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Soak your Eyeballs in the Work of Souther Salazar

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Artist :: Souther Salazar << Illustration Friday

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Souther Salazar’s collages, paintings, drawings and sculptures are playful and vibrant dreamscapes of overlapping narratives— half-remembered, half-imagined places “where stories can develop and take on a life of their own.” Utilizing a wide variety of freely mixed media, found objects and layers of assemblage, his work evokes the wonders and imagination that many of us abandoned in childhood.

Souther began making photocopied cut-and-paste mini-comics and ‘zines as a teenager in California. He now lives in Portland, Oregon and has shown his work in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Switzerland, Brazil, and other far-flung places. If you’re in the NY area in May, check out his show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery. If you can’t get to NY, there’s always Etsy– Souther has some pretty awesome prints for sale there.

And you can also spend hours soaking your eyeballs in the awesome work on his website and Facebook.

Posted by Angie Brown on 04/25/13 under Angie,art for sale,artists,collage
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Street Artists :: Herakut

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Herakut << Illustration Friday

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Herakut is a symbiosis of the aliases of two graffiti artists from Germany, Hera and Akut. They began collaborating in 2004 and approach art from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Akut is self-taught, spraypainting in a photorealistic style and immersed in hip-hop graffiti culture since the age of fourteen. His preparation is a lengthy process, painstakingly mapped out beforehand, and he approaches the wall or canvas knowing precisely what he will paint and in which colors.

Hera, on the otherhand, received years of strict formal art education as a child, and now rebels against it demanding as much freedom as possible for intuition and spontaneity. She refuses to be limited by sketches and plans, and instead paints in the moment, reacting to the surface and medium as it develops.

They have painted large-scale murals together all over the world. Their figures, almost always slightly melancholy children and/or animals, have large liquid eyes, languid limbs, and live in a world of expressive brushstrokes and paint drips. Herakut masterfully blends the delicate sensitivity of lines and chaotic layering of color with realistically blended shadows, sometimes commenting on social issues, and other times creating worlds for sheer joy of it.

See more of their work on their website or Facebook.

Posted by Angie Brown on 04/19/13 under Angie,artists,painterly,public art
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Children’s Illustrator: Erin Bennett Banks

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Children's Illustrator :: Erin Banks << Illustration Friday

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Erin Bennett Banks has a passion for rich narratives and culturally distinct visual storytelling. She has illustrated three nationally published children’s books, and has won several awards for her work. She has also created illustrations for clients such as Highlights for Children Magazine, McGraw-Hill, The Weekly Reader and Harvard Business Review, and her paintings have been licensed artwork for JCPenney and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Erin lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, two cherub babies, and a couple of pugs.

She paints in oils, and I love the vibrant red outlines that electrify her compositions, and the angular planes of her “primitive” style, and the expressiveness of her characters.

View more of her work on her website.

Posted by Angie Brown on 04/11/13 under Angie,artists,books,children's art,painterly
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Artist: Pascal Campion

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Pascal Campion is a French-American illustrator and animator. He has worked in a wide variety of media, illustrating games, music videos, feature films, and books for such clients as Dreamworks Animation, Disney TV, MTV, Nickelodeon, Bent Image Labs, Cartoon Network, Hulu, They Might Be Giants, and PBS. Pascal has been working professionally for about ten years and currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. He finds inspiration in the everyday people and objects around him and believes that color is as essential to the piece as the composition itself.

He’s got an amazing sense of light and emotion, and his scenes glow with feeling. A lot of his work involves couples in love, young families, crowded and lonely cities, and sometimes cats.

View more of Pascal’s work: Portfolio | Blog

Posted by Angie Brown on 04/04/13 under Angie,animation,artists,digital,painterly
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Artist: Johanna Uhrman: Helsinki Meets Tokyo

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Johanna Uhrman: Helsinki Meets Tokyo << Illustration Friday
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Johanna Uhrman is Jonnakonna, an illustrator and artist from Finland. She has lived and studied in Tokyo and its influence shows in her work, in both subject matter and style. She currently works at Piñata, an illustration/animation studio in Helsinki.

Much of her work has an eerie and ethereal feel to it, and I love the way she effortlessly blends two very different cultures. See more of her work on her website | blog | Facebook.

Posted by Angie Brown on 03/28/13 under Angie,animation,artists,conceptual
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Children’s Book Artist :: Lane Smith is Rather Cheeky

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Children's Book Artist :: Lane Smith << Illustration Friday

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Children's Book Artist :: Lane Smith << Illustration Friday

Lane Smith is rather cheeky and he doesn’t even try to hide it. It’s kind of his thing. He says: I don’t like ordinary, middle-of-the-road books. I like funny, odd books that excite and challenge a child. There are enough people doing nice books about manners and feelings and magical unicorns. I do not do those kinds of books.” I first found him when I stumbled across his book review blog, Curious Pages: Recommended Inappropriate Books for Children, where he writes rather cheeky reviews of children’s books that are somehow a little “off.” It’s hilariously entertaining.

I was fascinated by the mottled textures in the illustration directly above, from his aptly named “It’s a Book”. Luckily, he’s rather forthcoming in describing how he achieves this effect: he paints hot press illustration board with oil paints and then sprays them with an acrylic spray (water based) while the paints (oil based) are still wet, causing a chemical reaction. Brilliant.

He currently lives with his wife and two cats in Connecticut and New York City. Before he became a children’s book illustrator, he worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines like Time, Sesame Street, Rolling Stone, Ms., Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire and many others. He is quite prolific and his titles include It’s a Book; John, Paul, George & Ben; The Stinky Cheese Man; Grandpa Green; and Big Plans.

See more of his work: Blog | Website

Posted by Angie Brown on 03/21/13 under Angie,artists,books,children's art,technique
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Artist :: Alberto Cerriteño

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Artist :: Alberto Cerriteno << Illustration Friday
Artist :: Alberto Cerriteno << Illustration Friday
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Alberto Cerriteño is originally from Mexico City and now lives and works in Portland. He has more than ten years of experience as Art Director in several agencies doing advertising, print, interactive, installations and educational work, and is now a freelance artist and illustrator. Alberto has developed his own very personal technique and style, with its roots in traditional Mexican art with its rich textures and decorative patterns.

Alberto’s colorways are spot on and the geometric rhythms are hypnotic, but for me, it’s really the textures that bring it home.

View more of Alberto’s great work: Portfolio | Blog | Etsy

Posted by Angie Brown on 03/14/13 under Angie,art for sale,artists,creativity,digital,letterpress
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Artist :: Timothy Banks is Somewhat Edgy

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Artist :: Timothy Banks, Somewhat Edgy << Illustration Friday

Artist :: Timothy Banks, Somewhat Edgy << Illustration Friday

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Self-described as a “somewhat edgy illustrator,” Timothy Banks paints and draws for magazines, books, children’s books and character development projects. He has worked with a lot of cool clients like Nike, Cartoon Network, Marvel and Paste Magazine, and hopes to land a children’s book deal sometime this year. Tim started doing all of his commercial work digitally about 3 years ago, and uses Sketchbook Pro. He currently lives in Charleston, S.C. with his family.

My favorite things about Tim’s style include the energetic texture created by his sketchy linework, the excellent use of color and the way he masterfully blends “innocent and sweet” with “creepy and ominous” in a somewhat edgy way. Tim’s got a wicked sense of humor.

View more of Tim’s work: Portfolio | Facebook Page

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Posted by Angie Brown on 03/07/13 under Angie,artists,digital,painterly
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