Insanity and Luminosity

Illustration // Thursday, May 12, 2011
Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four.  She began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. “It’s an insane way to draw”, she says, “but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort. My drawings take longer to create than a painting of equal size and detail.”

WTF did that Cheeseburger just say to me?!

Illustration // Thursday, May 12, 2011
So, there was like, this house right? And it was dripping and oozing this galactic raimbow sludge, the walls seemed to be melting, wait am I floating, WHOA- check out the babes, is that a rocket ship?? Who invited the rabid unicorn? Is the floor growing? I think its growing man!? Mike Bertino?? I think we took too much....

Nicomi Turner and Nature's Legacy

Illustration // Thursday, May 12, 2011
  Alchemy and Nature are the base studies and themes in Nicomi 'Nix' Turner's pieces. Her Southern Oregon upbringing and an early interest in alchemy, kindled an infatuation with the study of plants, animals, their symbology and properties. Using this knowledge and self-taught hand, the pieces created often reflect subject matters pertaining to Religion (specifically Paganism and counter-religious belief), Nature's Legacy, Alchemy, Fables and Anatomical Deconstructionism.

R. Crumb "Kafka" at Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 12, 2011
For some of you, including ourselves, putting Kafka and R. Crumb's names in the same header is reason to be excited, with or without an exhibition at Tony Shafrazi Gallery in NYC. But the latter is true, with Kafka's life as well as his most famous stories including "Metamorphosis" and "The Trial," are told through Crumb's pen & ink drawings.

Santos Bleeds Ink

Illustration // Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Thanks to the magick of the internets, Santos Illustration just recently came and bashed our brains out our eye sockets.  Eloquently decorative, darkly romantic with heavy, heavy metal undertones- Santos is quickly rising up from his lair in the depths of Bleak Village, WA to greet the white at the end of the tunnel, where the dawn breaks and black light bleeds.

Bill Connors Fking Rules

Illustration // Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The clean, psychadellic, swamp gut illustrations of Bill Connors. Crayola pentagrams, multi-color Black Babbaths and a stench in the air, no hippies allowed.

McBess's Beautiful Mess

Illustration // Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Matthieu Bessudo, aka McBess, is French, lives in London and graduated from the art school Supinfocom in 2006. His old school comic style and multi layered subject matter break new ground in animation and illustration circles.  High contrast worlds of bubbling, bouncing imagery- like a vintage cartoon, creates amazing masses of original imagery.

Fuyuko Matsui's Supernatural Grotesque

Illustration // Wednesday, May 11, 2011
  Fuyuko Matsui is a female Japanese artist, specializing in Nihonga illustrative paintings with a 'grotesque' or supernatural element. Despite their often shocking aspects, she claims that her art is part of the tradition of Japanese art going back centuries.

The Hybrid Botalical Illustration of Amy Ross

Illustration // Wednesday, May 11, 2011
What would happen if the DNA sequence of a plant or mushroom were spliced with that of an animal?? Using graphite, watercolor, and walnut ink on paper as well as directly on gallery walls in site-specific installations, Amy Ross portrays animals morphed with branches, mushrooms, berries, and blossoms, thus forming implausible hybrid creatures. These images subvert the traditional genre of botanical illustration by approaching the close study of the natural world through the lens of genetic engineering and mutation gone awry.

Romantic Comedies

Illustration // Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Illustrating with themes relating to lifestyle, people and social expressions, Christina Ung work on with  trends in pop culture, fashion, interior design, vintage prints/posters, graffiti street arts and Japanese Woodblocks. Besides illustrating, she also enjoys chocolate, cheesy romantic comedies, decorating and playing outdoors, go figure.


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