We’ve been entertaining a few illustrators lately, something we like to do but haven’t had the time to do for awhile.
Jason Raish who was on his way to live in France. Jason is a young illustrator who was raised in upstate New York but since leaving school has lived in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain and now France. It was interesting to get his take on his adventures, how he adapted to each new country and new language—he prepares for each trip by boning up on Pimsleur tapes, except of course for his sojourn in the UK. Just goes to show that it’s easy to live almost anywhere and get work from everywhere. His pal, Daniel Fishel joined him for our evening cocktail hour. Sorry we didn’t take any photos of his visit, but as you can see he’s enjoying his stay in Paris.
Christian Gralingen, an artist that I’ve been following for sometime. Based in Berlin, Christian has been working in a design studio for the past two years but will be returning to illustration full-time starting this fall. Christian’s work is influenced heavily by his father's livelihood—his dad was an engineer so the books in the library were full of diagrams which you’ll see Christian elaborating on in his art. He takes images from these sources and layers them collage-style to form new images that are both intricate and involving. We look forward to seeing what Christian has coming up later this year.
We’d like to get back to our artist lunches which we’ve had in the past as it’s a more intimate gathering where we get to know more about each artist rather than meeting them at crowded industry functions.