I don’t know if you’re into cycling but looking through Neil Stevens’ portfolio it’s pretty clear that he is! His Spring Classic series is a wonderful celebration of the races that are held each year in France, Belgium and the Netherlands; and even if cycling isn’t really really thing I’m pretty sure you’ll love these.
I like Carolyn Alexander. She’s got a great style and a wonderful sense of humor. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art; Carolyn studied Visual Communication where she says she specialized in “illustration and smoking”.
The image above is the first page of a two page comic called The Mega Behive. Inspired by an article in a fashion magazine, Carolyne’s black and white images are beautiful and I just love the story.
According to her bio – after graduation – Carolyn decided to run off and live up a mountain in France for five years. While there she became proficient in “speaking terrible French, shrugging her shoulders and the eating of cheese”. She has recently returned to civilization where she spends her days drawing haughty ladies. You can see more of her drawings and comics on her website here.
Pascal Campion is a French-American illustrator and animator living in San Francisco. Since 2006 he’s been creating a sketch a day, everyday Monday through Friday. It’s an impressive undertaking and the quality of these “sketches” is really quite something. Pascal is a master of capturing light and movement and every one of his images tells a story. Inspired by life experiences and moments from his day, his work is beautifully rendered and a story unto itself.
This is a great little project from Canadian illustrator Mike Ellis. Entitled Room For Rent, the work was part of an experimental installation show in Toronto and consists of a large three-dimensional miniature house filled with illustrated bedrooms. The house allows viewers to peer inside and scoop out the rooms. According to Mike, the piece uses multicolored LEDs which make the illustrations “come to life” – exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.
I think I’ve mentioned on here before about how much I like when somebody takes something pretty old and traditional and puts a fresh spin on it. That’s why I love these floral still lives by the Mexican-born and London-based illustrator Elena Boils. Passionate about nature, Elena’s illustrations are a mixture of digital and hand crafted work. The combination works really well; mixing bold splashes of solid colour with occasional subtle textures and patterns. I love them!
I love these illustrations for The New Yorker. They were created by The Tree House Press, the alias of UK-based illustrator Marc Aspinall. Influenced strongly by mid-century illustration; his work is utterly charming with wonderful colors and textures and a terrific sense of energy.
It’s that time of year when Tokyo based game culture shop METEOR hosts their annual My Famiscase Exhibition, an art show unlike any other, featuring custom Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge designs. Entrants not only design original artwork, but also the creative concept behind the imagined video game. This year’s show marks the exhibitions 10th year and features talent from across the globe. It’s an interesting mishmash of video game culture and design with a unique twist on the traditional gallery experience.
Kanae Sato is a Tokyo-based illustrator whose portfolio is filled with hundreds of adorable illustrations. Made with bold and bright colors, her work is so perfectly simple that I can’t help but love it! Her images often feature concerned children and some fantastically quirky creatures. There’s a real playfulness to what she does that and the childlike innocence of her work is just fantastic.
Illustrator and mixed media artist Justin Renteria is phenomenal talent who brings a ton of detail into his work. I love the color that he brings to each piece, using vibrant blues, pinks, and yellows, which contrast nicely with the heavy blacks he uses to give definition to many of his pieces. The collage nature of his work is also extremely well integrated, the tiger piece with the weapons as stripes is a real standout.
A few days ago the London-based illustrator and textile designer Ciara Phelan launched a new website. If you’re not that familiar with Ciara’s work then you’re probably in for a treat. Her collage-based illustrations typically buzz with energy and through her client work and personal projects she has carved out a distinctive style which feels fluid and natural despite the often rigid nature of her medium.
One piece in particular which stands out for me is an ongoing personal project which mixes fashion illustration with Ciara’s love of Greek mythology. Combining collage with textures and vector shapes she has created three stunning images from Greek myth: Demeter, the goddess of the harvest; Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation; and Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. I think they’re beautiful images.
It’s such a great series that I would love to see it continue. For now though, why not check out more work from Ciara on her website here. Enjoy!