Michael Camarra

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Friday 9 January 2009

If you’re a sucker for good strong figurative work with a flair for the unexpected, you’ll like the work of New York illustrator, Michael Camarra for sure. I’ve known Camarra since our days back at Pratt, when he still painted with a brush and a tube of paint. Now that Camarra has moved on up into the realm of digital painting, I’m amazed at how, incredibly, the digital paintings lose almost none of the raw spontaneity his traditional paintings possessed but instead introduce a somewhat cleaner edge overall, which lends itself to his cleaner graphic sensibilities.

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Tomer Hanuka’s recent work

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Illustration on Wednesday 24 December 2008

I have been following Tomer Hanuka’s career since, well, pretty much since he was in college. (No, I am not a stalker!) I always admired his work, but I am especially in love with his recent work, where he builds his own fantasy world with weird creatures.

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Matt Hollister

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Saturday 13 December 2008

For the longest time I was an enormous admirer of the loopy, distinct line drawings of Brooklyn-illustrator Matt Hollister. Having seemingly lost track of his work for a couple of years (who knows how that manages to happen), I was shocked to stumble across his work yet again recently while perusing the New York Times. […]

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Mario Hugo

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 4 December 2008

In the beautiful work of New York City-based illustrator, designer and typographer, Mario Hugo, finely rendered faces and figures intermingle with various abstract patterns and shapes to create some seriously refined, surreal, and mysterious work that’s all that, and then some.

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Another smokin’ hot New York illustrator

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By Fernanda Cohen in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2008

I met Caroline Thaw at Brooklyn’s Third Ward in one of the courses I taught. The first time I saw samples of her work, I was happily overwhelmed by her diversity of styles, her cute yet twisted characters, the radiant and infinite beauty in every piece she made, her delicate line, and her strong sense […]

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Christopher Neal

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Friday 21 November 2008

We asked New York illustrator Christopher Neal about the inspirations behind his work: ‘Each job is different. Sometimes looking through old books and artist monographs will spark something. Other times, its just putting pen to paper until I get an idea. Things like music videos, movies, trips to the museum all seep in and resurface later in my work. For my personal work, a lot of it comes from my sketchbooks’.

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Sam Weber

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Thursday 20 November 2008

There’s some awesome new work up on New York-based illustrator, Sam Weber’s website, including this one above which is did for the Soulpepper Theatre. We asked him a little while back about what his studio workspace was like: ‘I am fairly particular about where I like to work, and what sort of stuff I like to have around me. There are things that I look at often — a book of Max Ernst collages, one on Yoshitaka Amano, and a big stack of clippings from magazines and the Internet that I will periodically leaf through to get inspired’.

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Victor Kerlow

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 18 November 2008

The loose linework and watercolors that mark the illustration of Victor Kerlow bring to mind several other well known editorial illustrators, but Kerlow is clearly doing his own thing. I love his White Sheik illustration, which he did for the New Yorker, in particular. The New Yorker, yes. It’s hard to believe this guy is only just about to graduate from SVA. We will most certainly be seeing more of him in the years to come.

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Matthew Langille

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Sunday 9 November 2008

Matthew Langille is a talented New York-based illustrator and graphic artist. Not content just to work on paper, he’s also successfully made the leap to textile designer. He sells designs for apparel, footwear, bags and sunglasses, landing big name clients like Marc Jacobs and Victoria’s Secret.

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Marcos Chin leads a class at NY’s Society of Illustrators

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By Zolton in New Events on Wednesday 22 October 2008

The talented New York-based illustrator, Marcos Chin, [responsible for the Lavalife drawings on the subways], ‘will demonstrate digital coloring techniques incorporating traditional media’ at a workshop put on by the Society of Illustrators. As part of the class, ‘a line drawing will be taken, step by step, to a fully rendered final — including shading, layering, patterns, shadows and texture. He will also discuss how to build a consistent aesthetic for advertising campaigns and how to balance commercial and personal work’. The workshop, which is on between 6.30-8.30pm next Wednesday night [October 29], will be followed by a print signing. Registration details are on the Society of Illustrators website.

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Phillip Fivel Nessen

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Saturday 11 October 2008

I declare New York-based illustrator Phillip Fivel Nessen one of the most chameleon-like illustrators I have ever come across. In many cases, for someone working as an illustrator, this sort of quality tends to be seen as a negative. Nessen commands each style so effortlessly, though, and with such originality, that we can hardly complain? […]

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Max Bode

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Sunday 7 September 2008

Though most know Max Bode as an art director over at the ubiquitous New Yorker, he is in fact quite an illustrator. Creating bright, clean illustrations, in a style at times reminiscent of old video games and cartoons, Bode work is a real treat, especially when stumbling across one of his illustrations in the New […]

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Christopher Neal on life after art

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 26 August 2008

One of our favourite illustrators, the New York-based Christopher Neal, just happens to share a studio space with Sam Weber. Oh man! To be a extra large fly on that wall. It would be so tempting to attach a canvas to your back and just buzz on out of there!

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Inside the studio of Yuko Shimizu

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 August 2008

I’ve worked with the brilliant New York-based illustrator — and Lost At E Minor contributorYuko Shimizu remotely for some years now. But despite the fact that we live in the same city, we’ve only met up once — at a group exhibition that she was a part of at a Chelsea gallery.

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Jacob Thomas

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Wednesday 13 August 2008

Painting ships and designing logos while working for the Maryland Coast Guard is an unusual start into the world of illustration. However, New York-based artist Jacob Thomas has gone on to win a swag of awards, including the cover of Communication Arts. His illustration style is perfect blend of art meets communication and has attracted […]

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