Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Artwork for sale on Etsy

Original painting available on Etsy. This is the original piece used for the print, "Winter Queen" in my shop.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Art Catalogs

I have many copies of an art catalog I published in 2000. It features eleven of the anti war pieces I did from 1998 to 2000. I would love to find good homes for these copies, and because they came out so long ago, I don't really want to try to sell them, but I would like the work to be seen by people who like it.

If anyone is interested in a free copy of one or more, or knows anyone interested, I would happily mail you some copies. All I would ask is that you pay the postage.

Here are some of the images from it. Anyone interested can contact me at: contact@koeb.com

Thanks,

Happy Holidays!

Bill



Friday, December 18, 2009

Charles Mingus Watercolor Available

Painted for a portrait of the Charles Mingus Tribut Band for the Playboy Jazz Festival program book, this watercolor measures 11 x 14.75 in. and is painted on 150 lb cold press watercolor paper.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jimi Hendrix

This was done for a a very kind and supportive patron, who has bought a lot of my work recently via Etsy. Many thanks to him and his brother.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Visual Essay on Facebook

I have posted a series of drawings made of my son during his first few weeks of life. Gabriel Essay

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Visual Essay




These are various journal pages from the past ten years.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Sale


Bill Koeb Beginning tonight until January 1, 2010. All of my artwork at my Etsy shop will be on sale for half the previously listed price. http://www.etsy.com/shop/koeb I have gone into my shop and cut the prices in half, so if there is anything there that interests you, now is a good time to get it. Thanks.

Also, I will be including a copy of a catalog of paintings published in 200 with every sale.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bob Dylan portrait on Etsy

A portrait of Bob Dylan done in ink and acrylic is now available on Etsy. Hope everyone (in the US) enjoys Thanksgiving. Looking forward to some time with family.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Commissions

Recent commissions for the songs Fantastic Voyage by David Bowie and All along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Visual Journalism

I am scheduled to teach a class in Visual Journalism/Visual Essay at RICA (Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art) beginning in January, 2010. RICA is a new school started by a group of Raleigh artists committed to offering classes that will inform, challenge, and inspire creativity.

The course will involve exploring how the visual information around us can inform our work, how stories and narrative can be found in the most unlikely places, and look at how both the content and form of a work communicate. You can tell a really interesting story about what you ate for breakfast, or about people living with jobs lost, or about a major event. What you choose to draw, what you choose to see, and how you share this, all have an impact on the viewer.

In addition to learning to see better, we will explore media and technical approaches to help us get where we want to go and study how artists of the past and contemporary use journals as a way to report and comment on their surroundings and society.



Monday, October 26, 2009

Monotype offered on Etsy

This monotype was printed as part of a suite of images made to raise money for hurricane Katrina victims. The themes of the series revolved around imagery drawn from Louisiana scenes and icons.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Prints available on Etsy


I have added more smaller prints to my shop on Etsy.Here is a preview

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Painting on Etsy

Goauche and pencil on paper, 11 x 14.5 in.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gary Kelley




I just discovered that Gary Kelley has a website. If you don't know his work, you should. It is beautiful, varied in approach and technique, and ever changing and growing. Here are a few pieces of his that will whet your appetite. One thing that struck me about the site is that though he has a career that spans more than thirty years, all of the work on the site is recent. This tells me that he is actively making new things and is interested in what he is doing now. I find this fact in itself inspiring. Also, Gary works in pastels, oils, monotypes, and just about every other medium you could name.

Best,

Bill

Sterling Hundley



Last Friday I drove up to Richmond to see the work of and meet Sterling Hundley. Sterling has been a working illustrator for about ten years now and the show he had up was his first solo show as a painter. I had seen some of the work online via his blog, but this only offered a glimpse. It was enough to make me want to see the whole thing, and I am really glad I took the time to drive the three hours to see it.

After meeting with Sterling for lunch beforehand where we talked a bit about whose work we like, painting and illustration and a slew of other things. I had heard a lot of positive things about him from George Pratt (a mutual friend) and had seen his work grow over the past ten years. I've always liked it for both his thinking and aesthetics and felt that he was someone who was willing to try new things and who approached subjects with an emotional and intellectual approach that resonated with my sensibilities.

When we got to the gallery and I saw the work I was floored. He has taken on some heavy material and approached it in a way that draws viewers in with beauty and asks them to look their own relationship with the content without ever stepping into preaching. My favorite series is "God Save the Queen". I don't want to give it away here, but if you are lucky enough to see the work, you will be treated to a beautiful an moving series of paintings.

The titles themselves give enough to prompt a dialogue with the work but never give it away but instead work as a starting point for one to consider the beautiful works.

After looking at the work and discussing it a little with Sterling, I was treated to a short tour of Richmond and some historical places including the Hollywood Cemetery, one of the seven hills of Richmond with a train buried beneath it and a great view of the James river.

Thanks Sterling.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

More offered at Etsy

I uploaded a few more pieces for sale on my Etsy page including the original painting for the cover of Faultlines # 1, some watercolors, and ink drawings.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New items on Etsy

I have posted a few new monotypes on Etsy. These are smaller, affordable pieces. Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bernie Fuchs

I just heard the news the Bernie Fuchs passed away at age 77. I am deeply saddened by this. He was an artist who continually made beautiful and thought provoking images and influenced several generations of artists who were moved and inspired by his work. I did not know him personally, but was told the he was a genuinely nice person who had an interest in growing as an artist and human being. One of the few people who brought something new to the field of illustration and one whose work continued to grow and evolve as he grew. He brought a sense of candor to his images that was often missing in the work of many of his predecessors and made use of photo reference in a way that included a great sense of design and knowledge of both physical and psychological space.


Friday, September 18, 2009

New Etsy Items

I added two small pieces to my Etsy shop. They are the first of many smaller, less expensive works that I will be offering for sale in the coming months.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Website Update

Updated my site with some work done for a Fireman's Fund print campaign. Art Director: Allison Burton, Agency: Katsin/Loeb.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Anti-smoking

This is a piece I did a few years ago while illustrating articles for Stick and Bikini magazines. The article, part of a health series, was about a guy who was running wind sprints as a way to try to quit smoking. The piece here is a one page comic I did in a journal while doing sketches.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Website Update

Added some images to the illustration page of my site. Koeb.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Titles

The quality of the video shown here is not anywhere close to how these things actually look.

Logo for Dan Kozak's Light Box films video

Playing with Studio Max and After Effects video

Video Fun

This is a very compressed version of a video sample I did with my photographer friend Kevin Berne. We shot it in an afternoon and I edited and added the textures the following day in After Effects. It was originally made as a tryout for a Fireman's Fund campaign which I was illustrating at the time. Though the client went another way, it was fun to have the pressure of making something from scratch in a media I never played with much. Thanks to Alison Burton at Katsin/Loeb. video

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Paintings


Some recent and also, not too recent paintings.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

John Van Fleet


Recently found that John Van Fleet, a great artist and great friend, has added a section to his website called "Wet Paint." There are book covers for Star Wars, Topps cards, Indiana Jones' art, and 3D models John has designed, It is well worth looking at.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Book for sale on Etsy

20 Copies of my book, "Rememory" are for sale on my Etsy shop. Each copy is signed and includes an original drawing on the title page. This 64 page hardcover book was published in 2003 by Cartouche press and contains illustrations, paintings, monotypes, and drawings from my journals.