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Rachel Caldwell

Philadelphia illustrator Rachel Caldwell creates charming illustrations with a good sense of humor.

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Documentary Watch: The Knife Maker

 

Meet writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn. He talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. And in sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash. Watch the full documentary by Made By Hand after the jump.

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Brand Creativity: Getting The Most Out Of Your Business Cards

got print business cards got print business cardsBusiness cards have massive potential to keep your audience engaged. When used properly, they act as avenues that drive people to your social media presence, personalize your company and dramatically extend your brand’s footprint.

Of course, creating a great design is critical, but so is putting in the effort afterwards. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a few tried and tested methods for getting more from your legwork.

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Niki Pilkington

Niki Pilkington Yellow jacketFashion Illustrator Niki Pilkington draws girls you probably went to art school with. I enjoy how you can really feel Niki’s hand in her work.

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Lizzy Stewart’s Charming Folk Art Inspired Illustrations

Lizzy Stewart is a British illustrator who makes incredibly charming images. Inspired by Eastern European folk art and medieval painting, her drawings are wonderfully flat and full of simple shapes. Her work reminds me of some of her contemporaries like Pia Bramley and Carson Ellis, all of whom practically force a better mood on their viewer. Aside from her drawing and painting, Stewart makes graphic novel-style books as well. A lot of her stuff is available for sale in the store on her website too, so if you haven’t donated all your extra dough to the Red Cross’ Sandy recovery efforts, you can do some one stop christmas shopping and support a young burgeoning artist all in one foul swoop! (via)

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Jack Vanzet

Jack Vanzet, an Australia-based designer, is not limited to just one look but an array of styles all equally beautifully mastered. The one common ground between these differing pieces is that each of these show great attention to the foundational design.

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best of 2011: ANDREW RIGGINS PORN MAG REMIX NSFW

Andrew Riggins Seamstress collage series deconstructs figures from porn magazines into contorted and grotesque body forms questioning notions of beauty, pornography, and body enhancement.

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Otto Duecker’s Hyperrealist Celebrity Paintings Look Like Photos Taped To Your Bedroom Wall

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A picture of a celebrity taped on a cracked wall. Otto Duecker not only depicts portraits, he also paints the surrounding that goes with it. Like all artists part of the hyperrealism movement (or photorealism) from far, the whole image can be misled for a photograph.

Otto Duecker depicts celebrities from the 20th century such as Mick Jagger, Basquiat,  John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and more surprisingly Yoda. The black and white photos are represented crumpled and torn. Hung by random pieces of tape on a contrasted colored wall, the faces appear naturally brightened and alive. The artist painstakingly reproduces the details of the faces’ features and the cracks which makes the nature of the piece even more confusing to determine.

Hyperrealism allows the artist to guide the viewer to a new intimate examination of the piece. How did the artist depict the whole thing? Did he tape a picture of the celebrity on the wall and reproduced exactly what he was seeing? Do this wall exist in reality? Through this process, the artist gets in the way and the dialogue is not between the painting and the viewer anymore, but between the artist and the viewer. We are seeing the subjects through the artist’s eye and that’s what make the experience unique. (via Faith is torment)

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