Jean Bedez's Graphite Drawings

Illustration // Thursday, April 09, 2015
In French artist Jean Bedez's graphite drawings, "pasts and presents interweave and we read man’s immemorial procession towards ruin. These strictly black-and-white works resonate with that “art of combat.” Each one becomes a chessboard on which religious, economic and political powers endlessly change places and the aura of sacredness."

Papa's Incredible Detailed Mazes

Illustration // Friday, April 03, 2015
A couple of years ago Japanese twitter user @Kya7y was looking through her father's attic and found an incredibly detailed maze that her father had created 30 years prior. She pressed her dad, Kazuo Nomura, a Janitor at a public University, for details and he explained that it ook him 7 years to draw the 33" x 33" maze. Now, after some pleading from his daughter, Kazuo has begun drawing another maze.

Paintings and Drawings by Hollis Brown Thornton

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Hollis Brown Thornton's drawings and paintings of cassettes, video games, polaroid film, and VHS tapes remind us of being young in the '90s (because we were young then). It reminds us of what it was like to deal with all this old technology once it became irrelevant, and it also reminds us of all the memories that are attached to these objects.

Jen Ray's Fantastical Female Warriors

Illustration // Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jen Ray’s drawings are militantly detailed filigrees of judicious line and colour; the artist’s hand enunciates sparring Amazonian women, who inhabit decaying, semi-surrealist and strangely beautiful wastelands. These female warriors, resplendent in their sexualized uniforms, are often seen violently charging with bellicose flags, warring amid apocalyptically upturned vehicles and phantasmagoric architecture. Their un-patriarchal world tumbles smoke from its underbelly, and serrated fantastical mountains appear as bejeweled apparitions, sharply erupting towards a de-pigmented sky.

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.

Drawings by Corey Best

Illustration // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Corey Best was born in the rural countryside of northeastern Indiana but grew up throughout many towns and cities across Michigan. From the full range of environments spanning from the United States to Asia that were interacted within, he learned how large the world really was in all its wonder. Currently he has been living in different locations across northern Thailand since his move from Japan. His first love was nature and he to this day loves to wander and float, listening to and learning from all that he can from the ever expanding voids around him.

Drawings by Langley Fox

Illustration // Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Langley Fox is a Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator working with high-profile fashion clients like Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. With powerful pencil skills, she renders figures beautifully in a style that is both classic and contemporary. Side note: she is Hemingway’s great grand-daughter and clearly shares the family talent. 

Cahill Wessel in Color

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 30, 2014
We posted some of Cahill Wessel’s black-and-white drawings this fall, and his work that uses a full color spectrum is even trippier and more mesmerizing. You could get lost in these images...

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...

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