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Let’s Get Retro Happy: Illustrations by Lotta Nieminen

Thursday 11.15.2012 , Posted by

These illustrations from Helsinki Finland born illustrator Lotta Nieminen, have a positively refreshing happiness to them. Perhaps it’s the heavy dose of mid-century nostalgia in their retro aesthetic, or maybe it’s the often intoxicating world-travel themes which so often appear in her work. I wouldn’t be surprised if she could take the most un-appealing places and – using her highly textured minimalist style – distill them down into something desirable and charming. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #301 > Screamingly Intriguing Artworks

Sunday 10.28.2012 , Posted by

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Rob Pybus Illustrations: A Maze of Colorful Character

Wednesday 10.24.2012 , Posted by

Rob Pybus has a knack for creating extremely interesting illustrations to explore… perhaps because they don’t reveal their cleverness too easily. As if harnessing the mind of MC Escher when in a cartooning mood, his twisting landscapes skew perspectives, layering element after element into a collage of colorful pattern. The result is a near jolting dose of eye candy – the kind which surprises but goes down nice. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #276> Birds Of A Feather

Friday 09.21.2012 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #263 > Illustrating The Oddities

Tuesday 09.04.2012 , Posted by



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Visual Bits #236> Time Flies Like An Arrow…

Thursday 07.19.2012 , Posted by



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Argentinian Artist Illustrates Kafka

Friday 06.29.2012 , Posted by

Welcome to the South American edition of Franz Kafka’s Un Artista del Trapecio (English title: First Sorrow), which displays a successful but lonely trapeze artist, created by a talented illustrator who is becoming a savvy illustrator. Christian Montenegro, an Argentina-born artist with a background in comic-production and graphic design, has imbued this publication with an appropriately theatrical quality: flat black backgrounds imply dark cavernous spaces from which our main character and his peers are suspended in brightly colored gradients with geometric formations. Montenegro’s use of stark straight lines evokes interesting and relevant qualities of imprisonment, measurement, and compartmentalization, but the result is a visual production as composed, pleasing, and harmonious as successfully-rehearsed choreography. [Read more…]

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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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Robots and Ray Guns from the Retro Future

Tuesday 05.01.2012 , Posted by

Ladies and gentlemen, the future is here, full of exciting advancements in technology, designed to make life better and fighting fiercer… and all of it is decidedly retro. From flame blasting rocket ships, to Atomic Freeze blasting ray guns and helpful autonomous robots, the future is looking pretty exciting… especially if you’re the adventurous Buck Rogers type. [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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