Illustrations by Mizenscen

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 16, 2013
We are enjoying the work of Los Angeles-based artist Mizenscen this morning. The illustrator and digital artist cuts and pastes anatomic layers and merges them with flora in a vintage and classic style.

An Interview with Illustrator + Tattoo Artist Nomi Chi

Illustration // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Nomi Chi’s work is of mythical proportions, throwing fairytale creatures in dialogue with mysterious female figures, ghosts and beauties of the wood. Nomi has been tattooing since she was a teenager and is constantly pushing her work to new levels of aesthetic badassery. She is a creature of detail, a serious artisan whose illustrations and tattoos operate on both a decorative and thought-provoking level. Chi’s artwork is simply as gorgeous as it is strange. Order some of her hand-made work or get your skin weirdified by her as soon as possible.

Art by Kristina Collantes

Illustration // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Kristina Collantes was born in Cabiao Nueva Encija, Philippines. Her family moved to San Diego in 1997 and has called souther California their home ever since. Collanted started working as an illustrator right after high school and has collaborated with a ride range of clients in editorial and design, including artists like OK GO, The Flaming Lips, Playstation and the New York Times. Collantes' work is fresh and distinctly her own, combining fluent, texturizing linework with inspired color palettes to describe great sprawling scenes of imagination. Kristina is a full-time illustrator based in Los Angeles.  

Jee Shaun Wang: Seeing the Strange

Illustration // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Jee Shaun Wang's quirky illustrations seem to echo the quirky tenor of his persona. Wang enjoys hto drinks and books with pictures, and he's also inspired by the cold and cave paintings. Whether in printmaking or digital illustration, Wang pushes his unique voice, working in a palette of muted browns and reds punctuated with the heavy mass of great dark shapes. Wang is also incredibly prolific, imagining innovative scenes of environments and creatures combating to communicate a particular storyline. Wang says of his craft,  "you can find me when you need someone to draw."  

Lisa Hanawalt Illustration

Illustration // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Lisa Hanawalt is an artist and illustrator from Palo Alto, CA. She graduated from UCLA and has worked for clients such as The NY Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Saveur, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Vice Magazine, and McSweeney's. Hanawalt also received an Ignatz Awards for Outstanding Mini-Comic and the 2011 Stumptown Award for Best Small Press. Hanawalt co-hosts a weekly podcast and lives and works in Brooklyn today. Her brightly-hued watercolor illustrations of parrots, cats, lizards and everyday memorabilia are their own brand of kitsch. 

The Work of Kymia Nawabi

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
We are enjoying the work of New York-based artist Kymia Nawabi this morning. Nawabi is a first-generation Iranian-American artist who describes her work as "an allegory of human behavior" and weaves a fantastical personal mythology together with "adopted gods, mythological creatures and burial ceremonies from different cultures."

Mash-Ups by Redmer Hoekstra

Illustration // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Redmer Hoekstra makes drawings that are perhaps the illustration-equivalent of a Mash-Up, throwing together two unrelated things, images or objects to create a strange new assemblage rendered in his characteristic scratchy pencil-work. "Weird things are my passion," says Hoesktra, a fact that is increasingly evident as you proceed further and further down through his extensive collections of imagined Mash-Ups. "I love being surprised and amazed at everything that comes across my path. I'll let my work speak for itself on that matter," he writes. Boasting such weird combinations as a mouse-car-pileup, a fingernail-clippergator, a chestnut-embryo, a seahorse-saxaphone and a foot-faced-giraffe, Hoekstra's work is playful, challenging and a little disturbing.  

Daniel Wong's Cephalo-Pods

Illustration // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Daniel Wong's series of paintings and painted canvas shoes entitled "Cephalo-Pod" captures the energy and dynamism of these underwater creatures with graphic, geometric precision. Tied together with a surprising palette of oranges and blues, the paintings and sneakers have a pop art sensibility, pushing the oft-repeated symbol of the squid or octopus in a surprising new aesthetic direction. "What draws me to cephalopods is the absurdity of their form," explains Wong, whose obsession with the animals began way back in first grade. "It's sort of a scientific approach," Wong says of his stylistic choices, "almost from a clinical, taxonomic perspective." This makes sense, given that Wong is currently studying both biology and studio art at Stanford University. Who wouldn't want to get their hands on these paintings or a pair of shoes?

Allegra Lockstadt Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Allegra Lockstadt is a freelance illustrator and designer who was born in Ontario, Canada and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Lockstadt attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she began her signature illustration style of utilizing mixed-media to generate fields of colorful mark-making that compliment and give body to more figurative linework. The hatching of these colored lines encroach upon the simple pencil-marks, partially obscuring the more recognizable forms, evoking the forms through a bold, abstract mass. Allegra's series on the common hand gestures and postures found among the global fashion community acts as a uniqe commentary on the way physical indicators can come to identify an entire realm of society and culture. Lockstadt is a consistent contributor to Rookie Magazine.

Daniel 'Aphte' Abensour's Creature Worlds

Illustration // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Daneil 'Aphte' Abensour's website is an awesome respite from the many basic portfolio setups we see in the Illustration department. Each piece is organized individually by tiny moving thumbnails and when clicked on presents another crazy detailed character, scene, color, idea, thing. Aphte has an incredibly unique style that seems to draw from character design, tshirt art, fine art, flat artists like Murakami and the simple-faced, curvilinear creatures of cartoons like Adventure Time. His usage of color, gradient and texture details make these pieces super unique and endlessly fun to get lost in. Spend some time messing around on his site!

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