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."

Mash-Ups by Redmer Hoekstra

Illustration // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Redmer Hoekstra makes drawings that are perhaps the illustration-equivalent of a Mash-Up, throwing together two unrelated things, images or objects to create a strange new assemblage rendered in his characteristic scratchy pencil-work. "Weird things are my passion," says Hoesktra, a fact that is increasingly evident as you proceed further and further down through his extensive collections of imagined Mash-Ups. "I love being surprised and amazed at everything that comes across my path. I'll let my work speak for itself on that matter," he writes. Boasting such weird combinations as a mouse-car-pileup, a fingernail-clippergator, a chestnut-embryo, a seahorse-saxaphone and a foot-faced-giraffe, Hoekstra's work is playful, challenging and a little disturbing.  

Daniel Wong's Cephalo-Pods

Illustration // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Daniel Wong's series of paintings and painted canvas shoes entitled "Cephalo-Pod" captures the energy and dynamism of these underwater creatures with graphic, geometric precision. Tied together with a surprising palette of oranges and blues, the paintings and sneakers have a pop art sensibility, pushing the oft-repeated symbol of the squid or octopus in a surprising new aesthetic direction. "What draws me to cephalopods is the absurdity of their form," explains Wong, whose obsession with the animals began way back in first grade. "It's sort of a scientific approach," Wong says of his stylistic choices, "almost from a clinical, taxonomic perspective." This makes sense, given that Wong is currently studying both biology and studio art at Stanford University. Who wouldn't want to get their hands on these paintings or a pair of shoes?

Allegra Lockstadt Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Allegra Lockstadt is a freelance illustrator and designer who was born in Ontario, Canada and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Lockstadt attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she began her signature illustration style of utilizing mixed-media to generate fields of colorful mark-making that compliment and give body to more figurative linework. The hatching of these colored lines encroach upon the simple pencil-marks, partially obscuring the more recognizable forms, evoking the forms through a bold, abstract mass. Allegra's series on the common hand gestures and postures found among the global fashion community acts as a uniqe commentary on the way physical indicators can come to identify an entire realm of society and culture. Lockstadt is a consistent contributor to Rookie Magazine.

Daniel 'Aphte' Abensour's Creature Worlds

Illustration // Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Daneil 'Aphte' Abensour's website is an awesome respite from the many basic portfolio setups we see in the Illustration department. Each piece is organized individually by tiny moving thumbnails and when clicked on presents another crazy detailed character, scene, color, idea, thing. Aphte has an incredibly unique style that seems to draw from character design, tshirt art, fine art, flat artists like Murakami and the simple-faced, curvilinear creatures of cartoons like Adventure Time. His usage of color, gradient and texture details make these pieces super unique and endlessly fun to get lost in. Spend some time messing around on his site!

The Ultra Fem's Boob Fetish Art

Erotica // Monday, May 13, 2013
Since 2005 artist Lisa M. hayes, otherwise known as The Ultra Fem, has been making pop-culture inspired, boobalicious fetish art that has steadily gained a wide and loyal following. Hayes' images of buxom ladies, both of the human and furry variety, are drawn with such precision and obvious joy for the process and subject matter, that you can't help but be drawn into her world of strong, sexy, and immensely well-endowed women of cult comic book, sci-fi, and movie fame.

Teagan White's Patterns of the Earth

Illustration // Monday, May 13, 2013
Freelance designer and illustrator Teagan White studied at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design where she recently received her BFA. She currently lives outside of St. Paul, Minnesota, in the woods by the Mississippi river, near a fox den and abandoned train tracks overgrown with wildflowers. Inspired by the cycles and structures of the natural world, her work possesses a raw, rustic quality that is both captivating and lachrymose, reflecting the duality of nature's generative and destructive forces as seen through the human eye.

An Animated History of Typography

Illustration // Monday, May 13, 2013
Whether you're a bona fide typography nerd or an inquisitive newbie, this short stop-motion animation video from Canadian graphic designer Ben Barrett-Forrest is a blast to watch, providing a highly entertaining and educational look at the evolution of fonts and the art of lettering through the ages.

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