Laura Callaghan for Anonymous Sex Journal

Illustration // Thursday, August 27, 2015
We've written about Laura Callaghan's illustrations before, the London-based artist recently worked with Anonymous Sex Journal on their new "The Solo Issue or Sex For One" issue which compiles anonymous submissions and stories about, well, you get it...

Nuria Riaza's Ballpoint Illustrations

Illustration // Thursday, August 27, 2015
Nuria Riaza's blue ballpoint drawings are meticulous, in every sense of the word. Not only are they exquisitely rendered with detailed, fine linework, but each piece displays the artist's very careful deliberation and composition (her grids of collected knick-knacks are a neat freak's dream). Riaza graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia.

Japanese Artist M'onma's Trance-Created Drawings

Illustration // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
To create his dreamlike drawings, Japanese artist M’onma enters a trance, where he describes his entire body glowing and a loss of vision. He also reports an invisible presence guiding his hand. M’onma calls this state of being a “visitation,” and he began creating work in this way when he was in his ‘40s, after decades of making work he felt was unsatisfying. The drawings are surreal and use graphite, ink and colored pencil to portray meandering narratives that include religious figures, animals, spirits, and geometric play. 

Daniel Arzola's "No Soy Tu Chiste" Queer Activism Illustrations

Illustration // Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Venezuelan illustrator and activist Daniel Arzola has created an art campaign addressing prominent issues in the queer community such as same-sex marriage, bullying, gender fluidity, identity, and homophobia. According to Arzola, it’s the “first Venezuelan viral campaign that through art raised awareness of prejudice and violent acts performed against the LGBTI community around the world.” 

The Surreal World of Fabien Mérelle

Illustration // Monday, August 24, 2015
'Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolour. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences. Working on a minute scale against a sparse white background, Mérelle prompts the viewer to individually examine his figures and peer into a world, which from the outset may appear as our own, but upon closer inspection is a rendering of a personal streaming subconscious...'

Buddy Nestor's Eerie Unportraiture

Illustration // Monday, August 24, 2015
In Buddy Nestor's portraits, the depiction of an outward self disintegrates and mutates in order to convey a spiritual interior. “My latest series of paintings are portraits of female artists.  These physical and psychological images are my attempt to capture the true nature of humanity.  They are spiritual X-Rays.  The models that I use in my work are all beautiful women.  However, there is nothing beautiful about the portraits I create.”   

Soot and Gold by Ikenaga Yasunari

Illustration // Friday, August 21, 2015
Born in 1965, artist Ikenaga Yasunari's serene and soothing portraits of modern women evoke a dreamy nostalgia through their faded golden hues and elegant floating poses. Using a Menso brush, mineral pigments, and soot ink on linen cloth, Yasunari continues the ancient tradition of Nihonga painting while simultaneously bringing modern elements to play...

The Neofuturist Illustrations of Syd Mead

Illustration // Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Syd Mead is most famous for his designs for science fiction films, including Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron. We’re excited, though, to check out his illustrations, which are equally as compelling. He deems them neofuturist, and the illustrations span a range of possible worlds, often focusing on vehicles and architecture. 

Derek Louis Ercolano's "Experiments"

Illustration // Monday, August 17, 2015
Born and raised in New York, Derek Louis Ercolano is currently finishing up his Masters Degree in Bergen, Norway. Derek's tumblr is a source for what he calls his "experiments." Bright colors and strange...

Illustrations by Rachel Levit

Illustration // Monday, August 17, 2015
There are many young artistic gems residing in Brooklyn, NY, one of them is Mexican illustrator Rachel Levit. She received her BA in illustration from Parsons The New School of design in 2012 and has since been a part of several group exhibitions in NY and Mexico.


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