Fiona Strickland's Incredible Watercolor Work

Illustration // Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Fiona Strickland's watercolor work has breathtaking clarity, vibrancy and intensity of color. studied drawing and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art before spending the next 26 years teaching art and design at Scottish secondary schools. Her studio on the outskirts of Falkirk is full of dead things--a vase of dried-out tulips, fragile leaves pinned to walls and lots of lifeless stalks and stems. She renders these objects by layering transparent watercolors with tiny brushes on heavyweight paper.

The Fractal Paintings of Gustaf Lillestierna

Illustration // Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Gustaf Lillestierna is a Swedish artist who paints repetitive images of portraits, recreating a fractal effect through painstaking traditional means. This bizarre crossing of traditional and digital means defies the strictures of process. 

NOST EVERYDAY

Illustration // Wednesday, September 11, 2013
"NOST EVERYDAY" is an artist who makes the most out of the sketchbook. As the title promotes, he does art everyday, a mish-mash of disney characters, cartoons and made-up monsters plastered across the infold of a large black sketchbook. He also does a lot of environment paintings and has a keen aesthetic for an animated look.

Alexey Romanowski's "Pure Geometry"

Illustration // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A clean, sexy animation by Alexey Romanowski that utilizes basic principles of geometry to generate sleek animation merging the robotic and the tribal. Romanowski is a digital art, motion graphics and graphics design artist from The Ukraine whose impeccably crisp aesthetic gives basic shapes an entirely fresh take. Check out this animation.

Melinda Josie's Watercolor Work

Illustration // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Melinda Josie's watercolor illustrations are a perfect intersection between ornamental and perfunctory, depicting foodstuffs, portraits and objects with clarity fit for telling a story. Josie's handling of the watercolor medium is robust, giving authoritative form to the otherwise delicate medium. 

Sloths and Sno-Cones by Kathryn Selbert

Illustration // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Kathryn Selbert is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design specializing in children's book illustration and design. Her light-hearted aesthetic combines perfectly with an easy sense of color and shape to create fun, pleasing illustrations. Her series of animal heads mashed up with confectionery is particularly awesome, especially "sloths and sno-cones."

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.

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