It's that time of year again to unveil the Bal Ingenieux poster! Each year I try to pay some tribute to the Illustrators who came before me from Cleveland's own, Kokoon Arts Club. They were a group of Artists of every discipline who band together from the late 19 teens into the 1960's. Many, fabulously talented Artists exhibited together, studied together and once a year threw these amazing costume balls that quickly became the place to be in mid-century Cleveland.
The Bal Ingenieux was brought back as a kind of tribute by Ingenuity Cleveland and for the last few years I've had the honor to create a poster for the event. This year I decided to go a bit more jazz age and kinda Futurist for this piece and it all sprung from this dress.
This photo is from one of the Kokoon Art auctions from the 1930's. Not exactly the style you think of when you imagine a dress from the Thirties. It does however fit very comfortably in some of the art from that period. See Viktor Schreckengost if you would like to see some of the best examples of that style ( proud Clevelander and someone I was EXTREMELY fortunate to meet when I was a student at CIA). Check out his Jazz Bowl series:
It's graphic, playful and just moves your eyes all over the place!
Another inspiration for this piece that may be a bit out of left field but once you see the art I think you will understand, Laura Dumm is another fellow Clevelander who I've also been EXTREMELY fortunate to meet through our regular Drink and Draws. Her and her husband Gary Dumm (himself a GIANT in the Indie comic world) keep churning out some of the most lively art you can ever set your eyeballs on. What struck me is their use of color and pattern, I frequented dummart.com for inspiration in the early phases of this piece (and you should to!). She is certainly not a contemporary of the Kookoon Arts club but her and Gary certainly imbibe that spirit!
So there ya go another year's Bal Ingenieux on off the board on on the wall. As you can see the event is this coming weekend and if you are able to go I would highly recommend it. For more information check out balingenieux.com
And be sure to check out some of the in process drawings here!