It’s interesting how a strange abstract outline can immediately process into a meaningful image to us. Pablo Picasso was a master at drawing a bunch of abstract shapes and somehow our brains make it into something. Sometimes realistic representations can be a tad boring or a bit contrived. Anytime an artist takes creative license to create something new I love the hell out of it. Italian artist Ale Giorgini creates really rad minimalist and abstract art based on pop culture figures….actually some of my favorite movies and characters!
Bizarre dreamlike visions finally have been illustrated into a comic strip. At last an artist that feeds my dark and random sense of humor.
California born artist Lisa Hanawalt may be a comedic genius. Her imagination is weird, beautiful, dirty, wicked, twisted and brilliant. Lisa is a master of anthropomorphism and is a production designer of Bojack Horseman, a new original animated series for Netflix. Her book “My Dirty Dumb Eyes” is a collection of hilarious short comic strips that showcase all sorts of interesting glances into a world of what dogs really want, animals in hats, rumors of Anna Wintour and the secret life of chefs. Lisa is creating a comic for my weird adult sensibilities and is constantly surprising me with new and hilarious material.
Playing with a few tortilla chips could lead to some creative work if you just stop and look at the potential of the tortilla chip. Artist Javier Pérez Estrella aka cintascotch is a graphic designer from Ecuador and his work is simple and imaginative. He plays with two and three dimensions in a way we haven’t seen before. As humans we tend to see faces and shapes in inanimate objects. His work takes this thought to the next level.
The illustrations are simple and compliment the found item perfectly. He is using mixed media just the way God intended mixed media to be. If you check out his Instagram or his website he has some pretty remarkable ‘stop motion’ animation videos up.
Illustrator Nan Lawson has a style that I can only describe as “sweetheart nerd”. Her pieces combine a soft and sweet quirky flair to recognizable pop culture figures. She has a unique style of portraiture and character busts. What I love about her work is the cute way she draws characters with their eyes closed. Its a soft, peaceful and meditative feeling. These characters come to life with the detailed line work and lovely use of color.
Here there is a series called “the little ones”. These drawings have the semi creepy doll dot eyes and can either be interpreted as eerie or cute, or maybe a little of both. This is Harry Potter, obv.
Illustrator and character designer Jerrod Maruyama is creating some pretty amazing work. He’s drawing stuff in the style of kawaii (all things cute and adorable).
Most pop culture icons are subject to his cute-ification. Breaking Bad, Hellboy, Star Wars and his most popular series, Disney characters. I know most of my art postings have been “food illustrations”, but my inner geek is dying to post my nerdy loves. You have been warned….
These Disney characters are cute enough for any adult but would be totally adorable in a nursery.
Because I cannot post all of his wonderful work you’ll have to take a look at his website yourself. The little geek inside me gets super giddy when I see his work. He really captures the spirit of Disney characters very well. I feel like all of his illustrations has a sweet kawaii feel that I like so very much but also maintains a minimalist vibe. All of his character design is very consistent. Something an obsessive collector (such as myself) goes crazy for. I mean who could say no to this little smiling spam. Awww….
(i have contacted the artist to use these photos, hes super nice so please buy his stuff!)