time for a brief interview. Take a look and listen to the insights offered by Oriol on his creative process and advice for aspiring illustrators.

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