Best of 2014: Original Star Wars Concept Illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 15, 2014
This morning we take a look at some of the Star Wars concept illustrations of Ralph McQuarrie who designed the original trilogy as well as Battlestar Galactica, E.T. and Cocoon. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy...

Best of 2014: Drawings of Men Farting from the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868)

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
These images, taken from scrolls produced during the Japanese Edo period (1603-1868), depict he-gassen or "farting competitions." Yes, that's right, farting. According to the website Naruhodo, "Similar drawings were used to ridicule westerners towards the end of the Edo period, with images depicting the westerners blown away by Japanese farts." 

Ben Sack Knows What Intricate Means

Illustration // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Artist Ben Sack illustrates infinite cityscapes, both real and imagined. Distorted perspectives are filled-in with intricate details that are almost too much for the human eye to comprehend. 

Stefan Bleekrode's Cityscapes are Drawn From Memory

Illustration // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Stefan Bleekrode's paintings can best be described as snapshots of things he's seen when travelling or just going through his everyday routine, small bits of beauty in familiar settings. "Often they come in through the backdoor," he says. "And after a while I turn these ideas, combined with a good bit of my own imagination into fully worked out paintings...

Drawings by Boicu Marinela

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 11, 2014
We happened upon some drawings by Romanian artist Boicu Marinela last night and are enjoying the wiry and doodle-like but precise nature of the lines in her work. Marinela studied painting and graphic arts at a school for arts called "Otav bancila."

David Cristobol's Wood People

Illustration // Monday, November 10, 2014
David Cristobal is a young artist born and raised in Spain who graduated from the School of Art in Madrid and continues his artistic journey in the city of Milan, where he has gained an intensely personal style. His most recent exhibition of graphite illustrations was a series of images influenced by the sounds, words and music of contemporary artists who, somehow, were an integral part of his life.

Drawings by Frank Magnotta

Illustration // Monday, November 10, 2014
Impressive and detailed pencil drawings by the New York (Brooklyn) based artist and designer Frank Magnotta. Magnotta creates intricate new worlds in pencil. Frank mixes all sorts of cultural icons and influences into his gray scale pieces, he blend them in through typography and perfectly executed perspective.

Marie J. Engelsvold Draws Emotional Sculptures

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 03, 2014
Marie J. Engelsvold is a Danish artist whose drawings represent images of her mental and emotional state. She translates the drawings into sculptures using any materials necessary to make a fundamental drawing into a phsycial, 3D object.

Drawings by Joe Biel

Illustration // Tuesday, October 28, 2014
This morning we take a look at the drawings of Los Angeles-based artist Joe Biel. His most recent work has increased both in scale and complexity, addressing a theme of poetic collision between beauty and the (sometimes cruel) absurdity of the contemporary world. "This collision produces a variety of situations, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, all of which reveal a vulnerable sense of humanity."

Humberto Casas Junca's School Desk Drawings

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Artist Humberto Casas Junca draws on classic school desks, combining his detailed drawings of violent events in Colombia with Norwegian black metal logos. Maybe if our drawings were this good when we doodled and carved our desks in school we wouldn't have spent so many recesses in time out....but maybe not.
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