Data + Design Project

Amber the Human: Illustrations for Cool Squares

Wednesday 06.20.2012 , Posted by

When illustrations take form with whatever pen is handy, on lined paper possibly stolen from the high school supplies closet, they can’t help but have that youthful hopefulness that draws us in and makes us look forward with feelings of possibility. Amber Zuniga throws down some seriously cool ink on paper, even if she describes herself as a “major square.” Her drawings and the text that accompanies them can be anything from nostalgically poignant to hilariously nonsensical… the perfect match to her rough yet pitch-perfect drawing style. [Read more...]

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Illustrating Youth with a Ballpoint Pen

Monday 06.18.2012 , Posted by

If you took your old school notebook drawings, full of youthful exuberance and intense attention to detail – then added a dose of seasoned artistic maturity – you would have artwork that looks a lot like Carine Brancowitz’s. Using only a ballpoint pen to create her beautiful drawings, Brancowitz creates illustrations with a primary color pallet from the early 80s filled with subjects that look a lot like they are pining away for that era: despondent youths eating ramen, smoking cigarettes, chilling at the coffee shop. [Read more...]

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Martine Johanna: Dark Wanderer Sliding Into Dreams

Saturday 06.02.2012 , Posted by

Martine Johanna hails from a land filled with tulips, windmills, bicycles and canals. She is a Dutch born artist who was raised in the green heart of the Netherlands and now lives and works in Amsterdam. Her paintings and illustrations have an eerie, dream like feel to them. Hooded figures hide devilishly sexy bodies and trample through the woods, coming out on the other end with cosmic triangles adorning their faces, lush foliage caressing their backs, and snakes. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #197> Slightly Psychedelic Art

Friday 05.25.2012 , Posted by



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Work the Angle: Psychedelic Artwork by Matt Andres

Wednesday 05.23.2012 , Posted by

I came across the work of Matt Andres purely by accident. I was cruising 8Tracks — a music site where you get to make your own mixes and upload whatever cover art you want — when I stumbled across his incredible profile. I’ve also been super into beat music and hip-hop lately, whether it’s from LA, the UK, or Europe; and his mixes are legit. I recognized some of it, and the stuff I didn’t know was stuff I could definitely get into. That’s right when I made another discovery: this kid can make rad art as well. This was part of my first impression with his art:

“I draw because I need something to do when I’m listening to beats. And I listen to beats because I need something to do when I draw.” [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #183> Everything Is Remixed

Sunday 05.06.2012 , Posted by



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See Scotty Draw: Illustrations for the New Century

Friday 05.04.2012 , Posted by

How can you not stop to admire Scotty’s colorful, mid-century inspired illustrations? It is abundantly apparent that after seeing his craftily arranged illustration scenes, he also has a solid understanding of design principles. The illustrations are full of carefully planned negative spaces and shapes which give each a balanced texture. Scotty Reifsnyder has an ever-growing portfolio of work in a style he coined: New Century. His background and schooling, both in design and illustration, has made his art win numerous awards, features, and a long line of clients. I was privileged enough to ask him a few questions about his work and aspirations as an artist. Below is our interview: [Read more...]

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Creating Trippy Portraits by Drawing on Faces

Wednesday 05.02.2012 , Posted by

These intriguing portraits take normal head-shots and transform them into something completely artistic and trippy. U.K. based artist Ewa Mos (aka Moscva) takes her bright, crisp images and adds hand drawn details over her subjects faces. The result transforms them into otherworldly beings with oddly textured skin to match: wood grain, extra hair, melting skin and more. [Read more...]

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Photo-Realistic Pencil Drawings Come to Life

Wednesday 05.02.2012 , Posted by

Paul Cadden’s work is astoundingly realistic. The detail, the shading, the long hours spent creating the large pencil drawings which emulate black and white photographs is just awe inspiring. Take a look at some of the challenging subjects Mr. Cadden decided to draw: elderly people, whose wrinkles tell a lifetime of hardship while reflecting on the present, drawings of youth sharing a smoking cigarette outside a bar, a reclining nude, the busy streets of New York and of Scotland. [Read more...]

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Two Brothers, One Piece of Art

Thursday 04.26.2012 , Posted by

The work of two brothers is more than just a piece of art, it is a form of joint communication. James and Tom Gulliver work together to create colorful, explorative art. Tom was born with Down Syndrome and the work he creates with his brother allows him to communicate past his disability and use the art to show his feelings and thoughts. It is neat to see the brothers work together and create such interesting work. Each piece looks like an experiment where all of the parts are shown in an exploded view. They are full of layers, which makes them so intriguing. James makes the main image and Tom creates the outlying drawings. The subject matter seems to focus on people and their individual perceptions of the world around them — it gives the viewer a unique peek into both artist’s minds. [Read more...]

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