Monday, January 12, 2015

Visual Food For Thought Week - 12 Excerpt of "Pandas and Such" by Renata Liwska

Illustrations are probably the closest expression of human thoughts within the visual world (at least I think so). Its linear quality simulates the lightning fast, abstract nature of ideas and moments as they travel through our minds. Besides painting, illustrations are my favorite way to make art.

One illustrator that I admire is Renata Liwska. Her work in "Pandas and Such", "The Quiet Book" and "The Loud Book!" are so intuitive. They encapsulate the feelings that occur in the most sweet and under-appreciated moments of everyday life...within a lifetime. I love the illustration above in particular, with its kinetic scratchy quality; so accurately depicting life in New York City.

 Any day of the week, I can enter the subway system, only to get caught behind some poor unsuspecting group of tourist. Its not their fault that they out of sorts, feeling awed (or appalled) at the wonder that is the MTA. Or how about when I walk into ANY Eric Kayser pastry store downtown, only to file behind ten tons of European vacationers.  There I am trying to go my way, while they want to stare at every playbill in Times Square, clogging up the streets.  All I can think is, 'Please don't think I'm trying to mug you as I brush by way too close for comfort; I'm only trying to get to work on time'. This illustration really speaks it! 

For more information on this lovely artists work, please visit her site :


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