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© Jonathan Atkinson, 2013 gutenberg Copyright Hand Crafted in the U.S.A.
7th of April

Sam Flores – Illustrator from San Francisco


Based in San Francisco Sam Flores creates characters which are hero like. His signatures are that these characters have mostly closed eyes and large hands. The end results is the feeling that these characters are expressing a particular dichotomy in life – simultaneously experiencing ugliness and beauty. “how can the world be so horrible and yet so beautiful at the same time.”

Sam Flores Illustrator 1

Sam Flores Illustrator 2

Sam Flores Illustrator 3

Sam Flores Illustrator 4

Sam Flores Illustrator 5

Sam Flores Illustrator 6

Sam Flores Website

Enjoying the Illustration Blog

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4th of April

Illustrations by Tara McPherson


I am a big fan of Tara McPherson. Her illustration always seem so perfectly executed. Quite inlaid with emotion. Here are two of here works:

Tara McPherson – How Easily They Fly Away

Tara McPherson - How Easily They Fly Away

Hand of anxiety

Enjoy.

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31st of March

The man who caught you


Intimidating – Dark colors, black inset eyes, looks like he is moving toward you but has already closed in. On top of that you are a little bit uncertain about what you are looking at – as if you stared at the illustration for long enough it would change to something completely different.

Face Illustration

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31st of January

Illustration of Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic (2004)


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is Wes Anderson’s fourth feature length film and was released in 2004 early 2005. It was written by Anderson and Noah Baumbach and was filmed in and around Naples, Rome and the Italian Riviera. The offbeat comedy stars Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, an eccentric oceanographer. Steve Zissou sets out to exact revenge on the “jaguar shark” that ate his partner Esteban. It is a really great movie which prompted me to search a little around the net and I stumbled across the below illustration which i thought was great.

Steve Zissou
Illustration of Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic with (2004)

Murray’s character is homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The film is dedicated to Captain Cousteau.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Sascha
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31st of December

The MissYucki Reunion


After years of intercontinental adventuring, the multi faceted design duo, Alba Poretti and Kathleen Cameron reunited in Johannesburg to “bedazzle” the city with their evolving narrative, art-design project MissYucki .

MissYucki, an established force on the South African art scene, recently staged a fresh solo show The Reunion at the Private Practice – Intermission gallery in downtown Johannesburg. The artists put on an intriguing display of their latest MissYucki creations, including an installation of plush “muti pups”, a narrative collection of illustrations, called The Case of the Missing Kitties, an extensive collection of limited edition digital illustration prints and a quirky pop up shop filled with original MissYucki merchandise and accessories

In addition to the gallery based spectacle the artists also staged their second Trolley Trash Treasure Hunt game which had participants leave the gallery space and take to the gritty streets of downtown Johannesburg to search for prized MissYucki treasures.

Assembled on the 18th floor of the Lister Medical building The Reunion wonderland presided over the city that inspired its conception.  MissYucki is originally from Johannesburg and is still predominantly inspired by the magic and mayhem of the city.  So it was completely fitting that The Reunion be hosted by the Private Practice- Intermission gallery, which has emerged as down town Johannesburg’s most famous and hip contemporary culture venue.

It is clear that MissYucki’s work focuses on exploring African folklore and divination, contemporary urban curiosities and pageantry, but, while, MissyYucki’s, fantastical art is based on Johannesburg with a keynote of new Africanism, the artists manage to successfully create work that translates their focus into winsome visions that are accessible from a global perspective.

This ability is evident in their work The Case of The Missing Kitties - inspired by a newspaper article about a Gauteng Village whose inhabitants were convinced that a tokoloshe (a mischievous evil spirit) was abducting the village animals. Alba and Kat translated their inspiration by writing their own MissYuckiesque version of the happenings. They presented their tale, in a 12 piece framed miniature illustration collection depicting scenes from their imagined mythology. Each illustration was rendered in perfectly subtle shades of pink, white and grey and while they are indeed steeped in a sense of African folklore their cutesy -pop sensibility makes them immediately palatable without having to deconstruct their social significance. But rest assured, MissYucki is not just all pink and pretty. Yes, the work is visually appealing and highly decorative but it is also laden with compelling cultural details and first-rate technical proficiency. MissYucki is cerebral cute at its finest.

The Reunion show engaged me from the moment the suspended plush installation greeted me at the entrance. But by the time I had navigated through the many Reunion offerings and inspected the wall of 20 digital prints I knew exactly why it is that MissYucki has become such a significant player in the illustration scene. MissYucki’s digital illustrations are exceptional. Each scene is populated with curious characters, like muti monsters, magic trolleys and pageant princesses. They each communicate their own unique share of the MissYucki Mythology through carefully designed compositions that combine layers of photography with expert digital drawing.

Alba and Kat use MissYucki to explore of their own identities within the context of South Africa and investigate various themes in daily urban life. They subtly explore questions of urbanism, race, heritage, and identity and blend it with their characteristic sparkle and playful charm. The MissYucki Reunion show was a thought provoking, visual treat and I look forward to seeing what the artists conjure up next.

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31st of December

Red Hair and Spilt Strawberries


Found this Red Hair while looking for something else. Nice Yes?

Gilr With Red Hair

Some thing random i found on my machine that I rather liked. (See… Split Strawberries next to him)

Boy Under Tree

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