The Art of Derek M. Ballard

Erotica // Monday, September 16, 2013
Based in Gainesville, Florida, Derek M. Ballard is an illustrator and cartoonist with a penchant for neon colors, cubist shapes, and naked women, creating erotic zines that are provocative in their subject matter as well as their visual aesthetic. Ballard finds his small press work to be the most creatively fulfilling, allowing him to put out work on regular basis on his own terms and to create his own fantastical universe without outside constraint. "You can find all the coolest drawing in zines," says the artist, "and I LOVE drawing. If you look at all the zines I've been in you can see that they're full of people who really enjoy it as well."

Inside the World of Lisa Frank

Illustration // Sunday, September 15, 2013
In the 80s and 90s, Lisa Frank made a killing with her neon drawings of hearts, music notes, unicorns, teddy bears and stars plastered on school and craft supplies. Little girls went insane for the super saturated designs. Lesser known was the artist behind the company...  

The Insanity of Aaron Horkey

Illustration // Friday, September 13, 2013
Aaron Horkey was birthed and reared in Windom, Minnesota, in the heart of the Rural Midwest. Key personality traits include debilitating social ineptitude and a perverse attention to detail. Enjoys desolation, megafauna and transplanting sumacs. Currently ensconced in a bucolic whistlestop just west of the Mississippi, he whiles away the hours staring at his chore list and cultivating ulcers. He is the sole survivor of the Black Osprey Dead Arts Society and founding member of the Cottonwood County Druids Skateboard Gang.  

The Work of Bennett Slater

Illustration // Friday, September 13, 2013
Bennett is an illustrator and designer who spends most of his days glued to old science fiction fantasy films and Saturday morning cartoons. This fascination with the imaginatively absurd has formed a surprisingly stable connection with the way his mind imagines the constraints of the physical form, or lack thereof.

Meghan Hildebrand's Imagination

Illustration // Thursday, September 12, 2013
Meghan Hildebrand's paintings, which she describes as "story-maps of the imagination", are constant exercises in innovation and improvisation.  With her unique vocabulary of symbols, she translates the landscape into electrifying dreamscape scenarios, each image alluding to a much larger narrative.  

Jenny Zych's Illustrations

Illustration // Thursday, September 12, 2013
Jenny Zych was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from The School of Visual Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration. Her work resembles a raw, youthful portrayal of grimy pop-culture and social trends. Her series of edgy, hairstyle portraits won my heart.

Gemma Davis' 'Delusion'

Illustration // Thursday, September 12, 2013
Gemma Davis is a young freelance illustrator and designer from northern NSW, Australia. 'I want to create new things, create culture. I want to be a pioneer, an explorer. What other than the stars is there left to explore but ourselves?' She created this time-lapse video of her piece entitled 'Delusion' for your viewing pleasure...  

New Work by Lauren YS

Illustration // Wednesday, September 11, 2013
New illustrations by San Francisco based artist and illustrator Lauren YS. These paintings are done with ink, acrylic and watercolor on panel, employing a hot-pink-fueled color palette and detailed brushwork to create bizarre, animated illustrations. On display at FIFTY24SF Gallery until October. 

Fiona Strickland's Incredible Watercolor Work

Illustration // Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Fiona Strickland's watercolor work has breathtaking clarity, vibrancy and intensity of color. studied drawing and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art before spending the next 26 years teaching art and design at Scottish secondary schools. Her studio on the outskirts of Falkirk is full of dead things--a vase of dried-out tulips, fragile leaves pinned to walls and lots of lifeless stalks and stems. She renders these objects by layering transparent watercolors with tiny brushes on heavyweight paper.

The Fractal Paintings of Gustaf Lillestierna

Illustration // Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Gustaf Lillestierna is a Swedish artist who paints repetitive images of portraits, recreating a fractal effect through painstaking traditional means. This bizarre crossing of traditional and digital means defies the strictures of process. 

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