Woodcut Prints: The Peculiar World of Roman Klonek

The bright, colorfully, poppy, peculiar work of one artist is a fresh take on an old style. Designer, Roman Klonek creates his artwork with woodcut prints that pay homage to polish cartoons and history in the country’s propaganda style. He keeps to the traditional method and principles of the medium, but makes his own version of the end art. His woodcut posters are like stepping into a polish cartoon world, which the artist himself describes as a “bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore, and pop.”

A Fantastic Voyage Through Surreal Worlds

Jean “Moebius” Giraud has taken the world on a journey through his amazing mind using some of the most influential sci-fi films and comics. The futuristic surrealism that exists within this creator will remain in the memory of many: he’s worked as a leading artist and designer on such high profile films as the Fifth Element, 1982’s Tron, The Abyss and Willow. Jean Giraud’s visuals have a way of capturing the viewers interest and setting them into stone.

Retro Twist: Owen Gatley’s Editorial Illustrations

Owen Gatley is making all of the right strokes with his hand-drawn vintage illustration style. Gately’s vintage style is reminiscent of something you would see in an old children’s book, with the soft pencil strokes and shading that add a lot of depth and life to his scenes. It’s always nice to see artists adding craft back into their work, which he does splendidly through mainly using hand drawn illustration. The use of bright, often primary colors teamed with conceptual images, makes his environments fun and engaging… with just the right amount of detail.

Star Wars Characters as Fashionable Hipsters

The world of high fashion gets a geek culture overhaul thanks to Hong Kong-based illustrator and designer John Woo, and is titled He Wears ItDesign sketches are an imperative part of the fashion process and a home for the ideas swirling about in the artists head. The sketch book is a window into the inner workings of an artists mind. A place where ideas are etched furiously into the sketch book so the artist doesn’t miss a single flash of brilliance. They’re also a place of painstaking detail, where hours of meticulous work is jotted down purposefully. What comes out of these sessions are a finalized product that – when designed well – can truly be called a vision.

José Luis Ágreda’s Illustrations in Real Space

What first started off as experiments to speed up concept illustration, resulted in surreal, yet familiar environments. The illustrations, at first, don’t seem like paper collage work at all, because the illustrated characters seem to blend in so well with the photographic environments. Once you do realize that it is a collage, it still doesn’t feel out of place that these wonderfully illustrated characters are interacting in these photographs of mid-century rooms.

A Patchwork Japanese Retro-Future

HR-FM is the name of a very talented Yokohama based artist who creates huge prints of a colorful, patchwork retro-future he calls, paradoxically “the future past.” He says his airplane, robot and speaker filled works are “the fossil which future people may dig,” which seems a perfect description for such a dystopian vision. All of the current works are vector based, created using his Mac and a Wacom tablet and the designs are created using complex lines which are then filled with bold colors. Many must be seen full scale to truly appreciate. To get a larger view, check out hr-fm.com or DeviantArt for a full selection of prints

Posters That Tell The Whole Story

These one-liner filled movie posters really bring back the silver-screen memories. Graphic designer and creative director Jerod Gibson, created the set using only a silhouette and famous words, yet the posters convey so much. No stranger to the design world, Gibson has worked with such notable clients as Urban Outfitters, New Scientist, Cartoon Network, Dirty Disco Kidz, F. Stokes, Alice, Gerber and General Mills. You can find him and more of his work on twitter.com or facebook.com and purchase his posters at society6.com.

Friendly Creatures From Another World

The smiling creatures of digital artist Shingo Matsunuma (aka Shichigoro) have a pleasant and unusual mix of the macabre and the cheerful. To create his pieces he uses a Wacom pen tablet and photoshop to arrive at a very painterly look. Matsunuma hails from Yokohama, Japan and graduated from Tama Art University in painting. You can find him on Twitter, Deviantart and at shichigoro.com.

Light Beyond Sound

When you see Tatiana Plakhava’s designs, they seem to capture the energy of tiny particles colliding in the Large Hadron Collider, revealing an explosive and colorful beauty. Her highly complex designs combine science, illustration, photography, and music, which makes her one well rounded individual. She graduated from Moscow State University with a Master in Social Psychology and then studied at the High Academic School of Graphic Design. Her clientel has ranged from Procter & Gamble Russia and HP, to Playboy USA and Wired Magazine, UK. You can find her on facebook and her personal site or an excellent interview about her by Russel Shaw, here.

Charting the Beatles Notable Instruments

These beautiful illustrations by Oliver Barrett depict the legendary Beatles and their most notable instruments. “I chose to create complex portraits of each member from my favorite era of their careers,” he says. “In addition to the portraits, I depicted each member’s array (or lack of in Ringo’s case) of instruments through vector silhouettes.” Barrett is a desinger and an illustrator who hales from Cleveland, Ohio. Say hi to him on twitter and take a look at his flickr account.