Minni's Magical Imaginary

Illustration // Monday, May 16, 2011
Minni Havas is a freelance illustrator based in Helsinki. Having studied fashion design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, her focus is mainly on fashion illustration. Minni uses colour pencils to draw detailed pictures with magical colours and arrangements somewhere in the borderlands of the real and the imaginary. Known for her photorealistic drawings of girls, Minni grew up admiring her dad’s airbrush art collection and reading cartoons.

Super Secret Pow Wow is Britt Sanders

Illustration // Monday, May 16, 2011
Rendered jungle babes in leopard print bikini's, white tigers, and Cheetos- you've just stumbled into your illustrated paradise in the middle of the Amazon.  Hit the peace pipe, Britt Sanders is a Los Angeles based illustrator.

Deconstructed Disaster

Illustration // Monday, May 16, 2011
Melissa WIlkinson's recent body of work focuses on the aftermath of both man made and natural disasters. Situated somewhere in between abstraction, she draws and paints these images not only to further slow them down, but to also support traditional notions of the “sublime landscape,” one that is uncontrollably vast and frightening, within a contemporary context of anxiety and fear.

One Big Paper Airplane

Illustration // Monday, May 16, 2011
The characters in Ethan Murrow's amazingly rendered narratives are consistently averse to criticism and assistance. These figures, mostly male, are doomed to failure and prone to dysfunction. These are cautionary tales, cynical nods to the pitfalls of egotism and obsessive drive, with a nod to Charlie Chaplain, who understood that idiocy is inevitable and our own role in it is assured.

The Drawing Machine

Illustration // Sunday, May 15, 2011
This renaissance inspired, pendulum drawing machine, created by Eskerex out of Denmark, has a installation type appeal that will draw (in the right artistic hands) the most amazing rhythmic pen drawings. The machine starts off by manually setting the distance of one of the pendulums and then starting the second one. This technique of using weights and pendulums was invented in the renaissance and was applied in the so-called Harmonograph.

Anna Higgie's Fractured Space

Illustration // Saturday, May 14, 2011
Anna Hig­gie is an artist whose work focuses on the por­trait, in abstraction and elegance. Stark con­trast, frac­tured space, and metic­u­lous mark-making are a few ele­ments present in her work. This Barcelona based-illustrator's drawings are collages of deconstructed portraits and pencil-drawn and Pantone black monochromatic patterns collaged together creating works for fashion, editorial and high-end magazines as well.

The Gravity-Neutral Space Between

Illustration // Friday, May 13, 2011
Naomi Reis's work features parallel architectural universes assembled from the detritus of discarded utopias and realized paleo-futuristic structures. Taking compositional and aesthetic cues from Japanese painting (in particular the graphic flatness or frontal qualities) and Western pre-computer era architectural drawings, she's adapted manual drafting techniques to explore these worlds.

You Are Rad

Illustration // Friday, May 13, 2011
'We have reached a point in technology where it is possible to make any fantasy a complete virtual reality. These realities are navigable, and can be experienced on a limited sensory level, but always with a sense of remove. You cannot breathe the air, feel the temperature, taste or smell. Most importantly, you cannot touch anything. In essence, you are always just a viewer, and any sense of participation is illusory. This relationship is similar to the way we experience paintings which are also not to be touched.'  Michael Dotson

Norwegian Folklore and Surrealism

Illustration // Friday, May 13, 2011
Ingri Haraldsen's practice is based around themes like the unknown, physically unreachable areas, our thoughts, the untold and the undescribed. She finds some of my inspiration in the Norwegian folklore, science-fiction and surrealism and her drawings are usually produced impulsively and can sometimes be seen as series where the pieces are created based on each other, like a chain reaction.

Luke Painter's Practice

Illustration // Thursday, May 12, 2011
This combination of mystery, fantasy and disparate elements has been the basis of Luke Painter’s practice. Whether it’s making illustrations that resemble prints or prints that resemble paintings, he’s always creating something that straddles the boundaries of both material and subject matter. With his boundless imagination and consummate technical skills, he consistently makes something new and fresh seem old and authoritative.

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