I remember looking at Max Dalton’s ‘Ten Great Years‘ print years ago and considered buying it. It was only $50 and I’m not sure why I didn’t jump on the opportunity. Before a blink of an eye it was sold out. Only a few years have passed and now its worth $1,200. Oh how the waves of regret washed over me. Not that I would have sold it anyway. In my opinion Max Dalton is a modern genius and have been in love with his work since I laid eyes on it. I like the way he represents the small details of each film. Its the attention to detail that I think hes so good at. He did a couple of ‘action figure’ pieces, though I think all of his work feels a little toy-like and action-figurey. Pure nerd childhood bliss. His whimsical vibe coincides with Wes Anderson’s vibe, so its no wonder Dalton designed the book cover for Andersons coffee table book (and if you haven’t already purchased it, I recommend it highly it’s absolutely stunning).
It’s interesting how a strange abstract outline can immediately process into a meaningful image to us. Pablo Picasso was a master at drawing a bunch of abstract shapes and somehow our brains make it into something. Sometimes realistic representations can be a tad boring or a bit contrived. Anytime an artist takes creative license to create something new I love the hell out of it. Italian artist Ale Giorgini creates really rad minimalist and abstract art based on pop culture figures….actually some of my favorite movies and characters!
Illustrator Nan Lawson has a style that I can only describe as “sweetheart nerd”. Her pieces combine a soft and sweet quirky flair to recognizable pop culture figures. She has a unique style of portraiture and character busts. What I love about her work is the cute way she draws characters with their eyes closed. Its a soft, peaceful and meditative feeling. These characters come to life with the detailed line work and lovely use of color.
Here there is a series called “the little ones”. These drawings have the semi creepy doll dot eyes and can either be interpreted as eerie or cute, or maybe a little of both. This is Harry Potter, obv.