David Cristobol's Wood People

Illustration // Monday, November 10, 2014
David Cristobal is a young artist born and raised in Spain who graduated from the School of Art in Madrid and continues his artistic journey in the city of Milan, where he has gained an intensely personal style. His most recent exhibition of graphite illustrations was a series of images influenced by the sounds, words and music of contemporary artists who, somehow, were an integral part of his life.

Drawings by Frank Magnotta

Illustration // Monday, November 10, 2014
Impressive and detailed pencil drawings by the New York (Brooklyn) based artist and designer Frank Magnotta. Magnotta creates intricate new worlds in pencil. Frank mixes all sorts of cultural icons and influences into his gray scale pieces, he blend them in through typography and perfectly executed perspective.

Nadezhda Illarionova's Dark Fairy Tales

Illustration // Thursday, October 30, 2014
Nadezhda Illarionova is a Russian graphic artist and illustrator. Her whimsical illustrations, with nude nymph harpists and a cathedral filled with grisaille human-swan hybrids, seem as if they are pulled right from children's stories. But with dark, earthy palettes and faces that range from surprised to devious, we suspect these images telling the Grimm not Disney versions.

Drawings by Joe Biel

Illustration // Tuesday, October 28, 2014
This morning we take a look at the drawings of Los Angeles-based artist Joe Biel. His most recent work has increased both in scale and complexity, addressing a theme of poetic collision between beauty and the (sometimes cruel) absurdity of the contemporary world. "This collision produces a variety of situations, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, all of which reveal a vulnerable sense of humanity."

Work By Juli Jah

Illustration // Wednesday, October 22, 2014
We are really admiring the detailed and fine illustrations of Juli Jah. Her record covers and delicate watercolors are just the beginning. Check her out and dive right in.

The Ballpoint Pen Illustrations of Shohei Otomo

Illustration // Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Ahead of his exhibition at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne with Kasuke Kawamura, we take a look at Tokyo artist Shohei Otomo's hyper-realistic ballpoint pen illustrations. One of the most high-profile names of Tokyo's independent illustration scene, his illustrations combine traditional japanese and pop-culture imagery to present a biting commentary on contemporary Japanese culture.

Nikos Gyftakis's Liquid Portraits

Illustration // Thursday, October 16, 2014
Nikos Gyftakis was born in Athens, Greece in 1981. He studied Painting, at the School of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 2005 he has been teaching Painting and Costume/Fashion Design in public and private institutions. He has also created the stage-setting and paintings for several movies and theatrical shows and at the same time he has been curating art exhibitions. He has several successful personal and group exhibitions to his credit, in Greece and abroad. He now lives  and works between Athens and Stockholm.

Update: The Anatomical Works of Bologna's Nunzio Paci

Illustration // Thursday, October 09, 2014
From the blog Archipel: "Nunzio Paci is an artist living and working in Italy. His whole work deals with the relationship between man and Nature, in particular with animals and plants. The focus of his observation is body with its mutations. The intention is to explore the infinite possibilities of life, in search of a balance between reality and imagination." We love this work, and love how it advances a genre in anatomical works that we have been seeing in recent years. And Bologna continues to be a hotspot for young creatives. 

Illustrations by Alice Lin

Illustration // Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Beijing-based freelance artist Alice Lin likes to use the techniques and toolds of Chinese painting to express herself. Her style is rich and full of details, integrating watercolor and several Chinese techniques to express a unique, weird and fanciful whimsical. 

The Works of New Zealand's Kelly Thompson

Illustration // Tuesday, October 07, 2014
New Zealand's Kelly Thompson has made a few appearances on our site, but when we were looking back through the Purple Book, we caught wind of Kelly again and really enjoyed her slightly erotic, fashion-eque illustrations and fine art work. She was born in Rotorua, New Zealand and lived in Wellington for 10 years before moving to Melbourne where she is currently based.

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