The Thousand Drawings of Paul Romano

Illustration // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Paul Romano is a fine artist and designer living and working in Philadelphia. He recently set out on an ambitious year-long project to produce 1000 10"X10" work, all of which can be seen on his website. Romano describes the project as both exercise and exorcise through mediums and and of ideas. The goal was to come out on the other side of the project with a better understanding of his personal aesthetic as well as the questions he means to ask himself about the role of art in his own life. 

James Hance's Pop-Culture Mash-Ups

Illustration // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
James Hance is the king of mash-ups. An english illustrator whose penchant for combining popular (and at varying stages on the geekdom scale) movies, TV shows and comics into unique and irresistible illustrations has garnered him quite a cult following. By feeding off of the nostalgic energy of these familiar cultural sites, Hance is able to tap into almost anyone's sweet spot, earning him his own moniker-- "Relentlessly Cheerful." Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Labyrinth, The Wizard of Oz, Calvin and Hobbes, Winnie the Pooh and Up are some of his favorites to mash up. Prepare to be cheered up by these brilliantly playful illustrations. 

Elizabeth Patterson's Rainy Windshield Drawings

Illustration // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Fascinated by the texture and color of water, artist Elizabeth Patterson challenged herself to recreate the absurdly complex formation of water droplets on rain-streaked windshields. Her ongoing series entitled "Rainscapes" blends drawing, hyperrealism and traditional landscape techniques, resulting in images that can be seen as both real and abstract. Patterson begins with her own photography and utilizes sharpened colored pencils and solvent to create these inconceivable compositions. 

More Work From Erik Mark Sandberg

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
We posted the vibrantly freakish hairy paintings of Erik Sandberg a few months ago. This morning we take a look at some of Erik's other work including his Bouquets With Various Foods series, which we are again, thoroughly enjoying. Erick received his BFA from Art Center College of Design and has since taught there, OTIS and CSU Northridge.

Illustrations by Natasha Russell

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This morning we are getting lost inside the intricately detailed illustrations of Edinburgh-based artist Natasha Russell. 

A Look at... Vania Zouravliov

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Featured in our August 2013 issue, Russia-born, UK-based artist Vania Zouravliov. Straight from the magazine: "Vania Zouravliov is an enigma, a paradox, and a Catch-22; he doesn’t want to have his picture taken, creates elegant art that appears to be in the process of a magically disappearing, and references 19th Century European and American storytellers as inspiration. In the legacy of previous eras, where prodigious talent was nurtured in the arts like young math and science geniuses are cultivated today, Vania became an internationally known illustrator at the age of 13.

Kaun Nikita and the Occult

Illustration // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Kaun Nikita's work is torrid and forceful, using mazes of dark line-and-dot-work to create images of the occult. Astronaut skeletons, goats, skulls, five-eyed cats and thorny hearts find their homes in Nikita's work; imagery of a boldly mysterious world. Nikita's work is perfectly fit for those with an urge for a darker edge.

Julee Yoon's Cross-Cultural Designs

Illustration // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Julee Yoo was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After studying illustration at Parsons the New School of Design in New York City, Julee now works as a full-time illustrator. Her artwork is fraught with the symbolic language of clashing cultures; the pastoral linework of french textiles meet Korean characters in a landscape of tentative pencil-work. These pieces are lovely, lyrical and challenging. 

Ash Mackenzie Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Ash Mackenzie is an artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently attending OCADU and pursuing a degree in illustration. Ash's work is sensitive, nuanced and very mature for someone her age. She creates with a seasoned hand, combining traditional and digital mediums with seamless ease. We expect big things from this young artist. 

Emma Webster Art

Illustration // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Emma Webster's emotive, massive paintings explore a hypothetical dreamscape fraught with nostalgia, memory and anxiety. The Oakland-based artist has just completed a permanent mural near Classic Cars West where she will also host a solo show from August 2nd to September 21st. The mural is a dynamic, arresting example of Webster's aesthetic--fragmented, boldly colored sheaves of imagery that evoke childhood memory in its most vivid incarnation; a wide-eyed tiger looks on. By creating layered landscapes populated by abstract and remembered characters--Webster herself, her sister, her dog--the artist explores the distorted surface of these impressions. The opening will take place from 6-9pm on August 2nd at 411 26th Street, Oakland, CA. 

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