Saturday, March 21, 2009


Image c. 2009 Chad Verrill


ere are some initials I have been rendering slowly off-and-on for the past three or four years. They are drawn on paper - about 2 inches square each. They are definitely inspired by other initials, but basically I just wanted to make my own set for a comic I was doing at the time and not just grab some uncopyrighted decorative alphabet from online or one of my books. Instead I just looked at ones I liked (and ones I didn't like), sat down with a grid and just started sketching in my own style without having any source material close by to tempt me. My style is pretty informed by decorative arts, so it's no small wonder that these look like I copied them even though they are original. What will I use them for? Wait and see...

Images c. 2009 Chad Verrill

New Scans

hese sketches have been sitting on my scanner for a month or two now. Here I am finally scanning and posting them so I can squirrel them away in a folder in my studio.

Images c. 2009 Chad Verrill

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Silhouettes III: Karin Dickel-Jonasch

While wandering the web in search of images related to Walpurgisnacht, I came across this contemporary artist who does papercuts in a silhouette style. Her website doesn't tell much about her as an artist, but regarding her art, she sites Chinese papercuts as a source for inspiration. It is very evident, but her use of minute cuts to create white lines is also reminiscent of British white-line engravers and Greco-Roman pottery art. Her worlds are definitely of a fairy tale nature. Some seem like they may relate to stories that are familiar to us, or the stories are completely her own. I am especially enthused by the pieces that show foreground and background in the same frame and use land and filigrie to cut the image into sections. It is as if not all the parts of the scene are taking place at the same time - a style that could be used in sequential storytelling that I will definitely allow myself to be inspirred by without completely copying.
Find her book here.

All work copyright Karin Dickel-Jonasch

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Silhouettes II: Wilhelm Staehle does not give much information about the artist Wilhelm Staehle, but his pieces speak for themselves. An absolutely fantastic series of witty, sarcastic and sometimes poignant images using victorian style silhouettes in the negative with minor text on backgrounds that I don't recognize but look like they are appropriated lanscape paintings from a while back. If I am wrong, strike a blow, my chuck. What I mean to say is, if he painted the backgrounds too, I am reduced to tears & ash.
Prints are attainable at The

All images copyright Wilhelm Staehle