Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"New Yorker" cover artist workshop

Jean Tuttle's winning entry for "Fall"
One of my new favorite websites is hosted by The New Yorker's art director, Fran├žoise Mouly, and her daughter, Nadja Spiegelman. Called "Blown Covers," it's a monthly online contest in which gifted artists submit illustrations on a chosen topic and Mouly showcases the best, along with critiques and commentary. Fascinating. (Mouly is also the editor of 2012's anthology of Best American Comics.)
Below are some of my favorites on the theme of the book.
This one says it all!

19 comments:

  1. Super cool covers. I like the bookcase wallpaperer.

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    1. I also like the bookcase wallpaperer.

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  2. With you, Hambone, on Instant-Library-on-a-roll!

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  3. I like the last one with the tree probably the best, but I may just be partial to tree illustrations. I just noticed that the artist on the last one is the same from the pink guy reading, but seemingly completely different styles.

    I never knew about this contest, and I'll be sure to check out the submissions from now on!

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  4. I gotta go with the winner. Maybe it's the power of suggestion, but it seems utterly perfect for the fall. Neat idea, NYorker!

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    1. Oops:( wrong contest...

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    2. It's alright, Mr. Fennell. Perhaps that squirrel is sitting on a branch of the tree covered in books.

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  5. Francoise Mouly, if I'm not mistaken, is the editor of 2012's "Best American Comics!" She's quite the gatekeeper for edgy illustrations these days. Cool stuff:)

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    1. In 2012 "Best American Comics" she included a section dedicated to children's comic's which I found quite refreshing!!!!

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    2. yes! agreed, Mr Fink. Such brilliant artistry!

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  6. You're certainly not mistaken, Mr.Fink (wink)! Mouly is this year's guest editor. People like this have been slowly but surely legitimizing the graphic novel/comic genre. Every bit as poignant as "literature", I hope it's integrated into our canon of classics...

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    1. Seconded - on viewing comics as literature belonging in the canon!

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    2. Everyone is talking about the new Chris Ware book -- which is NOT digitized!

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  7. My absolute favorite is the beautiful watercolor of a teal wing-back chair in front of bookcases. I wouldn't mind having a print to hang in my home!

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  8. NOT ONLY IS THIS A WAY KEWL WEBSITE, BUT THE COLORS OF THESE PICS ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL!

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  9. I think the bookcase wallpaper is really neat.

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  10. This is one of the coolest blogs EVER! What AWESOME use of colors and art patterns! AHH! LOVE IT! ^_^

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  11. I would love to have the tree covered book for my wall. A huge print of it!

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