BLOG: We’re excited to see that artist Wendy MacNaughton, who regularly publishes in local Frisco mags as well as national publications, has teamed up with Isaac Fitzgerald of The Rumpus.net to create the blog Pen & Ink. The premise is simple: each entry is a hand drawn image of a friend or acquaintance with tattoos, followed by the hand-written story behind the tat in question. Check it out at penandink.tumblr.com.
BLOG: I first heard of LA artist, actor, and author Ken Tanaka/David Ury when I happened to notice the cover of his big yellow children’s book for grown ups: Everybody Dies. It is exactly what it sounds like: a picture book that, in the vein of blockbusters like Everybody Poops, helps us understand one of the little facts of life.
Tanaka’s style – artistically childlike but conceptually mature – lends itself perfectly to such a theme. It also lends itself to his role as Ken Tanaka, the balding white man adopted as a baby into a Japanese family. You may recognize him from his Youtube pleas to help him find his father John Smith.
You may just as easily recognize him from Verizon Wireless.
In general, these two artists make an impressive team. With as much skill in illustration as you might imagine from the Look video, they’ve created a full body of work that rides a line between high-art minimalism and low-brow wisecracks.
BLOG: Animator Xaver Xylophone gives us some beautiful visuals to accompany this tragic robot love story Kurzchluss.
BLOG: Animator Alan Foreman‘s addictive series of cat-killer shorts.
BLOG: British duo The Brothers McLeod tells the funny tale of how relatively unimportant one’s life may be as an exploratory astronaut.
BLOG: Liquid TV animator Garrett Davis voices one of the characters in Laura Jane Favela‘s unusual interview with a piece of toast and his raccoon minion.