Record Cover and Poster Design by La Boca

Design // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Established in 2002, La Boca is an independent design studio specializing in illustration and image-making of various kinds. La Boca strives to "create emotional connections through our work and value any small part we can play in contributing to popular culture as a whole." La Boca has worked on a wide spectrum of international clients on projects ranging from limited edition vinyl record sleeves to full-scale campaigns that touch just about every time of media. La Boca is based in Portobello, West London.

Illustrations by Fumi Mini Nakamura

Illustration // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fumi Mini Nakamura is a freelance illustrator and designer living and working in the NYC-area. She was born in a small town in Japan, growing up surrounded by majestic mountains and endless ocean. She moved to the US when she was twelve years old, but her rural upbringing has undeniably impacted her art, which features beutifully rendered plants and animals.

Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944 – 1972 @ David Kordansky, Los Angeles

Erotica // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists for his revolutionary representation of the male figure. His drawings of fantastically muscled men engrossed in acts of homoerotic desire comprise one of the most inventive portrayals of the human body in modern times. These pictures of gay men as virile, confident, and unashamed–equally radical for their near-illicit, underground distribution–originated an empowering queer iconography and liberating spirit that increasingly inspires popular culture.

Jillian Dickson's "Our Epidural Currency"

Illustration // Tuesday, January 20, 2015
North Carolina-based artist Jillian Dickson's series Our Epidural Currency examines the forgotten and neglected connection between our tactile bodies and wild nature. Within the compilation of technological evolution, the basic conditions of being human have changed, in that our physical bodies no longer play and essential roll in our survival.

Frame on Frame: The Hand-Drawn Animations of Jake Fried

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 15, 2015
Jake Fried recently posted a new video. The artist creates his experimental animations by slowly adding countless layers to his illustrations. His materials include White-Out, coffee, ink, gouche, and paper. The Boston-based artist hand-drawn style and unpredictable stream-of-conciousness content are almost overwhelming...

Illustrations by Marianna Madriz

Illustration // Thursday, January 15, 2015
Marianna Madriz creates the perfect balance of vintage inspiration and contemporary styling with her curious characters. We’re particularly enamored with a recent embroidery collaboration she created with her mother.

An Update with Brian Donnelly

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Here's some newer work from a Juxtapoz favorite, Brian Donnelly, who usually shows up in our Erotica department with his portraits of beastly nudes. Brian is a visual artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario whose new work is tending towards running pigments and illness, while maintaining his signature portraiture style.

The work of Rachel Fagiano

Illustration // Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Through her work, Rachel Fagiano uses illustration, painting, sculpture and installation art to explore the ways in which representations of bodies can explicitly or implicitly reflect on cultural and political issues in the spaces we occupy. 'I am particularly interested in formative moments--corporeal and cerebral--and how they are instrumental in creating individual and collective identities.' Thanks for the reader submission Rachel!

Artist Illustrates Her Daughter’s Fashion Choices

Illustration // Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Rather than capturing endless childhood photos, artist Jenny Williams has been illustrating her daughter Clementine’s excellent outfits. Williams posts the drawings of the tween’s outfits on her blog, What My Daughter Wore, and a book of the same name was just released. Williams also draws the outfits of her sons and her kids’ friends, and has always recorded her children’s lives through drawing.

Esme Shapiro's Curious Characters

Illustration // Monday, December 15, 2014
Esme Shapiro is an artist, illustrator and muralist working out of New York. Her sweet characters are always adventuring, and Esme's personal Tumblr project, "If U Find Yourself," has some sage advice about not inviting toads into your tub.

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