Li Hongbo’s paper sculptures are one of the most incredible things I’ve seen of late. I first thought they were Gesso made objects, but then you see a man pulling and twisting each piece like a special-effect movie. The artist uses Honeycomb paper, which is commonly applied for toys and festive decorations in China. And [...]
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This print advertising campaign for Ricola’s herbal drops was designed by JVM studio (with illustration by Julien Canaveses). Each of the six candies included the face of a famous singer like Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti, Madonna, and others. And as part of the marketing strategy these goods were offered to spectators at concerts. Images © Julien [...]
Urban artist OaKoAK is up to it again! Since last I featured him in 2010, he has continued to come up with clever concepts on city streets, such as making Gonzo’s face from a rail in the park, painting a red heart in a fence, and more. An interesting aspect is how he tells stories [...]
I like Lex Wilson’s Moleskine art, because the majority of his work is inked to the edges of the pages. He combines diverse patterns from paisley to geometrical symbols, and sometimes includes three-dimensional Escher-inspired objects. Looking at his Flickr gallery, it is clear that Wilson likes optical illusions—playing with spectators’ visual perception. The image at [...]
British painter Mark Demsteader is fascinated with the human form and classical themes. His latest work focuses on balanced compositions with rough surface textures. One of the oil paintings within post is of actress Emma Watson, and although painted recently, it definitely has an old era vibe. Artwork © Mark Demsteader Via Paper Images
These are beautiful landscape photos by Jacki. The artist comments that she wants “viewers to open their eyes, see the beauty and wonder that is always around us, and to not take for granted this precious place we inhabit.”  1. "Profile." Flickr. Retrieved on February 21st, 2013. Photos © Jacki Via Lori
Visual artist Hayv Kahraman has elegantly painted female and male characters on wood panels. The last three images within post, are part of a series that connects with the Iraqi cultural habit of playing cards, as well as Kahraman’s personal experience first living in Baghdad, and then as an immigrant in Sweden, Italy, and the [...]
It looks like artist Jonny Shaw has torn up various photographs, and took some of the pieces to base his latest drawings on. He did conventional portraits a few years ago, and these new ones have a human study feel to it. What I particularly like is the detail of his work, and the title [...]
Using black ink only, Yaroslav Gorbunov has tattooed a number of sleeves with complex geometric and floral patterns. Photos © Yaroslav Gorbunov
These are beautiful and intricate linocut prints by Natasha Russell. The watercolor background really gives her work another layer and dynamic. Artwork © Natasha Russell
DEADLINE: March 4th, 2013. Lauren O’Farrell is the founder of Stitch London, a knitting group that is now the largest in the UK, and it has won awards and acclaim for its fresh, contemporary approach.  Her latest book “Stitch New York” is dedicated to teaching readers how to knit the most famous people and landmarks [...]
British artist Sam Cox is currently working on illustrations for stickers and t-shirts for our website. And one of the reasons why I invited Cox is, because of his fun and fresh cartoon style. I really like his elaborate sketches with bright colors and wacky characters—and some it, reminds me of Keith Haring’s art.
This post includes mixed-media art (watercolor, ink, and colored pencils on paper) by Benedicte. The theme of illustrating “eyes” has been something popularly featured at Illusion—e.g. paintings by Pavel Guzenko, Marc Quinn, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, and others. And when the work is well-done, it usually has a strong impact to spectators, and maybe because it is [...]
Born in Argentina and currently working in Miami, tattooer Federico Ferroni uses bright colors to ink Asian-inspired designs. He is known for combining traditional with modern styles, and is precise about making his art flow naturally on his clients’ bodies. Photos © Federico Ferroni
I like the bold colors and brushstroke style of Erik Olson’s paintings. Even though we are not viewing his work in person, we still easily get sense of texture and thickness of the strokes. And referring specifically to his animal and people portraits, it interesting how he creates a sense of movement by adding various [...]