Review: 'The Shroud Opaque' @ Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery in Oakland, CA

Illustration // Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Featuring works from Aminah Slor, D.V. D'Andrea, and Hunter de la Ghetto, "The Shroud Opaque" is Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery's newest (and frankly, awesome) show. We've got a review and pictures for you here, but you'd best head over there before December 1st to see it in person.

Works by Tran Nguyen

Illustration // Tuesday, November 13, 2012
'I find interest in illustrating the universal emotions we come across in everyday living -- emotions that are tucked away, deep inside our psyches.' Tran Nguyen is a Georgia-based artist. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States, she received a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. She is fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psycho-therapeutic support vehicle, treading the mind's surreal dreamscape...

Lauren Marx's Atrophying Animal Universe

Illustration // Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Currently working towards her BFA in university, 20 year old illustrator Lauren Marx exhibits remarkable talent and clarity of vision. Lauren connects the animal world to the cosmos: 'I want the viewer to see the mammals as god-like representations of galaxies, nebulae, super massive black holes, flux ropes, and the like. The birds represent stars and space debris formed by the Universe.'

Horror-Inspired Creations of Kelly Durette

Illustration // Monday, November 12, 2012
Kelly Durette is an illustrator working out of Toronto, ON. Using graphite and colored pencil, the self-trained artist creates haunting anatomical and figurative portraits that combine anatomical drawing with the influences of Dia de los Muertos and horror films to incredible effect.

Idle Hands from Dana Harel

Illustration // Monday, November 12, 2012
Israeli-born and San Francisco-based illustrator Dana Harel's large scale graphite illustrations explore humans' places in the natural world. Using the repeated motifs of hands and wings, Harel's illustrations fuse the human body with plant and animal structures, provoking viewers to re-consider the human "hubris" as a dominant species.

Mystical Illustrations from Abbey Watkins

Illustration // Monday, November 12, 2012
Inspired largely by fashion imagery, Manchester illustrator and designer Abbey Watkins creates fantastical figural images and kaleidoscopic textile patterns. Combining pencil drawing with digital coloring techniques, Watkins' images of beautiful women with mystical curiosities or dreamlike disfigurements look almost like excepts from one of Alexander McQueen's fashion shows.

Illustrations and a Film from Julia Pott

Illustration // Saturday, November 10, 2012
Julia Pott is an illustrator from Brooklyn, NY who "employs awkward animated characters to act out her inner confusions." Something about her layered patterning and lumpy figures makes for a really compelling effect, and because it's the weekend, we threw in a bizarre little short film of hers too. Enjoy!

Gabriel Moreno's Rainbow Illustrations

Illustration // Friday, November 09, 2012
Madrid-based Gabriel Moreno's psychedelic figural images almost read like streams of consciousness. With drastic color gradients and multi-layered imagery that both emerge from and envelop his figures, Moreno creates dreamlike scenes in which his subjects' thoughts seem to bleed through their skin.

Anatomical Illustrations from Roberto Osti

Illustration // Friday, November 09, 2012
Roberto Osti's fantastical anatomical drawings explore intersections between modern science and myth. Interested in how humans might one day reach immortality through cloning or the potential reality of hybrid monsters, Osti's awe-inspiring images merge the visual language of scientific drawing with subjects that reveal the absurd potential of rational science.

Imaginary Maps by Marie Gosselin

Illustration // Friday, November 09, 2012
Freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and sometimes confectioner Marie Gosselin's color pencil drawings unfold as vibrant maps to the fantastical lands of her imagination. Her beautiful dreamscapes take you back to a time of childlike wonder, a world of candy-colored volcanos and purple tigers you can easily get lost in. Gosselin lives in a bakery with her cat Puduc. A graduate of LISAA (Paris) and Saint Luc (Tournai, Belgium), she is currently studying at Gobelins in Paris.

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