I’ve been an avid follower of the work of New York-based illustrator, Sara Blake, aka HelloZSO, for several years now. Blake is a rare breed of artist who seems to have found a perfect combination of traditional and digital elements in her work. In 2011, she launched the 100 Girls series, an exploration of how a drawing style can evolve through repeated subject matter.
I’m a painter living in Tokyo. As is the case with many artists, I’ve tried to find out what my style is. So I’ve painted in many ways, but now, I don’t care about style like I used to. I feel it’s important for me to be free from the notion of style. I always paint like I’m playing music. The important thing when I paint is the rhythm of the composition. Good rhythm make my brush dance, and colours sing.
‘Remember my face, so you can seek vengeance in the next life’, says action star Jet Li in The Warlords as General Pang Qingyun. Now his face – and other celebrities’ faces – are remembered in a revolutionary way by Steve Payne, who gives them the full Russian general makeover with the help of 18th century artist George Dawe’s elaborate paintings. Hell, even Chuck Norris gets the Russian general treatment, and looks better for it.
Shinro Ohtake is a painter, collagist and sculptor. He is well known for creating works out of rubbish (or rather, various objects that resemble rubbish), which he picks up here and there. Among the various objects he collects are a large number of photographs. You will be amazed by the vast scale of his works.
This playful yet lovely series of paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Jason Bard Yarmosky will put a smile on your face. In this series, Elderly Kinder, he plays with the idea of still being a kid even when we’ve become old and wrinkly. From his grandma dressed as Wonder Woman, to a couple shot in which the grandpa is a boxer with his bunny lady on his side, these oil paintings are truly cute.