Illustration

Plants, Motifs, and Cultural Symbols Are Superimposed onto Digital Portraits by Sam Rodriguez

 Art Illustration #digital #portraits June 30, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Sam Rodriguez, shared with permission San Jose-based artist Sam Rodriguez might liken an abstract leaf sprouting from a young woman’s garment or a Pac-Man-esque rendering floating near a subject’s face to scenic elements. His portraits, which he’s been referring to as “cultural …

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An Exhibition Unearths Rare Production Drawings from the Futuristic Neo Tokyo of the Anime Classic ‘Akira’

 Animation History Illustration #anime #architecture #drawing #film #science fiction June 9, 2022 Grace Ebert Akira, cut #1, Final production background detail, Toshiharu Mizutani, poster color on paper, 93 x 53 centimeters. All photos from AKIRA (Movie), based on the graphic novel AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by Young Magazine, Kodansha Ltd. © MASH …

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Minimal Lines Contour the Expressive Women in Luciano Cian’s Bold Portraits

 Art Illustration #acrylic #digital #painting #portraits #posters and prints May 27, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Luciano Cian, shared with permission Rendered in sparse, sweeping lines and textured shapes, the women of Luciano Cian’s Tête portraits embody proximity and escape from formality. The digital series, short for tête-a-tête, is the latest in the …

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Flora and Fauna Assume Eccentric Guises in Bill Mayer’s Wryly Playful Portraits

 Art Illustration #animals #art history #gouache #painting #portraits #still life May 11, 2022 Kate Mothes “The Wakening”. All images © Bill Mayer, shared with permission Royal frogs, masquerading lemurs, and florals with human faces are just some of the eccentric characters in acclaimed illustrator Bill Mayer’s (previously) gouache paintings. The traditional aesthetic of European …

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Elaborate Narratives Emerge From the Surreal, Mysterious Worlds of Victo Ngai’s Illustrations

 Illustration #animals #digital #editorial #surreal May 10, 2022 Grace Ebert “Hummingbird” (2019). All images © Victo Ngai, shared with permission Starting with a single word or short prompt from an editor or brand, Victo Ngai (previously) imagines fantastical dreamscapes brimming with surreal details. The Los Angeles-based, Hong Kong-born illustrator collaborates on commissioned projects that, …

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Curious Squirrels and Rambunctious Hares Form a Miniature Menagerie of Felted Wildlife

 Craft Illustration #animals #birds #felt #found objects #miniature #sculpture May 4, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Simon Brown, shared with permission From a shy baby fox to toads donning crowns, the felted miniatures crafted by Simon Brown and Katie Corrigan are adorable, whimsical renditions of forest creatures. The Northumbria, U.K.-based creative duo transforms thick …

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Elegant Tattoos by Expanded Eye Combine Fragmented Figures and Geometric Details into Surreal Compositions

 Art Illustration #surreal #tattoos April 28, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Jade Tomlinson and Kev James, shared with permission Splashes of primary colors enhance the dotted lines and angular forms that compose Expanded Eye’s tattoos. Artists Jade Tomlinson and Kev James (previously) are behind the distinctly geometric designs that pair foliage and natural …

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A Set of Notecards Celebrates Pysanka, the Ukrainian Tradition of Egg Decorating

 Design Illustration #cards #eggs #Risograph #Ukraine April 13, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Present & Correct The team at Present & Correct recently released a set of six Riso-printed notecards in homage to the Ukrainian art of pysanka. A springtime staple, the annual activity involves decorating eggs with folk motifs utilizing a wax-resist …

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Digital Illustrations by Eiko Ojala Layer Timely Metaphors in Paper-Like Compositions

 Illustration #digital #editorial #shadows March 29, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Eiko Ojala, shared with permission Using his signature style of paper-like cutouts, Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala (previously) digitally renders works that play with shadow and depth. He frequently collaborates with well-known publications like The Guardian and The Washington Post, among others, on …

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Architectural Drawings Detail the Spatial Dimensions and Unique Amenities of Japanese Hotel Rooms

 Illustration #architecture #drawing #hotels #watercolor March 25, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Kei Endo, shared with permission In preparing for her own design projects, Tokyo-based architect Kei Endo sketches elaborate diagrams of hotel rooms. The watercolor works depict overhead views of floor layouts, color schemes, lighting, and the details of special amenities from …

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