Whimsical Illustrations by Ping Zhu

Illustration // Friday, April 26, 2013
'Ping Zhu is a she-illustrator, organically grown in Los Angeles, imported to London. She graduated in 2010 with Honors from Art Center College of Design. Currently a studiomate at OPEN, her clients include the New Yorker, Washington Post and Playboy.' Zhu's work is characterized by its lighthearted playfulness and painterly handmade quality.

Fakelore: Andrea Wan

Illustration // Thursday, April 25, 2013
Andrea Wan just unveiled a new series of pieces for her solo exhibition entitled "Fakelore" for Pictoplasma Berlin 2013. Wan's illustrations have been featured in numerous publications and commissioned by a range of different companies including Lululemon, The New York Times and NUVO Magazine. This series detailes a strange, whimsical journey of imagined creatures through a jungle-like landscape, encountering ghosts, cacti, disembodied head-girl-tepees and the occasional sloth using a laptop. Wan combines a storybook aesthetic with strange combinations of animals and plants to create a "Fakelore" of imagined stories for a strange age of storytelling.   

Viktor Miller-Gausa's "Three Sleeping Kings"

Illustration // Thursday, April 25, 2013
Viktor Miller-Gausa's triptych "Three Sleeping Kings" are monumental vertical compositions and unfold beautifully in narrative and linework as you view them. The drawings represent dreams as they encapsulate the sleeping king and transform his world. The monochromatic lines unravel into seascapes, portraits, animals, vehicles and heads on stakes, all arranged in an almost architecturally constructed composition. Miller-Gausa has an incredible grip on his lines, evoking illustration and woodcut with each little hatch-mark. These detailed, dreamlike pieces are a pleasure to get lost in.

Levi van Veluw's Gravity-Defying Drawings

Illustration // Thursday, April 25, 2013
Levi van Veluw is a highly acclaimed multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in the Netherlands. His massive, intenseley detailed charcoal drawings of objects in midair are uncomfortable visions of a world in flux. Geometric objects, balls and busted desks explode into space, and then are drawn in their landing positions on the floor. The heavily charcoaled spaces give off a dark, mysterious atmosphere. These drawings pull the viewer in at the same time as they repel the viewer, creating a feeling of anxiety similar to that of standing on a tall ledge. Though Veluw mostly makes installations, these drawings are wonderfully rendered and thought-provoking.   

Some Guy Design

Illustration // Tuesday, April 23, 2013
"Some Guy Design" is Phil Guy, an illustrator and graphic designer based in San Francisco. His art and logo work features motorcycles and motorcycle culture prominently, combining clean vectors and gritty linework to make compositions befitting of an awesome motorcycle jacket or t-shirt. Guy's work is clean and fun to look at, so if you've got a motorcycle design project he's the guy to talk to.   

Dynamic Characters by Guy McKinley

Illustration // Monday, April 22, 2013
Guy McKinley is a freelance illustrator, concept artist and painter who has been involved in a lot of projects relating to his strong character work since graduating in 2003. His work is appealing to a wide range of ages and tastes, capturing both charming and edgy subject matter in colorful, dynamic form. His drawings of Apache Girls and Calvin and Hobbes, for example, re-imagine familiar characters with wonderfully fresh twists. McKinley began producing hand-drawn and digital work for editorials, pre-production, character design, commercial and promotional campaigns then and continues to do so. However, more recently he has been taking part in more live exhibitions and gallery shows.   

Diego L. Rodriguez Illustration

Illustration // Monday, April 22, 2013
Diego L. Rodriguez is a Spanish illustrator and graphic designer who claims he has a secret base in Madrid. His illustrations are dynamically graphic, capturing the nuances of faces in swaths of color and form. These illustrations look almost abstract up close, sweepic compositions of moving colors, yet from further away they make up juicy, tongue-in-cheek images. His work is influenced by music, cinema, ancient cultures and myths, America, Japanese animation, comic books and science.   

Derek Albeck's Graphite Drawings

Illustration // Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Derek Albeck is an artist based in LA who draws faces made of flannel shirts, friends with shaky faces and rainbows. He's incredibly facile with a graphite pencil, and these large drawings are even more impressive in person. Albeck says that he spends his time playing cornhole, searching for Chupacabras and he can hardly hear out of his right ear. Albeck is a breath of fresh air in the contemporary art world. His drawings are familiar, friendly and thought-provoking at the same time.  

Illustrations by JJ Cromer

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 24, 2013
JJ Cromer is a self-taught artist who grew up in rural Virginia and re-discovered his love for drawing later on in life. A critical sevent-grade art teacher shut down his interest in drawing and it wasn't until he was married with degrees in history, French, and library sciences that his renewed interest became a passion.

Emile Morel's Digital Illustrations

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 24, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Lyon, France-based artist Emile Morel. His surreal, imaginary worlds linger halfway between hell and "wonderful medieval Dante, depicting primitive impulses, bestial and intimate and idyllic mythology."


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