Art by Ariel Stater

Illustration // Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Ariel Stater is an art student whose colorful compositions are a unique-minded combination of portraiture, myth and geometry. Stater's characters are strong, heavy-lidded fantasies studded with extra eyes, jewels, flowers, skulls, disembodied creatures and fascinating pattern-work. Stater's series of these purple-and-blush tinted works is cohesive and exotic, exhibiting her personal style with strength.  

Jillian Tamaki's Folkloric Illustrations

Illustration // Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and cartoonist from Calgary who lives and works out of Brooklyn. She wrote and produced a graphic novel called "Skim," a collaboration with her cousin Mariko, whoch is a coming-of-age story about a private school girl's forays into romance and death. Tamaki's illustration demonstrate wonderfully expressive linework, delicate, muted color application and a strong link to folklore. Tamaki teaches illustration at SVA.   

Tower Hamlets' Wall Doodle

Illustration // Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Students of Access to Commercial Graphics and Illustration at Tower Hamlets College worked together to make this massive wall doodle at their school. The eleven students' aim was to encourage others positively through this one-liner of motivational text, "The difference between who you are and a who you want to be is what you do." The students worked on this project over the course of three days, using only black ink to make geometric designs and embellishments on the creative injunction. This bit of advice is not one to be forgotten, especially if it's permanently on  your wall.  

Cathie Bleck on Disney's Legendary Artist Mary Blair

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 07, 2013
When researching Mary Blair for our May issue we immediately recognized a kindred spirit in Juxtapoz’s August 2012 feature painter Cathie Bleck who shares a magical realism with the natural world expressed in fluid lines. Cathie shares an early remembrance of the artist who will be featured at the Walt Disney Family Museum’s celebration of Camille Rose Garcia who also cites the influence of Mary Blair. The exhibition opens on Thursday, May 9th.

Stencil Illustrations by Adam Feibelman

Illustration // Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Adam Feibelman (Adam5100) makes painstakingly-layered paper cutouts evoking the stunning absence of form in an image. Feibelman was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and started making art as a graffiti artist. That led him to CCA where he won an award for printmaking and illustration. Adam's work has taken on a satirical look, challenging conceptions of modernity and focusing on the realm of spaces as a language to describe forgotten places. 

R. Crumb's Varieties of Women

Erotica // Monday, May 06, 2013
In 2009 American artist R. Crumb was commissioned by W Magazine to offer his take on the history of women, from buxom cave dwellers to Playboy Playmates. For this project Crumb drew from life, photographs, imagination, and memory, as well as from his own high school yearbook, depicting schoolgirls he once knew as classmates. The result is a funny, sardonic, and oddly sweet albeit off-beat portrayal of women through the ages. 

Old School Style from BMD Design

Illustration // Monday, May 06, 2013
BMD Design is a one-man hand lettering and illustration operation located in Bordeaux, France. Specializing in apparel graphics and logotype, BMD brings an old school French graphic style to his hand crafted and digitally adjusted designs, a rustic sensibility that is both vintage and very contemporary. His eye-catching artisanal work is in high demand, and his client list has grown to include an impressive array of companies and brands, including Levi's, Quiksilver, Audi, and Nike.  

Niels Shoe Meulman's Calligraffiti

Illustration // Monday, May 06, 2013
Bridging the gap between typography, calligraphy, graffiti, and fine art, the work of Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman (also known as 'Shoe') is effectively a new art form for the twenty-first century, a contemporary expression of writing and design by hand in a predominantly digital age. Calling it 'Calligraffiti,' Meulman launched his cutting-edge art movement in 2007 with a successful solo exhibition in Amsterdam, and he has continued his success with various international exhibitions and museum acquisitions of his images.

The Lively Lines of Jessica Hische

Illustration // Monday, May 06, 2013
Jessica Hische is an award-winning and highly regarded letterer and illustrator, who also describes herself as a "crazy cat lady known for her silly side projects and occasional foul mouth."  Hische's innate exuberance and passion for design is apparent with every her every stroke and curve, and her cleanly decorative yet indie-inspired style has landed her work with such notable publications and institutions as Penguin Books, Barnes and Noble Classics, ICON magazine, Tiffany's, Target, and National Public Radio, to name a few.

David McLeod's Textural Typography

Illustration // Monday, May 06, 2013
David McLeod's incredible mastery of three-dimensional form and texture is readily apparent in his impressive portfolio of typographic work. Born in Australia and currently living in NYC, the graphic designer and illustrator fearlessly tackles complex structures and materials, constantly experimenting with new ways of molding unusual substances into recognizable typographic designs while losing none of the substances' chaotic and spontaneous essence.