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Jasmin Fuhr

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Monday 14 September 2009

Berlin illustrator Jasmin Fuhr creates elegant fashion illustrations. I love how she mixes it up with textured vector art and sparse watercolors. This stuff has a nice way of appearing classic yet contemporary at the same time.

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Lars Henkel

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Friday 11 September 2009

German illustrator Lars Henkel has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. In illustration, they generally warn you against tackling more than one ‘signature’ style. Henkel says pfft to that and I’m so glad for it. I’m digging everything, from his haunting, old timey collages, to his detailed ink drawings.

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Chrystal Chan

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 10 September 2009

Delving into the ouvre of California artist Chrystal Chan, I was pleased to discover a whole world of whimsical fantasies — bunnies on clotheslines, butterflies and magical forests. She’s even got a section on her site for ‘cute paint’. Cute is certainly the word here.

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Anjo Bolarda

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 9 September 2009

Manilla-illustrator Anjo Bolarda’s certainly has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. Bubbly and colorful, this stuff is like my high-school sketchbook come to life — albeit, a much cooler version of it!

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Peter James Field’s pencil drawings

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 3 September 2009

I’m such a sucker for colored pencil these days and I’m really digging the way UK illustrator Peter James Field goes at it. The pencil brings a soft, folkiness to what might otherwise be pretty straightforward renderings.

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Garric Simonsen

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Friday 28 August 2009

Spontaneous, loose and moody, like a hurricane blasting through an art supply store, the work of Washington artist Garric Simonsen is just a little Basquiat — with droll humor mixed up and splattered all over a canvas. I can’t help but chuckle at titles like Damn I Just Ruined My Best Shirt and Ha, Ha, […]

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Lizzy Stewart

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 27 August 2009

There is not a medium that UK illustrator Lizzy Stewart cannot wrap around her little finger to make the most beautiful, whimsical images.

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Rik Lee

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 27 August 2009

Melbourne illustrator Rik Lee creates images as if they were a delicate easter egg. Faces, animals, bikes — they’re all rendered with the same light touch, with some interesting juxtapositions with the pastel smeared throughout, like make-up after a night on the town.

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Matthew Woodward

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Wednesday 26 August 2009

I don’t even know where to begin describing the work of Chicago artist Matthew Woodward. Maybe it’s my deep-seated love for all things historical and sturdy, useful antiques. Maybe Woodward created these drawings especially for me (maybe?). Using graphite to create ghost-like, mysterious images of elements like finials, gates and augers (go look up old fashioned tools), there is something utterly mysterious and compelling about his work. They remind me of old photographs with their far away magic.

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Avery Hologram

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Monday 24 August 2009

can’t express how very much I enjoy the glib new, potty-mouthed side project of Avery Square, aka Sarah Locke, aka Found Magazine’s Cardiologist, and Brian Hologram, aka Dan James.

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Lisel Ashlock

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 19 August 2009

I’m smitten with the old timey images of New York illustrator Lisel Ashlock. She really has a way with critters and portraits.

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Ale House, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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By Ilana Kohn in Cool Travel on Friday 14 August 2009

On a recent visit to New Hampshire, I had the good fortune to land at the Ale House Inn, located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth. Located in a converted nineteenth century brewery, the Inn is a perfect blend of clean modern and rustic design (In homage to the old brewery, the owners are avid collectors of local breweriana and display a great collection of antique bottles in the sitting room), with a cozy B&B intimacy.

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Anna Raff

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 12 August 2009

Walking into the SVA Illustration Graduate show a few months back, the work of Anna Raff was one of the first things to catch my eye. A huge wall was decked out with the most impossibly charming watercolor creatures of every shape, size and color. Pink nosed mice stealing away with cheese, smiling alligators toting […]

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New Hampshire’s Black Trumpet bistro

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By Ilana Kohn in Cool Travel on Monday 10 August 2009

At the wonderful Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, not a bite passed our lips that didn’t send us ooh-ing and aah-ing into an utter state of bliss. We had some of the tastiest seafood of our lives while dining amongst the beautiful and understated decor — or lack of. The restaurant is located in […]

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Iris Luckhaus

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Friday 7 August 2009

The tight and detailed illustrations of Berlin artist Iris Luckhaus would certainly find themselves right at home in any women’s fashion magazine. Funnily enough, perusing Luckhaus’ site, turns out she’s a wonderful clothing designer as well. This woman just does it all.

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