Category: illustration

Augustine Kofie

The Circulations Of Her Linear Curiosity”: Augustine Kofie’s “vintage futurism” is a bold blend of drafting technique, graffiti/street art, 60’s and 70’s iconography, unusual geometry and hidden typography. How one self-taught artist could seamlessly bring together so many elements is a testament to how long he has been practicing his craft. A well-respected street artist who went by the name Kofie’One, he has been making his mark on the urban landscape of Los Angeles since the 1990’s and continues to do large-scale murals on buildings to this day. See more here:


Iain Macarthur

Iain Macarthur (born 1986) is an English illustrator whose online portfolio boasts a number of styles and commissions. This piece comes from his ‘Surreal’ category, where realistic portraiture is melded with intricate patterns and designs. Macarthur uses pencil, watercolor and pigment pens for his completed works and like all diligent artists carries a sketchbook with him at all times. Reminds me of a quote by William Sprague: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” See more of Macarthur’s stuff here:

“Zombie”: Today I’m diggin’ the illustrations of NY-based Lucas Camargo aka Flash. If there’s beauty in Camargo’s drawings (and I like to think there is), it’s a sum-of-its-parts kind of thing: teeny-tiny dots, well-rounded drips, and the intricate layering of hair strands coming together to form this fun image reminiscent of a Garbage Pail Kid card. See more colorful stuff from the artist here:

Kevin Luong

“Courage Wolf” (2010): Kevin Luong is a freelance illustrator and student at California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. I don’t usually gravitate toward this kind of aesthetic – bold, garish cartoons full of saliva and color – but I liked reading about Luong’s experimental foray into silkscreening with this print on his blog. See more:

Raymond Lemstra

“Totem”: Amsterdam-based illustrator Raymond Lemstra draws upon a myriad of source material to compose these elegant, extremely detailed images: primitive masks, totem poles, antique signage and Japanese pop culture come together in an understated, cool color palette. Lemstra explains that his work exhibits “distortion as a result of selective emphasis; parts of interest are emphasized, unimportant parts reduced or left out.” In this particular image, I love the seamless and symmetrical blending of characters, and the shape of the totem is suggestive of the medium in which it was created – a pencil. See more at his site:

Zach Johnsen

“Stressed 3” (2009): The unsuspecting worker bees in Zach Johnsen’s ‘Acid Over Easy’ series are secretly suffering from inundation of cubicle culture until they reach the point of combustible explosion. Johnsen, an illustrator and mixed-media artist in Portland OR, used graphite, watercolor and coffee to compose these startling images. I adore the juxtaposition of the perfectly executed graphite bodies with the unleashed catharsis of color. Johnsen’s entire repertoire is worth browsing at his website:

Mary Iverson

“Bagley Lake with Containers” (2010): Mary Iverson’s images combine the dreamy, timeless landscapes of travel magazines with a complex system of intersecting lines and planes extending off the edges of cargo boxes. Iverson, another Seattleite, prepares her compositions by studying the shipping manifests from nearby ports and using their measurements, an attention to detail suggestive of a draftsman. These images deal with concepts of accumulation and industry; to get the whole scope of her statement visit her portfolio here:

Adam Isaac Jackson

“Brainstorm”: Adam Isaac Jackson is a young illustrator who honed his skills at The Art Institute of Seattle, and has tapped into a popular skate-inspired style of black & white drawing. Do ya dig it? Other artists in the same tattoo-covered vein are Mike Giant and Jeremy Fish (who I will definitely feature one day). If you are in the SF area you should not miss the upcoming Burlesque show at Artifact Gallery on 4/2 where you can see Jackson’s work up close. Or check out his blog at


The collection of untitled illustrations by the artist known simply as Amose is eloquent and zen-like in its refined style of bold line and color. I don’t know much about Amose except that he was born in 1979, studied art in Belgium and currently lives in France where he dabbles in mediums ranging from traditional illustration & painting to screenprinting and spraypaint on concrete walls. The figures who populate his world are serene giants who contemplate the viewer: