Artist Showcase: Erika Moen

Since this past weekend has revolved around comics, our artist showcase of this week is illustrated storyteller (aka comic artist) Erika Moen!

I have been a close follower of Erika’s popular comic series Dar: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary since I was in high school (that makes it a total of 8 years). Basically, Dar is Erika’s autobiography in pictures. Each strip is a scene or event that actually happened at some point in her life; they range from serious to funny to the absolutely bizarre, but each one has a punch to it. On a personal note, when I was in high school and just starting college, I found solace in her words, especially when she spoke of her own experiences wrestling with her sexual identity. It helped me not only find myself, but her comics helped me to explain it to my family. My coming out letter to my mother contained two of Erika’s comics (one and two) that explained to her what I was going through better than I ever could (by the way, thanks for that Erika).

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Besides Dar, Erika is a very talented illustrator, with artwork published in several different books and anthologies and a large number of gallery exhibits under her belt. She has been employed by the likes of LAIKA where her talents were put to work on the feature-length new movie Coraline. She lives and works in Portland, OR where she resides with her husband Matt.

You can more Erika Moen art and info here:
Portfolio Site: Erika Moen
Comic Series: DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary
Livejournal: erikamoen
Twitter: @erikamoen

Artist Showcase: Anne-Julie Aubry

It may be a coincidence, or it may not be, but today I received in the mail the necklace I won from Anne-Julie Aubry. I took this as a sign, so today’s artist showcase will be Anne-Julie Aubry!

Anne-Julie is an amazing illustrator and I highly recommend you check out her website and gallery. She is also a talented jewelry designer and sometimes her work can be found on her etsy shop the Nebulous Kingdom. Her work is so simple yet complex, so innocent but filled with deep meaning. Her color palette is subtle, soft, and fantastical. I just love it.

Last month I took part in a contest on her blog and ended up winning the prize: a beautiful antique-looking necklace with two of Anne-Julie’s prints inside: “Becoming a Puppet” and “La Sorcière Noire.” It wasn’t just the necklace she sent me; I also received her Mother Nature Postcard and a gorgeous little bag that the necklace came in. The whole package was put together with such thought that I felt the need to take a picture to share with you.

Necklace
Necklace

Isn’t that just breath-taking? I love it. Thank you so much Anne-Julie for the wonderful prize. It is a beautiful giveaway. I hope you continue making beautiful art for as long as you live. You have a great talent.

You can find Anne-Julie Aubry at the following sites:
Blog: Ma Petite Theiere
Website: Anne-Julie Art
Etsy: The Nebulous Kingdom
Twitter: @annejulieart

Artist Showcase: Jason Chan

Sometimes, while I’m working, I take breaks to make a cup of tea and wander through art sites such as DeviantArt.com or ConceptArt.org. Usually I’ll go through them fast, just to see if anything catches my eye, and if something does, I’ll save it so I have something pretty to look at later. Every once in awhile though, I’ll see something that makes my jaw drop and my eyes sparkle.

Today’s post is brought to you by illustrator Jason Chan. While all of his art is absolutely gorgeous, I was completely taken by one piece in particular, which is now showcased on my laptop’s desktop. The file name, Waterfall, really does no justice to it, and yet, at the same time brings out the beautiful simplicity of the painting.

Waterfall

Personally, it evokes in me the same feelings I get when watching the timeless works of Hayao Miyazaki – most especially Laputa: Castle in the Sky, with it’s ancient robotic men and innocent little girl. Jason Chan has caught a simple moment with his digital canvas – a friendship between an unlikely pair in one of the most beautifully rendered backdrops I’ve ever seen.

You can find more about Jason Chan on his website JasonChanArt.com.