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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Illustration // Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tricia DiMarco (b.1992) is an artist and illustrator from Rochester, NY, currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She attained a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and continues to pursue her creative endeavors in both the commercial and fine art fields...