A little while ago I wrote a post about Mike Stilkey’s awesome book sculptures. The managing editor of Line Zero recently opened my eyes to another artist who also does awesome things with books.
Su Blackwell does some really beautiful, mystical sculptures using books. Her work is a little more like fairy tales than Stilkey’s paintings of people and are somewhat like pop-up books.
Check out more of her work and some more information about the artist here. While you’re at it, look at the other posts on Lit Stack, it has a lot of great stuff for lovers of books.
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Mike Stilkey, an L.A.-based artist, has been exhibiting his work since 2004. His art, a combination of whimsical people and animals, is painted on everything from canvas to books.
I came across his work somewhat randomly online and can’t get enough of it. I am particularly fond of his paintings of horses.
What makes his work so cool is that they range in size by how many books he chose to use. Check out his gallery here. Stilkey recently did a 12.5 x 10 ft. book sculpture installation in the Porta Nuova Railway Station Torina, Italy.
He also has a beautiful print for sale called “Sleeping Horse” for $45, in case anyone wanted to buy me a present.
Watch an interview with Stilkey and see more of his work here.
Aside from a previous post about how much I adore webcomics, I haven’t taken the time to do an actual review of one yet. I recently stumbled upon a webcomic by Magnolia Porter called “Bobwhite” about three art students trying to balance their lives of school, relationships, and potential careers. It is a full, completed comic so you can read the whole thing start to finish without waiting for updates.
The main characters are sassy film student Marlene, neurotic, boy-obsessed design student Cleo, and the slovenly illustration student Ivy. Each character has some pretty clear character traits, but are fleshed out with family back stories and unique characteristics. The author does a great job creating complex, interesting characters that feel like real people instead of stereotypes.
There is some romantic drama, but it’s also a very smart, funny strip about growing up and being in college. It was fun for me to read because I could relate to a lot of the characters’ experiences (dancing to a Peaches song, putting off work, having friends who play the ukulele). It also made me want to be more creative, and maybe I’ll spend some more time on my art.
After a few days of reading the strip pretty religiously, I was really sad to see it end. I was even sadder to see that Porter had been at the Emerald City Comic Con I had attended this year; I missed her and didn’t even know!
I highly suggest you all check out the comic here. She also has two other comics (I haven’t yet read them) called Monster Pulse and Dracula Mystery Club.
If you know me, you know that I am obsessed with webcomics. They work very well with my slight online OCD. Ever since high school when a friend of mine turned me on to social networking sites and webcomics I have been compulsively checking certain sites at least once a day for updates.
Over the years I have fallen into a weekly webcomic schedule. Mondays-Fridays it’s Questionable Content and Yu+Me Dream. Fridays are reserved for A Softer World, and Sundays go to the touchy-feely Post Secret. When an artist misses an update, or insists on having a life and thus posting a guest comic instead of the typical update, I get irritated. I feel like a very crucial part of my day is stolen from me.
I liken the experience to the comfort one might feel over their first cup of coffee of the day and reading the newspaper. If anyone still does that.
Now over the years I have tried out many other webcomics, but none of them really stuck. They lacked good writing, good art, or was just a genre that didn’t appeal to me. The thing is I would love to add another webcomic to my weekly schedule. Reading one update takes maybe one minute, at the most. Then it’s over and I have to wait another week (in reference to those webcomics only updated weekly) for my fix. I’m addicted.
But I realized that my favorites won’t last forever, even though I’ve been reading most of them for over six years now I know someday the artists will move on to something else.
I have always had a secret desire to have my own webcomic. It has not happened due to the fact that I am not a very good artist and am even worse at complicated computer programs used to create webcomics (the good ones anyway). It’s a sad state of affairs because let’s face it, my webcomic would be AWESOME.
My interest in webcomics has developed into the desire to purchase the books that often coincide with them. I’ve purchased A Softer World compilation for my sister, and one of the writer’s collection of short stories for myself. I also would love to get ahold of some original artwork of some of them. My point is, the things that were born online can live fruitful lives offline as well. And in fact I see a bright future for webcomics’ developments into other mediums (I’m certain Questionable Content will someday be made into a t.v. show. Anyone who has read it would agree it would be possible).
Everyone has a story. What’s yours?
For those of you who love twitter, facebook, and any other online medium where you get to say something but the amount of words allowed for you to say that something is limited, there is Smith Magazine.
It is the home of the 6 word memoir, where you may enter your own directly onto the site for free to join the many, many others. Not a fan of summing up your life in 6 words?
What about 6 words on food?
There are many options available to you on the website, if you can keep it at six words.
But Smith Magazine offers so much more. Book blogs, webcomics, a collection of six word memoir books for sale (think: Chicken Soup for the teenage soul, housewife soul, gardener’s soul…) and even a space just for teens. As if anyone cares about teens.
It is my official favorite online magazine of the week. Sign up, and begin posting all your six-worded thoughts. They also sell tee-shirts!