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.

Times of Weakness, Ruben Ireland Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, May 10, 2011
U.K. artist Ruben Ireland, who’s extended his creative palette to include a few unusual elements  creates gorgeous portraits of painted ladies of the animal kingdom, “Steak-and-kidney pie has thick oils and juices that can create an incredible variety of dark, murky browns and light, crispy browns,” he says, detailing the possibilities of making art from food."

Bart Simpson Reeeeemixxx

Illustration // Tuesday, May 10, 2011
What do you get when you cross a cyclops with an againg Bart Simpson, an episoode of South Park, a case of beer, some 2 Pac, a skateboard, pizza and weed!?! The genius creations of UK based illustrator Sam Taylor. Be still my heart...

Bottomless Lakes of Michigan

Illustration // Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Bizarre scenes of spec­i­mens in old sci­en­tific vol­umes were com­monly recorded third or fourth hand from far-off reports or expe­di­tions. By the time these printed forms reached their audi­ences, they were often wildly dif­fer­ent than their orig­i­nal descrip­tions. Todd Freeman's etchings are rooted in the tra­di­tional lan­guage of these tax­onomies; clean float­ing pre­sen­ta­tions that grant their sub­jects plenty of room for exam­i­na­tion. The sim­ple yet sharply author­i­ta­tive for­mat can val­i­date even the most implau­si­ble sub­jects.

Hurricane, but you can call me Slurricane

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Conceptually confusing, surreal and unsettling ink and pencil works by Uzbekistan artist, Dmitry Ligay. With an illustration style based off of some twisted narrative realism, a mix of styles and elements, Dmitry's works are difficult to pinpoint, and with a hurricane of imagery- throughly entertaining.

Ville's Clean, Beautiful & Bizarre

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Finnish artist Ville Savimaa did not always see illustration as his career path. Having a particular flair for character illustration he’s immersed himself in the world of design. His background in advertising is evident in the iconic figures and concrete messaging in each piece. Pulling from mysticism and fantasy as reoccurring themes, Savimaa’s signature style lends well to dark and jovial pieces.

Bec Winnel's Sensual Beauties

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Bec Winnel creates unique feminine portraits, delicately detailed and dosed with sensuality and emotion. Her subjects have been described as melancholy souls, staring out at you through disguised, beautiful faces. She achieves her dreamy ambiance through blending layer upon layer of mixed mediums including soft pastels, colored pencil, acrylic and aerosol paint, white china graph and makeup.

Tangled Confrontation and Identity

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Ricardo Fumanal's scope of action is located in a non-place where speed and stillness exist side by side, implying that his current work arises from a fragmented, multifaceted and versatile gaze. His images follow a diagrammatic procedure that provides for their reinterpretation as collage and subsequent analogical postproduction. His compositional identity is thus defined by simplicity and a confrontation between figures and background, resorting to a network of references, icons and spontaneously topical items, all tangled with resources, recollections and pre-generational links.

Psychadelic Gutter Heshers and Christopher Kline

Illustration // Saturday, May 07, 2011
Hallucinations from Naked Lunch and Beetlejuice set sometime in the future, Christopher Kline's illustration work is weird, consuming and totally necessary.  I don't know whats better, an alien wearing an orange life preserver or a dog-faced child, missing a shoe on a green leopard print rug in the streets.  Thank you Christopher, you make me strive to be better and by better I mean drugs.

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