Strange Hybrids by Marcin Schleifer

Illustration // Thursday, May 23, 2013
Marcin Schleifer's monochrome illustrations consist of odd juxtapositions, strange combinations set in stark and simple compositions. 'I live and create in Gdynia. I graduated in Graphic Design from Fine Arts Academy in Poland. Graphic masters, like Albrecht Durer, Gustave Dore and M.C.Escher have placed great influence on me. My technique is similar to engraving, however I draw on paper and use fineliner...'

'Brother in Green' by Maxfield Bala

Illustration // Thursday, May 23, 2013
Watch a work of art come to life in this time lapse video of 'Brother in Green' by 19 year old artist Maxfield Bala. A part of Bala's 'Brothers in Color' series, the artist created his psyched-out flag bearer using Montana spray paint, paint pens, and ink on a 14" x 14" canvas.

Illustrations by Simon Prades

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 23, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Saarbrüken, Germany-based artist Simon Prades. Simon teaches illustration at the university of applied sciences in Trier and mainly works in ink, pencil and aquarelle.

MESTREFUNGO's Trippy GIFs

Illustration // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
We don't know much about Mestrefungo other than that he's really good at making trippy gifs. These goopy, glowy, sickly, stripy, smoky, tweaky, freaky gifs are mostly portraits altered to throw us into some weird grinding loop. These gifs are nauseatingly awesome, a fantastic exercise in illustration-meets-animation, and a visceral commentary on whatever altered state of mind these figures occupy. Head to Mestrefungo's website and get the full experience scrolling down through this neon jungle of an art series.  

Visual Riddles From Andrew B. Meyers

Illustration // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Andrew B. Meyers takes photos that seem to act more like quaint minimalist illustrations, super particular in their color palette and composition. The pastel color scheme and strange, riddle-like subjects seem to act like a quiet joke with the viewer, taking on a kind of soft seventies vibe. Each photo seems to have a strong underlying narrative plot, which makes them endlessly fun to scroll through. Meyers is based in Canada.  

Wilmer Murillo's Re-Imagined Totems

Illustration // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wilmer Murillo's beautiful illustrations are a fresh take on totems and Central American ancient art. Murillo was raised and remains based in Honduras, and currently works as a UX designer for a large international universities network. He works his illustrative muscles at night, creating imaginary worlds with sharpies and a computer. Murillo says he is fascinated by "coffee, art, design, retro sci-fi films, oriental imagery, quantum theory, and is always excited about new projects like commissions and collaborations." Murillo's designs are unlike any other--lovely, colorful reimagined homages to his homeland.  

The Art of Fergadelic

Illustration // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Fergus Purcell, who goes by "Fergadelic" otherwise, is an illustrator whose style resembles that of his favorite pop culture influences. These sites include The Ramones, The Runaways, The MC5 and the artwork of Jack Kirby, Moebius and Guido Crepax. He also cites DIY haircuts, tattoos, tshirts, jeans and sneakers as his inspirations. Fergadelic has designed shirts for Holmes, Very Ape, Good Enough, X-Girl Japan, Hysteric Glamour, Heavy Metals Kids and Silas. He also produces his own tshirt line, Tonite. Fergadelic's dream is to produce a piece of art comparable to Alice Cooper's "School's Out" LP.  

The work of Kiersten Essenpreis

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
We are enjoying the work of Kiersten Essenpreis this morning. Kiersten works as a freelance illustrator and gallery artist.

Art by Tomi Um

Illustration // Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tomi Um is a New York based illustrator who received her undergraduate degree from the Parsons School of Design. She is currently a textile designer at Tom Cody Designs and a freelance illustrator in her spare time. Um's work gives a strong contemporary flair to traditional Chinese art and imagery, using flowing, curling fields of color to generate landscapes and environments in which her wonderful characters interact. Um has been featured by the Art Director's Club Young Guns 9, Print Magazine and Heyshow.com. Um's work is controlled and inspired, a beautiful intersection between design and fine art.  

Roselina Hung's "Pretty Boys Kill Me"

Illustration // Tuesday, May 21, 2013
In her "Pretty Boys Kill Me" series, Roselina Hung uses familiar imagery of unrealistically chiseled young men's faces to engage viewers with their own personal experiences, evoking a common memory and questioning one's understanding of singular or collective concepts of nostalgia. Hung says she is "interested in the role of the artist as a mythmaker, playing with society's visualization and understanding of histories through images and exploring concepts of nostalgia." Hung's drawings are delicate, labour-intensive renderings in colored-pencil. Each portrait is its own masterpiece, yet when cobbled together in this pattern-like fashion Hung transforms fine art portraiture into machine-bred precision in a strange collaged wallpaper effect. Hung attended an artist residency at SIM in Rejkavik and has shown in galleries around the world.  

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