Happy Tuesday Morning! Is it really September 1st already? Hope everyone is making it through this weirdness and staying safe! Just wanted to take a minute to wish Amazing Cartoonist, Illustrator, & Character Designer, Brian Ajhar a very Happy Birthday! That's today!! He is one of the very best! For over 30 years Brian's "whimsical ideas and appealing characters have found their way into every genre of publishing, creating art for hundreds of clients in the magazine, newspaper, advertising and corporate world." He is also a New York Times Bestselling Children's Book Artist!
"Brian’s work is widely recognized for its distinctive and humorous point of view. His many influences include the works of 19th century European political satirists, book illustrators, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, animators, and life itself. The varied range of his ideas have adapted to a myriad of social, economic, and political issues. His whimsical paintings incorporate traditional mediums - such as watercolors, acrylics, pencils and inks - as well as digital - using Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq."
"Many articles and books written about the field of illustration have featured and profiled Brian and his artwork. “The Illustrator in America” written by illustration historian Walt Reed quoted Brian as a major influence beginning in the the 1990s. In the book, Walt describes Brian’s work as “[A] free and fluid style of drawing coupled with humor that looks uninhibited and easy. It is based on the strong knowledge of the figure, however, and the ability to draw without slavish reliance on photographs”.
Brian’s artwork has been recognized in Society of Illustrators Annuals, SOI Humor Annuals, Communication Arts Annuals, Print Design Annuals. He was featured in an article in HOW Magazine, as well as recent interviews with Character Design References and The Art Side of Life. Brian has been a guest lecturer at many schools and Universities, teaching illustration concept classes and character development at Syracuse University, FIT, University of the Arts, and University of Hartford, as well as an online classes for Motivart and SVS, the Society of Visual storytelling. In 2006, his artwork was displayed at The University of Hartford, CT, where he received the distinguished “Koopman Chair Award for the Visual Arts”.
"Recently, Brian has completed a project for the Disney Book Group, along with several character development projects for animation and magazine illustration. As of late, he has worked with clients such as House Special, Disney, and Animal Logic. Brian makes an appearance at Creative Talent Network’s Expo in Burbank, California every year and will be there again this year."
This is a shot that I made of Brian with his pup, Vanilla, in what is one of the nicest studios I have had the pleasure to photograph, Have a look around, I think this would be my dream studio! Or maybe Brian could just let me loose in those flat files for a few minutes?????
If you happen to see Brian wondering the Pennsylvania woods by his home, make sure to wish him a Happy Birthday too!
Make sure to check out more of his Amazing work on his website here:
and you can see more of my artists portraits and lots of other stuff too, here: