Illustrator, graphic designer, and artist Jordan Speer created his own action figures (or at least illustrations of them.) Recreating the familiar packaging of childhood toys, Speer fills each one with a unique figurine. While nearly nostalgia inducing, each toy is also slightly sinister featuring warnings such as “slightly toxic”, “forbidden”, and “highly illegal”. Speer’s figures are enigmatic characters, unfamiliar and unwilling to reveal much beyond their name and accessories. Which would you collect?
Brendan Danielsson‘s portraits are wonderfully ugly. Though each piece incorporates the image of a sole person, there is plenty of conflict. The pieces easily explore ideas of beauty and ugliness; they are at once sensual and repulsive. While appearing almost alien each portrait is somehow still strangely familiar. Danielsson is able to portray each ‘character’ as clearly part of a larger hidden narrative.
If you can’t pull your eyes away from Brendan Danielsson’s work, make sure to check out the Beautiful/Decay Book: 9. The book features the paintings and drawings of Danielsson along with many other artists, designers, illustrators, and writers.
Kaitlyn Jeffers is an independent graphic designer based in NYC. She is a recent graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Graphic Design and English Literature minor. I thoroughly enjoy the experimental nature in her portfolio and her humor that she exhibits. She has already dabbled in editorial illustration, book design, and has freelanced at Sesame Street Workshop! Here is a portion of what Kaitlyn wrote to me about herself and her work that I particularly enjoyed:
“My ethnic makeup is 1/2 Irish-American 1/2 American Indian, which I incorporate into my work a lot. Sometimes my work, specifically the collage pieces, functions as a vehicle for resolving some internal conflicts. Sometimes I create things just to work out ideas. Sometimes the sketches and rough process material is more visually engaging than the end result.”
Chris Fowler‘s work is curious and complex with depth and brightly interwoven colors. His portfolio demonstrates two primary focuses; people and surreal landscapes. His non-descriptive unusual lands are captivating to me purely by his color choices and how he adds zigzag courses, nooks, and abstract crevasses that lead only to the imagination. I am a big fan of The Human Project he created of little long-limbed creatures finding there way into orbs, slightly reminding me of something you would see under a microscope. Check out more of Mr. Fowler’s work after the jump.
The world of German Illustrator and Designer Mathis Rekowski is flooded with color and shape. Rekowski’s designs somehow seem chaotic but well controlled. He intricately pieces together familiar shapes, patterns, and pop culture references, to create his highly detailed work. Through his work Rekowski has been able to acquire such high profile clients as Volkswagen, Delta, and Mercedes. Further, he’s been able to reach this level of talent and career success as a self-taught artist.
Zoe-Zoe Sheen is an illustrator and designer living in Los Angeles. Currently, By day, she is a designer at GOOD, but by night, she is up into the wee hours making artwork full of play and whimsy. A part of her bio pretty much nails the personality of Sheen’s work: “I love penguins, making things by hand; food, painting, sculpture, eating cheesecake and exploring.” While diverse, Sheen’s body of work is connected by pattern. Even the piece that are not traditional textiles, upon close investigation, consist of such dense repetition. On December 2nd, Zoe-Zoe will have some work up alongside a great group of artists in Los Angeles at RAW. We’ve only featured a small selection of her work here, so be sure to check out her portfolio site, and visit her shop to get a print of your own.
Giuse Modica (aka Giuse) is an artist/illustrator who really loves skateboarding. In his self-explanatory new series called Animals Skateboarding, Giuse gives some beasts of the wild a chance to share his passion. There’s dogs doing ollies, and eagles doing 360 flips. With a background in drawing and character design, it’s no wonder Modica is able to bring so much personality to each of these animals. Modica attended the Williem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, while also studying abroad at the Art Institute of Boston. Modica also loves doing illustrations for children’s books, so don’t be suprised if you see some of these anthropomorphic characters again!
Artist Allen Hampton‘s drawings are foreboding as they are. The medium for this series, though, makes them especially grim: blood on paper. Obscure texts, doilies, birds (both flying and dead) fill each sinister landscape of the Blood Drawings series. The blood at once references itself as splatters in its liquid form and a versatile ink staining each yellowed page. Hampton also turns his attention to the portrait, ironically drawing the human body with the fluid that animates it on the page and biologically.