The artist of the week is Dave Stolte, a Studio Art graduate of California State University Long Beach and 25-year corporate designer turned illustrator. His work usually starts with Post-It doodles, paper textures, photography, and found ephemera. All of the mixed media is then digitally composed under his original pencil sketches. A handmade quality is intentionally left in the work, giving it whimsical, inviting qualities. This can be anything from torn edges to smudges and mistakes.
This friendly appearance is what drew me to his work. He takes a household character or inanimate object, gives it a sense of humor, and presents it in a cut-out scrapbook manner. It’s a lot like Lauren’s post in the sense that a childlike doodle becomes so much more in the hands of an informed mind. It’s definitely something to strive towards—starting out with less and transforming it into something that still appears to be less at first glance but is actually quite complex.
The top image, Bacon Surprise, was part of the Society of Illustrators ‘Illustrators 51’ annual book and show. The concept is humorous to the point of being lolzy, and there is certainly a childlike quality to the personifications. The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw this was, “…but it’s bacon AND eggs. There shouldn’t be a problem with this relationship, though I certainly never thought of it in human terms before. 0.o” I could probably also write a love letter concerning the palette and textures involved, but that dead horse doesn’t need rehashing. (Also, Tabasco sauce on the nightstand? …. I won’t even ask.)
And yes, the remaining images were simply for your viewing pleasure. (Because anyone who doesn’t smile at Chewbacca hula hooping….. doesn’t have a soul.)