Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Autumn Whitehurst

I've seen Autumn Whitehurst's illustration around the place, but it wasn't until I saw one of her pieces used as an illustration for a New Yorker short story recently that I looked her up. That's the first pic below. The cheesiness of it is just truly the greatest thing I've ever seen- it's like Klimt meets soft-porn. Wait. Nevermind.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Aubrey Longley-Cook

Hyper-achieving handy-crafter Aubrey Longley-Cook creates animations by stitching each frame. Pure insanity, but definitely entertaining.

And the back for good measure:

Alon Chou

More illustration, this time by Alon Chou. There's really only a couple of things on his site, but I love the expression and fantastic feeling of motion in this (click for big):

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kazuki Takamatsu

Kazuki Takamatsu is responsible for these bizarre conceptual works. They're done in gouache to mimic 3D renders. Of semi-hentai.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sinix's Youtube Channel

Sinix is a concept artist previously employed by EA, FuZion and various other studios. Apart from being a very capable illustrator and a lovable character he has also provided free of charge this YouTube Channel. It has some awesome tutorials, giving a really clear insight into the way he creates vivacity in a painting. The portrait painting series is definitely worth a watch, and is filled with broadly useful information. Anyone who's tried to paint a lively and interesting skin-tone knows it's no easy task- in this series Sinix explains his own very effective method.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thomas Woodruff

I'm fair crying with joy over these delightfuly freakish paintings by Thomas Woodruff. Click for big.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Shea Hembrey

Today I'm giving myself leave to feature Shea Hembrey's Incredible 1 Man Biennial. Hey, there's a few paintings in it, right?

Hembrey says he dreamed of running his own international biennial, but decided it was too much work to actually ask international artists. So he made the whole thing himself. He wrote the hilarious back-stories of 100 artists and then actually made an artwork for every single one, in a different style. Check the video for his talk at TED, I think it's totally charming and hilarious.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Khang Le

This blog has kind of a wave pattern, I think, 'cos my interest kind of oscillates between really technical illustration and pure ab-ex. I guess we've reached it again, the concept art day. Environment concept is usually one of my least-favourite things to browse. It has a tendency to be really samey- like a Legend of Zelda game there's always the lava-level. Khang Le takes the usual suspects- space cities, enchanted forests etc.- and somehow freshens them up. Kudos.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Alex Stodolnik

Some fun digital illustration by Alex Stodolnik (Red Bear Dead) on the worlds most creative, awesome and difficult to navigate portfolio website. Be not afraid, eventually you will find something. Maybe not what you were after, but something good anyway.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Allison Freeman

Awesome paintings of banal stuff by Allison Freeman. Ever wanted a life-size oil painting of a classifieds page? I know I have.