Levi van Veluw's Gravity-Defying Drawings

Illustration // Thursday, April 25, 2013
Levi van Veluw is a highly acclaimed multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in the Netherlands. His massive, intenseley detailed charcoal drawings of objects in midair are uncomfortable visions of a world in flux. Geometric objects, balls and busted desks explode into space, and then are drawn in their landing positions on the floor. The heavily charcoaled spaces give off a dark, mysterious atmosphere. These drawings pull the viewer in at the same time as they repel the viewer, creating a feeling of anxiety similar to that of standing on a tall ledge. Though Veluw mostly makes installations, these drawings are wonderfully rendered and thought-provoking.   

Stephanie Kubo's Headdresses

Illustration // Thursday, April 25, 2013
Stephanie Kubo is an illustrator and printmaker whose series of drawings of headdresses are beautifully fun homages to these defining articles of cultural dress. Increasingly imaginative as you move through them, these drawings are created with lovely black-and-white linework befitting of fine art or tshirts, they run the gamut. Kubo is a lovely illustrator graduated from CCA who we hope to see more work from soon.  

Some Guy Design

Illustration // Tuesday, April 23, 2013
"Some Guy Design" is Phil Guy, an illustrator and graphic designer based in San Francisco. His art and logo work features motorcycles and motorcycle culture prominently, combining clean vectors and gritty linework to make compositions befitting of an awesome motorcycle jacket or t-shirt. Guy's work is clean and fun to look at, so if you've got a motorcycle design project he's the guy to talk to.   

Dynamic Characters by Guy McKinley

Illustration // Monday, April 22, 2013
Guy McKinley is a freelance illustrator, concept artist and painter who has been involved in a lot of projects relating to his strong character work since graduating in 2003. His work is appealing to a wide range of ages and tastes, capturing both charming and edgy subject matter in colorful, dynamic form. His drawings of Apache Girls and Calvin and Hobbes, for example, re-imagine familiar characters with wonderfully fresh twists. McKinley began producing hand-drawn and digital work for editorials, pre-production, character design, commercial and promotional campaigns then and continues to do so. However, more recently he has been taking part in more live exhibitions and gallery shows.   

Diego L. Rodriguez Illustration

Illustration // Monday, April 22, 2013
Diego L. Rodriguez is a Spanish illustrator and graphic designer who claims he has a secret base in Madrid. His illustrations are dynamically graphic, capturing the nuances of faces in swaths of color and form. These illustrations look almost abstract up close, sweepic compositions of moving colors, yet from further away they make up juicy, tongue-in-cheek images. His work is influenced by music, cinema, ancient cultures and myths, America, Japanese animation, comic books and science.   

Derek Albeck's Graphite Drawings

Illustration // Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Derek Albeck is an artist based in LA who draws faces made of flannel shirts, friends with shaky faces and rainbows. He's incredibly facile with a graphite pencil, and these large drawings are even more impressive in person. Albeck says that he spends his time playing cornhole, searching for Chupacabras and he can hardly hear out of his right ear. Albeck is a breath of fresh air in the contemporary art world. His drawings are familiar, friendly and thought-provoking at the same time.  

Illustrations by JJ Cromer

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 24, 2013
JJ Cromer is a self-taught artist who grew up in rural Virginia and re-discovered his love for drawing later on in life. A critical sevent-grade art teacher shut down his interest in drawing and it wasn't until he was married with degrees in history, French, and library sciences that his renewed interest became a passion.

Emile Morel's Digital Illustrations

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 24, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Lyon, France-based artist Emile Morel. His surreal, imaginary worlds linger halfway between hell and "wonderful medieval Dante, depicting primitive impulses, bestial and intimate and idyllic mythology."

Matt Leines "Hyperbolic" @ Beginnings, Brooklyn

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Via our friends at Juxtapoz Latin America, Brooklyn based Matt Leines recently opened a solo exhibition, Hyperbolic, at Beginnings in Brooklyn. After living in Philadelphia for a few years, the artist moved to New York and settled into a rhythm that was both fresh and cheerful, or as the gallery notes: "Those who follow (Leines') work may have noticed a shift in the last few years, somebody flipped a switch in the artist’s brain–or maybe spun a dial–and all sorts of things began to happen: visible spectrum increasing, palette spinning out, subjects becoming more universal and less referential.

Eika's Organic Illustrations

Illustration // Monday, April 22, 2013
Eibatove Karina is an incredibly talented illustrator who goes by "Eika." An illustrator and fine-artist born in Leningrad, Russia, Eika is specialized in a wide range of mediums, but these drawings and illustrations have captured our eyes with particular fascination. Intricate, finely-wrought renderings of organic forms, Eika's illustrations are strange and lovely, bringing the natural into an entirely unique realm of representation. Eika is inspired by the scientific and the surreal, combining the two in an artisan's rendition of psychedelic subjects.   

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