See Scotty Draw: Illustrations for the New Century

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:

Creating Trippy Portraits by Drawing on Faces

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.

Photo-Realistic Pencil Drawings Come to Life

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.

Two Brothers, One Piece of Art

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.

Peaceful Illustrations With a Sharp Edge

There is something serenely quiet and peaceful about these brushed-on graphite drawings. Maybe it’s the way their simple, yet carefully chosen subjects are arranged: floating in a field of white canvas… or maybe it’s the way the objects are rendered with such a subtle, muted pallet. While the drawings mostly lack strong visual contrasts, sharp objects like scissors, rose thorns and potentially painful bee stings give many of the images an unusual quality of visual softness with a subjectively sharp edge. It’s beautiful, and at the same time, slightly un-nerving.

Spooky Illustrations Are Surprisingly Beautiful

Sam Wolfe Connelly’s Twitter says “I rob graves and draw the treasure I find” — and that may be the very best description of his fantastically macabre illustrations. Each has a dark and blurred atmosphere to its execution, a foggy essence that like a good storybook, only reveals its hidden secrets upon closer inspection. Connelly’s subjects are ghosts, death, eerie creatures, the unknown: all rendered in his highly polished graphite to digital style.

Endearing Monster Drawings Pop From the Screen

It seems like the web is being overrun by animates GIF images, from short movie clips to 3D photographs that trick us into seeing all their dimensions… but to see an artist who makes his own artwork look 3D, that is very unique. These imaginative images look a lot like a cross between the cartoon work of Matt Groening and the linear qualities of the late Maurice Sendak, complete with friendly looking monsters. Seattle based illustrator/artist Dain Fagerholm has taken his original pen based artwork and remixed it in stereographic GIF form, giving his images the pop of simulated 3D.

Night Flight: The Illustrations of Mattias Adolfsson

Mattias Adolfsson is a freelance illustrator living in Sigtuna, just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. When you first happen upon his phenomenal illustrations your eyeballs practically explode with wonderment and excitement — everything else of his is awesome too. This astoundingly detailed cockpit illustration reminds us of what it was like to be a kid, playing with our Star Wars action figures while pretending to know what it’s like to man the controls of the Millennium Falcon and have a Wookie as our best friend.

Interactive Hand-Drawn Map of Central Reykjavík

Whether it’s remote far-away places, strikingly majestic scenery or creative music unlike any other, Iceland has a lot of reasons to beckon you… and this new hand-drawn map brings its capital city to life with a perfect fit for the beautiful country. Illustrated from an elevated isometric view, the colorful map features central Reykjavík, population 120,000, and covers a surprisingly large area of the small city, from the new Harpa Concert Hall (which will soon feature James Taylor, Elvis Costello and a production of La Bohème) to the cities iconic Church of Hallgrímur… it’s all here, and it’s interactive too!

Who Knew Frida Liked Daft Punk…


Chilean illustrator, Fabian Ciraolo, has turned our historical icons into hipsters, and he’s done it in style. View Frida as the bad girl, Dali in a cut off shirt and tight jeans, the Dalai Lama rockin’ his boombox, Che Guevara in his bomber jacket waiting to run the pool table and Cleopatra being risqué in a leopard print top! You can find more of this pop culture artwork on Ciraolo’s blog.