- FREAK OF THE WEEK
- HAPPY FRIDAY
- 5W+1H = ARTIST INTERVIEWS
- INSIDE THOUGHTS OF NOW
- MULGAS ZOMBIE ZOO
- CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
- IMAGINARY FRIENDS
- BARKING MAD
- CREATURES FROM THE URBAN JUNGLE
- GODS AND MONSTERS
- ANCIENT RULERS OF BRITAIN
- 1 MINUTE CREATURES
- GETLIFFE – BUNNY STRIPS
- ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
- AROUND THE WORLD
- WHO’S THAT CREATURE?
- SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND
CREATURE EDITIONS (2006-09)
BROWSE THE ARCHIVES
Artist: Laurent Moreau
Laurent has a degree in Decorative Arts, from Strasbourg University,
and makes children books, editorial illustrations and graphic design. He also
plays on a rock band and likes polaroids. His work has a central naïve quality
and uses mostly primary and secondary colours, sometimes combined with grey, blending
line work, overprinted colour layers and patterns. People, birds, plants and
trees figure prominently. You’ll find a lot of nice work on the website, including books, posters and sketchbooks.
Laurent Moreau, 30 years old.
I’m an author, illustrator and graphic designer.
I’m a day time worker! Sometimes I’m busy and I have to multi-task, but I prefer to focus on one project!
I live in France, in Strasbourg. I work in a studio with other illustrators.
I tried to do other jobs, but it’s when I draw that I feel better! I like to feel free and independent!
I work almost only with my hands. I paint with gouaches, draw, cut… I use sketchbooks to find and keep ideas. I try to be spontaneous… I write stories for children’s books, make posters and create visual identities too.
Artist: Joana Rosa Bragança
This week we feature a young lady who lives and works on a small sunny city, which has a large fishing port, lots of boats, Moorish-style houses and warehouses. Her artwork has an inherent maritime romanticism and a lot of it evokes outdoor/water activities. She works with brushes, graphite, ink and watercolour, mostly on paper. Sometimes it becomes 3D compositions or fabric dolls (or soft sculptures, as Joana calls it). On her blog, Joana tells us her “timeless universe” recipe includes ”visual poetry, subtlety and humour”.
Joana Rosa Bragança, 26.
I’m an artist and freelance illustrator who loves painting, drawing, printmaking, film photography, sewing and gardening.
I’m a morning person! I like to work in daylight, with natural light. I prefer to focus on one thing at a time; when this is not possible my levels of anxiety tend to grow a little! Time is very important to me because some of my work needs to be executed very slowly, in order to achieve the desired looks, so everything looks good in the end.
I live in Olhão, a small town by the sea in the south of Portugal, and work at my studio or in my backyard, when the weather is good.
This is what I love doing most since I was a kid! I’ve always had an impulse to create new things with my own hands; it’s like freedom to me. Making art is magical; it allows me to step into other dimensions.
I like experimenting, but watercolour is my favourite technique. I usually use it combined with graphite or Indian ink. I also do a lot of paper-cutting. I love nib pens and I have a thing for 100% cotton paper; it’s marvellous! Watercolour is a very delicate and transparent technique, so every gesture will be perceived. Sometimes I paint/draw on impulse, and other times I’m more cautious and do preliminary sketches. It depends on the work and my state of mind. Usually my sketchbook is full of very light pencil drawings and words. I also make fabric characters, which are inspired by my own drawings and made like sculptures, freely and without using patterns.
Artist: Bruce Mackay
From Cape Town, Bruce is an artist with focus on hand-made illustrations, prints and type (though his portfolio shows colorful and digital commercial work too). Icons, pictograms and graphic design have their role in the process. Via dip pen/brushes and ink, or lino prints (in his own words, “I really don’t like digital prints”), Bruce’s artwork comes mostly in black and white, sometimes with red or blue details, and rich in lines and patterns. The themes include the maritime realm, with profuse ocean ripples, boats, whales and Neptune; skeletons; interlaced branches or anthropomorphic figures; birds; and snakes.
My name is Bruce Mackay. I am 26 years old.
I work as an artist and freelance commercial illustrator/designer.
I think and work best early in the morning and in the evening and late at night. I try not to work in the afternoon unless I absolutely have to. My neighbours and housemates probably think I don’t do any work ever. I try not to multitask unless I have a client who I know takes a while with feedback. I try to focus on one thing until it’s complete.
I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I have a studio in Woodstock, but I’m hardly ever there. I mostly work from home because I work at night and in the morning and Woodstock isn’t safe at night.
I love it. I can be my own boss. I can work when and where I want to. I never get forced to take on jobs that I don’t want to do. Commercial jobs pay the bills but I get to make things for myself when I’m not busy on those jobs. I love the freedom and that I can make things with my hands.
I draw with a dip pen or a brush and ink and sometimes masking fluid. When I work I do some thumbnails and titles for work and then do some roughs of the drawing in pencil, going over the drawing several times on tracing paper until I’m happy with the layout and tension in the drawing. Then I lightly trace over all the shapes onto the final paper I’m using and start to work in ink. For commercial work I mostly work digitally. Sometimes I work by hand and then assemble and edit everything in Photoshop, usually with typography.
Find Bruce Mackay here:
Artist: Casey Roberts
This May we get a wilderness overload, delivered by Casey Roberts. With the blood of an artist, Casey works like a chemist to create beautiful and fantastic landscapes, frequently introducing innuendos of a conflictive human presence. It’s a door to a world of plants and trees, lakes and mountains, fog and sea, inhabited by butterflies, hares, owls, wales, woodpeckers, and all else you feel present but there’s no sight of. To complement the interview, I’m posting a link to a short film Casey directed, called “I think I know what the problem is“, about a man who decides to live as an animal while still pursuing his human dreams.
Casey Roberts … 41.
I’m a painter and drawer, and occasional printmaker. I try to make short videos and sculptures.
I’m a night person; I get into the studio around noon and work till late. I do my best to multi-task, but generally focus on a body of work or a related series of paintings.
I have a great studio not far from my apartment in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I realized I wanted to do creative stuff as an impressionable 10 year old kid watching the Talking Heads video, “once in a lifetime”. I guess it was the first time I’d seen anything like it. It was suddenly obvious to me; artists can really do whatever they want, whatever makes them happy. Sounds naive, but it was super deep at the time and blew up my little brain. It’s pretty much just like that now; good or bad this stuff makes me excited and happy. I totally blame David Byrne.
My paintings are mostly on paper and I use a variety of water based media. I usually start with cyanotype, typically it’s thought of as a photo process, but I paint with the light sensitive solution, once exposed and washed out it’s a beautiful blue. I can alter this blue with chemical reactions, for example to lighten it into the shades of green and golds I use a baking soda solution. I pretty much go back and forth, adding and subtracting till the image is in a state of awesomeness, hopefully.
Artist: Catarina Sobral
Catarina is from Coimbra, Portugal, and is working her way up in illustration. With a background in graphic design, she enrolled on a MFA in Artistic Illustration at the same time her first commissions started to pop up. Her artwork developed into a combination of digital and handmade illustration, mostly worked as collage, looking for a balance between graphic elements and naive drawings. Let´s read from her.
Catarina Sobral, 27 years old.
I’m an illustrator and picture book maker.
Anytime. I prefer to work later than to wake up early, and usually my evenings are very productive. I rarely work at night but I work most weekends. Sometimes, when doing a book, I can manage to devote all my time to it, but often there are a lot of things happening at the same time: illustration, emails, some graphic design, schools and libraries to visit…
I work from home and these days I’m splitting my time between Coimbra and Lisbon (Portugal).
Because I feel happy when I’m illustrating. Because there aren’t many objects more beautiful than picture books, right? (I can’t remember any right now…)
I use a lot of different techniques. With commissioned work I prefer digital collage, because it’s quicker, but in my picture books I always do handmade illustrations (with collage, monotyping, pencil, oil, wax pastels…). Right now I’m finishing a book all made with acetate overlays and acrylic paint. Because each text has its own mood, its own tone, I just can’t repeat a visual language if the story touches me differently. So my work method changes depending on the technique. I always start sketching with pencil, because I find the composition studies very important for illustrating a book, and I usually develop it into a messy illustration with overlapping layers, like a Frankenstein, before doing the final artwork. But the process between these two stages varies a lot.