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Sketchbook #30
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under artAriel Bordeaux 29 Apr 2008 1:26 PM

Courtesy Ariel Bordeaux:

Flora's Incredible Flutist
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Floraart 28 Apr 2008 11:29 AM

The Incredible Flutist - Jim Flora

News from Jim Flora archivist Irwin Chusid:

The Incredible Flutist is an uncirculated 1953-54 record cover painting by Flora that was intended for a 7-inch RCA Victor EP. Jim Flora Art LLC is offering a limited edition fine art print.

According to a purchase order discovered in the Flora archives, the work was commissioned by RCA in late 1953, but there's no indication it was finished, accepted, or used on a commercially released EP. This painting has not previously been published or offered in any form. An alternate version appeared in the book The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora.

Only 20 numbered prints of this work have been produced. Following the sale of two launch prints, edition prints are available for sale at JimFlora.com.

Sketchbook #29
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Johnny Ryanart 28 Apr 2008 9:02 AM

Courtesy Johnny Ryan:

The funny thing is, Johnny really does kind of have ripped abs.  

Devotio Moderno May 1 NYC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joe Colemanart 28 Apr 2008 8:59 AM

A new Joe Coleman show opens this weekend in NYC... 

Speaking of Joe, if you don't have this comic, you're missing one of the truly great oddities in comic book history:

 

 

Lizz Hickey.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Lizz Hickeyart 27 Apr 2008 10:40 PM

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Lizz Hickey is one of the reasons I decided to do another anthology this year. Working with a mythology all her own, her work is the kind of world I love to be let in on and the more I've looked at her portfolio the more she's become one of my favorite young artists. Primarily a printmaker, there is definitely an aspect to Lizz's work where an understanding of traditional print processes reinforces the awesome nature of what she does. Although there's an impulsive quality to her style nothing she makes is easy, nothing is throwaway. It's pure elbow grease. On the other hand, her work is personal and compulsive and can't be scrutinized on just some technical level.

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The best part of the art is the way it works as a cummulative force, where every piece is an elaboration on a bigger universe. One piece may be dense with details (full of complicated social systems with that you can't even make out in that jpg up top) and another will just be some amorphous hand floating on the page, holding a ghost. But even then, most likely, the latter print will be printed and drawn upon a dozen different times, each time revealing more about the creatures and their world. And I can't say what it reveals, specifically, but I'm comforted by her playful characters who thrive in a world of mutual suffering and soothing and exploration.

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April 28th-May 3rd Lizz has her Senior Show happening at Purchase College in New York. I'm a shut-in but if I were in the area I'd go to the reception April 30th if only to get ahold of the inexpensive silkscreened goodies she's selling. 

Visit her Flickr page for updates to her portfolio. 


Sketchbook #28
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under art 25 Apr 2008 10:12 PM

Courtesy Joe Matt:

Sketchbook #27
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under spainart 25 Apr 2008 11:05 AM

Courtesy Spain Rodriguez:

Sketchbook #26
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under art 24 Apr 2008 1:38 PM

Courtesy Bill Wray:

The Troublemakers cover painting
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rick AltergottpreviewsOriginal ArtGilbert Hernandezart 24 Apr 2008 12:11 PM

Rick Altergott's original painting for the cover of The Troublemakers by Gilbert Hernandez

Here's some more original art that's lurking in our Art Department: Rick Altergott's painting for the cover of The Troublemakers, Gilbert Hernandez's forthcoming follow-up to his widely acclaimed graphic novel Chance in Hell, which also features a cover painting by Rick.

Will Elder original Humbug art
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderpreviewsOriginal ArtHumbugart 24 Apr 2008 11:02 AM

Will Elder original art from Humbug, 1956

We got another package of original Humbug art, this time from Will Elder. Here's an example in keeping with the Christmas theme of the Al Jaffee art we posted previously. Click any of the photos for larger versions.

Here it is with the color overlay:

Will Elder original art from Humbug, 1956

And here's a detail shot:

Will Elder original art from Humbug, 1956

And don't forget to check out our feature detailing the production process of restoring a Humbug page.