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Joao Oliveira

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Faetra
February 10th, 2009

epos 564x400 Joao Oliveira I know we are in a recession but I have to say these Visa Cards, designed by Portuguese artist Joao Oliveira, make me want to take out another line of credit. That’s not all he does- Oliveira specializes in sketching, graphic art and even motion design.  The 22-year-old also has a line of  iPhone wallpaper.  His work translates as a kind of controlled chaos, heavily influenced in pop and graffiti art and using basic shapes like triangles, squares and circles as the base for the graphic design.

Oliver Vernon

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SomewhereBlue
February 4th, 2009

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Oliver Vernon’s paintings are eye-gasmic. I want to highlight his technique.  It’s called Gouache, pronounced ‘gwash’, and it’s a really stellar.  It’s similar to watercolors, however, there is usually less water to paint ratio when mixing in the water with the colors which allows for larger paint particles in the mixture.  There is usually white chalk present in Gouache works as well.  The thing that is really cool about using this technique is that the darker colors usually dry lighter, and the lighter colors will dry darker.  Frustrating if you can’t harness this factor, but Oliver Vernon clearly has, and uses it in a fantastic illusionary way. As you can see in most of his work, he incorporates sharp patterns of very dark and very light colors side by side.  It’s challenging and he does it so well.

Dan May

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Faetra
February 3rd, 2009

3240273880 5213c7e527 324x400 Dan MayIf you are in the Santa Monica area, you must check out the upcoming show of artist Dan May. His solo show titled “Slow Collision” will open at the Copro/Nason gallery on February 7th. Check out some of his work here. I am definitely digging the fantastical element and the use of pastels. There is something slightly eerie yet comforting about his paintings. I also really like the movement- it’s as if everything is floating in some sort of suspended time and place. And you can’t beat his titles. The above is called “Bubblegum Siesta”.

ilovedust Bicycle Illustration

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komeller
February 3rd, 2009

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Oh the places you’ll go!  Design boutique ilovedust recently created these outer-worldly illustrations– apparently with bicycles on the brain– available for purchase on Click For Art.   Each illustration finds a bike inside a neat little world:

Harshvardhan Kadam

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MiMo
February 2nd, 2009

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Really cool work by an illustrator/arstist Harshvardhan Kadam based in India.

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Kakofonia

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Faetra
February 2nd, 2009

kakofonia 01 410x400 KakofoniaIf the sketches shown here by Brazilian artist Kako look familiar its probably because he has been everywhere lately- from  Premiere and Playboy magazines to ads for American Airlines and Apple. One can see why he’s won virtually every illustration award under the sun from 2001 to the present.  Every individual piece of Kako’s is so finely detailed you’d swear it was entirely computer generated- his sketching is absolutely out of this world. Moving through his body of work one can see a distinct style and feeling in each individual piece. On the surface, his work seems like the love child of Frank Miller and Edward Gorey, but upon closer look you realize that Kako is operating to the beat of his own drummer and genre.

Complement Your Character – Puma

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MiMo
February 1st, 2009

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I know this might not look like you normal sneaker ad but not appriciating the detail in this illustration would be a sin. Created by Robert/Boisen & Like-minded, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Regino Gonzales

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SomewhereBlue
January 27th, 2009

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Regino Gonzales is a tattoo artist gone wild. He’s actually a fantastic visual artist, throwing his talents in avenues of sketching, painting, digital design, photography, identity process for labels, all in addition to tattooing.  Check out his gallery of tattoo work he’s done, they’re so awesome!

Valerio Carrubba

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SomewhereBlue
January 23rd, 2009

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The kind of thing that makes you go “Eww and Aww!”  Valerio Carrubba uses double painting technique and overlapping brushstrokes to create these extremely vivid, super surreal images.  Some of the subjects express discomfort while their flesh is being pulled away from their bodies, and others are very calm and seemingly bored.  Completely cool and creepy. Valerio Carrubba resides in Milan. View more of his collection here.

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