Jen Ray's Fantastical Female Warriors

Illustration // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jen Ray’s drawings are militantly detailed filigrees of judicious line and colour; the artist’s hand enunciates sparring Amazonian women, who inhabit decaying, semi-surrealist and strangely beautiful wastelands. These female warriors, resplendent in their sexualized uniforms, are often seen violently charging with bellicose flags, warring amid apocalyptically upturned vehicles and phantasmagoric architecture. Their un-patriarchal world tumbles smoke from its underbelly, and serrated fantastical mountains appear as bejeweled apparitions, sharply erupting towards a de-pigmented sky.

Illustrations by Fumi Mini Nakamura

Illustration // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fumi Mini Nakamura is a freelance illustrator and designer living and working in the NYC-area. She was born in a small town in Japan, growing up surrounded by majestic mountains and endless ocean. She moved to the US when she was twelve years old, but her rural upbringing has undeniably impacted her art, which features beutifully rendered plants and animals.

Jillian Dickson's "Our Epidural Currency"

Illustration // Tuesday, January 20, 2015
North Carolina-based artist Jillian Dickson's series Our Epidural Currency examines the forgotten and neglected connection between our tactile bodies and wild nature. Within the compilation of technological evolution, the basic conditions of being human have changed, in that our physical bodies no longer play and essential roll in our survival.

Illustrations by Marianna Madriz

Illustration // Thursday, January 15, 2015
Marianna Madriz creates the perfect balance of vintage inspiration and contemporary styling with her curious characters. We’re particularly enamored with a recent embroidery collaboration she created with her mother.

Drawings by Corey Best

Illustration // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Corey Best was born in the rural countryside of northeastern Indiana but grew up throughout many towns and cities across Michigan. From the full range of environments spanning from the United States to Asia that were interacted within, he learned how large the world really was in all its wonder. Currently he has been living in different locations across northern Thailand since his move from Japan. His first love was nature and he to this day loves to wander and float, listening to and learning from all that he can from the ever expanding voids around him.

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo's Angry People

Illustration // Monday, January 05, 2015
Chilean artist Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo is a graphic design, filmmaker, and illustrator whose portrait work we have featured before. Hildalgo's ongoing collaborative illustration project "Angry People" recently caught our eye. Through his Tumblr he asks fans to send in angry pictures of themselves which he then turns into an illustration. Enjoy the series and maybe send in your portrait!

Drawings by Langley Fox

Illustration // Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Langley Fox is a Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator working with high-profile fashion clients like Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. With powerful pencil skills, she renders figures beautifully in a style that is both classic and contemporary. Side note: she is Hemingway’s great grand-daughter and clearly shares the family talent. 

The work of Rachel Fagiano

Illustration // Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Through her work, Rachel Fagiano uses illustration, painting, sculpture and installation art to explore the ways in which representations of bodies can explicitly or implicitly reflect on cultural and political issues in the spaces we occupy. 'I am particularly interested in formative moments--corporeal and cerebral--and how they are instrumental in creating individual and collective identities.' Thanks for the reader submission Rachel!

Artist Illustrates Her Daughter’s Fashion Choices

Illustration // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Rather than capturing endless childhood photos, artist Jenny Williams has been illustrating her daughter Clementine’s excellent outfits. Williams posts the drawings of the tween’s outfits on her blog, What My Daughter Wore, and a book of the same name was just released. Williams also draws the outfits of her sons and her kids’ friends, and has always recorded her children’s lives through drawing.

Illustrations by Manchester's Kemi Mai

Illustration // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We showed some of the digital portraits of Kemi Mai on the site before, but because we are going through the year, looking back at some of the new faces we met, we wanted to look at some of the updated works of the Manchester, UK artist.