The Illustrations and Designs of Mario Hugo

Illustration // Friday, May 22, 2015
Mario Hugo is a New York based creative director (Hugo and Marie), designer, and illustrator. Though he spends a large amount of time in front of his computer, Mario is still most interested in the traditional approach to creating, including a pencil and two or more sheets of paper.

Update: The Work of Mark Powell

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 22, 2015
London artist Mark Powell cleverly re-purposes old, used, and often tattered ephemera. Using cancelled envelopes, maps, and other found items as his canvases, he produces striking, life-like, and inked drawings. His sketches are made using only a Bic Biro pen, often incorporating the original stamps, logos, and addresses. 

The Artwork of Mika Nitta

Illustration // Wednesday, May 20, 2015
We're loving the beautiful illustrative work of Japanese artist Mika Nitta. With the kind of intricacy, attention to detail and the solid composition and palette that she portrays in her work, all you need to know is that it speaks for itself. 

The Work of Alejandrina Herrera

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera creates beautiful scenes on the basis of drawing, collage and watercolor. Telling stories about people, animals, and how they interact with their surroundings, Herrera likes to include a touch of irony and melancholy by playing with the size of things and spaces.

Julio Cesar Morales' Undocumented Interventions

Illustration // Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Artist, curator and educator Julio César Morales' ongoing ink and watercolor series "Undocumented Interventions" are sourced from real discoveries by US Customs and Border Protection, presenting a surreal view of attempted border crossings and human trafficking. They depict children concealed in piñatas, washing machines, train and car seat cushions, stereo speakers and other unlikely spaces to transport a person.

Update: Nikita Kaun's Dreamlike Darkness

Illustration // Thursday, May 14, 2015
Nikita Kaun is a self taught artist based out of Saint- Petersburg Russia. His style is a mixture of predominantly black and white realistically rendered forms falling into a dreamlike darkness with minimal pops of color...

Enter BC Applied Arts’ #IAPortfolioContest

In Session // Thursday, May 07, 2015
BC Applied Arts (BCAA) is currently hosting an Instagram contest in collaboration with The Illustration Academy, an immersive, five-week, in-person workshop taught by the art industry’s top talent, such as Sterling Hundley, Jon Foster, Francis Livingston and John English. The winner of the Instagram contest will receive a Wacom Intuos Pro Pen & Touch Medium Tablet ($350 value)! The contest is simple, show your best work and you’ll have a shot at winning. Acclaimed illustrator, Edward Kinsella, who will be instructing at The Illustration Academy in June, will be judging and selecting the winner. 

Benjamin Sack Draws Complex Imaginary Cityscapes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 07, 2015
Benjamin Sack's incredible cityscapes are drawn with extraordinarly complex detail and filled with myriads of miniature and sometimes recognizable buildings. "The overarching theme of this 'symphony,' Sack says, "is the hero's journey (viz the viewer’s) into drawings detailed, complex and rich in metaphor; a sort of modern, existentialist epic." Watch several videos after the jump...

Illustrations by Mario Sughi

Illustration // Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Italian artist and illustrator Mario Sughi aka Neurosuro, started off his career in the late 70's working as a cartoonist in Italian satirical magazines. Moving to Dublin the late 80's, Mario studied Medieval History, received a PhD and currently publishes and exhibits his work worldwide!

Kotaro Chiba's Girlish Innocence

Illustration // Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Kotaro Chiba is a professional freelance illustrator, designer, and animator based in Niigata, Japan. Her work is clearly heavily influenced by her home country, containing elements of traditional Japanese art as well as anime and manga, showing lithe young women with long delicate necks and soft features in a variety of natural landscapes.

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