In Illustration: Simple Figures

Illustration // Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Simple Figures project is an online collection of illustrated creatures drawn in one of three simple geometric shapes: square, circle, and triangle. Artists from around world can submit their own simple figures, and we've selected a few of our favorites from the steadily growing collection.

In Illustration: Alice Hartley

Illustration // Tuesday, September 27, 2011
London-based illustrator and printmaker Alice Hartley is a recent graduate of Kingston University, specializing in illustration and animation. In addition to the undeniable skill of her technique and a recognizably well developed style, Hartley's work manages to retain a refreshing spontaneity that intensifies the charm of each piece in her portfolio.

In Illustration: Joao Ruas, Feral Ghosts

Illustration // Tuesday, September 27, 2011
São Paulo born illustrator Joao Ruas began his desire to draw at an early age. Growing up he was left alone with crayons and papers for a few hours every day, developing an unusual feral behavior which only got worse through the years. His ghostly and dream-like illustrations are the product of his life long commitment to his creative endeavors.

In Illustration: Ampersand Food Groups

Illustration // Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Deliciously designed Ampersand Food Group illustrations based off of cliche food combinations constructed to form an ampersand (&) by Dan Beckemeyer. Pizza AND Burgers AND Cookies AND Milk AND Peanut Butter AND Jelly AND Yessssssssss!

In Illustration: Kenichi Yokono

Illustration // Monday, September 26, 2011
Tokyo-based artist Kenichi Yokono uses traditional woodblock techniques to explore the dark pulse beating beneath the stereotypical elements of modern Japanese popular culture, such as Manga, anime, and horror. His woodblocks are functional yet exhibited directly as originals rather than prints, permitting them to maintain the agency and tangible presence of handmade objects.

In Illustration: NKeppol

Illustration // Monday, September 26, 2011
Nick Keppol, aka NKeppol, is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and typographer with a self-admitted obsession for words and letters. In the past few years he has worked for MoMA, HBO, and The New York Times among several other high-profile companies, institutions, and magazines.

In Illustration: Dimas Forchetti

Illustration // Monday, September 26, 2011
The fluid lines and organic shapes of Brazilian artist Dimas Forchetti's illustrations claim a mixture of influences, from the cubism of Picasso to the graffiti of Vitché. "In my abstract art," says Forchetti, "I address the strangeness of human behavior and our concern with the importance of our self-image."

In Illustration: David Lanaspa

Illustration // Monday, September 26, 2011
David Lanaspa is a self-taught illustrator and graphic designer based in the southwest of France who has been working since 1998. He is greatly influenced by urban landscapes and skate culture, preferring to sketch from life when he has a spare moment. He is currently the art director for Cell DVSN, a brand he helped found in 2004, and the French clothing company Otaku.

In Illustration: Lava

Illustration // Sunday, September 25, 2011
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Ori Toor, an illustrator and animator based in Israel. He likes using colored pencils, pens, and broken lava lamps in his drawings, and animations, too.

In Illustration: Patrick Hruby

Illustration // Saturday, September 24, 2011
Los Angeles illustrator Patrick Hruby graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2010. Since then, his work has caught the eyes of clients such as New York Times Magazine and AMMO Books, and he shows his playful and colorful work in both solo and group exhibitions.


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