Artists you should know. (I’m still here!!)
Despite my depressing lack of posts (my last was May 19?!), I’m happy to report I am in fact still alive and do still have interesting things marginally worthwhile things to write about. Kidding. THIS IS THE BEST POST YOU’LL EVER READ, SQUID BRAINS! (See here.) Anyways, I consider part of my job to be researching and keeping up with what and who is out there in the art/design/illustration world. So let me just get right to it. If you know me, you know I’m big fan of Phil Hale. I discovered his work when I was a sophomore in high school and the creepy nature of his work combined with his intense painting ability and wild imagination had me hooked. If you don’t already know his stuff, get familiar. A perfect place to start is his book GOAD - Many Moods of Phil Hale - it looks like its unavailable on Amazon but if you dig around online you can find it. Next up - and a perfect transition from Hale - is artist/musician Jacob Bannon of Converge fame. Again, taking me back to my high school days and even before I discovered Hale, I was a fan of Jacob’s work (both visual and vocal) for Converge, first seeing what he’d done for the album Petitioning The Empty Sky as well as his work for Poison the Well, Cave In, Drowningman, and Bane. Jacob finally has a new site completely dedicated to his artwork at JacobBannon.com - long overdue but well worth the wait. I must be in a ‘creepy/dark’ art mood today I guess, ha, so I’ll continue with the work of Zach Johnsen. So cool. Seriously. I’m really just loving the idea of using your imagination to its full potential lately and looking at Zach’s work really expands on that in an awesome way. Perfectly eerie and weird. And tell me it wouldn’t be absolutely awesome to have just the hands from this piece up on a wall somewhere in your house…Anyways. Last but not least, I wanted to give some much due attention to BLT & Associates. BLT creates some of the most recognizable and beloved movie posters/campaigns out there including my most recent favorite, this poster for The Dark Knight (which by the way will be the best move this year…) Anyways - you can see a lot of the work BLT has done on the IMP Awards site. Aaaand that’ll do it for me.