The Work of Ko Machiyama

Juxtapoz // Sunday, April 29, 2012
Ko Machiyama is an illustrator in Tokyo that specializes in abstract paintings and fashion illustrations. The stark, minimal quality in the renderings, graced with a muted palette and barren narative display a gorgeous rendition falling somwhere between fashion illustration and well designed drawings.

The Work of Mexico City's Smithe

Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 28, 2012
Obviously there is a great creative energy in Mexico City at the moment, and one of the artists that we really like in both the illustrative and Public Art realm is Smithe. The artist just posted a few new illustrations on his blog, and this one we especially enjoy. The best part? It will be available as a print soon. More works after the jump . . .

New Work from Andre Castro

Illustration // Saturday, April 28, 2012
We came across this new illustration from Toronto, Ontario based illustrator Andre Castro, a psychedelic artist who graduated from the Psytrance Canadian University. Andre also collaborates in part with clothing line, Visuals, merging psychedelia into textile design and garment hypercraft, immaterializing 21st century enlightenment

SubWars

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
A student of animation at Communication University of China, Sean Soong's stark, sleek, and ultra-violent short film "SubWars" tells the story of an old man who enters a subway car where no one offers him a seat. What ensues is five minutes of bloody revenge with a light saber. Although the action is graphic, the political commentary on China's communist legacy is subtle, resulting in an intriguing and thoroughly entertaining animated short.

Ko Machiyama

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
Ko Machiyama is an illustrator in Tokyo that specializes in abstract paintings and fashion illustrations.  The stark, minimal quality in the renderings, graced with a muted palette and barren narative display a gorgeous rendition falling somwhere between fashion illustration and well designed drawings.

Ira Glass on Creativity

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
Ira Glass of PRI’s This American Life gives a brilliant talk about creativity, he’s referring to those producing video, but alter a few words, and it maps to pretty much any creative endeavor, including illustration... “What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste...

Nicholas Stevenson

Illustration // Friday, April 27, 2012
Nicholas Stevenson dreams of chalky gouache paintings, mystical colours and secretive meetings. When Nicholas is awake he’s in North London, but he once lived in the Seychelles and dressed up as Peter Pan most days, made tin foil swords and got inspired by fish identification cards and sea life. Nicholas is an illustrator who makes pictures that are fun, lively, mysterious and occasionally a bit unsettling.

Illustrating with Quentin Blake

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Beloved English cartoonist, illustrator, and children's author Quentin Blake demonstrates his illustration process step-by-step in this short video, "Ten Minutes of Illustration," filmed in 2003 by the National Gallery Company. It's an invaluable glimpse into the artist's creative practice, from the very first rough sketches to the finished drawing.

Bette Burgoyne

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
"What I see during time spent in the forest and at the shore is translated and re-formed during the process of drawing," says Seattle-based artist Bette Burgoyne of her organic, monochromatic creations. Using white prismacolor pencil on black paper, Burgoyne endeavors to "reveal a spectacle of wood, water, light, and atmosphere," sharing her enthusiasm for natural processes and patterns as they blend, harmonize, and echo one another.  

Always With Honor

Illustration // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Always With Honor is the collective work of creative team Elsa Chaves and Tyler Lang. After meeting at Ringling College of Art & Design, Chaves and Lang moved to NYC but soon felt the pull of the west coast, relocating to Portland, OR to begin AWH. Together the design duo have developed an instantly recognizable minimalist style that combines clean lines, smooth shapes, and lively colors to create straightforward and geometrically charged images.

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