David Chestnutt's Psychedelic fairy tales

Illustration // Monday, April 30, 2012
Let’s Pretend was a series of fairy tale recordings released in the US in 1970. The sleeves are illustrated by David Chestnutt and shows a great example of the soft whimsical style that was so prevalent in the early 70's. Each of the 25 recordings employs a radio show format, possibly because these were all radio recordings originally. The masterful illustration and design work that appears on old record covers never ceases to amaze me.

Silvia Pelissero Watercolor Illustration

Illustration // Monday, April 30, 2012
Silvia Pelissero is an Italian painter and illustrator best known as agnes-cecile. She was born in Rome in 1991, where she went in an art high school, focusing on her creative endeavors. She has continued as a self-taught artist, creating gorgeous, glowing watercolor portraits, outlined in white ink, her own signature style.

Sean Lewis

Illustration // Sunday, April 29, 2012
Graduating from of the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2011, Sean Lewis is a Toronto-based artist whose expressive work captures the pioneer spirit of centuries past. The narrative threads of entire lifetimes seem to unfold in his vivid and thoughtful illustrations of scruffy, unshorn characters, living remnants of a bygone and lawless era when North America was still a vast wilderness to be tamed and conquered.

New Work from Andre Castro

Illustration // Saturday, April 28, 2012
We came across this new illustration from Toronto, Ontario based illustrator Andre Castro, a psychedelic artist who graduated from the Psytrance Canadian University. Andre also collaborates in part with clothing line, Visuals, merging psychedelia into textile design and garment hypercraft, immaterializing 21st century enlightenment

SubWars

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
A student of animation at Communication University of China, Sean Soong's stark, sleek, and ultra-violent short film "SubWars" tells the story of an old man who enters a subway car where no one offers him a seat. What ensues is five minutes of bloody revenge with a light saber. Although the action is graphic, the political commentary on China's communist legacy is subtle, resulting in an intriguing and thoroughly entertaining animated short.

Nicholas Stevenson

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
Nicholas Stevenson dreams of chalky gouache paintings, mystical colours and secretive meetings. When Nicholas is awake he’s in North London, but he once lived in the Seychelles and dressed up as Peter Pan most days, made tin foil swords and got inspired by fish identification cards and sea life. Nicholas is an illustrator who makes pictures that are fun, lively, mysterious and occasionally a bit unsettling.

Ira Glass on Creativity

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
Ira Glass of PRI’s This American Life gives a brilliant talk about creativity, he’s referring to those producing video, but alter a few words, and it maps to pretty much any creative endeavor, including illustration... “What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste...

Ko Machiyama

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
Ko Machiyama is an illustrator in Tokyo that specializes in abstract paintings and fashion illustrations.  The stark, minimal quality in the renderings, graced with a muted palette and barren narative display a gorgeous rendition falling somwhere between fashion illustration and well designed drawings.

Illustrating with Quentin Blake

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Beloved English cartoonist, illustrator, and children's author Quentin Blake demonstrates his illustration process step-by-step in this short video, "Ten Minutes of Illustration," filmed in 2003 by the National Gallery Company. It's an invaluable glimpse into the artist's creative practice, from the very first rough sketches to the finished drawing.

Bette Burgoyne

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
"What I see during time spent in the forest and at the shore is translated and re-formed during the process of drawing," says Seattle-based artist Bette Burgoyne of her organic, monochromatic creations. Using white prismacolor pencil on black paper, Burgoyne endeavors to "reveal a spectacle of wood, water, light, and atmosphere," sharing her enthusiasm for natural processes and patterns as they blend, harmonize, and echo one another.  

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