Obery Nicolas's Black & White Work

Illustration // Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Obery Nicolas digitally illustrates these wild and striking images. Obery is a French graphic designer and art director who is especially detailed oriented and has done work for clients range from Nestle to Lancome.

Toyin Odutola

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
'Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I'm looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis...'

Charis Tsevis: London Olympics 2012

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Athens, Greece-based visual designer Charis Tsevis has just released some incredible work created for Yahoo!'s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic games. Tsevis depicts "once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen every four years."  for three different sports (diving, gymnastics and running) with an extra image for running to represent celebration and victory. Gorgeous movement through geometry.

Derrick Castle is Straw Castle

Illustration // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
  Derrick Castle is an illustrator based in Nashville, Tennessee. His design moniker Straw Castle began as a small independent clothing line which has since expanded to cater to high profile clients like Van Halen, Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, and Ted Nugent. Castle is especially skilled as a printmaker, demonstrating a sophisticated knowledge of traditional block printing techniques...

Erin Smith's Typographical Images

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Look closely at Australian artist Erin Smith's images and you will see that they are comprised of very tiny letters. She extracts letters from journals of automatic writing, then digitally prints them, and hand draws it all onto paper. Erin's images are a fascinating mix of words and design and you can't help but be amazed at her intricacy.

Illustration by Jacques Floret

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Jacques Floret is a French illustrator. His use of flattened color is done well. Each scene is a stylized and simplified snapshot from reality. Many of the works capture inherently French scenery with anything from Parisian cafe life to French-flag face paint. Other works seem to be the artist's own humorous commentary, as with the fish wielding, bikini-clad female. Simple renderings, pleasant hues, and a bit of a chuckle are all helpful things on a Tuesday morning. Enjoy.

Money Bunny Blues

Illustration // Monday, July 30, 2012
Money Bunny Blues is a delightful stop motion animation by Ellen Coons of Detroit's College for Creative Studies that embraces the quirky imperfections of the medium through the use of intricately designed handmade sets and characters created with common household objects. Built around a whimsical song composed by Coons in the midst of financial uncertainty, this short film is guaranteed to make you smile.

Cavity Colors

Illustration // Monday, July 30, 2012
"Cavity Colors" is the online store of artist and illustrator Aaron Crawford, featuring his grotesque brand of fine art that oozes with neon color and nightmarish menace. Atlanta-based Crawford first started using his unique style of clothing and logo branding for small local hardcore and metal bands, but soon began working for national acts, including The Used, Necro, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, and others.

Drawings by Olaf Breuning

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 30, 2012
We have featured Olaf Breuning's work in our magazine in the past (the May 2011 interview is online for you to see here), but the topic of his drawings has not been a main focus. Breuning is known primarily for his practice in installation, sculpture, and photography, but his drawings are a delight as well.

Jim Rugg's Notebook

Illustration // Monday, July 30, 2012
Jim Rugg is an American cartoonist and illustrator from Pittsburgh known for his tongue-in-cheek evocations of 1970's era comics and pop culture, as well as for his graphic novels and comic collections. A peek into Rugg's notebook drawings reveals a loose aesthetic reminiscent of irreverent high school doodling, only ten times more awesome and sophisticated.

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