Friday, April 14, 2006

This Artist Is Good (and has a fancy award to prove it!) - Danica Novgorodoff

Congratulations to Danica Novgorodoff upon winning the 2006 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics!

Ms. Novgorodoff won for her mini-comic, A Late Freeze, about the relationship between a bear and a robot - it is as elegant as it sounds bizarre. Her art is expressive in telling her story (and it better be, as it really IS her art that HAS to tell the story, as dialogue is not a real element of A Late Freeze) while still having a wonderful design quality to it (which makes sense, as Ms. Novgorodoff has done design work as well, not to mention paintings, drawings, photographs - a veritable cornucopia of artistic talents). Here are some samples, courtest of her ginchy site here.

First off, here is a page from her earlier mini-comic work, Neck of the Moon.

Notice her ability to mix media? It is impressive, as is her storytelling ability (okay, I'll admit, it isn't THAT present in this particular drawing).

The rest of the drawings are all from A Late Freze...

Here is the cover. Remember what I said about the designer impact? Totally present here on the cover for the comic.

Here is a particularly brutal scene with the Bear at a factory...

It is funny how something as silly as a Bear and a Robot getting together can still be so brutal/heart rendering.

Here is a piece that goes to the elegance I spoke of earlier...

And here is Novgorodoff, showing her storytelling abilities...

A very talented artist, and one that well deserves her award.

Congratulations! Always good to see good artists.

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Blogger I. N. J. Culbard said...

excellent find.

Danica's work is splendid and inspiring. There's also something very 'Cut-Up' (ala the technique used by Burroughs, Bowie and Gysin) about it in terms of how the strips seem to be sequentially constructed which I quite like.

It's great finding innovative and exciting new artists. A few years ago, my wife put on an exhibition at the pump house gallery in Battersea park in London where she exhibited the work of Tom Gauld and Simone Lia.

The work mentioned in the article "I suddenly feel depressed" is hanging in our house (we nabbed the original).

4/15/2006 12:47:00 PM  

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