If you haven’t yet seen the illustrative work of Brooklyn-based Ray Jones, do it now. Do it. Go here. I’ll wait.
His traditional sumi ink work is stunning, and his work is both inspiring and maddening because of its seeming effortlessness. His work is simple and complex, clean and dirty. His subject matter follows body parts enveloped in seas of ink resembling bracken, water, and nest-like beds, insects, decay, waves and bones. His black and white ink work is beautiful, but his colored work also shows restraint and strength in all the right places. I’m insanely jealous of his remarkable body of work, and excited to keep seeing what comes next.