Animal Revenge: Marcus Butt’s collage

Marcus Butt of Bristol, UK, was recently featured in Wallpaper* magazine, and I was thrilled by his working process and the end result. So much Photoshop work looks so computer-generated, and this method yields a beautiful hand-made look. His process starts with a hand-drawn sketch, which he then scans into Photoshop. Then he “colors” the scans of various textures, paint samples, textiles, and other materials. “The idea is a kind of digital collage” he says in Wallpaper. “I am always looking for non-computer-generated colours, just to give the final finish a less computer-ish feeling.” And of course I love the content of the work: he creates a fluffy, beautiful world of mild-mannered animals holding shotguns. See more work at the artist’s blog.

Subconscious Narratives: Sally French

Rock the Casbah, 2007 60" x 120" Prismacolor, lacquer on fiber reactive dyed Nepalese paper

Sally French is one of our favorite artists, and she lives here in Hawaii! I’ve always been partial to her truly twisted kitties in bikinis series. Recent projects include a fantastical photo series involving a giant egg and 32-foot mural in Kaua‘i entitled, “The Keeper Series: He‘e and the Golden Egg.” “He‘e and the Golden Egg” is a contemporary myth chronicling Kaua‘i’s evolution with the underlying theme of invasion. Narrative is almost always a part of her work.“I have to have a narrative,” she says in a recent interview. “I love stories. As a child I was a voracious reader.” For more, go to Sally’s website.