"In 1979, Robert Weaver, the undisputed pioneer of contemporary illustration, was asked if illustration was art. He replied, ‘No. It is only a profession whose best practitioners may one day be remembered as artists. The state of the art of illustration might be compared to a third-world country; it has not yet gained control of its technology. Editors and design consultants, not artists, shape the magazine. For a work to be judged as art there must be an artist in full command of his medium. Only when he has pushed it as far as it can go can he be tested fairly by the same critical standards applied to other artists.’
Thirty-five years later, illustrators have gained more control over their medium, as a result of technology. Editors and design consultants continue to dominate the magazines, but with the advent of self-publishing and the Internet, the illustrator now has the opportunity to take full command of his medium.
Storytelling, finally in the hands of the illustrator, can now be judged as an art form.”
"We Tell Stories" 30th Anniversary of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program. 1984-2014.
They were checking… #pooltime
*active* is the operative word.
Artist Akihiro Mizuuchi designed edible chocolate legos that can be used just like the actual toy (just more delicious). See more below!
a redditor recounts the day he met robin williams.
So glad he could brighten people’s day. Every little bit counts.
Stock photo with no regard to what is in the book? And someone made money doing this. Why? Too lazy to spring for original art? Classics sell themselves and the author isn’t here to protest the cover. An attempt to hide the book has a white male protagonist? Hook unsuspecting girl readers by attempting to offer preteen beauty tips? To show diversity you objectify girls? Fail.
I am busy working on illustrations for a children’s book idea for visiting artist Esther Mahlangu. She will be coming to VMFA during her stay here in the U.S. and the GOH foundation would like to make small children’s books featuring these amazing artist and musicians from Africa starting with Esther. I have sent my questions to her through an interpreter and she has graciously answered a few of them already. Now I am hip deep in research on her amazing life. She is in her eighties, so this may be the last time she will travel to the U.S. I hope this book will due her justice.
Photo of the Day: Baby Octopus Rolls the Dice
Photo by Tobin Munsat (Longmont, CO, USA); Longmont, CO, USA
I don’t think the last one was hers, but Esther Mahlangu is so cool! She’s really brought her traditional style to the commissions from BMW and British Airways. I think it’s cool how the panels of the cars can work with the pattern.