Animal Illustrations: High Tech or Tribal?

These animal illustrations seem to have wandered out of some high-tech training facility, one where they engineer the latest and greatest creatures of the wild. Then again, they could have been created by a secret tribal society using their ancient knowledge and sacred patterns. Each face-forward portrait is composed of finely detailed patterns, many looking like printed circuit boards, others looking closer to patterns lifted from mandalas. The final creation is readable from far, and fascinating up close.

Let’s Get Retro Happy: Illustrations by Lotta Nieminen

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.

Visual Bits #301 > Screamingly Intriguing Artworks

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Rob Pybus Illustrations: A Maze of Colorful Character

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.

Visual Bits #276> Birds Of A Feather

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Visual Bits #263 > Illustrating The Oddities

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Visual Bits #236> Time Flies Like An Arrow…

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Argentinian Artist Illustrates Kafka

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.

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:

Robots and Ray Guns from the Retro Future

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.