Tag Archive: illustration


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: iainmacarthur.carbonmade.com/

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“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: http://untitledarmy.com/

Eoin Ryan

“Pattern 2”: Eoin Ryan is a London-based illustrator and animator hailing from Ireland. His work is is imbued with a muted color palette and a distinctive texture that he conjures with pencil, charcoal and ink. Ryan draws inspiration from woodblock art, old Chinese maps and infographics. The artist describes his work as “folk, wave and geometry”. Browse more succinct and subtle images at his website: http://www.eoinryanart.com/

Victoria Topping

“Black Orpheus and Voodoo Funk” (2011): Artists have been making collages for hundreds of years, and the medium is alive and well in contemporary art. The term derives from the French “colle” meaning “glue”, although the word applies to plenty of forms besides the two-dimensional, including music, literary, architecture, and film. Enter Victoria Topping, a London and Berlin-based artist whose own interpretation of collage involves Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and traditional drawing & painting. Her work blends musical themes – disco lyrics, floating notes, LP covers – with a distinctly modern flair. Awesome and vibrant stuff from an artist to keep an eye on: http://cargocollective.com/victoriatopping

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: http://www.raymondlemstra.nl

Evgeny Kiselev

“Futurecity” (2011): The abstract designs of Russian illustrator Evgeny Kiselev are the stuff of acid-soaked pipe dreams, cellular cross-sections of psychedelic alien life forms, newborn starburst robots gaining self-awareness… Pardon the gibberish, but one look through his prolific portfolio suggests that Kiselev has a colorful vision and is inspired intergalactically and globally – like his “Spicy” collection drawn while traveling in Indian & Nepal. He has also collaborated on a website called Endless Mural (www.endlessmural.com), an interactive art project. Drop a half-tab and enjoy the colors at his website: http://www.ekiselev.com/

Amose

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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amose/