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.

Mixing Landscapes Into The Human Form

The beauty of working with mixed media is the unlimited amount of possibilities an artist can come up with: the ideas really, are endless. Although some may say it is getting harder to create an original piece of art (you know, the old “everything has been done before” mantra) everything in actuality has a derivative. Taking advantage of this happy situation, Oriol Angrill Jorda uses nature and the human form for the inspiration in his collection titled “Blendscapes”. He takes two images, one a landscape and the other a portrait, and then melds them together creating an image which reminds us that we are at once individual and of the world.

The Good Life, Illustrated

It might be hard to tell from these bold illustrations populated by American icons like cowboys, indians and Mexican wrestlers, but illustrator Matt Taylor is from good old Brighton, England. His bright works celebrate sunny days well spent, drawing inspiration from rocking wild-music, wild-life and the Old West. His style harkens back to days of mass produced silk screen posters with well chosen but limited color palettes… but if that description makes you think his posters are only retro, you’d sadly be missing a lot of their charm. Many of his works stir up time periods like a vintage cocktail shaker throwing together a modern club drink. I mean… he’s got cowboys floating in space!

Illustrating Humor from the Therapists Couch

She deals in stereotypes, puns, clichés, humorous self-mockery and has an amazingly cool name. Parisian illustrator Vainui de Castelbajac has a knack for hitting societies funny bone with her works, which look at some of the lesser touched subjects, from lesbian culture to the psychologists couch. Here, in her new series cutely titled “Docteur Rorschach,” she pokes fun at many of the common phrases uttered in a therapists office, transforming their meaning by changing the patient to something far more appropriate… like a troubled nesting doll or ink pen.

The Illustrated Life Of Christoph Niemann

Have you ever wondered about the creative mind behind the illustrations that grace the cover of The New Yorker? Who is this vector art genius that continues to push out such iconic work? What is his story? Christoph Niemann is an illustrator and graphic designer whose work has frequently appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, the NY Times, and American Illustration. He has been the soul creator for Abstract Sundays, a NY Times blog, since 2008.

Radio Heads Put a Musical Smile on Your Face

Out on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean resides artist Toni Demuro. She is an illustrator whose minimalist style and color come out wonderfully in her art. Over the past year, she has been doing pieces revolving around figures with radios for heads (any inspiration from the band?). These art pieces are aptly titled Face Radio # 1 to #5 and were all posted this year on her blog. They all display a vintage radio from the past century replacing the facial features on various fashionable persons.

Beauties of Yesteryear: The Brinkley Girls

What do Prudence Prim, Flossie, Gloriette, Dimples, Pretty Polly and Sunny Sue have in common? They’re all 1920′s illustrated heroines by artist Nell Brinkley. Brinkley’s artistic career, spanning the 1910s to the 1940s, largely involved her producing action-packed weekly illustrated serials for newspapers like The American Weekly. She also illustrated quite a few advertisements for hair wavers and bob curlers.

Inadvertent Haiku: News in 17 Syllables

There have been many clever ways of portraying current news, but this one deserves some attention. As an ongoing collaboration project created by Koseli Cummings of K&©, he created Inadvertent Haiku. Each entry is a summation of current affairs in just 17 syllables, in a style they refer to as, “kind of a Félix Fénéon meets Auto-Tune the News.” To make the project even better they often marry those haikus with editorial illustrations done by a list of talented illustrators.

Migy’s Lyrical Works

Sometimes an illustration is so bold and eye-catching that you can’t help but want to stare and discover new things within it. This is how it is with the work of independent illustrator, hand letterer and animator Miguel Ornia-Blanco, or Migy as he is better known. Migy’s work is fun and lighthearted, full of colorful scenes and environments with lyrical characters.  His wonderful, hand-drawn typography is incorporated seamlessly with hand-drawn illustrations. Each piece is active and full of expressive movement that make you keep looking to see what you may discover next.

The Musically Inspired Work of Pascal Blanchet

The illustration work of Pascal Blanchet may trick you into thinking it was created in the 1960s with its effortless vintage style. Blanchet is a graphic novelist and illustrator born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. His work is reminiscent of mid-century jazz record cover art, which he says is a source of inspiration from his childhood. His work is compositionally beautiful, and each piece tends to use strong shapes and colors with hints of texture that add just the right amount of depth and detail to his work. Blanchet is a very versatile illustrator because he can work in perspective, add wonderful lighting, or create something flat and still be interesting.