Bogotá-based creative Jaime Calderón personalized the ubiquitous Facebook ‘like’ icon to suit every prolific superhero out there: Spiderman, Superman, Wolverine, The Thing, Captain America, Batman, Iron Man, Hulk, Wonder Woman, Thor… the one for Flash isn’t even really in full sight. Brilliant.
This video by Dutch illustrator and animator Kristof Luyckx is so simple and effective that it’s pure genius. The animation is very well done (just look at the drummer smoothly banging away) and rendered in Luyckx’s trademark black and white style. What about Black Spires, though? Never heard of them, but I must say I [...]
Jim’ll Paint It is a Tumblr blog where a guy named Jim illustrates wacky reader-submitted stories using only Microsoft Paint and his imagination. He’s pretty talented, and his blog is definitely entertaining. So, what do you want Jim to paint?
Have a hankering for Hawaii? Check out these gorgeous illustrated landscapes by Asakura Kouhei. They are so colourful and exotic, and just in time for summer in the US, too.
Priscilla Ainhoa Griscti is a self-taught visual artist living/working in Malta. Her illustrations depict tumultuous interior emotions as being expressed through outward form. Her artworks often lend themselves to anthropomorphic and surrealistic imagery that further expresses the subconscious thoughts behind her dream-like vision.
The charismatic illustrations of Malaysian Tang Yau Hoong are created by using negative space. It’s a very clever way to play around with the visual illusion you achieve by using the space you usually do not use.
Even though The Yok lives in Brooklyn nowadays, we can call his street art Australian, because that’s where he’s originally from: Perth. The loopy characters with the awesome staches and beards do not only look good on walls, but also on canvas, as paintings and illustrations. His potato headed gargoyles have been exhibited around the world, from Berlin to Taipei, and his success doesn’t seem to stagnate. So if you love surfing like The Yok does, keep your eyes open for an original artwork close to your local beach, too.
Let´s chop and slice some things and, voilá, the result is some scary but cute art. This method doesn’t work for every artist: some do work that is just bizarre. But Vancouver-based artist Nomi Chi found the thin line between odd and adorable in her creations. She finds her inspiration from daily chaos and transforms it into tactile imagery, very often referring to geometry.
These rare, lesser-known Salvador Dali illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland are intriguing and surreal. These illustrations were compiled into a book and sold on Amazon for $12,900. It’s interesting to see such a famous artist’s interpretation of an even more famous novel.
Madrid-based illustrator Juan Carlos Paz (Bakea) series entitled Art Invades Life involves whimsical creatures placed into real-life scenes. Bakea’s clever and fun illustrations look oddly believable, for some reason.
Jean de Wet is a Cape Town-based illustrator working predominantly with pen on paper. His illustrations display a fine balance between obsession and restraint. Despite the overwhelming detail, they have a calmness about them. I have one hanging in my living room and it’s one of those pieces you always end up looking at for a long time. Check out his blog and tumblr for more images.
I am interested in the abandoned and obsolete in relation to contemporary culture. My recent drawings focused on the modern detritus frozen within the deserts of California and Arizona. Here in the majestic and desolate landscapes, objects of mobility such as planes, cars and other vehicles lay motionless and frozen in time. This imagery is [...]
Okay, full disclosure, Miss Cassie is my wife and no longer technically a Miss, I suppose. Her artwork is dense and complicated, full of pathos, and never fails to inspire me. Throughout our 17 year relationship, I have watched her work evolve, grow, and change into what it has become today. I am particularly intrigued by her more recent work, which mixes a fascination with Japan, printing techniques, recent motherhood and frozen charlottes. I am looking forward to an exhibition in the spring at newly re-located Slingluff Gallery in Calicoon, NY.
Eastern European art has always had a very distinct style. It’s the pure and sharp, sometimes almost brutal style many of them use. Same with Russian illustrator Dima Rebus. His work is pretty frank and critical, no disguise. But you still get a bit of a mystical and vague feeling when you look at his work realizing somehow that there is a lot more hidden in these watercolor illustrations than you thought in first place.
ONEQ, born on Japan’s southeast Kyushu island, mixes Japanese and American art styles when dealing with manga designs. It’s a pop-art style with an underground flavor.