Aidan Koch, a comics writer and illustrator who’s previously been featured on Beautiful/Decay, has started a new blog entitled Field Studies to help fund an extended period of traveling. Koch, who hails from Portland, Oregon, is drawing intriguing sights she encounters during her travels – often depicting local flora, or a recurring pup named Edie – and selling each original piece for $20 through PayPal. The payments go back into Koch’s travels, thus generating even more field studies.
The studies themselves manage to come off as both timeless observations and, with the focus on plants, for instance, articulations of the zeitgeist. They are austere without being restrained and composed without being constrained. Most usefully, they serve as visual inlets to her larger body of artwork. For those not already familiar with Koch’s comics and styles of drawing, a good place to start is her comic book The Whale published by Gaze Books.
As part of her season of traveling, Koch will be the artist-in-residence at Skylab Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, during the month of June. As there is a lot of America in-between Portland and Columbus, I suggest checking out Koch’s drawings that are after the jump, then finding one that suits your daily décor needs on her site.
Benjamin Marra, perfecter of awkward angles and radical tangents and exploding heads and 80′s boobies, recently re-visualized American Psycho in a crisp Pettibon-ish series of drawings. They provide a nice contrast to the way Marra often works his comics, which tend to be explosively high-speed and feverishly paced. He excels at both approaches, and further proves why he is one of the best action comic artists out there. Get deeper, read his blog, visit his website, frequent his webstore, and amazingly, you can buy a bunch of his comics, released from his very own Traditional Comics, for only 16 bones. I bought ‘em. You?
Joana Avillez is a radical comic book drawing machine from Manhattan, NYC. Her work exists in a universe all her own where old timey cartoons wear Geta shoes and one-of-a-kind hats, while reading old issues of Heavy Metal and Raw, over a nice hot bowl of asian soup. Buy copies of her most recent book “Life Dressing: The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas” here.
Mei Yan Jane Lee is a 22-year-old Hong Kong-based illustrator. Her prodigious output encompasses comics, graphic design, product design, wall murals, and installation. Lee’s artwork is playful, detail-rich, and teeming with a heartfelt optimism. To get a better feel for the extent of her oeuvre, please visit her Tumblr. For now, here is a selection of Lee’s pattern designs:
I don’t know much about Irkus M. Zeberio, but his work caught my eye as I was tumbling through this. Directly pasted, his bio states, “Irkus M. Zeberio born in Donostia-San Sebastian, down by the Pyrenees near the Atlatinc Ocean at the land of the Basques . I came to Barcelona nine years ago. As the years went by I became an illustrator by a mutation process of my cells.” Besides being intrigued by his inclination to use the landscape format over the portrait format, I’ve always been fond of the stringy word balloon, which he uses very effectively, wrapping his drawings tightly in words. Additionally, simple color palettes on top of scratchy lines can never be wrong. Basque in it…
This Thanksgiving, let us be grateful for the delicious imagery of “the master of voluptuousness” Jonny Negron. Not since Tom of Finland have I witnessed this caliber of graphic plumpness, and once your eyes fall upon these beauties you’ll be hooked. I really wish those two dudes could collaborate, unfortunately Tom of Finland is dead, but luckily, Negron and Jesse Balmer collaborate often, yielding plenty of awesome finishes. You can catch both of these men in CHAMELEON and DEMON GOD GOBLIN HEAVEN, and after that check out Jonny while he flicks, tumbles, and sells wonderful shit at these hyperlinks. Do enjoy.
Brecht Evens is a Brussels, Belgium based cartoonist and illustrator. He creates expressive comics that take you on a mystical adventure through a wonderland of seemingly normal places. As garden utopias manifest out of the back rooms of nightclubs and bars- a myriad of personal intimacies are revealed from behind the closed doors of apartment flats and town houses. His paintings and comics leave you with a resonating feeling comparable to having a near perfect night out in your favorite city.