Abbey Watkins: Confuse the Spirit

Erotica // Friday, April 13, 2012
'The illustrations were inspired by the myths and legends of  Native American culture; confusing the bad spirits by not being able to pin point the body to infiltrate the mind. I was also inspired by their use of peyote and transcendent spiritual visions.' Abbey Watkins on her Confuse the Spirit series.

The work of Andrea Rossi

Illustration // Friday, April 13, 2012
Andrea Rossi was born in South Florida and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Rossi is a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning her BFA in Illustration with a minor in Art History. Unsurprisingly, her work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators Student Competition in 2012 and she continues to expand on her wildly entertaining narrative illustration style..

Dwayne Bell & Lucy MacLeod: Convergence

Illustration // Friday, April 13, 2012
Scottish illustrators Dwayne Bell and Lucy MacLeod have come to together to combine visual forces in their new collection of individual and joint works entitled "Convergence." Spawned by their mututal obsessions with mid-20th century lifestyle illustration, pulp fiction covers, and vintage comic books, this retro-flavored show with a contemporary twist opens April 14th at The Outhouse in Edinburgh and runs through May 20th.

The Illustrations of Nimit Malavia

Illustration // Thursday, April 12, 2012
Nimit Malavia is an award-winning freelance illustrator based out of Ottawa, Canada. Born in 1987, Malavia received his degree in illustration from Sheridan College, and has since been heavily involved in gallery shows across North America and Europe. He is currently participating in a solo exhibition of his work, "Finding Together Again," at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The show opened April 5th and runs through April 28th.

Vampire Bash

Illustration // Thursday, April 12, 2012
Sometimes short and sweet is the way to go. Take this short (and we mean 5 seconds short) animation from Portuguese motion graphics animator and illustrator António Silva, "Vampire Bash," a story about the rise and fall of a paper vampire. If this clever little video doesn't put a smile on your face, we'll assume you've already joined the stony-hearted ranks of the undead.

Phidias Gold Presents Stack The Deck

Illustration // Thursday, April 12, 2012
Powerhouse artist apparel brand Phidias Gold presents Stack the Deck, a skateboard art show taking place at the Fourth Wall Project in Boston, MA. The show will feature works from thirty-one amazingly talented artists with over thirty boards on display, each individually customized and available for sale. The show opens with an artist reception on April 13th from 8-10 PM, and continues until April 29th.

Arik Roper Illustration

Illustration // Thursday, April 12, 2012
Arik Moonhawk Roper was born in 1973 in New York City, grew up in Richmond, Virginia, then returned to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts from 1991-1995. Since then he has built a universe of strange and familiar fantasy, horror, surreal, and psychedelic imagery.

Halftone Print Series from Joshua M. Smith

Illustration // Wednesday, April 11, 2012
'Complexity and a fluid organic approach is what is highly valued in each and every piece. A Illustration to me is something that tells a story with out words needed. It builds a bond with the viewer who will either get it, or find it horrible, yet, the interaction is what is desired when doing a piece. Some Illustrations are trend based iconic structures meant to embrace the masses to encourage sales, while others are explorations turned to symbolic ideas on paper or fabric. Illustration is something I find deep meaning in.'  Joshua M. Smith

Sex, Humor and Porous Walker

Erotica // Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Jimmy DiMarcellis (aka Porous Walker) is a Napa, CA based artist who specializes in the absurd and often times the sexually bizarre. Jimmy’s hilarious drawings, creative sculptures and installations remind us that humor is the highest art- and next to sex, the most widely received and appreciated form of expression. The abstract and non-sensical illustrations of Walker are like comic-strips for the sexually mature (or immature) comic art enthusiast in all of us.

Jan Avendano: The Same but Different

Illustration // Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Jan Avendano’s project, “The Same but Different” has created some both wonderfully rich and delicately clean patterns by playing around with variations on a theme. The theme, in this case, being a singular grid pattern. By overlaying, re-editing and manipulating the grid, Jan creates depth and texture in an otherwise restrictive layout. Jan is a Toronto based creative.

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