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Sari Cohen is an illustrator based in Tel Aviv working in editorial and commercial illustration. Sari’s work combines hand techniques with Photoshop and is heavily inspired by screen printing.
You can see more of Saris work here.
Before we begin, let’s get this out of the way: Aleksandra Waliszewska’s art is not for everyone. However, if you’re partial to a dose of the genuinely disturbing then it’s more than worth a look. Her paintings radiate the most menacing kind of Gothic gloom, and are full of religious and occult symbolism, mythological creatures, and fluffy white cats with evil glints in their eyes. If this sounds appealing, then read on, brave soul…
Waliszewska’s style is deceptively simple, and consists of either dark, dense oils or eloquent monochrome linework. In atmosphere if not strictly in appearance, her works recall the likes of Goya, Breugel, and Bosch. However, this prolific Polish artist’s paintings give the unsettling impression that her brush strokes are not merely applying strokes of dismal colour, but instead are forming a thinly-stretched membrane between her world and ours. Now there’s a Gothic concept if ever there was one. And be thankful that the bubble holds, as it’s all that stands between us and a desolate, horror-haunted place.
In the world that Waliszewska reveals, claustrophobic subterranean spaces and forests thick with darkness teem with pale flesh being disembowelled, sacrificed, mauled by animals or otherwise mutilated in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. However, amidst all of this bleeding body horror there’s also some light relief, in the form of Edward Gorey-esque absurdity, such as a wombat out for a stroll. Phew. But, as with all the best horror, it is suggestion that is most effective in Waliszewska’s work: the stolen glimpses we are offered into some truly bizarre and enigmatic scenes. And after all, as HP Lovecraft (the master of literary horror) said, “The basis of all true cosmic horror is violation of the order of nature, and the profoundest violations are always the least concrete and describable.”
Peer from between the gaps in your shaking fingers at more of Aleksandra’s work over at her blog or her Facebook page. A collection of her work has recently released in a double-volume art book, Problem & Solution.
Daniel Egneus was born in Sweden in 1972, but now lives in Milan where he is greatly inspired by the architecture. He is a self taught illustrator who has spent 20 years in Prague, London, Berlin and Bologna. His clients include; Nike, Marie Claire and Time magazine. He learnt to draw from comic artists such as Will Eisner and Jack Davis, which he saw as a child.
After visiting the Illustration Graduate Degree Show 2014 at the University of Huddersfield, England, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of work I saw. One illustrator, Melissa Rose caught my attention with her detailed mixed media illustrations depicting themes of nature (and cake!). The fluidity of her drawing techniques are absolutely stunning, produced through various processes such as using sticks dipped in ink and using watercolour to add a splash of brilliant colour.
Having managed to speak to the illustrator at the event, Rose told me about her inspirations drawn from endemic species studied by Charles Darwin on the Galápagos Islands. This influenced her creation and use of sea turtles native to the island for her commercial design for ‘The Body Shop’ (see above). Nature is a common theme in a lot of her work which I find truly inspiring and unique.
Rose has just finished her final year of University after studying in illustration in Huddersfield. A bright future is definitely on the cards for this young illustrator and I can’t wait to see what she produces next!
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Isabelle Arsenault’s illustrated children’s books Migrant, Spork, and Virginia Wolf have been much praised and received numerous awards, including two Governor General’s Awards. Her children’s graphic novel Jane, the Fox, & Me was published in 2013. She lives and works in Montreal.
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Ben Javens is an illustrator from Yorkshire, England. Graduating with a degree in Fine Art in 1997, he has gone on to work with an impressive array of clients such as Warburtons, Anorak and Hugo Boss. His work captures quirky characters in a beautiful textural and bold style.
See more of Ben Javen’s work on his website: Portfolio
We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Jakob Werth, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘CONTRAPTION’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.
And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:
Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).
Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.
Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).
Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!
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deviantART can be an odd little slice of cyberspace at times, but amongst the slew of big-eyed, short-skirted manga fanart, identikit dragons and anthropomorphic foxish-looking things with unlikely abdominal musculature, there are some truly interesting things to be found. One such thing is the work of Ukrainian illustrator Alexander Fedosov, AKA Hollllow. It’s unsettling, futuristic, and hard to get tired of looking at. Also, it’s difficult to look at with a closed mouth, due to involuntary jaw-dropping. There’s not a massive portfolio to see, and Fedosov’s art concentrates more on characters than environments – but these he has absolutely nailed. His character designs seem consist of bizarre hybrids of cyborg and sculpture which fuse the organic, the mechanical and the abstract – leaving the viewer fascinated yet slightly queasy. Yes, this is picking up where the late, great Giger left off, but Fedosov’s work has its own unique character. It’s infused with strange beauty, perfectly executed in every intricate detail, and his rendering of stony curlicues and scarred and flaking metal is literally second to none. None, I say!
Richard Corben is a horror, and underground comics legend. His art has been featured in magazines like Heavy Metal, 1984, Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in the mid 60′s, Corben worked a few years as a professional animator. In the early 70′s he joined the burgeoning underground comics scene with gritty, adult horror/fantasy “comix” like Grim Wit, Fever Dreams, Slow Death, and his own anthology Fantagor. In the 80′s, and 90′s Corben published comics, including his most famous creation Den, under the imprint Fantagor Press. Recently, you can find him collaborating with the likes of Mike Mignola on Hellboy, and adapting many of the classic Edgar Allan Poe stories for Dark Horse Comics.
Richard Corben has been honored with 2 Shazam Awards, a CINE Golden Eagle, a 2009 Spectrum Grand Master Award, multiple Eisner & Warren Awards, and he was elected to The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2012.
You can keep up with all of the latest Richard Corben news, and art on his website.
For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com – Andy Yates