Alex Konahin's Intricate Skull

Illustration // Thursday, November 21, 2013
Alex Konahin is a graphic artist and illustrator working in traditional media out in Latvia. His insanely intricate drawings are made with dip pen using india ink or other materials. This skull he illustrated recently is truly amazing.

Update: Stunning Carved and Illustrated Maps by Ed Fairburn

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 21, 2013
Ed Fairburn has updated his portrolio with a few new pieces. He began his Maps series, using ink and pencil to illustrate portraits on maps, utilizing the patterned and multicolored surfaces as "an eye-catching attribute" to "echo the complex textures found in the human form." He recently released a new work where he also cut and layered the map! The piece was created from a reproduced military map of France and framed them in a way "to show a physical depth between each layer."

Illustrations by Jon Lau

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 21, 2013
We love the simple, painterly style of these illustrations by Jon Lau. Jon is a Los Angeles-based artist and you can find more of his work on his website and blog, as well has some of his inspiration...

John Kenn's Monster Drawings

Illustration // Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Born in Denmark in 1978, John Kenn spends his days writing and directing television shows for kids. When he has time between TV and his twins, he draws his creepy little monster drawings on post-it notes, peeking into a little window into a different world, made entirely on office supplies.

Getting Weird with Josh Freydkis

Illustration // Wednesday, November 20, 2013
If I were to tell you that the face behind these ghastly, gory renderings of dripping, sludgy skin and disease was a leprocy-free, normal and attractive young man by the name of Josh Freydkis, you probably wouldn't believe me- but as far as I can tell its true. As an artist and illustrator, Josh was born and raised in the foggy outer avenues of San Francisco and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Dominic Owen's Shapes and Characters

Illustration // Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Dominic Owen is a freelance Illustrator living in London and is  also one half of Heresy, a print-based label designed by Owen and Jasper Dunk; two friends with a shared anti-theistic lean. His work is mainly made up of playful, quirky characters, in a new-vintage, simple style.  

Julian Callos

Illustration // Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Julian Callos is an illustrator and gallery artist based in Los Angeles. 'I've explored a wide variety of subjects in my work (which can range from lighthearted takes on popular culture to darker, symbolism-filled narratives), but I am continuously fascinated by nature, folklore, death, and the allure of the unknown.'

Naomi Elliott Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Naomi Elliott is an illustrator living and working in London after graduating from Goldsmith's College. Her process involved combining stencils with hand-drawn elements to create a rich and multi-textured final image. She is also a self-proclaimed reformed color-phob who is currently experiencing a profound appreciation for vivid magenta. We love the quiet simplicity of her work and the atmospheric wonder it is able to engender.

Kylie Hunt's Illustrative Textiles

Illustration // Tuesday, November 19, 2013
These hand-sewn pieces by Kylie Hunt are much more than textiles; their illustrative marks and lovely composition have earned them a space in the illustration department. Using a very selective color palette and the kind of gestural energy most often found in paintings and drawings, these beautiful hand-made artifacts are worth taking a closer look at.

Bruno Maiorano: Girls in Graphite

Illustration // Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Bruno Maiorano's graphite drawings are lovely, exactic portraits of women with more than a little spunk. From models with a dark glint in their eyes to Natalie Portman as Matilda from Leon the Professional--the ultimate adolescent badass--Maiorano's subjects have a character all their own. 

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