Lou Romano’s artwork for Pixar’s UP, is integral to my favorite story from Pixar.
Jamini Roy (1887 – 1972) was one of the first painters whose work I absolutely loved (and do). He is from my home state of West Bengal, and rebelled against the traditional western influences “realism” of the time, and found inspiration in the folk art of Bengal instead – the Kalighat pot painting in particular. The Kalighat pot painting tradition is identified by its flat earthy colors, bold graphic forms with minor embellishment, and is apparent in his work.
He is also one of the first and rare painters who believed art shouldn’t belong only in museums and the elite, but also the common folk. To this end, he sold his works very cheaply.
Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other dissenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias. (From her website)
Created in 2004 for BLAB! Magazine, this 3 part print tells the story of animals that retreat underground to escape the ultraviolence of humans.
Created in 2003 for BLAB! Magazine, this 4 part print examines the highs and lows of pill popping and depression in America.
Created in 2002 for BLAB! magazine’s New and Used Collection, published by Fantagraphics Books, this 6 page story chronicles the creepy factory shenanigans of The Peppermint Man.
Check out her other book The Magic Bottle. I love it.
‘The Wicked Dragon of Pelmel’ is a story about the addictive nature of power, and its potential to devastate, or, create. When the dragon accidentally discovers his ability to breathe fire, he uses it to terrorize the little creatures of Pelmel Forest. Alarmed by this sudden occurence, these forest creatures get all riled up to hunt down this horrible monster. When they do, they are in for a big surprise! Not only is the dragon sleeping quietly, but looks anything but the terrible monster they had imagined him to be. So they promptly include him in their circle of friendship. Will this innocuous invitation beget the scorching heat of his breath, or the gentle warmth of friendship?
There was a wicked dragon
And so wicked was he..
That every night
When all slept tight
He went on a burning spree..
“Whoo hooo, whoo hoooooo,
Has lost his grace utter-ly?
What can I do?
About this hullabaloo –
It wakes my chicks up early!
Mary Blair (1911-1978), born Mary Robinson, was an American artist, and best known for work she did for Watt Disney movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
Chris Raschka is a writer, illustrator and trained violist. I particularly love his Thingy Things series.