So it’s beard season – and tons of them are out in the city. So many kinds…so much quality. I also figured beardom to be a rustic man type of thing, but all the kids in Brooklyn are proving me wayyyy wrong. Also, I am lucky enough to live with one of the greats! My boyfriend Phillips’ beard is getting off to a great start – I wanted to post his progress, but in lieu of his privacy, we’ve decided to keep it a secret.
Anywho – here are my top 5 picks for beard illustrations. Each of these artists brings something great and glorious to the depiction of cookie catchers. -xxamyk
Beardly Men from the ScaryGirl graphic Novel
illustrated by Nathan Jurevicius
If you flip through the pages of the ScaryGirl graphic novel, you’ll see these guys. This of course is just a snapshot of the one page, but these bearded beauties are the best part. Turning soup strainers into ski-slopes is a fantastic idea, and i love how smoke bellows out of the top of their hats like chimneys. It really makes me want to just sit at home and draw all the time. BTW – did i mention that Nathan works out of Toronto **YES! No wonder his work is so awesome.
Zach Galifianakis Illustration
I have many folders and sub-folders full of random ‘things’ I find on the internet for my blog. Over the years, I have collected thousands of interesting site links and images – and thus it helps me write this blog every month. And when I save these images, I also name the file the author of the ‘thing’ and even the website I found it. But alas! How horrified I was to find out that I did not do this for the Zach G. image shown. I have NO idea who did this – and feel awful to not give them credit So if anyone knows the illustrator – please let me know!! However, this just had to be in the blog. I mean come on…check out the leg hair and Murakami flower reference. Great, Great, Great all over.
Portrait for the Dead Pirates
drawn by mcbess
Alright – so here I go into obsession mode. This guy epitomizes everything I love about drawing. I wish I had his right hand. This is someone who found a style, and kicks it’s ass every morning. As a huge fan of monchrome art (mine is clearly influenced by it…) and the first mickey mouse cartoon and steaks and plain old rock n roll: I could look at this website forever. He has dabbled in color a bit, but it’s not the same. Mcbess, let’s meet and trade sharpies and black ball point pens okay? x
Good William and the Eye of the Dead (portrait)
painted by andy kehoe
In my last post I talked about Rilla Alexander who I saw at Pictoplasma NYC. I also got the chance to hear Andy Kehoe at the same event. He wasn’t given his own full presentation like Rilla (which in my opinion – he should have!) but rather sat on a panel of Alumni from Parsons. This quiet, modest, calm man does the most surreal and gorgeous work. This is true work of the gut. Not only this, but I loved how he didn’t ramble on with artistic philosophies and explanations of meaning. This guy just loved to paint his characters. I feel reluctant to join the art world because of the pretention that it brings out in others. So thank you Andy for being so real.
El Dorado (1989)
painted by gina tuzzi
Long flowing beards do need flowers and upside down parrots in them, Gina’s onto something here. And neon beards are the next biggest thing, I can feel it. I love how she took a theme and blew it out to the max. She also does some 3D beard & moustache felt sculptures that are very wonderful as well.