Lauren YS Illustration

Illustration // Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Lauren YoungSmith is an artist and illustrator from Denver, Colorado. She works in a variety of mediums including painting, comics and animation, and is constantly creating the residents of some weird, dripping dream-world. Lauren's art is riddled with tentacles, pink robots, geishas and bloody things all rendered in detailed line-and-brushwork. She draws inspiration from Miyazaki movies, live music, ghost stories and the conviction that everything can be explained with a monster. Lauren is now based in the Bay Area and works out of a house of artists and miscreants.

Illustrations by Justin Nelson

Illustration // Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Justin Nelson's mixed-media drawings depict strange people, landscapes and objects, often inspired by photographs he's taken in his travels. He combines bands of dripping color with careful linework to create images that seem to pose quiet questions to the viewer. Composed in a visual language all his own, Nelson says "they are representative of experiences that i have encountered while exploring distant places." Nelson lives and works in Tampa, Florida.   

Ada Buchholc's Neverending 'Weltshmerz'

Illustration // Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  Ada Buchholc draws with great juicy swaths of color, capturing faces and figures with her own unique brand of illustration. She lists her influences as the 20’s, 90’s, Ed Wood’s movies, Monkey Island games and neverending “Weltshmerz”:  the feeling that physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind. Born in 1987 by the Polish seaside,  Buchholc claims that she can’t swim. “Actually, I can’t even run nor drive a car. Therefore it’s impossible for me to run away from murderer unless I have a bike. I spent my introverted childhood in a very small town, wandering on the potato fields and drawing in the corners. I was in love with Freddie Mercury.” Buchholc’s artwork is just as endearing and interesting as she sounds.   

Story Art by Tim Heitz

Illustration // Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tim Heitz is a story artist at PDI DreamWorks Animation in Redwood City, CA. His blog is full of lively characters, caricatures, worlds real and imagined --all rendered with a playful hand carefully attuned to the power of shape, color and design. Along with spot-on caricatures of celebrities, bands and superheroes, you'll find Tim's sketchbooks and his thoughtful musings on that great places to doodle and that Santa-looking dude in a red tracksuit on the subway. Heitz graduated from San Jose state with a degree in animation and illustration. His work is a lovely testament to the power of visual storytelling.  

The Works of Mu Pan

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We can't believe we haven't put a gigantic spotlight on Brooklyn-based fine artist, Mu Pan in the past, but with a little Ralph Steadman influence and dark political satire, this is the kind of artwork to wake up to. The SVA grad mixes a bit of surreal, humans versus non-human battle scenes with a great insight to his sketchbook works. There is a ton of good stuff here... get lost. 

Amélie Fontaine's Strange Rituals

Illustration // Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Amelie Fontaine's illustrations are strange and beautiful, depicting scenes of ritual in some sketched-out otherworld. Fontaine studied decorative arts and graphic design in school and has illustrated for a number of books and other publications. These works of peculiar fancy detail populations of imagined igloos, sweaters and people participating in mysterious processions, and we love trying to unravel what is going on in them. Fontaine is based in France.

The Works of New Zealand's Kelly Thompson

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 19, 2013
New Zealand's Kelly Thompson has made a few experiences on our site over the past year, but when we were looking through the new Purple Book, we caught wind of Kelly again and really enjoyed her slightly erotic, fashion-eque illustrations and fine art work. She was born in Rotorua, New Zealand and lived in Wellington for 10 years before moving to Melbourne where she is currently based.

David Capuzzo Art

Illustration // Tuesday, March 19, 2013
  David Capuzzo's art is inspired by sci-fi movies, books, dreams and ancient sculptures. He works to create stimulating visuals which delve into the human psyche and tread the mind's surreal dreamscape. He was born in Bogota, Colombia but was raised in American suburbia. Capuzzo works through a hybrid sort of process, combining traditional and digital media to create lushly-lit scenes of half-dreaming visions.     

Eleanor Taylor's Paper Works

Illustration // Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Eleanor Taylor's illustrations tell stories of myth and creation through paint, charcoal, ink and collage. Located in Brighton, England, Taylor received her BA in illustraiton from the Norwich School of Art and Design and her MA from the Royal College of Art. Her patchwork scenes of speckled paper and ink display a lovely touch of the artist's hand. Taylor has received the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Shelia Robinson Drawing Prize.   

Work by Daniel Danger

Illustration // Monday, March 18, 2013
  Creator of Tiny Media Empire, Daniel Danger illustrates worlds with, "amidst, old houses dead from the fallout of urban sprawl, railway bridges asleep from neglect and trees that engulf everything". Daniel feels like he is documenting a period in time with his artwork, that everyone has forgotten to remember. His production and design company is based in Boston, MA...  

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