Ladybird's Requiem by Akino Kondoh

Illustration // Monday, August 12, 2013
Born in Chiba, Japan, Akino Kondoh is an artist and animator known for her striking minimalist compositions, often executed with nothing more than graphite and watercolor. Kondoh as exhibited internationally, earning grants from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, and has also received the support and collaboration of jazz musician John Zorn, who has used her art on his album covers. Her animated short "Ladybird's Requiem" made it to the top 25 list in the biennial showcase "YouTube Play" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Hayato Jome's Eyes of a Child

Illustration // Monday, August 12, 2013
Born in Akita, Japan, in 1955, artist and illustrator Hayato Jome graduated from the Masahino Art University in Tokyo with a major in oil painting. Currently working freelance, Jome's possesses an undeniable connection with the mind of the child, able to empathize with their troubled thoughts and boundless curiosities through his delicate and guileless illustrative technique.

Mirai Mizue's A Long Day of Timbre

Illustration // Monday, August 05, 2013
Mirai Mizue was born in 1981 in Tokyo and studied animation at Tama Arts University. He is representative of a budding generation of independent Japanese animators who are taking the artform into new territories of abstraction and eccentricity. With an unabating affection for cells and their strange microscopic behaviors, Mizue uses their mutative powers in every frame as they flow in and out of eachother in rhythmical patterns, eventually overtaking the screen in a strange and hypnotic cellular ballet.

Masahiko Saga's Old World Artistry

Illustration // Monday, August 05, 2013
Based in Kyoto, Japan, Masahiko Saga brings an old world sensibility to his contemporary computer generated works, stylistically fusing the art of ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints, with the modern technology of digital illustration. With one foot in the past and the other placed firmly in the present, Saga's vibrant and complex pieces employ traditional compositions and symbolism with a fresh twist, utilizing the crispness of detail afforded by programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance the sumptuous content of his work and essentially blur the lines between old world craftsmanship and present-day art-making methods.

The Dark Whimsy of Fuco Ueda

Illustration // Monday, August 05, 2013
Born in Japan in 1979, Fuco Ueda graduated from the Tokyo Polytechnic University of Arts Graduate School in 2003. Her fanciful and surrealistic paintings are rendered in acrylics and powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth, and wood, depicting sprightly young girls in fantastic abstract worlds surrounded by vibrantly colored flora and fauna of every shape and size. Her whimsical pieces seem to capture the chimerical sensations of a vivid afternoon daydream, where enigmatic visions are suspended in the floating spaces of the unconscious mind. Ueda has been showing her work in Japan and in the USA since 2000, and she is currently living in Tokyo, Japan.

Divine Inquiry by Michelle Anderst

Illustration // Monday, July 29, 2013
Michelle Anderst is a Seattle-based fine artist whose paintings of biological structures serve as both works of art as well as aesthetic statements on ecological consciousness in the modern world. Through her use of vibrant colors and organic subject matter, such as bone, stem, and vein, Anderst creates unique microcosms of the greater natural world, illustrating the interdependence of all living things with one another, no matter how seemingly small or distantly related. 

Alma Haser's Cosmic Surgery

Illustration // Monday, July 29, 2013
London-based artist Alma Haser's series "Cosmic Surgery" combines the traditional conceit of the self-portrait with the meditative art of origami to create other-worldly portraits that almost seem to come from another time and place in the universe. To create this effect, Haser photographs her sitter then prints multiple images of the subject's face, folding each image into a complicated origami structure. She then rephotographs the portrait with the origami placed on the sitter's face. The resulting photograph is both unsettling and intriguing, like a glimpse into a possible evolutionary path for humanity or a window to a far-off alien species. 

Pop Anatomy by Antoni Tudisco

Illustration // Monday, July 29, 2013
Self-taught artist Antoni Tudisco may be only 21 years old, but his facility and artistry belie his young age, showing an extraordinary capacity for craftsmanship and innovation. Having mastered the Adobe Suite and 3D illustration entirely on his own, Tudisco has been sought after by major companies such as MTV, Coca-Cola, Louis Vuitton, and Nestle for his intricate and sleek digital work. Skulls and organs feature heavily in his illustrations, lending an almost clinical detachment to his otherwise chaotic pieces, in turn grounding them in a contemporary style that is very current and in demand in the mainstream pop art scene.

Harvey Moon's Drawing Machines

Illustration // Monday, July 29, 2013
Even for the most accomplished artist, translating the images of the mind to physical form is often the most daunting and difficult part of the creative process. Add to that the practice of collaboration, where two minds must meet and intimately connect, creating art can seem a formidable task. Yet new media artists such as Harvey Moon are pushing conceptions of creation, collaboration, and artistic license to new extremes, where through designing, building, and programming machines to draw in place of the human hand, Moon both works in concert with and relinquishes control to his mechanical collaborator, a drawing robot. 

Pharaonic Profiles by Laura Hines

Illustration // Monday, July 22, 2013
Based in Tucson, AZ, Laura Hines is an illustrator with a background in natural science illustration and a fascination for all things macabre and cadaverous, in particular the royal mummies of ancient Egypt. Their presence in the modern world affords an intimate human link to the mysterious past, as well as the ability to look upon their features and see parts of ourselves in their reposed expressions. From the leathery surface of the skin to the most delicate stroke of a still extant eyelash, Hines portrays these cherished archeological relics as individual people, each projecting a unique spirit and prevailing vitality never lost through the ages.
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