Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sketchbook Sneak: Topher MacDonald

Posted at 2 pm on December 28, 2011 by

Posted in: Pencil Illustration, Photoshop, Sketchbooks


Here’s a look at some of Topher MacDonald’s wonderful sketch books. We love the use of lines and one-directional shading.

“Topher MacDonald is an illustrator and avid sketchbook keeper who just moved his studio from Milwaukee, WI to New York City. He uses pencil, ink, Photoshop and Illustrator to create his illustrations, portraits, zines and comics.”

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Nick Sheehy/Show Chicken's Beautifully Surreal Universe

Posted at 5 pm on December 26, 2011 by

Posted in: Character Illustration, Pencil Illustration


Haunting owl-like creatures brandishing strange instruments, in battle with creepy serpents, fill Nick Sheehy/Show Chicken’s depictions of his mythological world. Perhaps it’s his characters’ hollow eyes that create the unsettling atmosphere, but the lovely pastel colours and delicate pencil work create something altogether beautiful. We’d love to see him work on a children’s book!

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Ben Phe's Fresh and Original Layer-driven Style

Posted at 1 pm on December 23, 2011 by

Posted in: Light Art, Mixed Media, Screen Printing


We really like the thickly-laid patterns and the play with layering in Ben Phe’s work. Building on qualities found in screen printing, such as offset layers and moir√© patterns created by the interaction between sets of parallel lines, Ben paints onto panes of glass to explore and develop this technique.

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