We got a little e-mail over the weekend from Jon Lau, an illustrator who recently graduated from Art Center. He noted he was a fan of the site and wanted to share his work. We followed his link and were pleasantly surprised to find an incredibly varied, complicated, and exaggerated view of nature, celebrities, and the act of illustrating.
As you can tell, Lau’s view covers everything: he focuses on exotic nature and popular culture, all of which are depicted from an elongated and atmospheric view. With his lion and monkey above, the two animals’ shapes are warped and entangled in a very diverse jungle foliage. Moreover, his portraits of Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Janelle Monáe, and Lil Wayne do a similar warping, all of their arms like gummy worms with emotive faces. Lau’s work represents real world persons and places, through which he breathes a cartoon like quality. It’s fun–and you can tell he his having fun with them as his repertoire obviously draws from his interests. This is all very, very apparent from his blog, which is an ongoing listing of work he creates on the fly.
Lau is one of the many recently out of school illustrators who are throwing themselves out into the “real world” to share their voice. Moreover, he–like most of these new illustrators–are coming out of Art Center. If we’re learning anything from running LAIY, it is that Art Center is a hotbed of illustrators right now. Yes, it has always produced fantastic artists, designers, and illustrators but–right now–so many illustrators from the institution are putting themselves out there, sharing their unique point of view. Jon Lau’s exaggerated reality is a great example of this. We’re so very thrilled he sent us his work.