If there is one thing the Internet has popularized, it is fashion illustrations. From Daily Candy to Garance Dore, illustrating clothes is an inventive and more fun way to share wears with readers and potential shoppers. Echo Park’s Myrtle is a big fan of this. They’re so into this idea that they’ve enlisted six young, female illustrators to share their Fall/Winter 2013 looks. Each of the artists involved are totally different and provide an artsy spin on outfitting women.
“As part of my daily sketching routine, I thought I’d check out the scene at Kogi BBQ taco truck, the latest street food phenomenon to hit the L.A. scene,” illustrator Shiho Nakaza explained on February 26, 2009. The assertion may have seemed cute, even a little thrilling, because this was a very new thing to do in late aughts Los Angeles. Remember, at that time the city was getting into the thick of recession economics, leading to very inventive alternative ways of eating. Hence, the modern food truck boom was born, arguably starting in Los Angeles and arguably sparked by Roy Choi—and it seems that Nakaza was there.
Something must have clicked for the illustrator at this time. The experience triggered something, perhaps a fascination, that drew her to these mechanized restaurants-on-wheels to be her subjects. Since that initial Kogi introduction to her sketch pad, Nakaza has made illustrating food trucks a part of her routine and has surveyed quite a few locally (and beyond). She’s simultaneously monitored a trend while exercising her drawing and painting muscles in the name of good food.
TFIB recently featured local artist Chris Turnham in their Desktop Wallpaper series to help celebrate his recent Hemmingway & Picket show. If you haven’t seen it, check out the show. Also, download this wallpaper.
Artist Chris Turnham has always loved the Eastside of Los Angeles—specifically the architecture’s quaint, post-war feeling. He’s used the city as the inspiration for a few self-initiated screenprinted portraits of his favorite buildings. The buildings chosen are familiar places around Los Feliz and Silver Lake that range from a little taco stand on Hillhurst to a quiet, tree flanked pharmacy on York. These places have different architectural styles and range from obscure storybook homes to Los Angeles icons like Griffith Park Observatory.
He’s amassed a collection of screenprinted images over the past few years of his being in Los Angeles. The resulting works are currently on display as a little art show at Silver Lake’s Hemingway & Pickett. They display the diversity and similarity in East L.A. building forms illustrated in simple, very charming ways. They’re the product of many influences.
Local illustrator Melissa Kojima makes it very clear that she is a big fan of play. “Play has helped me get over my fear of making mistakes and helped me connect to playful folks like you!” she explains in the About section of her website. Her work has ranged from making paper masks and more for Loyola Marymount’s Opera Department and making illustrations for the LA Times’ children’s section. On the side, she has built up a little online shop where she makes cards and paper dolls that are quite inventive and quite cure. We’d briefly shared her work over the Summer and, happening upon her work again, we found she has made a selection of Halloween paper dolls that would be fantastic treats to share with the family today.