April 26, 2010

American Illustration 29

Congratulations to Scott Brundage and Jason Seiler, whose work will be printed in American Illustration 29, and to Paul Cox, whose work will be shown online.

Illustrators Club Awards

Andrew R. Wright's work will be shown at the Illustrators Club. His King and Queen prints were accepted as a pair, and this piece has been awarded a silver medal. Congratulations!

Guest of Honor: Australian Cartoonists' Association 26th Stanley Awards

Jason Seiler has been invited to be the guest of honor at the 26th Stanley Awards! Busy man. We also have a picture of Jason at his most recent convention appearance. "I was surprised how many people came just to meet me and buy my books and DVD in person. And it was also strange how many people recognized me from a distance and came over to say hi. Very strange, but good too."

April 9, 2010

Introducing Jason Seiler

Richard Solomon Artist's Rep has recently welcomed several new artists into the group. We think it would be a good idea to introduce you to them, because you'll be seeing a lot of their work around you. Maybe you already have.

Take for example Jason Seiler, one of the most prolific caricature and portrait artists we've had the pleasure of knowing. Jason's highly detailed, evocative style walks the line between the work of a realist and a humorist. He also has some beautiful atmospheric tricks in his lineup. Take for example "3324 North California", painted especially for richardsolomon.com. You can read all about Jason's technique, his thoughts on caricature and digital art, and see the full process in his portfolio, here.

Jason also works fast. And we don't just mean his deadlines, although we know he's pulled some wonderful pieces out literally overnight (like this cover for the New York Observer, turned around over this past weekend.) Between the time he created 3324 for us at the start of the month and now, it's already won an award online from the CG Society.

April 8, 2010

Green trees, green ducks, green courts, green balls

This week's featured illustrator is Ted Wright.


In 1986 Monte Beauchamp, a Chicago-based designer and art director, founded BLAB!, which emphasizes comics and sequential art. In 1995, he extended the net and invited illustrators such as Gary Baseman, The Clayton Brothers, Mark Ryden, Christian Northeast, and Jonathon Rosen to contribute. He also selected "found" graphics... such as matchbook covers, European devil postcards, and Valmor cosmetic labels. Every year, he now invites about twenty-five artists from the fields of graphic design, printmaking, illustration, painting, and sequential art to contribute.

Last week my staff and I attended the opening night reception for BLAB at the Society of Illustrators. It was a different type of show than is the norm at the SoI, and the crowd was not made up of usual suspects. The subjects on the wall and the attendees were primarily from the sequential and comic book world. It was exciting to see a specific genre represented so deeply and thoroughly under one roof. I particularly was drawn to two artists, Ryan Heshka and Mark Landman. Just from a personal point of view, their artworks were my favorites.

April 7, 2010

Solo Show : "Blue Notes" the art of Gary Kelley

A solo exhibit of Gary Kelley's monotype illustration work will be on display at the Madden Arts Center (in Decatur, IL) courtesy of the Decatur Area Arts Council. The show is set to run through the month of April.