(fantastic) michelle white illustrations

posted by the scholar on September 28th, 2007
filed under: art, artists, illustration

i am really nuts about this brilliant work from california (by way of florida) artist michelle white. michelle graduated from the ringling college of art & design. she has been creating her illustrations and paintings and residing in san francisco for the last ten years. she’s recently become a full time freelance artist, after working as an editorial artist for a variety of traditional and online publications. her pieces are made with pen and ink or graphite pencil on textured paper, their colors then subtly enhanced digitally. other pieces are made with color and graphite washes and are created on wood.

michelle_white_choice

michelle_white_buoymichelle_white_sailboats

michelle_white_dead_fish

michelle_white_oliver_and_oscarmichelle_white_downed_flight

michelle_white_broken_balloon_string

michelle_white_schoolmichelle_white_we_need_to_talk

michelle_white_band

to me, there is a noteworthy amount of tension and contrast in this collection. i feel like i’m staring into the eyes of a real person, there is that much rare and melancholy depth of emotion here. and i could stare for quite a long time. the cracked up faces that look like chiseled stained glass, the mostly somber color palettes and the consistent, expressive nature and themes of love, dreams, childhood innocence and broken promises are so affecting.

isn’t it fantastic?

michelle will be showing a doll in the upcoming kokeshi doll show at subtext in san diego, which opens november 3rd.

she does not currently sell prints of her work, but she does make her paintings available for sale.

see michelle’s portfolio here. her blog is also an excellent place to see her terrific work and of course to contact her!


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13 Responses to “(fantastic) michelle white illustrations”

  1. samuel Says:

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  2. the scholar Says:

    hi samuel,

    i see your site — thanks you for the visit!

  3. Ina Strong Says:

    Having known Michelle, and having the honor of receiving small pieces of her artwork over the past few years, I am so pleased that she is receiving the recognition she so richly deserves!!!!!!

  4. the scholar Says:

    hi ina,

    i bet you have michelle’s pieces in a place of honor in your home — they are great!

    thanks for the comment!

  5. cecile moran Says:

    It is inspirational to me to see Michelle’s work. It is such a wonderful thing that you have featured her pieces in this way. I feel that you have touched the essense of her work with your comments. Thank you for showing the beautiful things that she does.

  6. the scholar Says:

    hi cecile,

    thanks for the visit! it is my pleasure to feature michelle and her fabulous artwork — glad you like it too! 🙂

  7. Beverly Northcutt Says:

    So REAL!! Love your work especially the little boy crying holding the fish.

  8. the scholar Says:

    hi beverly,

    yes! it is real — that is what i’m talking about. i think some of the best art is something that causes an emotional response.

    thank you for the visit!

  9. Ben Rowe Says:

    These are great – the boy with the dog is my favourite

  10. the scholar Says:

    hi ben,

    thanks for your comment — i still can’t decide which one i like best!

  11. Ramón Says:

    I love Michelle’s work!!

  12. the scholar Says:

    hi ramon,

    you are not alone in loving it! 🙂

    thanks for the visit!

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