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February 27, 2009

Ruud van Empel

I have had a stupendous 2 weeks at work and tonight I lull myself into browsing for illustrations and art – a simpe joy, little effort and a good cup of green tea. This evening I felt Ruud van Empel was a best pick. He is offbeat without any cheap shock, macabre, bazaar or horror themes attached to his work. They are outlandish and curios. Perhaps you could describe the feeling the work emanates as ‘a recollection of an imagined memory’.

Ruud van Empel works and lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

PS:  Donnie I picked ‘Souvenir 2 baby‘ especially for you ;)

Tip: ‘world 17‘ makes for a great desktop BG! 

January 3, 2009

Danny Gregory’s “An Illustrated Life”

“An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers” is a must have. There is nothing more precious then an artists journal or sketchbook. Journals are not just a planning and practice ground for art but are creative, honest and faithful, true and private expression of a persons experience of life. Danny Gregory has dived into countless sketchbooks and compiled a book with just over 260 pages of priceless sketchbook entries of artists, illustrators and designers. The author Danny Gregory introduces his book in the video below.

December 23, 2008

Obama & McCain 2008: Art & Politics

How much influence did art, the politicians brand and exposure thereof have in the 2008 American elections?

Is there an integral role between art and politics which can guide us in discovering truth or does art and design in politics walk dangerously close to propaganda?

How much does art and design influence the way people think and act? Or is art an embodiment of people’s perceptions implying that the art is in-fact preordained? The logo of a political brand is then a personification of a symbol or in other words the embodiment of the person it represents – similar comments in the video at the end of this post.

To what degree has art and design influenced the way Americans voted in 2008?

With these questions in mind please take a look at the collection of illustrations, caricatures, logos and video’s relating to the 2008 American Elections. You will notice there is more material on Obama which has nothing to do with my personal views. There was simply more of it. For example there were no real variations of the McCain logo like there was for Obama nor where there video’s talking about McCains brand development.

Enjoy: (Click on the images to see fully)

Obama Brand & Logo Development:
An interview with Sol Sender about the Obama logo and the brand that was built.

Sol Sender – Obama Logo Design Part 1 of 2

Sol Sender – Obama Logo Design Part 1 of 2

Other Videos:

This is a video compilation of varies political expressions

Obama And Pop Culture – CBS News

HipHop Scratching Video

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed!

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Awesome.

December 22, 2008

A Merry Christmas From James Jean

Filed under: Fine Art & Artists, Illustrations - Illustrators — Tags: , — Don Stey @ 12:11 pm

Definitely one of my favourite artist at the moment is James Jean.. Here is a painting from his up and coming exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York.

James Jean

James Jean

December 20, 2008

Video Of Camille Rose Garcia

December 19, 2008

The Artwork Of Sean Galloway

I have been following Sean Galloway’s work for a while now and I am a massive FAN!

He has worked as lead character designer on animated features such as Hellboy and the new animated Spiderman series.

Hellboy Animated

Spiderman Animated

You have got to love this guys amazing simplicity of form and line, it’s enough to make any line junky squirm with delight (you know what I am talking about).

Sean is a 34 year old freelance illustrator, currently living in Los Angeles California.

Spidey Designs 01

Spidey Design 02

Spidey Design 03

Spidey Design 04


Progeny Design


For more info please visit his blog :

December 17, 2008

Tragic Kingdom The Art Of Camille Rose Garcia

The Art Of Camille Rose Garcia

Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other dissenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias. Creative influences include Phillip K. Dick, William Burroughs, Henry Darger,Walt Disney, as welll as politically aware bands like The Clash and Dead Kennedys. Her recent solo show, Ultraviolenceland, explored ideas of violence and empire.
Her work has appeared in Flaunt Magazine, Rolling Stone, Juxtapoz, and Paper Magazine, among others. She currently lives in Los Angeles.


This was a short biography from Camille’s website. I recently received her book Tragic Kingdom The Art Of Camille Rose Garcia, as a gift. Her work is hauntingly lucid, dripping with dark parody and fantasy. It is a must buy for any collector of fine things and dark undertones. I personally am now a huge fan of this multi talented artist, who not only creates wonderful pieces but is also the person who brings you the PITCO toy company.

For more information on her up and coming work please visit her site:

December 16, 2008

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 100 years of solitude

This post marks the beginning of a theme of posts on this illustration blog. I love to read novels. All sorts. I often look at the covers and am interested on how the artist has interpreted and expressed the book through the use of illustration, photography, typography and layout. I’ll start out with a poetic and famous book which is hailed to be one of the most widely read books of all time – Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 100 years of solitude.

“It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alternation between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay. It was an intricate stew of truths and mirages that convulsed the ghost of José Arcadio Buendía with impatience and made him wander all through the house even in broad daylight.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 100 years of solitude

“It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alternation between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay. It was an intricate stew of truths and mirages that convulsed the ghost of José Arcadio Buendía with impatience and made him wander all through the house even in broad daylight.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 100 years of solitude

“Carmelia Montiel, a twenty-year-old virgin, had just bathed in orange-blossom water and was strewing rosemary leaves on Pilar Ternera’s bed when the shot rang out. Aureliano José had been destined to find with her the happiness that Amaranta had denied him, to have seven children, and to die in her arms of old age, but the bullet that entered his back and shattered his chest had been directed by a wrong interpretation of the cards.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 100 years of solitude

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November 24, 2008

Kyungduk Kim

Stumbled across these illustrations by Kyungduk Kim. The more I see watercolour pieces the more I like it. Kyungduk has done a great job here.

Kyungduk Kim - Clouthing Girl
Kyungduk Kim – Clouthing Girl

Kyungduk Kim - Dylan
Kyungduk Kim – Dylan

Kyungduk Kim- Its Pouring
Kyungduk Kim- Its Pouring

September 24, 2008

Chris Scarborough – Illustrations

He has a real command of human anatomy which he then likes to distorts. Chris Scarborough likes to add a lot of detail to hands and feet which draws your attention to them – I wonder if it has some meaning or just for effect. Either way I like the extra detail. He also gives his characters these big eyes (Seems to be quite the popular effect to give more emotion to characters). His characters generally have quite a macabre feeling. Ohh and then the spaceship is great I want one just like that!






September 18, 2008

AJ Fosik

AJ Fosik has fulfilled my need to find something completely knew and unique. His work is like nothing I have seen before. Not only is his work meticulously crafted but invites the viewer to think.

AJ Fosik_always-to-dust





Chris Riddell

I cannot believe I haven’t posted Chris Riddell yet. He is my absolute favorite. His stories are so so charming and his drawings are magical masterpieces.





August 28, 2008

Andrea Innocent

Andrea Innocent is an Australian born illustrator, designer and fashion designer. Her latest work explores Japanese pop culture. Themes investigate traditional Japanese folk tales and Japanese textiles and their meanings. I absolutely love the mix of western and eastern styles.






July 28, 2008

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Boris Vallejo 1978 Tarzan Calendar
5500 USD (maybe at the end of the month.)

Frank Frazetta Devil Rider Painting Original Art (circa 1970)
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Hal Foster Prince Valiant Sunday Comic Strip
11 000 USD

July 25, 2008

Audrey Kawasaki

Filed under: Illustrations - Illustrators — Tags: , , — Sascha @ 1:40 pm

Isnt Audrey Kawasaki simply great. I just love her work.


Audrey Kawasaki – She Who Dares


Audrey Kawasaki – ak Chair

More Audrey Kawasaki

July 24, 2008

Showing Love for Jeff Soto

Filed under: Illustrations - Illustrators — Tags: , — Sascha @ 11:56 pm




More By Jeff Soto In Signature Illustration

Dan Munford Illustration

Filed under: Illustrations - Illustrators — Tags: , — Sascha @ 11:48 pm

They are pretty darn intense but they are extreamly good!




July 23, 2008

Fighting Animation

Filed under: All Sorts, Comic Illustrations, Illustrations - Illustrators, Videos — Sascha @ 6:34 pm

Illustrator unknown. Great little animation even though it is quite violent. Enjoy!

July 22, 2008

Terry-Toons Collection By Paul Terry


Paul Terry-toons – Dingbat and Sylvester the fox


Paul Terry-toons Sourpuss and Gandy Goose


Paul Terry-toons – Heckle And Jeckle


Paul Terry-toons – Oil Can Harry and Pearl PureHeart


Paul Terry-toons – Mighty Mouse

Paul-terry-toons Terry Bears

Paul Terry-toons – Terry Bears

Paul terry-toons - Dinky

Paul Terry-toons -Dinky

terrytoons - Litle Roquefort

Paul Terry-toons -Little Roquefort

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