Laura Ball: American Dreamers

Illustration // Friday, June 08, 2012
Laura Ball is an amazing watercolor illustrator, currently part of the “American Dreamers" show up at the CCC The Strozzina in Florence, running from March –15 July 12 with a select group of  artists who use fantasy, imagination and dreams to build alternative worlds to the increasingly complex reality of life today.

Carne Griffiths, Tea and Whisky

Illustration // Friday, June 08, 2012
Carne Griffiths works primarily with calligraphy ink, graphite and liquids, such as tea brandy, vodka and whisky when he draws and then manipulates the drawn line. After graduating from Maidstone college of art Carne served an apprenticeship and worked as a gold wire embroidery designer for 12 years, hence floral pattern, repetition and flow play a large part in his work. Carne’s images explore both human and floral forms, figuratively and in an abstract sense.

Angie Wang is Ok Chickadee

Illustration // Friday, June 08, 2012
We just noticed some new work out from Angie Wang, an amazing illustrator and cartoonist based in Portland, Oregon. Her vividly surreal drawing style is consistented by her palette and somewhat abstracted composition and pattern work. Some of her selected clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Nylon Magazine, Cartoon Network, Escada and Wired Magazine. Awesome.

Llewellyn Mejia's Peyote Party

Illustration // Friday, June 08, 2012
Llewellyn Mejia is 'a stylistic illustrator', skilled in hand-drawn, and computer generated illustration. In her younger years her family traveled back and forth between Mexico and the Southwestern United States. As a result she has developed a style of patterned/detailed linework and stylistically rendered characters. Her work is usually a commentary of my day-to-day life and people she encounters ...

Henrietta Harris

Illustration // Thursday, June 07, 2012
'Since graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auckland University of Technology, Henrietta Harris has steadily built up a name for herself as a solid New Zealand illustrator. She has skilfully hand-drawn hands, faces, brains, glaciers and at least seven other Categories of Things, many of which have appeared on canvases in shows all over New Zealand, Australia, London and New York.'

The Intricate illustration work of David V. D'Andrea

Illustration // Thursday, June 07, 2012
'Illustrator David V. D'Andrea’s work is iconic, dark, intricate, and beautiful. His illustrations seethe with sinuous, accomplished line work and intentional rough edges. He draws from a variety of themes – the shelves of his small studio are crammed with dusty books: almanacs, type specimens, crumbling encyclopedias, and other esoteric visual references, all looking as if they had been rescued from a medieval basement.'

MEHRETU'S Densley-Layered Abstractions

Illustration // Thursday, June 07, 2012
Julie Mehretu (born 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is an artist, best known for her densely-layered abstract illustrative paintings and prints. She lives and works in New York City. 'I think of my abstract mark-making as a type of sign lexicon, signifier, or language for characters that hold identity and have social agency. The characters in my maps plotted, journeyed, evolved, and built civilisations...

Paul Noble's Intricate Mazes

Illustration // Wednesday, June 06, 2012
During the last six years, British artist Paul Noble has invented a city. Named for its creator, Nobson Newtown comprises extremely large and meticulously crafted pencil drawings, each depicting a different building or location within Noble’s fictitious industrial town built on the edge of a forest. Although they are precisely rendered in realistic detail, Noble’s creations are much more than a feat in naturalistic representation...

Seed & Pulp at 3S Artspace

Illustration // Wednesday, June 06, 2012
This past Friday was special night out in Portsmouth, NH. It marked the first opening of the Seed & Pulp show for Store Gallery at 3S Artspace. Guest curated by the one and only Dylan Haigh – it brought together illustrators and printmakers from around the world to show off the hand-touched medium. It took a couple of months of blood, sweat and freak outs to get this off the ground and ready for the First Friday Art walk in town but the show was a complete pizza pizza.

Folklore and Magick: Glyn Smith Illustration

Illustration // Wednesday, June 06, 2012
'Whether it's designing an album cover, drawing a t-shirt or printing a poster, I take influence from a wide variety of sources, both ancient and modern. In particular, I find myself drawn to imagery and themes prevalent in the worlds of folklore, magick and Forteana, as well as more classical influences. I use a range of techniques encompassing both traditional and digital media, but also enjoy the art of printmaking, particularly screenprinting.' Glyn Smith

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