Spunky Zoe's Monstrous Portraits

Illustration // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Korean artist Spunky Zoe (Seungyea Park) creates her surreal large-scale portraits using only ball point pen and acrylic paint. Her works are based on her theory of psychological duality, where two monsters - one that lives inside her and one that lives outside - are constantly at odds with one another. 'My paintings are like battlefields in which these monsters are struggling.'

Ruth Marten's Unnatural History

Illustration // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
'Ruth Marten draws on antique etchings. Literally. The etchings, often of scientific subjects, are likely to be of dubious accuracy. Marten's masterful interventions further propel the imagery toward the fantastic, though where one leaves off and the other begins is not easy to discern. Like a child's game of "telephone," or the Surrealists' "exquisite corpse," the process yields delightful perversity.'

David Cook's Epic Battles

Illustration // Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I'm always enthralled and inspired by the intricate pattern work in David Cook's illustrations. The combination of his brightly colored snakes and skulls in fishnets, surrounded by rays of spirographic line-work are drawn with meticulous and repetitive perfection, creating strangely beautiful completed pieces by this New York based, colorblind artist.

Wishcandy is Sashiko Yuen

Illustration // Monday, June 11, 2012
Wishcandy, or Sashiko Yuen is enamoured by retro culture, street fashion, kitsch, beauty, and the grotesque. At any given moment you could imagine she is mentally recording color palettes, creating, or hatching an escape plan from the suburban jungle. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Art + Design from Towson University and is currently building up a world of paintings and illustrations.

Modern-Day Shaman: Cang Xin

Illustration // Monday, June 11, 2012
Cang Xin became interested in art (as well as rock and roll) while he was at music school, but he received no formal training. To this day he employs assistants to help him with paintings and drawings. For him art is more than technique: it is a way of life that sits easily with his self-conception as a modern-day shaman, heir to the nature-magic tradition of his native Mongolia.

The Work of Belgian Collective, Hell'O Monsters

Illustration // Monday, June 11, 2012
Hell’O Monsters is a Belgian collective formed by Jérôme Meynen, François Dieltiens and Antoine Detaille . The three artists successfully blend their individual styles to create an imaginary universe occupied by hybrid characters such as monsters with multiple eyes, mutated animals, humans with their heads split open.

Sean Morris is Bizarrely Beautiful

Illustration // Monday, June 11, 2012
Sean Morris is an Australian Hero. His bright, aerobic, illustrative works define an alternative narrative of Australian and Low-Culture. The worlds he creates are a super-saturated reality that one might find bizarrely beautiful, uncomfortable or awe-inspiring, due to their strange nature.

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.


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