Jean Baptiste's Dynamic Animals

Illustration // Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Jean Baptiste has an astounding skill for texture, color and character design. He wanted to become a makeup artist as a child, and spent a great deal of time drawing and sculpting monsters, to his parent's delight. He oriented himself toward animation as he got older and studied illustration at the Emile Cohl in Lyon, then 2D animation at the great Gobelins school in Paris. Baptiste started working video games as a 3D animator but quickly left for other projects and eventually was rescued by the cartoon saloon in Ireland, where he works to this day. 

Illustrations by Matt Taylor

Illustration // Tuesday, April 09, 2013
 Matt Taylor is an illustrator and lives by the sea. He likes drawing pictures for money, riding his bike, walking on the beach, appreciating comic books and rummaging through thrift stores for old photos. His work is fraught with streaks of color that evoke motion, power and energy-- we love this re-imagination of Pendleton Ward's "Adventure Time" and its bold, graphic color scheme. Taylor's work is both playful and moving, and his deft design choices give him all the tools necessary to deliver an effective illustrations-- visual storytelling is Taylor's forte!

Illustrations by Jules Julien

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 10, 2013
We are enjoying the illustrations of Paris-based designer and visual artist Jules Julien. His designs, simple silhouettes, and hyper-realistic vignettes are bold and vibrant. He has done professional work for the likes of Keds, Playstation, Louis Vitton, and Cartoon Network.

Illustrations by Emilio Santoyo

Illustration // Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Emilio Santoyo lives and works in Los Angeles, California as a freelance illustrator and designer. A 2007 graduate of Art Center College of Design, the work Santoyo produces comes from a combination of a well-trained hand and a sense of childlike glee, which is evident in the simple, rhythmic shapes and vibrant colors of his images. He is inspired by animation, junkyards, movies, and the joys and events of life.

Illustrations by Max Grünfeld

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Hamburg-based artist Max Grünfeld find inspiration in the little details of her everyday life whether it be a conversation, funny circumstance, daydreaming, people or animals. Max studied at the Art Academy ArtEZ, Netherlands and Escola Massana Art Academy in Spain. About her work she says, 'I can tell much more with illustrations in extraordinary ways than when I would have to shape the same idea/image or feeling with words.'

The Art of Renee Nault

Illustration // Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Renee Nault is a Canadian artist, illustrator, and graphic novelist known for her vivid watercolor and ink illustrations. Growing up near the ocean in Victoria, Nault was influenced by the languid weightlessness and bright colors of underwater landscapes. She later connected these ideas with the "floating world" of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, combining this influence with her own personal edge, cryptic symbolism, and dark sense of humor.

Paper and Thread from Happy Red Fish

Illustration // Tuesday, April 09, 2013
  Happy Red Fish is a creative studio owned and operated by Amsterdam-based artist and designer Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen. Using a combination of paper, thread, and photography, van Heummen creates quiet landscapes and subtle narratives that soothe the mind and loosen the visual palette. His "Lonely Houses" series is particularly haunting, a collection of distorted structures hanging in a paper void, anchored only by radial threads stretching toward the horizon.  

Casey Weldon's Four-Eyed Felines

Illustration // Tuesday, April 09, 2013
In this charmingly bizarre series of paintings, Brooklyn-based artist Casey Weldon seamlessly blends an extra pair of peering eyes into otherwise ordinary portraits of everyday house cats. At once startling and oddly befitting, the cats' doubled set of eyes suggest a host of different narratives, anything from an alien provenance to an alternate line of evolution. Weldon is well known for his off-kilter interpretations of pop culture iconography, and with this series he undoubtedly adds more fuel to the internet-inflamed phenomenon of cat memes.

"Windows of New York" by Jose Guizar

Illustration // Monday, April 08, 2013
Driven by curiosity, Jose Guizar is a Mexican graphic designer living in New York City. Creating strong messages within his artwork to communicate with his audience, Guizar is greatly known for his personal project "Windows of New York". Guizar illustrated a series of windows that caught his attention around New York City showing of the great architecture that gives the city one of it's distinctive features... 

Chilling Works by Santiago Caruso

Illustration // Monday, April 08, 2013
Santiago Caruso is an Argentinean artist born in Buenos Aires. Covering subjects of fear, passion, desolation and violence, it's surprising that Caruso is twenty-nine years old. Having a classic painting technique and creating illustrations that look like they've come out of an 1800's science illustration book, Caruso has style and skills beyond his years…

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