"Jan Mayen" video by Michael Fragstein

Illustration // Monday, April 08, 2013
Jan Mayen is a music video created by Michael Fragstein for Boozoo Bajou's upcoming EP. Visually abstract, the title refers to a volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean as the animation creates a theme of lava type objects moving gracefully around the screen...

"Pre-segmentalation" by Daniel K Sparkes

Illustration // Monday, April 08, 2013
English artist Daniel K. Sparkes is a former street artist who combines photography and illustration in a way that is unusual and fantastically disturbing. Painting on top of the photographs, Sparkes creates mystery giving the subjects behind the painting no identity leaving the fewer wanting more, "Usually starts with a stolen photo. I'll cut or crop the bit I want and then paint/draw onto that.  

Sachin Teng's Incredible Imagination

Illustration // Sunday, April 07, 2013
Sachin Teng was one of the first artists I was entirely blown away by upon discovering back in 2009.  The style was so original and new, Sachin’s ability at imagination clearly visible.  As I followed his career his style and focus has only become more and more his own impressing me more so with every creation...

ONEQ and the New Art of the Pin-up

Illustration // Saturday, April 06, 2013
ONEQ does phenomenal pinups.  She grew up on a small island in Japan completely separated from the flash and pop of Tokyo culture and gathered all her influences from a neighbor who loved art and Japan’s insistence that schoolchildren spend part of the day drawing.  As she grew up she taught herself how to draw completely by herself...

The Fine Art of David Bray

Illustration // Friday, April 05, 2013
David Bray is one of the first artists I ever came across on the Internet that I was really struck by.  The image was of a woman in what seemed to be a Batman mask marked with intricate patterns or reflections staring up at the viewer with tears spilling from her eyes.  There were hints of colors across her face and amongst her detailed hair and by the time I was done looking at her I was hypnotized.

James Murphy's Exciting Dreamworlds

Illustration // Wednesday, April 03, 2013
  James Murphy’s work is so distinct, you can’t look at it and associate it with any other person.  The pieces he presents exist in something of a dreamland and involve luscious, tattooed women, half-women half-creature creatures, and various other oddities all drawn in Murphy’s well defined hand.   I remember the feeling of joy with weird curiosity I had browsing through his pieces for the first time (or maybe more like a strange journey) and those feelings remain each time I return to his work or he posts a new piece on his Tumblr or Flickr stream.   You can own James’s art via Threadless.  He plans on opening a store soon for originals and prints.  

John Ryan Solis' Sensual Fashion

Illustration // Friday, April 05, 2013
John Ryan Solis' work is a completely western take on the whole metaphors and pop culture plus eroticism and the appeal comes from Solis’s incredible devotion to detail in his work.  The immense sexual presence is also a valid and strong theme that exists currently in the illustration world and I think Solis is one of the best at it.  

Olly Moss's Optical Illusions

Illustration // Friday, April 05, 2013
The first time I remember thinking to myself, “oh, wow, this guy is so good” about Olly Moss is when he posted his “Evolver” illustration, a play on the Beatles’s “Revolver” album cover.  It was so good.  I was a fan of his work before but that really put him on another level for me.  

Cannon Dill: 'Heavy Water' @ LeQuiVive, Oakland

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 05, 2013
LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland, CA is presenting an exhibition by artist Cannon Dill titled Heavy Water. Cannon's dual conflict of man and nature remains evident as he works in the classic wood grain, rustic, fine line detail of work. At first glance, Heavy Water becomes the feeling of the pinnacle, folksy storytelling from Cannon, leaving the title of the show to stand for the organs produced. The show opens today, April 5th at 7pm.

Soey Milk's Beautiful Dance

Illustration // Thursday, April 04, 2013
Soey Milk’s work is some of the most stunning artwork I’ve ever seen.  It’s expressive, surreal, gorgeous and full of life’s mysteries.  Soey herself is just the same, full of energy and always working.  What she presents with her finished work is profound and elegant... 

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