12.06.09 by Jeff

Dhear One

Paintings by Dhear One. Mexico.

dhear one illustrator illustration drawing painting

dhear one illustrator illustration drawing painting

dhear one illustrator illustration drawing painting

dhear one illustrator illustration drawing painting

dhear one illustrator illustration drawing painting

dhear one illustrator illustration drawing painting

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Really good illustrations!
    I love the pics about the exhivitions in the flickr.

  • OYE!!!! ARAM


  • nice dhear my friend! up 4ever!

  • sofia

    i have a question that has been bugging me a bit about this blog — why is jessica cannon (previous post)’s work “painting” while this is “illustration”? it looks like painting to me, and it seems like a lot of the time the “illustration” label is applied to many things on this blog it shouldn’t be applied to.

    • a fair question, i could have easily labeled it both. if you look at Dhear’s portfolio you will see everything from grafitti to ink work and i decided it was more illustration (eventhough the work pictured is painting)

      someone like Jessica is only showing painting so i labeled it as such.

      i could easily eliminate the “painting” label and call all of the illustrations and paintings “drawing” because that’s really what it is. there are similar issues when deciding if someone’s work is illustration or graphic design – sorry if it bothers you!

  • this actually raises a great topic for discussion, how would you define each of these things?

  • sofia

    well, something that is commissioned work, for a magazine, newspaper, etc — illustration. something that is painting, (ink, watercolor, gouache, whatever) – or drawing — with an “illustrative style” is still fine art.

    • i guess we just have different points of view, i have never solely associated “illustration” with commissioned work.

      so if i were to draw something for my own enjoyment they are drawings but if i sell them to a magazine they become an illustration and are no longer fine art? just clarifying what you are saying

  • sofia

    well I suppose I mean, I’ve taken illustration classes which focus on caricatures, etc, creating artwork for clients…a client contacts you and asks for an illustration for something, say a band for a music review, rather than you selling your artwork to them. or in the sense of scientific or natural history illustrations that go in books, these things are asked of the artist by a client.

    i think the word itself has very commercial roots and what i’ve come across, negative connotations. I’m in art school and when somebody refers to my work as “illustration” in a critique, it is meant in a critical way — as in, this looks like it was made to accompany an article or something and belongs in a commercial rather than a fine art realm. I certainly don’t agree with this; like you said, once you sell art to a magazine it doesn’t stop being fine art, but I also don’t think everything that has a graphic style should be classified as illustration.

  • this is really just an argument over semantics – the word illustration doesn’t have negative connotations for me. i see the word drawing and the word illustration as interchangeable so when you see it used on this site i am not implying the work is commercial i am simply saying they are drawings.

  • sofia

    good point. I wish the people around me used the terms interchangeably as well.

  • hahah nice discussiion

    greets everyboy from cocotelandindandolilandialandd

    thanks jeff

  • yeah the illustration/painting question , i recently participated on a book that asked that question to 25 artists, it was a nice topic for a book
    here is a litle preview of it

  • anyway, first one is great, whatever it is :D:D

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  • wow! awesome work….love it

  • Alexis

    dhear tiene un exceso de desarrollo tecnico que le resulta incontrolable. jajaja su trabajo parece que lo ubiera echo no 1 misma persona si no un monton de gentes diferentes alrededor de tdo el mundo. le hace falta dejar de ver tantos blogs libros y revistas y ponerse a trabajar en un estilo propio, por que ver lo que hace es casi como cuando le cambias de estacion al radio de una estacion a otra sin que nada tenga relacion entre si
    aun asi me gusta lo que hace pero pienso que le falta dejar de copiar tanto todo lo que mira en la internet y ponerse a sacar un estilo propio ya que de lo contrario siempre seguira igual siendo la copia de otros

    • totally desigree with you. (just for you to know haha)

  • orale y porque no nos pones una referencia de donde saca sus cosas dhear alexis

  • MISS T


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20.10.16 by Jeff

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Opinion: How to Email an Illustrator

We recently came across an article proposing the most efficient way to communicate with an illustrator, and it’s relevant for anyone looking to hire creatives of any discipline. Illustrator Kyle T. Webster wrote the article to act as “a guideline that will lead to improved communication, fewer revisions, better artwork, and fewer headaches for all involved”.
If you’re a freelance creative and have any thoughts to add, or you’re an art director with a counterpoint, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

1. Your first email to an illustrator should not read: “Hey, are you available for an assignment?”
This kind of email is a waste of everybody’s time, because all of the important information is missing: size and number of illustrations, context, timeline, and budget. In order to reduce the back-and-forth between the individual assigning the art, and the illustrator, simply take a moment to include the important information in the initial email request.
For example: “Hello, John – we are publishing a story about the ongoing conflict between hedgehogs and walruses. We will need a cover, a full page, and two spot illustrations. The deadline for sketches is March 1st, and the finals will be due March 8th. Our budget is $3750. Are you available / interested in working with us on this assignment? Please let me know by 5pm today. Thank you.”
With one email, you have now given the artist all of the info needed for him/her to decide whether or not to accept the job. This used to be the standard introductory email for all assignments. I’m not sure what happened, but I, and many illustrators I know, rarely get emails like this any more. Let’s fix that.
2. Please do not expect illustrators to read minds.
Details are very important. When sending emails about your job, give as many relevant details as possible to an artist, if the assigned artwork has specific requirements. Illustrators are very capable of drawing anything you need, but we cannot guess what that might be if we are not told up front. For example, if you tell an illustrator to draw “a car on a street,” then the illustrator will assume the make and model of the car are not important. S/he will also assume the street can be any kind of street. Therefore, it is not fair to the artist to reject the final art because you expected a vintage Porsche on the Autobahn. Please be sure to communicate all required elements of the art in your earliest correspondence with your artist, and it will be smooth sailing for all.
Sometimes, very little direction is preferred, if the assignment calls for a lot of artistic freedom and interpretation. But, let us not confuse this with a lack of relevant information. For instance, the recent recipient of the Richard Gangel Art Director Award, SooJin Buzelli, is famous for giving her artists a lot of freedom. But let us note that when she assigns work, she actually has spent a good deal of time figuring out a way to distill a complex article down to its essential message or theme. She then sends this one or two sentence summary to a carefully selected illustrator, providing that individual with a perfect launchpad from which to create a unique visual solution. Concise and efficient.
3. Please write back. Please.
This is just common courtesy. I often get asked if I am available for an illustration and I then respond in the affirmative with some questions about the assignment or the budget or some other detail. Then, no reply ever comes. A week later, I will see another artist blog about completing the very same assignment that was initially emailed to me. While I understand that everybody is very busy, and emails are flying around at the speed of light, I urge you to please remember that it is unprofessional and quite rude to simply leave an artist hanging.
We often will put other things on hold or rework our weekly schedule to accommodate a project that we think is moving forward. A simple email to let us know that you will be working with somebody else, the job is cancelled, the issue is on hold, etc. is all we need to move on and stay on top of our other jobs. Thank you.

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Envato has just introduced a new resource called Envato Elements that offers more than 6000 curated design assets, for any type of project you may be working on, created by global community of independent designers.

Envato is offering a limited time launch pricing of $29/month, which grants you access to commercial licenses to massive libraries of fonts, graphics, web templates (HTML/CSS), graphic templates and soon to come CMS templates. New items will also be added on a weekly basis to each category. Perfect for any one that has a regular need for high quality ready-to-use design assets. Learn more about Envato Elements in the video below:

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