THE PENCIL KING!
What would we do without our pencils? We artists owe a lot of debt to the Godfather of pencil-making Johann Eberhard Faber. So brush up on your pencil history and start sketching out your tribute to Johann!
Johann Eberhard Faber was born on December 6, 1822 in the village of Stein, near the city of Nuremberg, in Bavaria. His father, George Leonard Faber, was a descendant of the famous Faber family, one of ancient lineage in Bavaria engaged in the profession of manufacturing lead pencils.
He moved to the United States in 1848 and in 1849, opened a stationery store at No. 133 William Street, NYC. The store was later moved to Nos. 718-720 Broadway in 1877.
In 1852, he started to export red cedar logs to the Faber pencil factories in Stein, having realized that the red cedar available in America was ideal for lead pencils.
In 1861, he opened the first lead pencil factory along the East River, between 41st and 43rd Streets, New York City. The factory was established under the name of Eberhard Faber.
In 1872, a fire destroyed the factory in New York City, hence a new improved factory was built on a site on Kent and West streets in the Greenpoint district of Brooklyn. The new factory was designed for expansion and by the time Faber died his factory was the largest of its kind in United States and the Faber name was known all over the world.
After a few years of silence the Illustrators Journal online magazine is back. There will be some noticeable changes especially in this new Spring Issue that explores art and politics. In light of where US politics are going, I feel compelled to jump into the fray. My resistance to the present government started with my wife and I sitting down and talking about where we might run away to to escape the government we are now facing. After much talk and consternation, (and a bit of practicality) we decided it would be better to use our collective talents to portray how we feel about what’s happening. Hence, the cover illustration of this issue and the content of the issue as well.
I’m hoping to have the zine ready within a couple weeks.
As I move forward doing more “realistic” illustration I am fascinated and I relate to perhaps one of our greatest contemporary artists, Ted Lewin. Here in this interview Ted talks about his a children’s book about Gleason’s Gym in New York. The paintings are superb. His mastery of watercolor makes the imagery vibrant and alive. More of Ted’s work can be found here http://www.tedlewin.com
I love the color and clean architectural lines in Riikka’s work. A bit of whimsy and a storyline are infused in the imagery. For more about Riika go to here
This article and profile is running on Eye on Design. Info below.
Hey look, everyone’s favorite professional association for design has its own blog.
For the past 100 years, AIGA has celebrated, lauded, applauded, championed, cheered, awarded, supported, and (most of all) loved great design. In the next century we expect to see a lot more, so we’re turning a well-trained eye on the best new work from emerging and established designers alike in the AIGA Eye on Design blog.
by Lon Levin
I received a heads-up from my business partner Gregg Masters who recently attended the Exponential Medicine conference at the Hotel Del in Coronado. Gregg told me about an artist who trained at my alma mater the Art Center College of Design who is also a talented illustrator by the name of Dave Zaboski aka @cre8tivealchemy.
Dave will be presenting a version of the talk he gave at Exponential Medicine on the art of creativity and we are pleased to live stream that session here at ArtToday.tv as well as via the Illustrators Journal.
Photographer Ed Wheeler has been very busy this holiday season preparing a feast of amusing artwork, giving familiar masterpieces a distinctly festive feel with a touch of digital trickery.He has spent the last few years taking self-portraits while dressed as Santa Claus – and inserting them into famous paintings.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2526518/Photographer-inserts-selfies-dressed-Santa-famous-works-art.html#ixzz2oVzgiMmt
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