Esme Shapiro's Curious Characters

Illustration // Monday, December 15, 2014
Esme Shapiro is an artist, illustrator and muralist working out of New York. Her sweet characters are always adventuring, and Esme's personal Tumblr project, "If U Find Yourself," has some sage advice about not inviting toads into your tub.

Best of 2014: Original Star Wars Concept Illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 15, 2014
This morning we take a look at some of the Star Wars concept illustrations of Ralph McQuarrie who designed the original trilogy as well as Battlestar Galactica, E.T. and Cocoon. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy...

Best of 2014: Monica Cook's Hilarity and Horror

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 12, 2014
Mesmerized with hilarity and horror, Monica Cook's illustrations and disturbing portraits of nude women engage with gorgeously rendered erotic scenes that elicit a range of emotion in the viewer . The Georgia-born artist graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1996 and now lives and works in New York.

Best of 2014: Works by Ryohei Hase

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Based out of Tokyo, Japan, Ryohei Hase expresses a definite darkness in his illustrative and realistic works. He describes the theme of his work as sad and gloomy, but also beautiful and strong; he is working to express the darkness of the mind. The artist was featured and interviewed in the magazine in 2009.

Adrian Landon Brooks' Own Brand of Sacred Art

Illustration // Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Adrian Landon Brooks' drawings are beautiful and nightmarish, utilizing the simple combination of gouache and pen on paper to create haunting illustrations of idols, icons and strange figures. Brooks is drawn to sacred art that emphasizes a "savior," and he speaks of his creative power as such, something that has brough him "freedom and redemption from everything that ails me...

Floating Forms by Leah Yerpe

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Leah Yerpe is a Brooklyn, New York-based illustrator, capturing images of a dream-like state. Yerpe paints bodies in a variety of different twisting poses, floating or falling into emptyness. Recently previewing her work "Stellify" at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, New York, illustrating the human body in all it's forms has become Yerpe's signature style...

The Sci-Fi Illustrations of Shusei Nagaoka

Illustration // Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka is best known for his music album cover art in the 1970s and 80s which included Electric Light Orchestra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Deep Purple, Space, Maze, George Clinton, Kitaro, Rose Royce, Caldera, and Pure Prairie League. 

New and Old Works by Moussa Kone

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 24, 2014
We have been huge fans of Vienna-based artist Moussa Kone for years, and haven't checked in with him since we last featured him in print in late 2011. Influenced by 19th Century artist and poet Aubrey Beardsley, and founder of Vienna art collective Kunstwerft, Kone is known for incredibly cinematic detail, and like a magician, creates illusions and metaphors in each work. 

Illustrations by Pierre Ferrero

Juxtapoz // Friday, November 21, 2014
We are enjoying the work of French Illustrator and comic book designer Pierre Ferrero. Pierre is a co-founder of Arbitraire Edtions, a comic focused art collective and magazine in Lyon.

Sketches from Anton Vill

Illustration // Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Some of the greatest creative finds are in an artist's sketchbook. Estonian artist Anton Vill demonstrates technical talent and a certain effortlessness in these works. There is nothing like a detailed drawing...
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