Entries in drawing (62)


Warhol’s Captivating Sense of Fun

Looking at Cecil Beaton’s illustrations immediately put me in mind of Andy Warhol’s own illustrations, which I have always preferred to his fine art output. In the 1950s and before he became his own brand, Warhol worked in the advertising industry as a very successful artist. He even won several Art Directors Club awards.

Warhol moved to New York in 1949 after studying commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. And for the next ten years he worked on Madison Avenue, illustrating fashion, in particular shoe advertisements for I. Miller and other advertising clients; LP covers; and several books, such as 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy, Love Is A Pink Cake, and Wild Raspberries.

He returned to drawing in the 1970s, continuing to his death in 1987, but probably his most famous are the shoe drawings, which were published on Sundays in the New York Times, with captions written by his mother. (I must say I much prefer Warhol’s shoe illustrations to the work of another famous shoe illustrator, that of Manolo Blahnik.)

There is a lovely, light unselfconsciousness in Warhol’s drawings; in the imprecise linework that charms; in the whimsical creatures that inhabit the drawings – unicorns, yapping lapdogs and well-to-do pussycats wearing pearls. The sense of fun is captivating.

Images found on Pinterest.


Spring is Here (Sort of)!

We Melburnians been kept on our toes by spring’s wayward weather almost for a couple of weeks now, but what a great feeling it was on the first day of the month to know winter was over, and to turn over the page of my Frankie calendar to see this image from German illustrator Anke Weckmann.

Weckmann’s whimsical style and light touch is a perfect choice for September. The subject and colours are fresh and certainly springlike, and there is that lovely liberating feeling evoked by the new season.

One does indeed wish to lounge under leafy trees when the sun shines – fitfully enough in Melbourne at this time of year. It can literally switch from glorious sunshine and blue skies to wind-whipped clouds and lashing rain in minutes! We might all grumble and complain, but secretly we love our temperamental climate and boast of its capriciousness to visitors.

Hope you are enjoying a happy September.


A Blast of Winter

Illustration by Cornelia LiI have been rather behind with keeping the Scrapbook running in the last few months, so here is a blast of winter Frankie calendar images all at once! (Wouldn’t it be nice if the cold months could pass by as quickly?)

I love the June calendar page, by Cornelia Li, because it is so apt for what Melbourne’s winter has been like this year. The image is titled ‘Isolation’. It’s not clear on Li’s website what medium she uses, but I suspect there is a mixture of traditional and digital media (going by the halftone dots spotted in some of her images), with brush, pencil and crayon or pastel strokes visible.

Cornelia is Toronto-based, and is interested in the interaction of people with their surroundings, seeking to capture this relationship in her drawings. See more of her work on her website.

Illustration by Sandra EterovićMelbourne illustrator Sandra Eterović specialises in painting in acrylic on wood or paper, in an unpretentious folk art style that is alive with texture and colour, which puts me somewhat in mind of Frida Kahlo. July’s fisherlady with her colourful catch is charming. Check out her blog here.

Illustration by Ashley RonningAshley Ronning, illustrator of August’s calendar page, is another Melbourne-based artist. After studying graphic design, she moved into set dressing and prop-making before she settled at last on illustration and risograph printing.

For those who don’t know, riso printing uses Japanese technology from the 80s – a digital printer that uses real ink (like an offset printer, and unlike a conventional photocopier) – which makes it a less expensive method for producing high-volume print runs than modern office photocopiers or laser and inkjet printers. Riso prints have a very distinctive and appealing look, much like Ronning’s work.

I really like the jungle atmosphere in this personal piece in Frankie’s calendar. Check out more of her work on her website.

Only one more month of winter to go – hurrah!


A Colourful March

Miju Lee, an artist currently living in Barcelona, works in coloured pencil on paper, acrylic on canvas and also in ceramics. The March page of my Frankie calendar features one of her drawings of an interior that is both colourful, reminiscent of early 20th century art movements, and possibly showing influence of the recent geometric trend in design.

Lee’s style is naïve, and charming with it, full of whimsical detail. The geometric patterning in the rug, as well as the overall colour scheme, puts me strongly in mind of 1920s textile artist Sonia Delaunay’s work, and perhaps even touches of Expressionism in the palette; and even Cubism in the upended picture planes. The later work in acrylic is more stylised, and flatter – it has a look of cut paper. Whatever Lee’s inspirations, these various combinations create a unique and idiosyncratic style.

It is certainly an enjoyable and cheerful picture to gaze at this March. Have a great month!


See more of Miju Lee’s work at her website, or on her Facebook page.


How Embarrassing

Oops, pen and watercolour on vintage paper, Helena Turinski 2017I made a boo-boo. You may have noticed I have changed the names of my two blogs on this website, from Sketchbook to Scrapbook, and Journal to Style, to better reflect the content.

Today I realised I had forgotten a whole lot of internal links of references to previous entries would be broken … because in the detailed traffic report there are a whole lot of instances of PAGE NOT FOUND. I am so sorry! I have fixed this embarrassing error in the Scrapbook, but in case I have missed one, please note all you need to do is replace the word ‘sketchbook’ with ‘scrapbook’ in the url and you’ll be in business (and likewise ‘journal’ with ‘style’).

Right. As you were. Keep reading. We’ll pretend this never happened.