Bows and Beetles: Aubrey Learner

Illustration // Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Aubrey Learner has put her talents of photorealism to whimsical use, arranging butterflies, snails, bows, candy and other insects into constellations and geometric compositions to generate these gorgeous double-images. Operating somewhere between scientific study and illustration, Learner has a fantastic eye for the beautiful and absurd, creating frilled dresses out of dessert foods and faces out of ants. These works are fascinating to look at up close. Learner's talent for capturing photorealistic qualities is undeniable, yet it is the fact that she arranges her objects in such strange fashion that gives her work a unique edge. Learner lives and works in San Francisco.  

Badass Movie Portraits by Mike Mitchell

Illustration // Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Mike Mitchell is an artist based in Los Angeles. His awesome series of digital portraits of characters from awesome movies are simply awesome. Mitchell puts his talent for capturing likeness with style and dynamism to great use in these colorful homages to cinematic greats, including but not limited to David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth, Winona Ryder in Heathers, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Ryan Gosling in Drive, Min-Sik Choi in Oldboy and Will Ferrell in Zoolander. Mitchell has a wife named Lauren, one normal cat, one cross-eyed cat, a dog who isn't normal but does have great vision. Check out the entire series, it's a whole lot of fun.     

JooHee Yoon Illustration

Illustration // Wednesday, May 08, 2013
JooHee Yoon's illustrations are lovely and painstaking. The sheer number of layers put into these prints show that JooHee is really dedicated to her craft, generating a vibrant visual sensation of overlapping elements, textures and transparent inks. A RISD illustration grad, Yoon has a great sense of character and shape, generating exaggerated caricatures of people and animals in a bold stylistic bent. These images include some illustrations inspired by Hitchcock's "The Birds," a sophisticated cartoonization of the classic film. Yoon has worked for the likes of NPR and Vegetarian Times Magazine.  

Arles Gayo's Surrealist Landscapes

Illustration // Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Arles Gayo's intricate surrealist landscapes feature characters from either end of the spectrum--some are completely imagined while others are realistic and even familiar. Gayo says of his work that "they are like a little ethereal space where I record the most important events of my life as an emotional symphony where everything interacts in unison." He finds drawing to be an escape from reality. Looking at this drawings, you get the sense that Gayo is translating his internal landscape into a series of marks, trying to record an amorphous emotional state into representational forms.   

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. 

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