Pen to Paper
Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin, 2010
Pen to Paper presents a fine selection of the most adventurous images from a global scene of artists, working mainly with a pen or analogue techniques such as water color, ink or collage.
This recent revival has injected immeasurable visual wealth into the world of illustration, fine art and especially character design. Artists reject the computer and channel their creativity through spontaneous freehand drawing to create untamed, edgy and exceptional beings.
With works by Allison Schulnik, Shoboshobo, Allyson Mellberg Taylor, John Casey, Luke Ramsey, Eric Shaw, Seth Scriver, Joey Haley, Mark DeLong, Kerozen and many more.
Artists channel their creativity through spontaneous freehand drawing and create untamed, edgy and exceptional beings. Their eruptive and dirty drawing techniques are the perfect antidote to the sterile flood of digital images.
Co-opting familiar cartoon faces, consumer mascots and pop icon characters they weave them into a highly-personal and emotional diaristic language.
Original essays by Michael Bonesteel and Alex Michon.
Pen to Paper showcases the key players of what is being labelled ‘DIY art’, ‘fractured figuration’ or ‘new psychedelic folk’, including Mehdi Hercberg alias Shoboshobo, Allyson Mellberg Taylor, Andrew James Jones, John Casey, Luke Ramsey, Eric Shaw, Allison Schulnik, Thomas Bernard, Lane Hagood, Stéphane Prigent alias Kerozen and many more