…buzzing around my studio for the past three months. I know I’ve been away from the blog for a while, but I’ve had to focus on getting back into creating my own artwork after a fifteen year hiatus and exercising my skills with pencil, watercolor, acrylics and inks. Writing about art is fun and all, but I was really missing the feeling of being creative. Every day my confidence grows and I feel great! I might just try to turn this into a living.
Here’s a few random samples of works still in progress… Let me know what you think – I’d love some feedback.
New York City is notorious for having some of the world’s best street art talent – and 30-something female graffiti artist Swoon is no exception. Her life-sized wheat paste ups are second to none, and feature intricate paper cutouts that reflect the social atmosphere that surrounds her. Inspired by the people who come in contact with her throughout her life, she translates the pathos of the street onto the walls of the city they reside in using recycled newsprint that yellows, cracks and decays over time, taking on a life of its own.
“I’ve always really had the sense of the way that people store things inside their bodies and the way that everything you’ve ever seen or ever done is a part of you. I felt like in a way if I could somehow draw that, or make an x-ray, maybe it was just your experiences that day or maybe it’s just what you walked past that day, or maybe it’s a deeper story that’s somewhere in there for the telling.”
To learn more about Swoon and see her other amazing projects, check out this great interview on brooklynstreetart.com
To buy her prints, visit artnet.com.
Also, read about her first exhibition at designboom.com.
Ian Sklarsky is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist who’s been creating amazing abstract portraits – over 700 in the past five years alone – illustrating everything from people to pets using only pen, ink, and a splash of water colour.
The 30-year-old became engrossed in the traditional blind contour method of drawing when he learned about it in a high school art class – the artist must trace the outline of the subject in one line, without looking at the paper or canvas, creating a very expressive and abstract result. Sklarsky has to put himself in the right mindset to allow his hand to guide him across the page, keeping absolutely zen throughout the process – which can sometimes be no easy feat, as when he works on large format portraits, such as group illustrations that tower over six feet high.
Sklarsky’s portraits often begin around $65 and go up from there, depending on the size and complexity as well as the time to complete each one. They are all signed and sealed with wax, and he also offers an epoxy glaze option to those who want it, which tends to cause the paper to become somewhat translucent so you can back-light it for emphasis in your decor.
To see more, obtain a commissioned piece, and find out when and where he is appearing next, check out Sklarsky’s website. He is also on Tumblr, so be sure to visit often to see the progress of his work. Cool Hunting also recently posted a video of Sklarsky working on one of his portraits – you can view it here.