This is Alex Eckman-Lawn’s bio… “Alex Eckman-Lawn is a Philadelphia born illustrator who lives in the gutter and sleeps in the sewer. His work has appeared in comic books, on album covers, book covers, T-shirts, music videos, and posters. He is currently hard at work trying to burn his name into the ground and pull the sun out of the sky.”
Yup, he is that freaking cool.
No matter what medium he’s working with, it’s trademarked with complicated dark overtures layered in emotion. Our personal favorite — his contemporary framed cut paper collage pieces, each layer stacked upon another create a dense narrative that unveils a story slowly being released to the viewer.
At first glance, the narratives of his work seems peppered with themes of loneliness and fear — but the graceful shafts of light and placement of color betray a sense of hope and redemption. It’s not hard to see the painstaking care and finesse layered in his pieces – so exacting in trying to maintain a compulsive control over chaotic worlds.
Check out the video below to see Eckman-Lawn discuss his process.
Alex Eckman-Lawn on Social Media
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Alex’s work appears in the following comics:
Awakening Volumes 1 and 2, Popgun volume 4 (Rusted: Faded Signal), Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard (Leviathan), The Graphic Canon Vol.1 (Forgive Us Our Trespasses), and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. He is working on an all-ages adventure book called Thanatos Diver right now.
You know how this works. I wait till I have my typical bout of insomnia, lay in bed and troll through the internet looking for something special I can share with the rest of you sleep challenged zombies.
Tonight, who am I kidding… this morning I happily remembered to check in on Delhi based illustrator, @jasjyotjasjyot.
Jasjyot Singh Hans has been on my watch list for over a year now. Every so often I ping him a brief hello so he knows I’m still following his work, waiting for a juicy project to crop up so we can collaborate. I don’t remember how I first came in contact with his work, but I know what’s kept me hooked.
On his downtime, Jasjyot takes breaks at coffee houses, drinks Chai, Instagrams and sketches.
He draws strong, women of color, full of attitude in his sketchbooks, and on delicate paper doilies – accentuating them with tints of blush. Drawn in a stylized blend of fashion and comic influences, Jasjyot’s sketches articulate his beautifully bold assumptions on women’s emotionally nuanced ways.
I’m giddy because he’s temporarily moved to the States and that makes my calendar itch for impending projects. I’m excited because he’s showing up on lists of ‘illustrators to watch’ and it’s thrilling when other people acknowledge good talent. I’m relieved because the sketches didn’t stop – they just happen in classier places. Now I follow Jasjyot when he steps out for dinner and leaves behind tables loaded with full-bodied women brandishing fierce looks.
Explore more on his Instagram & Tumblr
I can honestly say I didn’t know I would find art in the middle of a toilet paper roll. But there’s no denying this is amazingly intricate business.
Parisian Artist & Illustrator, Anatassia Elias is creating these tiny worlds with manicure scissors, a cutter and tweezers – carving paper shapes in the same color as the roll. Notice how she makes use of the natural light to enhance the scenes.
All images © Anastassia Elias