Time to honour the best illustration artist of the year: Maria José Carlier.
Geometry, landscape, moving bodies, pastel colours, thin lines, minimalism. These are the characteristics of Maria José Carliers work.
And the best about it is: She prints her motivs on Shirts! Best thing i’ve seen in an ocean of the same looking shirts this year. Check out her website here.
„When I made this piece, I had gone to the cemetery a few days before to see my grandmother and I found a mausoleum that looked like a temple, and the sun came up and I photographed it. Days later I drew it and this was how „opening portals“ was made.“
„When I did this, I wanted to draw a car for my son, but i looked at references and finally finished doing it for me, with a single eighty, fragmented with crossing stripes.“
„The last image I did it in a week when there was a wave heat and I wanted to portray women from the 80s on the beach, with a lot of RAY filter and high shot swimwear. And I named it New Moon because it was a new moon day.“
Or click the black illustrations to read the short backroundstory of every pic. Told by the artist herself.
The story behind the image is a new row on the blog, in which artists tell us what they want to share about their artworks.
Differently from the rest of the blog, this row will be written in english. I am becoming more and more secure with that whole blogging thing, so I am trying to take a step further and try something new.
We’ll start with Mr. Donald Sanger, a young illustrator whom I found on Instagram. I like his work because he shows big people who are relaxing, having sex, are eating unhealthy. Just as many of us do. He depicts them as normal as everyone else is and does it in a humorous way.
At least that is what I see in his work. You may see irony or criticism, that is what I like about Dons art, too. It allows many ways of reading, although the motives are not abstract. He, in any case, claims that he simply likes to draw big people. Click the gallery and let’s see what he has to tell us about the four illustrations below.
„Fat man in the pan is probably one of my favourites. I don’t know why but I started doing lots of food themed pictures. It’s not something I decided to do for any other reason than that I found it funny. I like the herbs on this guy. The icing on the cake. There is also something sexy about the hand and especially the red nail varnish. The hands in my pictures always contrast the skin colour of the little (but big) person.“
„The hot dog picture shows this too. I remember doing this and not realising it was the evening of the Super Bowl in the US. It turned out nicely and actually ended up looking like a friend of mine. He didn’t thank me for it. @nigelpeppercock did a great animation of this picture. He is a genius, check him out. He even made the eyes bulge as the ketchup smothered the poor man’s cock.“
„The picture of the two ladies facing each other is actually the letter ‚A‘. It was part of the word ‚TAX‘. If you look at my Instagram you will see that the letters ‚T‘ and ‚X‘ straddle it. The picture was done for a group on Instagram called Tax Collection (@taxcollection). They asked me to do a picture for them and this is what I came up with. I was a bit stuck for getting fat people in a letter ‚X‘ so you’ll have to check my Instagram for the best I could come up with.“
„Pool party is an old one. I really love the guy at the front but not so keen on the others. I always think the one at the back left looks like one of the Hairy Bikers (UK food show about two plump hairy fellas riding around cooking stuff). I recall no inspiration for this. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a pool party. I remember the scene in Caddyshack where there was a pool party only because the following scene had boobs in it. When I was 16 I really liked golf (and boobs).“
For more of Mr. Donald Sangers art click his tumblr or Instagram