Phillustration V at The Philadelphia Sketch Club ends on June 16th 2012, so if you want to see a collection of 77 amazing works of art, illustrations for books, magazine covers, advertising, self promotion, then you have to visit the Avenue of the Artists now. To see illustrations in person is so different than what you see in print. Often a book cover is from a large painting, the art for a magazine cover may be quadruple the actual size, many are masterful works of painting virtuosity not illustrations made on a computer with Illustrator.
And you get to visit amazing alternate realities, space adventures, scary crimes and romantic trysts through the eyes and imagination of professional artists. Some of the art is by recent graduates from design school, especially from Moore College of Art & Design where Rich Harrington, the master-mind behind Phillustration V for the past five years, is a professor of illustration. The artistic talent he gathers together each year is impressive creating the opportunity to view artwork not normally available to the public except as a commercial product like a book or magazine cover.
Stephanie Struse, Owl, Phillustration V at The Philadelphia Sketch Club
DoN featured this piece about the Moore 2012 graduate in a recent DoNArTNeWs blog post, it was especially satisfying to see the art in the historic gallery of The Philadelphia Sketch Club. Again, for a good look at this image visit the artist’s website or the gallery while the show is on.
The oil painting by David Palumbo, Terrible Weakness, is enormous, almost life sized, and evokes passion and emotion so skillfully that it’s scary. The Phillustration V at The Philadelphia Sketch Club will blow your mind with the creativity, masterful skill and myriad styles of modern illustration and proves you don’t need a computer to be an illustrator.
Read about Phillustration IV on SideArts.com Philadelphia Art Blog
Written and photographed by DoN Brewer
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