The Monsters of Ray Frenden

Illustration // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Ray Frenden is a self-taught illustrator witha  penchant for monsters and the macabre. Drawing form a childhood weaned on old horror comics, pulp fiction and sci fi, his brush and ink work hearkens to an older era. Ray's sensibilities for line and footing in current color and design trends helps make his work unique.

Natsuki Otani's Feast of Color

Illustration // Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Natsuki Otani's illustrations are described in colour and realized in detailed design. Bold, vibrant color forms the basis of working practice that seeks to unite dreams and reality. Otani tries to give the viewer a feast of color and complexity, adding surreal touches to counterpoint childlike subjects. Otani was born in Tokyo and works in England in a number of different mediums, fashion illustration and editorial predominantly. Otani hopes to make people happy "if just for a moment" through her artwork.   

Kotaro Chiba's Girlish Innocence

Illustration // Monday, August 19, 2013
Kotaro Chiba is a professional freelance illustrator, designer, and animator based in Niigata, Japan. Her work is clearly heavily influenced by her home country, containing elements of traditional Japanese art as well as anime and manga, showing lithe young women with long delicate necks and soft features in a variety of natural landscapes.

Back To Nature with Hiroki Takeda

Illustration // Monday, August 19, 2013
Continuing in the the artistic tradition of classical Japanese interpretations of the natural world, illustrator Hiroki Takeda creates portraits of animals through delicately placed strokes of watercolor that represent the plant life of each animal's environment, resulting in a beautiful fusion of flora and fauna. Takeda's work possesses a meditative quality in both subject matter and technique, reflecting the artist's own relaxed approach to his art, preferring to begin his work in a calm, introspective manner in order to fully express the emotional intent of each creative piece.

Fashion Savvy from Shouta Sanoda

Illustration // Monday, August 19, 2013
Shouta Sanoda began his education working in product design but quickly found that illustration piqued his interest as a career. His mastery of the mechanical pencil and his unique blend of realism and graphic elements have made him a rising talent in the fashion illustration industry of Japan. Fully devoted to his hand-made craft, Sanoda's detail-rich and finely precise illustrations take about 20 to 30 hours to complete and are completely rendered without any computer manipulation.

Sakuan Izumi's Bright Simplicity

Illustration // Monday, August 19, 2013
After graduating from art school, Sakuan Izumi worked as a graphic designer for 10 years before deciding that she wanted to become an illustrator. She has since developed a style that combines whimsy and humour with clear, simple lines and bright, garish colors. "It is always my goal for my illustrations to make people happy and surprise them at the same time," says Izumi, who often fuses traditional Japanese art techniques with a distinctively modern sensibility. As the artist explains, "I like to boldly defy boundaries and cherish traditions at the same time."

Illustrator Marta de Andres

Erotica // Monday, August 19, 2013
Marta de Andrés is a 24 year-old artist based in Spain who is currently working as an illustrator and matte painter. She has a love for all artistic disciplines, but after completing her Fine Arts degree she discovered her passion: matte painting and concept art. Digital art has enabled Andrés to work freelance and embark on a variety of projects from music album covers to background illustrations, amongst many others.  Her mastery of digital painting techniques is especially evident in her fantasy and nude artwork, where her women possess sex appeal, poise, and a true individual nature that sets them apart.

Jonny Ruzzo's Norns

Erotica // Monday, August 19, 2013
Born in 1990, Jonny Ruzzo currently resides in New York City, where he works as an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. His art touches upon conceptions of superficiality, sexuality, gender, and social views, and for his first solo exhibition, "Norns," Ruzzo tackled his own perceptions of femininity and beauty, as well as his own attraction to the female gender as a gay man. His work has received recognition from publications such as American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, and 3x3 Magazine, and in 2013 he was listed as one of CMYK Magazine's Top 100 New Creatives.

The Art of Noah Frase

Illustration // Saturday, August 17, 2013
Noah Frase's frenetic illustrations are cluttered with linework as if he is racing himself to get as much on the page as possible. These dense, textured images of places and figures express a kind of figurative debris, the material output of human lives clashing in history and time. Frase received a BFA from RISD in 2011. 

Benjamin Garcia's Abstracted Portraits

Illustration // Friday, August 16, 2013
Benjamin Garcia was born in Venezuela and graduated from the Caracas Institute of Design specializing in illustration for animation. His first influences came from comic artists like Moebius and Bill Sienkiewicz, and then later from his true master Lucian Freud...

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