Amazing Charcoal Rope Series

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
'I chose imagery of knotted or twisted rope to help me describe the felt but unexpressed visceral world of the mind/body. These surrogate “bodies” seemed fitting metaphors for the tension, frayed nerves and entanglements that we inevitably experience as human beings. Use of distortion and exaggerated scale help evoke less pedestrian associations with my subject while enticing viewers to linger with the sensual qualities of surface and medium.' - Huguette Despault

Obery Nicolas's Black & White Work

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Obery Nicolas digitally illustrates these wild and striking images. Obery is a French graphic designer and art director who is especially detailed oriented and has done work for clients range from Nestle to Lancome.

Toyin Odutola

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
'Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I'm looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis...'

Charis Tsevis: London Olympics 2012

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Athens, Greece-based visual designer Charis Tsevis has just released some incredible work created for Yahoo!'s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic games. Tsevis depicts "once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen every four years."  for three different sports (diving, gymnastics and running) with an extra image for running to represent celebration and victory. Gorgeous movement through geometry.

Derrick Castle is Straw Castle

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
  Derrick Castle is an illustrator based in Nashville, Tennessee. His design moniker Straw Castle began as a small independent clothing line which has since expanded to cater to high profile clients like Van Halen, Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, and Ted Nugent. Castle is especially skilled as a printmaker, demonstrating a sophisticated knowledge of traditional block printing techniques...

Money Bunny Blues

Illustration // Monday, July 30, 2012
Money Bunny Blues is a delightful stop motion animation by Ellen Coons of Detroit's College for Creative Studies that embraces the quirky imperfections of the medium through the use of intricately designed handmade sets and characters created with common household objects. Built around a whimsical song composed by Coons in the midst of financial uncertainty, this short film is guaranteed to make you smile.

Cavity Colors

Illustration // Monday, July 30, 2012
"Cavity Colors" is the online store of artist and illustrator Aaron Crawford, featuring his grotesque brand of fine art that oozes with neon color and nightmarish menace. Atlanta-based Crawford first started using his unique style of clothing and logo branding for small local hardcore and metal bands, but soon began working for national acts, including The Used, Necro, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, and others.

ParaNorman Posters

Illustration // Monday, July 30, 2012
Based in Hillsboro, OR, animation studio Laika is promoting its latest animated film, ParaNorman, with a slate of charming illustrated posters that are being displayed in major cities across the US. Each poster was created by a different artist or illustration studio, and passersby are encouraged to grab them straight off the walls if they so desire.

Jim Rugg's Notebook

Illustration // Monday, July 30, 2012
Jim Rugg is an American cartoonist and illustrator from Pittsburgh known for his tongue-in-cheek evocations of 1970's era comics and pop culture, as well as for his graphic novels and comic collections. A peek into Rugg's notebook drawings reveals a loose aesthetic reminiscent of irreverent high school doodling, only ten times more awesome and sophisticated.

Comic from Tom McHenry

Illustration // Sunday, July 29, 2012
Enjoy your Sunday a little more with this fun comic from illustrator Tom McHenry. Tom posts a drawing to his website each day, ranging from New Yorker-style cartoons to unsettling collages to hasty notebook scribbles.

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