Martin Wittfooth's Tooth and Claw

Illustration // Monday, July 08, 2013
Born in 1981 in Toronto and spending most of his childhood in Finland, Martin Wittfooth is a New York City-based artist with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His luminous yet foreboding oil paintings portray scenes of nature fighting against the destructive hand of man, whether it's the toxic industries he's created or the evolutionary havoc he is wreaking on the animal kingdom. Humanity's footprint is forever etched into the landscapes of the earth, and through a powerful visual narrative Wittfooth explores its lasting effects through representations of animals interacting with man's industrial and societal creations, a sort of cautionary tale of what's potentially to come.

Angela Palmer's Life Lines

Illustration // Monday, July 08, 2013
Angela Palmer is an Oxford-based sculptor and installation artist who uses CT and MRI scans of heads and bodies to create three dimensional works on engraved sheets of glass. Depicting mesmerizing networks of veins and sinewy brain matter, Palmer's ambitious work conveys a dual sense of grotesque vigor and innate frailty, illustrating the robust nature of the human body as well as its organic fragility. From certain angles the clusters of lines appear jumbled and random, but when when viewed just-so, they acquire their proper shape, whether of a horse's brain or a mummy's body or the head of the artist herself.

Katrina Grouw's Unfeathered Birds

Illustration // Monday, July 01, 2013
Based in Buckinghamshire, England, Katrina Van Grouw is a freelance fine artist and scientific illustrator with an MA in Natural History Illustration. Although she has no formal scientific training, Van Grouw's profound ornithological knowledge and personal fascination with birds has led her to create one of the most richly illustrated books on bird anatomy ever produced, "The Unfeathered Bird." The collection of over 300 drawings offers a refreshingly original insight into the skeletal and muscular structures of birds, showing them in lifelike positions engaged in behaviors typical of their particular species.

Mark Nystrom's Winds Process

Illustration // Monday, July 01, 2013
Mark Nystrom is an artist, designer, and interpreter of natural processes with a unique visual language created through the use of data, science, and nature as his raw materials. His intricate work delves into the often inaccessible world of minute data points, translating complex streams of analytic information into expressive and colorful drawings, installations, projections, and screen-based projects. In his "Winds Process" series, Nystrom uses various means, such as suspending a pen outfitted with sails over paper, to record the wind conditions of a single day and capture the subtle shifts of air currents in a tangible and engaging image.

Gray Matters by Constance Jacobson

Illustration // Monday, July 01, 2013
Constance Jacobson is a Boston-based artist and printmaker whose work draws from the practice of medical imaging to explore existential fascinations and fears, focusing on the aesthetic and poetic implications of the scientific process. This fabricated scientific imagery recalls our modern preoccupation with the afflicted or deteriorating brain, as well as our agonizing fear of dementia and its relatively mysterious movement through the human mind. Jacobson's work has been collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the New York Public Library, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Josh Keyes' Compelling Canvases

Illustration // Monday, July 01, 2013
Based in Portland, Oregon, artist Josh Keyes' style borrows heavily from the intricate diagrams and detailed illustrations often seen in science textbooks, showing cross sections of improbable habitats populated by species from very disparate environments. His paintings convey a fantastic sense of movement frozen in time, like the posed dramas preserved in the static dioramas of a natural history museum. Over the years, Keyes' vision has evolved into a signature blend of eco-surrealism and dystopian themes, a collection of scenes culled from a none too distant future of ecological disintegration and chaos caused by human waste and indifference to the natural world.

Beware of a Man's Shadow

Illustration // Monday, June 24, 2013
For our last June post on our featured topic, we hope you enjoy this intriguing animated fashion editorial, illustrated and directed by Amsterdam-based art director and illustrator Tara Dougans. Spanning the styles of multiple European designers, "Beware of a Man's Shadow," inspired by the Burmese proverb "beware of a man's shadow and a bee's sting," is a collection of pencil works featuring seven of the 2012 season's most playful menswear pieces, juxtaposing the subtle stoicism of menswear imagery with a cheeky animated wink.

Fresh Elegance by Spiros Halaris

Illustration // Monday, June 24, 2013
Spiros Halaris is a multi-disciplinary illustrator, designer, and art director. He works in a variety of media, often combining mixed media and digital aspects to several types of visuals and illustrations. The sophisticated yet sensitive way he uses his materials, playing between light and shade, color or black & white, capture the pulse and style of his subjects. So far in his career he has built up an enviable list of clients including Harrods, ELLE, Printemps, Revlon, Dolce & Gabbana, Topshop, and Tom Ford, to name a few.

Garance Dore's Fashion Savvy

Illustration // Monday, June 24, 2013
Garance Dore is a self-taught fashion photographer, illustrator, blogger, Youtube personality, and author based in New York City. Combining her delightful writings with original ink illustrations, striking photographs, and short narrative videos, Dore thoughtfully and humorously give her viewers a peek into her inquisitive and ever-observant fashion savvy mind, and her astounding versatility and ability to cross multiple mediums of communication and expression only enhances her cogent editorial and artistic offerings.

The Charming Universe of Fifi Lapin

Illustration // Monday, June 24, 2013
Since 2007, adorable fashionista bunny Fifi Lapin has taken the fashion world by storm, her trend-setting style and unique brand of fluffy chic attracting the attention of the likes of Marie Claire, Vogue, and Elle Magazine. Although the creator behind Fifi is still unknown, the stylish bunny's impact is undeniable and has led to collaborations with Top Shop, ASOS, and LeSportsac. The combination of Fifi's furry charm and the mystique surrounding her origins undoubtedly amplifies her appeal and ensures her position as a rising fashion icon. 

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