Doeke Vannuil Illustration

Illustration // Wednesday, May 29, 2013
  Doeke Vannuil's illustrations have a whimsical sensibility perfect for the quirky art-lover. His characters are cute and very satisfying to look at in their pastel cartoonish aesthetic. Vannuil lives and works in Zwolle, the Netherlands, and has worked as an editor at VPRO Dorst. He got his BA in illustration from the Artez School of Arts and currently works as an editor at Tijschrift Ei.

Heiko Muller's Darkly Spiritual Drawings

Illustration // Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Heiko Muller's art comes "from an urge to explore. I like the countryside. I like a good view." To imagine and express this fascination in the extended world, Muller likes to tap the lines linking religious icon art, renaissance painting and comic culture. "I am particularly thrilled by the kind of spiritual terror you find exressed in the paintings of the old Flemish masters," writes Muller. His work is full of mystery and a fun kind of darkness. Muller is based in Hamburg, Germany, but has shown work from Estonia to Chicago.   

Sarah Burwash's Pioneering Spirit

Illustration // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Sarah Burwash's illustrations reflect her bucolic, nature-infused upbringing in British Columbia, Canada. Her work blends classically Northern elements with almost communist-era inspired family portraiture. Her work boasts strong illustrational narratives while maintaining wonderful design sense. Her patterning of logs, foxes, moths, toy planes, landscapes and country folk are simple and deliciously quaint, you could even see them working as textiles. Burwash resides in Nova Scotia and says she approaches her art with "intention, creativity and a pioneer spirit."

Vitalia Samuilova's Nightmare Works

Illustration // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Vitalia Samuilova makes dark, ethereal illustrations that seem to capture the imprints of some dreaming mind. Minimalist in composition but full of depth and detail, these works on paper feature fields of marks with limbs extending, reaching as if out of the drawings themselves. Ghostly and nightmarish, these illustrations cheat toward a darker sensibility, satisfying that wonderful morbid part of each of us. Samuilova is based in Lithuania and makes 3D pieces as well, occupying his own creepy world of dreams.   

Visiting Nostalgia with Monique Jivram

Illustration // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monique Jivram graduated from the Winchester School of Art in 2007. Her unique, vibrant illustrations have a nostalgic, retro feel, incorporating faded hues of brown and blue with the visual imagery of a bygone era. She reflects on the current status of old objects, creating a sense of familiarity and recollection. Her work taps into a universal visual language and communication of objects through prior experiences. Jivram integrates craft elements into her work, combining urban embroidery with vibrant ink drawings. Jivram was born and still works in London.   

Eclectic Art by Chidem Michalski

Illustration // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Chidem Michalski is an illustrator and designer currently based in San Francisco. For the past decade she's worked as one half of the creative duo running Istanbul's premire motion design studio "Imago." These days she's more focused on illustration, arts and textiles, but still does art direction for motion pieces. Her unique style is inspired in equal parts by nature, urban culture and folk art. To create her pieces she uses a mixture of traditional and digital media, techniques that have been around for thousands of years mixed with the latest developments of the digital era. She also keeps a blog where she posts an illustration a day. Simple challenge, but awesome!  

Illustrations by Sean Lewis

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
We are enjoying Toronto-based artist Sean Lewis' illustrations of dangerous outlaws and criminals. Winning the gold medal at The Ontario Collge of Art and Design for the thesis work, Sean continues to put out expressive commerical and personal work on a regular basis.

Jake Weidmann is Forging the Future

Illustration // Monday, May 27, 2013
As one of 11 master penmen in the world today, Jake Weidmann shares the legacy of this distinction in a short video, "Forging the Future with the Tip of the Pen," demonstrating his creative process for a special piece called "The Beauty of Wisdom." Weidmann's distinctive, elaborate style is reminiscent of classical lettering in large part because he only works in traditional techniques without the aid of modern technology. 

Fresh Type by Andre Beato

Illustration // Monday, May 27, 2013
André Beato is a Portuguese graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer currently living and working in London. He works mostly with vector based graphics and is responsible for extensive projects developing corporate identities through the use of illustrated typography. Beato operates in a variety of creative fields, including graphic, print, and editorial, collaborating with clients from artistic and entertainment industries, such as record labels, magazines, clothing companies, advertising agencies, and more.

Si Scott Studio

Illustration // Monday, May 27, 2013
Si Scott is a full-time artist, designer, and creative consultant based in the UK. He's renowned for his unique style, blending hand-crafted and hand-drawn artwork for which he has received many awards. So far in his career he has completed projects for Matthew Williamson, Vogue, Nike, Tiffany & Co., and Sony, and he has also contributed to advertising campaigns for Guinness, Absolut, and American Express. Scott has given talks and exhibited his work at institutions in cities around the world, including Tokyo, NYC, and Sydney.

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