Kali Ciesemier is absolutely nailing her illustrations for Garth Nix’s wonderful dark fantasy YA novel, Sabriel, over at Picture Book Report. Arg! So lovely!
Sempé is easily one of my favorite cartoonists of all time. He can evoke space, light, inner experience, society, poignancy and whimsy all in one sweet and accessible image. (click for fullsize)
Grammar, by Sebald Beham. There are a lot of old illustrations depicting the classical liberal arts: there’s a whole slew of them here.
Lost Fairy Tales by Tom Gauld.
I feel that this accurately represents the current state of affairs. Mr. Gauld is one of my favorites, and I think he’s very deftly filled the gap in illustrative absurdity that Edward Gorey left behind him.
Current musical obsession: St.Vincent’s album “Actor”. It has gotten into my brain something fierce. It’s elegant and a bit creepy and full of interesting sounds and strange hooks.
I especially adore the video for the album’s single, Actor Out of Work:
Actor Out of Work on YouTube
St.Vincent – aka Annie Clark – is also a very distinctive-looking lady.
So I made an artist portrait. New Yorker arts pages, here I come. (Click for full-size.)