We're living in great art times: the advent of the internet meant, for all of us, that back in the day (okay, back in 1993) we could wander into a chat room and talk to someone seemingly on the other side of the planet. The World Wide Web has grown in leaps and bounds since the days of AOL Instant Messenger, but one thing remains a common thread: we here in New York City can stumble, via the joys of Instagram, on artists doing sweet, tight work in Medina, Ohio. Artists, for instance, like Derek Myers.
Myers portfolio is packed with tiny, tight, intentional little scenes, all done entirely by hand. We don't know if the guy is personally sponsored by Micron pens, but he probably should be, considering the airtime he gives the product. Myers has such an economy of line, his winter wonderlands seem like they're old-timey photo postcards, inviting us to take a long walk in the woods.
Black and grey illustration work, with limitations on layout and specifically designed framing devices is a classic approach. Myers is utilizing some of the strongest American art rules in the book, rules mastered, mainstreamed, and broken by the likes of Norman Rockwell, Coles Phillips, Edward Gorey, and more.