Friday, 24 October 2014

Falling Into a Fantasy World with Florence Manlik

Today I thought I would share a very fluid, soft and calming style of artwork from the  talented Parisian illustrator Florence Manlik. She beautifully in a works in a highly detailed and organically structured style. I love her very tight and linear line work that swirls and intertwines before loosing control and flowing across the page.

This abstract and fantasy-like style of work is created using pens and interestingly includes a range of distinguishable and unusual imagery from animals, sea creatures and florals to geometric shapes and symbols. Florence "captures from a lost symbolist unfold on 'parcels of nothingness." Sourced

Friday, 17 October 2014

Refreshingly Bright Art in the City by Chetan Kumar

One of my students is currently studying 'Art in the City' and I luckily stumbled across the colourful line drawings of Chetan Kumar whilst researching. Chetan is a creative illustrator based in London who takes extensive inspiration from the environment that surrounds him."Inspired by his extensive traveling around the world, Chetan has an interest in visiting new places and exploring facets of living in a city." Sourced

I love the fluid and looseness of his line-work, it includes quirky and interesting marks. His use of bold colours in abundance is refreshing and creates a bold and unique effect. "I like my art to have a signature style but at the same time, be fresh and different from others". Sourced

Monday, 13 October 2014

Charming Animal Machines by Vladimir Gvozdev

The artist I am sharing with you today contrasts somewhat with my usual choices. I am amazed by the unique and unusual artwork Russian artist Vladimir Gvozdev and could not resist showing you a selection of his work. Vladimir works as a freelance painter and sculptor after previously working as a graphic designer and is also known as 'Gvozdariki'.

Despite the imaginative mechanical subject matter his paintings are created in a detailed and decorative style. Vladimir loves to experiment in the well known Steampunk style, that originated from Victorian steam-powered machinery and is magically transformed into a fantasy world. It is evident Vladimir has a real love for the unusual combination of subject matter he uses and a considerable amount of time is spent merging these together to create unique and charming creatures.

Friday, 10 October 2014

A Naturally Inspiring Environemt by Jill Bliss

I have loved the work of Jill Bliss, a very imaginative illustrator, for a long time after I first spotted her work in Print & Pattern. Jill's work is full of textural qualities and quirky patterns. She selects subtle colour palettes and tonal shades that work seamlessly together, including bolder highlights for contrast.
Her naturally inspired compositions contain explosions of intricate detail and pattern. Recognisable features includes flowers, foliage, plant organisms, sealife, mushrooms and lettering.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Intricate Paper Cuts by Yuken Teruya!

I discovered the unusual work of Yuken Teruya at a recent paper manipulation exhibition. I am fascinated with delicate silhouettes and intricate paper cuts and Yuken takes this to a whole new and unexpected level.

Yuken is an Japanese artist who is now based in New York City. The urban life that surrounds him has proven to be a rich source of inspiration to his artwork. "He works with various materials such as toilet paper rolls, paper shopping bags and butterfly chrysalises. His ideas often reflect life and history of Okinawa, his homeland." Sourced

Friday, 3 October 2014

Hannah Davies Decorative Hand Drawn Illustrations!

I was delighted to unexpectedly find the stunning work of Hannah Davies when I was doing a usual spot of inspirational research. Hannah's use of intricate pattern and detail instantly grabbed my attention.

Her style of work appeals to my love of detail and nature inspired imagery. "Hannah’s illustrations are compared to a sea of jewels, capturing Water, life and the environment in all its glory." Sourced

Hannah works as a freelance designer and illustrator from her seaside home in Wales. She has worked across a wide range of creative illustrative projects from publishing and design to advertising.

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