French artist Ciou is inspired by a wonderful mix of music, pin ups, manga, primitive religious art, art nouveau, tattoos, old toys and Mexican culture. She combines her own marvellous lowbrow Necro Kawaï art style with forms from popular pictures and old techniques. The little girls and monsters are cute and sweet but with an [...]
For all their fluffiness and flakiness, we knew the cats weren’t just messing about on Earth. These terrorizing feline monsters remind us who’s boss. We should just roll over and play dead right after we surrender everything to them.
Brian Castleforte is a independent artist, creative director, motion graphics designer, and animator based in Los Angeles and the founder of NicePaperToys, the first papertoy social network. For anyone who hasn’t heard of papertoys, think of it as a mash-up of origami and designer toys, a viral Internet art movement that used to be limited to [...]
Aaron Crawford makes monsters. With beautifully grotesque detail he puts them on prints, t-shirts, books, and even buttons. He draws out original and frightening works while also making pieces inspired by classic horror elements like Night of the Creeps and Goosebumps. A lot of his work is limited edition, but new stuff is constantly coming out. I always get comments on the t-shirts I have.
Next time you scribble ‘buy milk’ on a Post-It Note, you’ve just deprived John Kenn of a canvas. This Danish artist conjures creepy monster scenes worthy of a midnight movie marathon, all compacted into small yellow squares.
Shing Yin Khor (aka Sawdust Bear) describes herself as ‘a sculptor and illustrator inspired by monsters, tentacles, mediocre science fiction movies, bikes, Dungeons and Dragons, and really adorable cats’. Some of her sculpted characters appear in Marlowe the Monster, a webcomic about a lumpy, multi-eyed monster who goes on bad dates and suffers from social anxiety, which he soothes by eating cake.
There’s nothing like sea monsters, cascading across our computer screens masquerading as desktop icons, to motivate us to get down to work fast. Plus, it comes in five colours. Thank you, Jamie McCanless.
Street artists NF and Lover have been getting up quite a bit lately. Here’s a recent collaboration that was spotted in the Bronx illustrating the dangers of cell phone use.
Brazilian artist Cezar Berger, aka Berje, does the metal-influenced pop art really well, his demons, monsters, melting faces, skulls, and goats taking on a sort of counterculture, skateboarder vibe.
Considered considerably less than average in height on their home planet, the affectionately dubbed ‘little monsters‘ grew tired of the constant jibes and fled to the nearest inhabitable planet: Earth. There they lived happily ever after, causing havoc as only giant alien monsters can. They currently reside in New York City.
The illustrations and character designs by UK-based artist Alice Duke are completely captivating with their moodiness and wonderfully textured rendering. Her monster designs have more of a storybook quality to them rather than a fanboy fantasy aesthetic, making her work versatile enough to suit both video games and rock posters.