While checking out that Art Center/Behance network last week, we poked around the site for a bit to see if there were any artists who stood out to us. Of course a few did and one even made her way onto that post and into our “Share This Later” list we have on our desktop: her name is Jenny Emery. The illustrator is currently a student at the school (according to her network profile) and is one of those artists who sketches her life in a curious way: she likes to focus on the body (not faces or even real bodies), drawing people that she reconstructs out of objects. Her style is so unique that you want to see more and keep diving further and further into her aesthetic.
Eszter Chen may just be finishing up her Illustration BFA at Art Center but she’s already accomplished a shit ton of work. Like what? She’s participated in a handful of shows in and out of town in addition to doing multiple illustrations for Marie Claire Taiwan. We’ve spoken about students who go above and beyond just being a student and Eszter has far exceeded her role of being educated. What is even more remarkable about the artist is that she is like seventeen different types of artists all combined into on person. Scanning her work, you can find ties between it all but, damn, is she good at keeping you guessing at what she can do (because she basically can do anything).
Yevgeniya Mikhailik is a Long Beach based artist and illustrator whose work inhabits melting natural colors and folky animal figures. She seems to be painting what could be the settings for serious fantasy books for all ages, these places that ripple with activity and move slowly, braiding in and out of itself. You feel like you could get lost in her work, caught in between her wiggling lines and pools of blotted colors.
What happens when you take a bunch of old illustrations and combine them together? You could end up with something that is old but you usually end up with something very new and a little bit off. Los Angeles based MizEnScen is obsessed with doing this. This very cryptic artist is a digital collage/illustration artist who cuts and pastes what looks like imagery from old, forgotten academic texts. She takes them and layers them atop of each other to make sometimes silly portraits to beautifully textured florals growing out of bones.
Kids in art school these days: they have so many ways to get their work out into the world! Whether individually or as a class, there are so many tools at their finger tips on the Internet and beyond. One new thing that we have been enjoying year after year after year that is a very new is the “class website” students are producing to celebrate their work and promote their year end exhibitions. These sites are kind of like artistic yearbooks, a step into a time when you were obsessed with making this and your friends were all about making that: they exist as a time capsule. While we have yet to receive more of these (It’s still early and, if we get more, we’ll do our best to share.), Otis’ Junior Illustrators have passed along their website. Their showcase this year is titled Line By Line and their website features appropriate sketched out self-portraits (or are they?) that serve as a gateway to their work.