The beginning of July saw the release of our latest print issue, Hi-Fructose Vol.28, and for this volume, renowned painter Mark Ryden collaborated with Hi-Fructose on a very special sketchbook insert. Printed on heavy-weight sketchbook paper, the 16-page insert offers an intimate look at Ryden’s series, “The Gay ’90s Show.” The insert accompanies an extensive feature on Ryden’s new work (printed on the glossy pages). Take a look at some of the drawings in the sketchbook insert and see the rest of the feature in Hi-Fructose Vol. 28, available online and at your local bookstore. More images after the jump!
Many of the artists currently exhibiting in “In the Process” at Hellion Gallery in Portland are process-oriented rather than driven by goals. Founder and owner Matt Wagner and guest curator Monica Choy put together a group of artists, both international and domestic, underground and well-known, and gave them sketchbooks. Using the returned books, a show was created that allows a glimpse into the creative process as well as artworks in their raw state. Some of the exhibiting artists include Souther Salazar, Stella Im Hultberg (Hi-Fructose Collected 3), Edwin Ushiro, Keita Morimoto, Fumi Nakamura, Rachell Sumpter and more. The show opened May 2, and runs through June 1 at Hellion Gallery. Take a look at some artwork and opening night photos after the jump!
In our latest issue, Hi-Fructose Vol.27, we printed a very special, exclusive 16-page Inside the Sketchbook section with color pencil artist Marco Mazzoni. Printed on toothy, heavy-weight sketch paper, it explores the artist’s thought process and showcases the beauty of his work in a brand new way. Take a look at the sketchbook and be sure to pick one up at the many places that stock Hi-Fructose all over the world or get it directly from us here!
In the following interview the very talented Chicago artist Laurie Hogin reveals pages of her sketchbook and talks about how essential sketching and note taking is to her artistic process. Hogin’s fluorescent paintings illustrate fictional narratives that reflect facets of the human experience and pop culture. She is known for incorporating brilliant day-glo hues into paintings filled with personal icons, symbolism, and a variation of toy like species that resemble naturalistic specimens. Laurie Hogan is currently a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See inside her sketchbook and read the interview after the jump!
Los Angeles-based illustrator Ken Garduno creates nostalgic narratives of popular culture that have a style reminiscent of classic 60s and 70s milieu. His artworks are a delightful mix of media including the use of watercolor and inks on paper. I asked Garduno to let us peek inside his sketchbook for our ongoing Inside the Sketchbook Series. See his humorous sketches and read the interview about his daily “sketch parties” after the jump!
Earlier this month Hi-Fructose showed you a sneak peek into the sketchbook of participating Pow Wow artist Yoskay Yamamoto (seen here) and today we’re happy to give you an exclusive look into the sketchbook of Parisian illustrator Wu Yue, who happens to be painting a wall right next to Yoskay this weekend at Pow Wow. Get a look after the jump!