Forming and Fragmenting with André Wee

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
André Wee is a soon-to-be twenty three year old Illustrator and Visual artist from Singapore. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. 'Forming and Fragmenting' is a series of portraits that exist in an eternal state of transition. It is uncertain whether these figures are in the process of “forming” or “fragmenting” due their occupation of this liminal state...

Drawing the Bodily Form with Michelle Furlong

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Michelle Furlong's artworks revolve around the human form, using the mediums of drawing, painting, and sculpture to investigate the limits space in and around the body. Furlong's drawings wrap and fragment arms, heads, feet, shoulders, and everything else in contorted and high-tension positions that flatten some limbs while others emerge fully rendered in graphite.

Amazing Charcoal Rope Series

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
'I chose imagery of knotted or twisted rope to help me describe the felt but unexpressed visceral world of the mind/body. These surrogate “bodies” seemed fitting metaphors for the tension, frayed nerves and entanglements that we inevitably experience as human beings. Use of distortion and exaggerated scale help evoke less pedestrian associations with my subject while enticing viewers to linger with the sensual qualities of surface and medium.' - Huguette Despault

Obery Nicolas's Black & White Work

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Obery Nicolas digitally illustrates these wild and striking images. Obery is a French graphic designer and art director who is especially detailed oriented and has done work for clients range from Nestle to Lancome.

Toyin Odutola

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
'Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I'm looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis...'

Charis Tsevis: London Olympics 2012

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Athens, Greece-based visual designer Charis Tsevis has just released some incredible work created for Yahoo!'s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic games. Tsevis depicts "once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen every four years."  for three different sports (diving, gymnastics and running) with an extra image for running to represent celebration and victory. Gorgeous movement through geometry.

Derrick Castle is Straw Castle

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
  Derrick Castle is an illustrator based in Nashville, Tennessee. His design moniker Straw Castle began as a small independent clothing line which has since expanded to cater to high profile clients like Van Halen, Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, and Ted Nugent. Castle is especially skilled as a printmaker, demonstrating a sophisticated knowledge of traditional block printing techniques...

Erin Smith's Typographical Images

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Look closely at Australian artist Erin Smith's images and you will see that they are comprised of very tiny letters. She extracts letters from journals of automatic writing, then digitally prints them, and hand draws it all onto paper. Erin's images are a fascinating mix of words and design and you can't help but be amazed at her intricacy.

Illustration by Jacques Floret

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Jacques Floret is a French illustrator. His use of flattened color is done well. Each scene is a stylized and simplified snapshot from reality. Many of the works capture inherently French scenery with anything from Parisian cafe life to French-flag face paint. Other works seem to be the artist's own humorous commentary, as with the fish wielding, bikini-clad female. Simple renderings, pleasant hues, and a bit of a chuckle are all helpful things on a Tuesday morning. Enjoy.

Money Bunny Blues

Illustration // Monday, July 30, 2012
Money Bunny Blues is a delightful stop motion animation by Ellen Coons of Detroit's College for Creative Studies that embraces the quirky imperfections of the medium through the use of intricately designed handmade sets and characters created with common household objects. Built around a whimsical song composed by Coons in the midst of financial uncertainty, this short film is guaranteed to make you smile.

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