Fatma Sketchbooking

Illustration // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Here in the illustration department we love seeing artist's sketchbooks, the unfiltered sketches and brain-shreds of their finished work. Fatma Al-Remaihi has a lovely website dedicated to Her sketches. She uses ballpoint pens and markers to render strange, fantastical characters that could stand as finished illustrations on their own. Fatma is currently working on a rotoscope animation, which we hope retains some of the charm of these honest sketches. 

We're All The Same on the Inside

Illustration // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
One of Musketon's main expertises is skulls. He created this print as a commentary on the increasing value that's being attached to appearances and looks. "For me," he says, "in the end, we're all the same on the inside." This illustration was done in Adobe Illustrator and contains only 3 colors. This is a 100% vector piece, and a fun piece of art to look at through 3D glasses, so whip 'em out!

Narrative Portraits of NYC Subway Riders by Chris Russell

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 31, 2013
We used to spend a fair amount of time riding and commuting on the New York City subway and the routine can become pretty mundane. The cold or incredibly humid concrete city gets to people and the subway isn't usually where they are finding their joy. It is also a place where diversity and all the colorful characters of the fantastic city meet in a single confined space and we're pretty sure there is no better place to people watch. Chris Russell, over the course of 4 years, in 8 pocket-sized accordion books, has spent his commute drawing his fellow subway riders in an arrangement reminiscent of traditional Chinese landscape paintings!

Illustrations by Jongmee

Illustration // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Jongmee's illustration work capitalizes on clear, expressive linework and a subtle yet powerful palette of colors and textures. Based in New York, Jongmee creates scenes stacked heavily with characters, arranging them in 2D space almost as if creating textile patterns. In fact, Jongmee specializes in creating patterns using her illustrations.

Gabriella Rose's Watercolor Wonders

Illustration // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
With her illustrations, Gabriella Rose endeavors to stir up those in-between emotions that are difficult to articulate with words. Based in Oakland, California, Rose also attempts to make artistic connections with the moral and emotional ambiguity found in the best fairy tales and children's stories. Her work is hugely inspired by the artists of the Golden Age of Illustration such as Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. She is inspired by childhood fears, nature and other creative minds. 

Ghibli Re-Imagined

Illustration // Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Yaphleen, who also goes by Yaya, has been hard at work on a series of beautiful illustrations reinterpreting the work of Studio Ghibli. Excecuted in a handful of styles ranging from painterly renderings to more graphic takes inspired by the likes of Alphonse Mucha, each of her pieces offer a distinct interpretation of the spirit of each film. These spectacular re-imaginings represent a much-deserved tribute to these miraculous works of storytelling and 2D animation.

Divine Inquiry by Michelle Anderst

Illustration // Monday, July 29, 2013
Michelle Anderst is a Seattle-based fine artist whose paintings of biological structures serve as both works of art as well as aesthetic statements on ecological consciousness in the modern world. Through her use of vibrant colors and organic subject matter, such as bone, stem, and vein, Anderst creates unique microcosms of the greater natural world, illustrating the interdependence of all living things with one another, no matter how seemingly small or distantly related. 

Alma Haser's Cosmic Surgery

Illustration // Monday, July 29, 2013
London-based artist Alma Haser's series "Cosmic Surgery" combines the traditional conceit of the self-portrait with the meditative art of origami to create other-worldly portraits that almost seem to come from another time and place in the universe. To create this effect, Haser photographs her sitter then prints multiple images of the subject's face, folding each image into a complicated origami structure. She then rephotographs the portrait with the origami placed on the sitter's face. The resulting photograph is both unsettling and intriguing, like a glimpse into a possible evolutionary path for humanity or a window to a far-off alien species. 

Pop Anatomy by Antoni Tudisco

Illustration // Monday, July 29, 2013
Self-taught artist Antoni Tudisco may be only 21 years old, but his facility and artistry belie his young age, showing an extraordinary capacity for craftsmanship and innovation. Having mastered the Adobe Suite and 3D illustration entirely on his own, Tudisco has been sought after by major companies such as MTV, Coca-Cola, Louis Vuitton, and Nestle for his intricate and sleek digital work. Skulls and organs feature heavily in his illustrations, lending an almost clinical detachment to his otherwise chaotic pieces, in turn grounding them in a contemporary style that is very current and in demand in the mainstream pop art scene.

Harvey Moon's Drawing Machines

Illustration // Monday, July 29, 2013
Even for the most accomplished artist, translating the images of the mind to physical form is often the most daunting and difficult part of the creative process. Add to that the practice of collaboration, where two minds must meet and intimately connect, creating art can seem a formidable task. Yet new media artists such as Harvey Moon are pushing conceptions of creation, collaboration, and artistic license to new extremes, where through designing, building, and programming machines to draw in place of the human hand, Moon both works in concert with and relinquishes control to his mechanical collaborator, a drawing robot. 

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