Illustration has been part of my life for ever in one way or another: drawing at school at the end of the notebook, working or just painting every wall I could. When I draw, I feel like I leave a small part of me in that drawing, because an image is worth more that words. My most recent project is called Good Girls and it consists of five illustration of five different women I once met, including myself. Every one of them is viewed as a bad girl as a consequence of their actions, but if anyone would get to know them, they would realize that they are good girls inside. People tend to judge other people really quickly, without giving them a chance. My illustrations want to send a message, to make you think twice before giving someone a label.
Chicago photographer Lisa Predko’s work has a vibrant style that is unmistakable. Her series, Head Vases, is simple in its idea but exhibits a new type of pop art portraiture arousing energy and emotion, not only from the subjects themselves, but also in their composition and colouring.
Chilean-born artist Alvaro Tapia’s artwork has a timely appeal in its zombie apocalyptic look. Even the most beautiful of his subjects have a disturbing yet electric look in their eye. His artwork is riveting.
Designer and artist Idan Friedman has created a series of portraits embossed on aluminum foil pans. All the people featured in the collection, named Ordinary People and Disposable Objects, are part of his everyday life, ranging from close friends to passers-by.
This illustration by Erin Gallagher is a tribute to the greatness of Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the many other brilliant people making some of the best, not to mention most addictive, television ever aired. This piece will be available soon as a screen printed poster.
In her latest body of work, multi-media artist Siolo Thompson takes on the anxiety of our uncertain political, economic and environmental future and the impact our mistakes and the mistakes of those before us will have on the next generation.
Oh my god, Red Hong has done it again! This time, the immensely creative girl has come up with a portrait that is entirely created from socks. It looks a bit like she wanted to make sure that she never has to look for the other missing sock any more in her life. I like that idea as my socks seem to have a life of their own. I think I’ll be inspired from her example.
From Dog Walkers to Butchers and Squash Players, there is always this subtle combination of leisure and raw commitment in Dave Imms’ projects. It’s all about ‘the things we do to get by’. Here we uncover the fragile nature of the human condition in these post-game portraits. These harsh, revealing images are strengthened by the dissection of the playing areana with the markings and the natural studio-esque appearance of the courts themselves.
A beautiful dreamer, a mystic who creates dreams out of reality, and a transporter of worlds; all from behind the lens and through those eyes. Magic is real. Photographer Bhumika Bhatia will make you believe it is.
Many species of primates are endagered. They are victims of their own cuteness (illegal pet trade), of deforestation, of poaching for bush meat and traditional medicine. This portrait series by Sham Jolimie seeks to raise awareness about the plight of our distant cousins.
Check out Erin Gallagher’s portrait of Alexis Krauss and Derek E. Miller of Sleigh Bells. Her voice is like crystal and his guitar shreds. Perfect combo!
Davin Youngs has got something sweet going on. His pictures, as he calls them, are the of-the-moment kind. Y’know, the spontaneous, romantic, stylised yet amateurish thing photographers are doing these days. Like American Apparel, but lost in the woods or asleep on the toilet. I really appreciate it.
Anthony Kurtz recently sent me an update including imagery for his upcoming show at the W Hotel in San Francisco. This new body of work is a collection of photos he took while on a trip in India. At first glance, the art-techie type might think these photos are taken with HDR technology, which I became an instant fan of. Thankfully, though, Anthony reassured me that images like this can still be captured the good old fashioned way: manually.
Photographer and web designer Jan Sochor was born in the Czech Republic but moves between South America and Europe often. Over the past five years he has lived and worked in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, the Czech Republic. His photographic work ‘focuses on showing and documenting the Latin American continent, the everyday life, social and cultural issues’.