Baroque Typeforms from the 1600s

Illustration // Monday, August 31, 2015
These gorgeously ornate letterforms were designed in the mid-1600s by the Polish goldsmith, Jan Christian Bierpfaff in the 1600's. He apprenticed with the Mackensen family of metalworkers in Cracow who introduced the Dutch auricular style of ornament into the Polish gold and silver workshops.

DIA-Commissioned Artist's Renderings of Soviet Weaponry

Illustration // Monday, August 31, 2015
During the Cold War, the DIA commissioned artists to illustrate accurate portrayal of Soviet military systems to accompany official briefings. The collection contains more than 1000 paintings and drawings completed between 1965 and 1989. Computer-generated graphics would replace this type of illustrated art in the late 80s.

Björn Griesbach's Hollow Children

Illustration // Friday, August 28, 2015
German illustrator Björn Griesbach knows how to give you haunting dreams. One of his more recent series, "Hollow Children," features grinning children with dark smudged faces that, to be honest, are pretty terrifying. Griesbach primarily works on commissioned illustration projects for novels and other literature but also finds time for personal projects when he can.

Laura Callaghan for Anonymous Sex Journal

Illustration // Thursday, August 27, 2015
We've written about Laura Callaghan's illustrations before, the London-based artist recently worked with Anonymous Sex Journal on their new "The Solo Issue or Sex For One" issue which compiles anonymous submissions and stories about, well, you get it...

Nuria Riaza's Ballpoint Illustrations

Illustration // Thursday, August 27, 2015
Nuria Riaza's blue ballpoint drawings are meticulous, in every sense of the word. Not only are they exquisitely rendered with detailed, fine linework, but each piece displays the artist's very careful deliberation and composition (her grids of collected knick-knacks are a neat freak's dream). Riaza graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia.

Japanese Artist M'onma's Trance-Created Drawings

Illustration // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
To create his dreamlike drawings, Japanese artist M’onma enters a trance, where he describes his entire body glowing and a loss of vision. He also reports an invisible presence guiding his hand. M’onma calls this state of being a “visitation,” and he began creating work in this way when he was in his ‘40s, after decades of making work he felt was unsatisfying. The drawings are surreal and use graphite, ink and colored pencil to portray meandering narratives that include religious figures, animals, spirits, and geometric play. 

Daniel Arzola's "No Soy Tu Chiste" Queer Activism Illustrations

Illustration // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Venezuelan illustrator and activist Daniel Arzola has created an art campaign addressing prominent issues in the queer community such as same-sex marriage, bullying, gender fluidity, identity, and homophobia. According to Arzola, it’s the “first Venezuelan viral campaign that through art raised awareness of prejudice and violent acts performed against the LGBTI community around the world.” 

The Surreal World of Fabien Mérelle

Illustration // Monday, August 24, 2015
'Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolour. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences. Working on a minute scale against a sparse white background, Mérelle prompts the viewer to individually examine his figures and peer into a world, which from the outset may appear as our own, but upon closer inspection is a rendering of a personal streaming subconscious...'

Buddy Nestor's Eerie Unportraiture

Illustration // Monday, August 24, 2015
In Buddy Nestor's portraits, the depiction of an outward self disintegrates and mutates in order to convey a spiritual interior. “My latest series of paintings are portraits of female artists.  These physical and psychological images are my attempt to capture the true nature of humanity.  They are spiritual X-Rays.  The models that I use in my work are all beautiful women.  However, there is nothing beautiful about the portraits I create.”   

Soot and Gold by Ikenaga Yasunari

Illustration // Friday, August 21, 2015
Born in 1965, artist Ikenaga Yasunari's serene and soothing portraits of modern women evoke a dreamy nostalgia through their faded golden hues and elegant floating poses. Using a Menso brush, mineral pigments, and soot ink on linen cloth, Yasunari continues the ancient tradition of Nihonga painting while simultaneously bringing modern elements to play...
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