The Type Fight

Design // Thursday, January 23, 2014
In the design world competition is a constant, you're always competing with your peers and even yourself to do better. The Type Fight took a more light hearted approach to competition by pitting designers against each other and letting you decide who is best. The only constants are the letterforms each designer must turn into a typographic master piece. The Type Fight's counter part, aptly named the Heavyweight Print Shop, sell each of the master pieces that are chosen for cool 20 bucks, which isn't bad because they're only producing 25 of each. 

"Elephant Boy in Rabbitcity" by AmebaFish

Illustration // Wednesday, January 22, 2014
AmebaFish is a Korean comic illustrator. He captures the high energy streets of Namyangju, South Korea in a bright and playful way. I was instantly drawn in by the colors and style of this series. Elephant Boy feels like a loner in a city full of rabbits but in the end, he is rescued by a strange, robot-elephant diety. Check it out.

"Circular" by Lili des Bellons

Illustration // Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Lili des Bellons is an illustrator from Paris, France. This series entitled "Circular" is just that. Lili's melange-colored characters are plump and well rounded.

Txaber's Chanel No.5 Typography

Illustration // Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Txaber is an illustrator and typography maven from Bilbao, Spain. This series inspired by Chanel No.5 reaches our senses, with each fiber in the imagery feeling tangible. Txaber's work speaks for itself. He simply says "Experimentation is a constant in my work. They say everything is invented and I struggle every day to go against."

Vija Celmins' Limitless Spaces

Illustration // Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Vija Celmins was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1938. She immigrated to the United States with her family when she was ten years old, settling in Indiana. She received a BFA from the John Herron Institute in Indianapolis, and later earned her MFA in painting from the University of California, Los Angeles. Celmins received international attention early on for her renditions of natural scenes—often copied from photographs that lack a point of reference, horizon, or discernable depth of field. 

Zé Otavio

Illustration // Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Ze Otavio does what most artists loathe to do--he doesn't clean up. Rather than obsess over the perfection of lines and erasures, Otavio embraces the sketchy nature of his initial strokes and trusts the energetic purity of "keeping things messy." He was born in Brazil and works in Sao Paolo, channeling his studies in photography and life drawing into his illustrations. He finds his sketchbooks to be where most of the magic happens, unafraid to use tape, splatters and graphite to achieve a beautifully raw effect.

Burnt Toast Creative

Illustration // Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Burnt Toast Creative is a motion and design company run by lead designer Scott Martin. BTC has a distinct cartoony illustration style, but they use this style to depict seedier scenes than most cartoons are willing or able to get into. One of their illustrations, the aptly-named "The Faces of Partying," shows all the puking, skateboard accidents, bodily injuries and other maladies that (we've heard rumors) come with hard partying. These drawings are fun and unexpected.

Brock Hofer's Neon Demons

Illustration // Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Brock Hofer is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Canada. His hyper-graphic illustrations of gnarled monsters and neon demons are detailed to an almost sickening degree. Hofer's work shows influences from the skate scene and street art, most notably the work of artists like Skinner and Alex Pardee. His usage of a wide selection of super-saturated colors in tandem with deft, authoritative line-work give these drawings an immense impact.

Update: Drawings from Daniel Horowitz

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Daniel Horowitz sat down at his desk and began, with no particular purpose or direction, drawing on a blank piece of paper. That piece of paper turned into two, three, four, and eventually 365. A mixed media artist, Daniel's work has been featured in The New York Times, GQ, and The Wall Street Journal. He is now the cover illustrator for The American Reader. His 365 Series has been turned into a book (a limited print of 365 copies of course). 

Darion McCoy: Psychedelic Nouveau

Illustration // Monday, January 20, 2014
Illustrator Darion McCoy's distorted style of psychedelic, nouveau portraiture, that stems from his surrealist imagination has brought him recognition by the  New York Society of Illustrators' -as winner of their most prestigious The Joyce Kitchell Award in 2010. Since then, his talents have continued to grow and develop.


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