Yesterday I popped over to the blog of one of my favorite illustrators: Peter de Sève. There are some wonderful posts you should check out. One bit of great news you'll discover from checking out recent posts is that de Sève has been involved in doing illustrations for some books by Charles Dickens which will come out next year for the Dickens Bicentennial. Could anything be better? The pairing of a favorite illustrator with my favorite writer? I already knew next year was going to be fun but now I'm even more excited.
I also read de Sève's post on John Kascht. Everyone, whether they are interested in doing caricatures or not should read this post and check out the film "Funny Bones." Kascht is indeed a master artist (at one point he even makes a clay model of Conan O'Brien, the making of the portrait of whom is the subject of the film). The film is actually about seeing and observing. It is simply a joy to watch. Kascht's articulate opening definition of what drawing is lets you into the philosophical bent of this artist's mind and approach. You won't be able to walk away. So set aside 27 minutes today to be thrilled, inspired, and awed.