My pal Joe Kuth (Red Panda Comics) has been working on an amazing project called "Seeing Calvino". Along with fellow artists Leighton Connor and Matt Kish, he has created pieces of the "Invisible Cities" as written about in the 1972 book of the same name by Italian novelist Italo Calvino.
I recently picked up a set of postcards featuring all of Joe's contributions to the project, They are amazing and a few of them have already become carefully placed fixations on my bookshelf. They are also impressively made in a variety of mixed media (gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, etc).
Something else that Joe published a few years ago (and I have been meaning to post about here for a while), is a phenomenal tribute book to the legendary children's book illustrator Ed Emberely, called "Emberley Galaxy". It features Emberley-inspired comic and illustration contributions from 19 different artists. It is an absolutely wonderful and unique tribute and everyone should pick one up.
Emberley is one of those artists (similar to say, Tomi Ungerer), who's children's books I wish I had actually discovered as a kid. Especially so considering that Emberley made a series of "how-to" drawing books for children, which focused on basic construction principles of using basis shapes to simplify a drawing of an animal, monster, etc. His graphic style was clearly an influence on many illustrators and animators he past few decades. Also, Joe was ahead of the curve here, as Emberely finally got the lavish coffee table artbook treatment a few years ago via Ammo Books.
Pick up a copy of Emberley Galaxy here.