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This special edition book “Mugs and Beards” was designed specifically for Illustrator/Character Designer Brian Ajhar's first appearance at the 2010 CTN Animation Expo.

The book showcases some of Brian Ajhar's characters in a collection from numerous editorial, advertising and children’s book projects he has worked on.

**This beautiful mini coffee table book is wonderful in quality and is produced as a 7"x 7" Hard cover. "Mugs" is sold with premium satin paper stock that is 35% thicker and offered with your choice of two types of covers.
1. Wrap around gloss dust jacket cover over black cloth hardcover.
2. Matte image wrap cover beautifully bounds the image directly to the cover.

Combining painterly expressions with my ideas have always been my passion. I am obsessed with textures and intuitive marks made by paint. I am fascinated by the subtlety of paint forms on paper and how that contributes to the sculpting of a character's personality. New technology has allowed me to further develop my style by giving me an up close look at how the intuitive marks and paint strokes grow into textures and subtle expressions.

I hope you enjoy this selection of Mugs & Beards.


About the Author

Brian Ajhar

Brian Ajhar’s career as an artist has spanned three decades. His extensive and diverse client list includes numerous magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, corporate clients, and book publishers. His illustrated children’s books have been published worldwide in a multitude of languages and have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Ajhar’s work is widely recognized for it’s distinctive and humorous point of view.The varied range of his ideas have adapted to a myriad of social, economic, and political issues.
Along with his professional career Brian is a frequent guest lecturer and has been teaching illustration and character development at Syracuse University for the past 15 years. He has also taught at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and The University of Hartford.

More about Brian Ajhar can be found on his website:

Comments (8) Write a comment


mamamarox says

This is just so original, creative, and overall fantastic. No story is needed for these illustrations because they tell their own.

posted at 08:59pm Jul 30 PST


idleawhile says

Really cute :)

posted at 05:04pm Nov 22 PST


bear43 says

What a wonder art book you have done.

posted at 06:15am Oct 30 PST


CoachLady says

Wow...absolutely gorgeous!

posted at 10:05am Oct 20 PST


tahala says

*Laughing* ... Fantastic! Beautiful work.

posted at 07:51pm Oct 16 PST


xanas says

Absolut beauty!!

posted at 02:13am Oct 14 PST


resounding says

gorgeous illustrations! i especially liked the one of the little child standing in front of a window overlooking the city.

your work is very inspiring.

posted at 05:47pm Oct 12 PST

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