Process of Elimination with Chad Wys

Illustration // Monday, September 09, 2013
In his intriguing series "Process of Elimination," Peoria, Illinoise-based artist Chad Wys digitally deconstructs 18th century portraits through seemingly arbitrary additions and omissions of colors and smudges, experimenting with the concept of disharmony while still retaining a semblance of the paintings' original form and purpose. This technique of deconstruction plays a significant part in Wys' thought process and image-making, in which he enjoys shifting contemporary ideas into historical contexts to create reinvented artistic and cultural objects. 

Tatiana Kazakova's Floating Worlds

Illustration // Monday, September 09, 2013
Tatiana Kazakova is a graphic designer and illustrator based out of Moscow. Her unreal creations combine elements of the mundane with the fantastical, presenting strange images of flying saucers whizzing through ancient Japan, or floating islands of rock and ice sailing through abstract spaces. Most of Kazakova's work begins as a pencil illustration or collage that is then edited and refined digitally, and the resulting otherworldly depictions are often featured in advertising campaigns, on book covers, and as clothing designs.

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo's Sublime Faces

Illustration // Monday, September 09, 2013
Born in Viñadel Mar, Chile, Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo has been working graphic design, filmmaking, and illustration since 2000. Although his portrait work spans the breadth of the artistic disciplines, from musicians to filmmakers to writers, his primary focus is on film icons, particularly classic characters from cult horror films. Hidalgo believes that any stimuli can be a potential source of inspiration for his work, which is evidenced by the sheer breadth and variety of his masterful and unique output. 

Patterns of Nature by Kris Tate

Illustration // Monday, September 09, 2013
Kris Tate is a freelance illustrator based in the UK who was born in Guatemala, where her native culture inspired her love of geometrical shapes, bright colors, and wild animals, with whom she strongly identifies. Using a bold palette and clean, simple forms over existing images, Tate's style is reminiscent of the late 80's and early 90's without being derivative, and her designs have been recognized and sold by the likes of Urban Outfitters, Blood is the New Black, Ohh Deer, and Deny Designs.

40 Days of Dating

Erotica // Monday, September 09, 2013
What do you do when you're tired of the prospect of dating, and you happen to both be New York-based designers? Good friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman decided to find out in this novel experiment where, in addition to dating for 40 days and documenting what happened, they asked different illustrators and designers to contribute typographic images representing the various trials and triumphs of being in a relationship.

The Warsteiner Art Collection

Illustration // Sunday, September 08, 2013
As part of the Warsteiner Art Collection, six international artists developed six creative bottle designs including Stefan Strumbel, 123Klan, INSA, Aaron De La Cruz, Nychos and Brooke Reidt. Andy Chiu, Head of Brand Management at Warsteiner, about the first reactions to the Art Collection: “In the Warsteiner Art Collection, we, and especially the artists, have invested a lot of work and heart....

Emmeline Pidgen Illustration

Illustration // Saturday, September 07, 2013
Emmeline Pidgen is a gold-award winning illustrater fighting her way through the freelance jungle. Her work specializes in strong usage of character, color and narrative for both children and adults. She has recently been shortlisted as one of the five nominees for the Design Week Rising Star Award 2013. Her first picture book "The Flyaway Blanket" won the Gold Award for bedtime stories. Her artwork is reassuring, utilizing a bright palette, sweeping lines and plenty of attention to mother-child tenderness. 

Rancid from Pam Pam Liu

Illustration // Thursday, September 05, 2013
I love this little illustrated portrait of Rancid from Pam-Pam Liu, a freelance illustrator, underground comic artist and a musician from Taiwan. She finished BFA degree in Shih Chien University in 2009 and graduated from Central Saint Martins MA Communication Design in 2013. She is inspired by the relationships between people, music, manga, movies and novels.  

Llew Mejia's Pattern-work

Illustration // Thursday, September 05, 2013
By day Llew Mejia is currently a textile/fashion designer at Target Corporate for swim/outerwear. By night he illustrates everything from scientific charts based on the natural world, to print/pattern, as well as more occult themed artwork. His interests include travel, textiles, fashion, folk art, wallpaper, and all types of candy. 

Slow Culture's 'Illustrations Vol. 1'

Illustration // Thursday, September 05, 2013
Slow Culture's second opening, Illustrations Vol. 1, opens this Friday, Sept 6th from 7-10PM, and is a group exhibition comprised of work by a selection of LA's most exciting, most in-demand, and most accomplished young illustrators - Benjie Escobar, Ken Garduno, Mike Jones, Brandon Spiegel, Suedehead, and Eric McHenry. 

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