A Few of Our Favorite Things: KR’s Skillshare Teachers

About a year ago, I was struggling to stay creative outside of work. I had a million ideas of what I wanted to do but needed to hone it in and get to work. I believe strongly that my maker side contributes to my design skills at work. A co-worker recommended Skillshare. I signed up for free trial. After forgetting to cancel, the trial membership became a year long membership. Skillshare is an amazing creative community. Each class has a project section so you can share your work and see what others are doing. For me, it has become an On Demand binge-worthy hide out. There are three teachers that I follow on Skillshare that are my current favorites.
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A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Illustrators

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Jim Madsen

http://www.shannonassociates.com/artist/jimmadsen

Madson has been illustrating for the past 15 years, and has 75 illustrated books to show for it! His work has a soft, dreamlike quality. He uses subtle humor which brings charm to a lot of his pieces. There’s warmth through his color palette that helps create a sort of comfort to the characters he constructs. I really enjoy his work, and he is fantastic to work with.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: KR’s Type Artists

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Wool is an American artist famous for his black and white stenciled letter word paintings, Wool forms words and phrases in a grid style that breaks typography and word pattern rules, removing space, punctuation and vowels leaving the viewer to make sense of it. Known also for his abstract work, Wool pushes the limits of painting using of a variety of mediums and tools for mark-making. I am inspired by his ability to move beyond the standard rules and create art that grabs your attention and requires thought to decipher the work.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: Mural Art

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Photos by Plotr Redlinski for the NY Times

191st Beautification Project/NYC

Check out more mural art images here

Six artists out of hundreds who applied, were selected to turn one of the longest (a 5 minute walk) and scariest tunnels into a beautiful, colorful work of art. Once dark and dirty, the city decided to turn this tunnel leading to a subway entrance into an inspiring, eye-opening walk. The walls went from a pale yellow to a colorful, geometric mural. Andrea von Bujdoss, the art duo Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhn, Nick Kuszyk, Nelson Rivas, and Fernando Carlo, Jr. were the selected local artist chosen for this project, and they did not disappoint.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: Street Artists

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far left image by Katherine McMahon, top far right by Pranav Mehta, others can be found on oleknyc.com

Olek

http://oleknyc.com

Yarn bombing, guerrilla crochet, whatever you prefer to call it, it’s a thing. A big thing to the Brooklyn based textile artist known as Olek. The Polish born artist arrived in New York with nothing but a backpack and $50 to her name. Now she has her work shown all around the world. Her goal is to produce work to share with the public. It is not only decorative, beautiful and colorful, but there to draw attention to important social and political issues being faced around the world. “I think there is no line between life and art. Everything is connected.” ~Olek

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Photographers

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Fishy island by Erik Johansson http://erikjohanssonphoto.com

Erik Johansson
http://erikjohanssonphoto.com

I love Erik Johansson’s work for its surrealist quality and painterly feel. A single piece of his work might actually contain hundreds of different images, yet his goal is still for it to look like it was all captured in 1 shot. Johansson says he takes a problem-solving approach to his work, collecting material to convey an idea. As a graphic artist, I can relate and appreciate this approach as I use it everyday in my work as well. While Johansson considers his personal work to be closest to his heart, he has created work for some major companies such as Google, Adobe, and Microsoft. I highly suggest checking out some of his work; it’s really exciting to look at from an artistry perspective.

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A Few of our Favorite Things: LL’s Design Blogs

The book cover archive
http://bookcoverarchive.com

Our own Kristin Resch, CG Production Manager, found and shared this site with all of us here at Composure. I might be stealing from her list here (sorry Kristin!), but I love surfing through this endless grid of beautifully designed book covers. Full of impactful type, strong photography, beautiful illustration, and well thought out color and layout, its a quick go-to when you need a boost of creativity (or possibly a new reading recommendation)!

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Hand Lettering Artists

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By Jessica Hische, http://jessicahische.is

Jessica Hische, https://jessicahische.is

Many of you are likely Jessica Hische fans already, but I have to include her to this list. Hische’s work is really what originally got me interested in hand lettering. Her distinctive style is very illustrative, colorful, creative and recognizable. If you dig her work as much as I do, check out the class she teaches on Skillshare!  Continue reading “A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Hand Lettering Artists”

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A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Etsy Illustrators

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Searching, Chasm, House With Ladder by Jeremy Miranda https://www.etsy.com/shop/jeremymiranda

Jeremy Miranda, https://www.etsy.com/shop/jeremymiranda

LOVE his work, it has a series surrealist quality, which I am known to gravitate towards. I also love the loose style brushwork and the fact that you can have a feeling of a narrative in each piece. I think he sort of plays with the juxtaposition of the home and where or how it resides in nature. He also brings to light how we view it, through a window, computer screen, or under water. His color palette is darker; however, he often adds a pop of bright green/teal or blue. Definitely an artist to check out, and exciting that he has prints available on Etsy (as I could never afford his real deal canvas pieces available on his website!)  Continue reading “A Few of Our Favorite Things: LL’s Etsy Illustrators”

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