ILLUSTRATOR CRUSH: Ati Forberg

How wonderful her work is!

Am so inspired by the spontaneity of the lines {and so many tiny lines!}, by the looseness and spareness of color so thoughtfully designed and applied. Love the conceptual, dreamlike compositions/ambiguous backgrounds. I see the influence of Alice and Martin Provensen and even Käthe Kollwitz and Susan Rothenberg. 

From Bookillustrations.quora.com: "Ati Forberg was born in 1925, in Germany. She is the daughter of Walter Gropius, who is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture."

Latest work

for a book out 2017

TV illustration

So proud of this work I have been lucky to get to do for a brand new, top secret show.

Listening and Reading

This album features my favorite era of songwriting, done by some of the best musicians working today. Danger Mouse is such a wonderful musician, producer, and visionary. The high romance of these old songs made such an impression on me as a kid listening to oldies radio stations, driving across the US with my parents... I felt like I could hear a secret world calling me home. I knew I wanted to sing songs like these. These new arrangements feel so right for the material...

As for this book, it gives me another thing I crave: it re-frames the big questions of our time in a form invented with purpose by its author, Alvaro Enrigue.

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News

I'm so pleased to announce that I'll be performing a set of new songs at the historic Bush Hall in London supporting the brilliant Brooke Sharkey on January 27, 2017. More details to follow, including a new single called The Horseman.

New book project

...so excited about this new project! Can't wait to share more.

Les McCann

What a timely message, what heartfelt music, this is what I call Groove.

Call Me Ludwig

You are reading the blog of the new Ludwig Bemelmans of the Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills (me), and here is the drinks menu I designed and illustrated. I think it's a less psychedelic William Morris- if he was living in Los Angeles in the 1920's and became fascinated with travel to Asia. 

1920's Exoticism

Here is my moodboard for current commission. Think decadent Golden Age Hollywood 's fascination with travel abroad, in particular Asia.

Illustrator Inspiration

Whenever I hit a rough patch, feeling unworthy and untalented, I try to forget about myself and my brooding thoughts by observing someone I really admire. Beatrice Alemagna is an illustrator and author who I return to again and again in these moments. It's something in the freedom with which she expresses the chaotic yet purposeful wildness of childhood. I love the looseness of her drawings, I love her use of pattern and collage, I love her two-dimensional nod to Eastern European folk art, early 20th century Asian prints, and contemporary fashion illustration. I'm jealous of the seemingly wild abandon with which she illustrates her characters and scenes. I'm grateful that she and her art exist. Have a look- this drawing is so sweet you'll want to eat it!