Illustrations by Mike Hughes

Illustration // Thursday, May 16, 2013
Mike Hughes is a fine artist and illustrator based in Scotland. His illustrations are heavily influenced by BMX and skate culture, while his paintings investigate abstraction through the expansion of simple imagery. Hughes sees no relation between the two but enjoys the oscillation between high and low brow aesthetics. He lives and works in Aberdeen.

New Works by Faith47

Illustration // Thursday, May 16, 2013
We just came across some impressive new pieces by South African street artist Faith47, including a new mural up in London entitled 'London. You Beast.' Based in Cape Town, Faith47's works of art can be found on both city and gallery walls worldwide, with pieces and exhibits in Europe, America, Australia and her native South Africa. Her works often incorporate the grit of the urban environment, testaments to finding the beauty in the harsh realities of city life.

Illustrated Deck of Cards by Jonathan Burton

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 16, 2013
We are really enjoying Bordeaux, France-based illustrator Jonathan Burton's latest project: a pack of cards with a playful, amusing, yet classic twist. The Folio Society commissioned the cards and we want a pack.

Watch: The Making of John Mayer's 'Born & Raised' Artwork

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 16, 2013
We featured shots from illustrator and sign painter David A. Smith's creation of the 'Born & Raised' album art a couple months ago. This morning we take a look at a short documentary and interview with David capturing the behind the scenes of the artwork.

Illustrations by Mizenscen

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 16, 2013
We are enjoying the work of Los Angeles-based artist Mizenscen this morning. The illustrator and digital artist cuts and pastes anatomic layers and merges them with flora in a vintage and classic style.

An Interview with Illustrator + Tattoo Artist Nomi Chi

Illustration // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Nomi Chi’s work is of mythical proportions, throwing fairytale creatures in dialogue with mysterious female figures, ghosts and beauties of the wood. Nomi has been tattooing since she was a teenager and is constantly pushing her work to new levels of aesthetic badassery. She is a creature of detail, a serious artisan whose illustrations and tattoos operate on both a decorative and thought-provoking level. Chi’s artwork is simply as gorgeous as it is strange. Order some of her hand-made work or get your skin weirdified by her as soon as possible.

Art by Kristina Collantes

Illustration // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Kristina Collantes was born in Cabiao Nueva Encija, Philippines. Her family moved to San Diego in 1997 and has called souther California their home ever since. Collanted started working as an illustrator right after high school and has collaborated with a ride range of clients in editorial and design, including artists like OK GO, The Flaming Lips, Playstation and the New York Times. Collantes' work is fresh and distinctly her own, combining fluent, texturizing linework with inspired color palettes to describe great sprawling scenes of imagination. Kristina is a full-time illustrator based in Los Angeles.  

Jee Shaun Wang: Seeing the Strange

Illustration // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Jee Shaun Wang's quirky illustrations seem to echo the quirky tenor of his persona. Wang enjoys hto drinks and books with pictures, and he's also inspired by the cold and cave paintings. Whether in printmaking or digital illustration, Wang pushes his unique voice, working in a palette of muted browns and reds punctuated with the heavy mass of great dark shapes. Wang is also incredibly prolific, imagining innovative scenes of environments and creatures combating to communicate a particular storyline. Wang says of his craft,  "you can find me when you need someone to draw."  

Lisa Hanawalt Illustration

Illustration // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Lisa Hanawalt is an artist and illustrator from Palo Alto, CA. She graduated from UCLA and has worked for clients such as The NY Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Saveur, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Vice Magazine, and McSweeney's. Hanawalt also received an Ignatz Awards for Outstanding Mini-Comic and the 2011 Stumptown Award for Best Small Press. Hanawalt co-hosts a weekly podcast and lives and works in Brooklyn today. Her brightly-hued watercolor illustrations of parrots, cats, lizards and everyday memorabilia are their own brand of kitsch. 

The Work of Kymia Nawabi

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 15, 2013
We are enjoying the work of New York-based artist Kymia Nawabi this morning. Nawabi is a first-generation Iranian-American artist who describes her work as "an allegory of human behavior" and weaves a fantastical personal mythology together with "adopted gods, mythological creatures and burial ceremonies from different cultures."

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