Louisa Jenkinson’s black and white world

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in New Illustration on Saturday 8 May 2010

I love the sense of mystery and adventure in Australian artist Louisa Jenkinson’s illustrations: it’s fantastical in scope without ever weaving into outrageous fantasy in themes. [Discover more Australian artists on The Colour]

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Kristopher Ho

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Monday 16 November 2009

It’s windy, cold, and raining out. On days like this, looking at the intricate work of artists like Kristopher Ho feels like re-reading an old book that you loved as a kid but forgot about in your more cynical adulthood.

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FuFu Frauenwahl

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Thursday 15 October 2009

Berlin-based comic book artist/illustrator FuFu Frauenwahl has a classic style that really appeals to me. They remind me of the Tales from the Crypt and Heavy Metal comics I used to read late at night when I couldn’t sleep. His Mollusk Head character is pretty gnarly too.

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Didier Blondeau

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 14 October 2009

There is something almost apocalyptic about the intense black and white decimated, chaotic landscapes that French artist Didier Blondeau lovingly depicts.

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Lisa Ramsey

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 23 April 2009

Brooklyn-based illustrator Lisa Ramsey creates fantastic and elaborately themed comics, many of which are very tongue in cheek but always beautifully drawn.

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John Klassen’s Coraline inspired artwork

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 26 February 2009

I’ve been admiring the work of Portland illustrator John Klassen for a while now. I’m irrepressibly drawn to his muted, textured landscapes, in all their mysterious glory. No coincidence then that a Coraline section should have recently appeared on his site. It just makes me want to see the movie even more.

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Cat and Girl online comic series

Nikki Savvides Reader Find

By Nikki Savvides in Cool Websites on Friday 6 February 2009

Best for reading in the warm glow of an existential crisis, Dorothy Gambell’s Cat and Girl is a brilliant online comic series. It’s my daily fix of clever puns, political satire, pop culture references and biting wit, lovingly rendered in cute black and white drawings. Cat and Girl are housemates and best friends, and like all best friends, they can talk about anything: from literature, to the economy, to the perils of playing ping pong with a rotten egg. Sure, there are arguments, but most are resolved by Cat’s unwavering sense of surreal humour that balances out Girl’s eternal pessimism. ‘How do you stay warm in the cold shadow of death?’, she asks him, pleadingly. ‘Fireworks’, he replies. Gambell will also draw a personalised comic for you if you make a donation to her site via Paypal. Mine is framed and on my wall at home.

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Vasco Mourao

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 29 January 2009

The most dense and intricate structures emerge from the hatch marks of Spanish illustrator, Vasco Mourao, who constructs entire cities swaying tenuously from the edge of cliffs and dangling from balloons in the sky. They are stark black and white worlds, possessed entirely of themselves.

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Tatiana Roulin

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 16 December 2008

I love the depth of detail and the boldness of the lines in Tatiana Roulin’s artwork. She’s an artist and graphic designer from Boston whose work has been featured in exhibitions in America, Brazil, Austria, Britain, Spain and Germany.

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Ville Savimaa

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Saturday 22 November 2008

Wow, here’s some work that just made my Friday all the sweeter. Finnish artist Ville Savimaa creates the most clean, beautiful, and bizarre images, filled with chunky, abstract characters and creatures, as if viewed through an old fashioned grainy, black and white lens. It feels a lot like the trippiest noir film you never saw. Even when colour occasionally comes into the mix, Savimaa manages to gracefully maintain that sculptural sensibility, leaving the viewer feeling as suspended as the characters themselves.

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Izzie Klingels

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 13 November 2008

UK illustrator Izzie Klingels creates the loveliest, delicate black and white stippled drawings that she seems to find a myriad of endless applications for. Most interestingly, Klingels appears to do quite a large amount of work within the fashion industry, something of a minor coup for an illustrator in this day and age.

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Steven Wiltshire

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 7 November 2008

British artist Stephen Wiltshire is known as the ‘human camera’ for being able to render images of entire cityscapes in uncanny detail after only viewing the real scenes once. Wiltshire’s abilities stem from his autism, but his pieces are no less stunning. Perhaps Wiltshire’s condition isn’t truly a disability, merely evidence that our species is still evolving.

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Tim Lee

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Saturday 13 September 2008

Some beautiful illustration work from Tim Lee — sensual, moody yet unerringly optimistic, they are little story-book tapestries of another time and place.

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Erica Eyres

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 8 September 2008

I love art that scares me a little. Erica Eyres somehow manages to make subtly unnerving drawings of distorted figures using nothing more than a ballpoint pen and a piece of paper. She renders shockingly realistic hair, yet skews the proportions and features of her subjects, exaggerating their expressions and making them look monstrous.

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Francis Vallejo

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 3 September 2008

I’m keeping a sharp eye on Florida illustrator Francis Vallejo. Upon first glance, you’d never realize that he is about to enter his senior year at the Ringling School! Vallejo has the draughtmanship and expressive brush work of a top tier, seasoned professional. Having already busted out work for clients such as Vibe and grabbed […]

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