Amsterdam based artist, Martine Johanna was born and raised in the Netherlands. Martine started to draw and paint after working as a fashion designer. Her amazing illustrations depict an almost dark, fairy tale. I absolutely love her technique of drawing and using pastel on wood. Check out all of her paintings and illustrations on her website, here. And if you are in the area, be sure to attend her group show in June and July at the gallery Fontana Fortura in Amsterdam.
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Tags: Art, Design, Dutch Artist, fairy tale, Fontana Fortura, Illustration, Martine Johanna, Oil Paint, Pastel, Pencil
Rena Littleson, an artist working out of Australia, received her B.A. in contemporary arts in 2005 and Post Graduate Degree in Graphic Design at RMIT in 2006-2007. Rena created a series of self portraits for a group show in Melbourne entitled Drawn Again. Armed with pencil and watercolor on paper, she creates incredible photo-realistic drawings. On her website, you can see many pictures of her remarkable lifestyle and other cartoon inspired pieces which make up her versatile portfolio. As described by her representing agency, Just Another Agency, “Rena has a bit of a dark sense of humour at times, often producing work which can be grotesque or violent yet playful and beautiful at the same time. She works in a photorealistic style, with a focus on portraiture, which has more recently been influenced by her growing interest in graphic design and graphic novels. She is currently working on a series of comics for her first graphic novel.”
To see more of her work, visit her website and flickr page.
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Tags: Art, Australian Artist, Graphite, Illustration, Just Another Agency, Pencil, Photo-realism, Portraits, Rena Littleson, self portraits, Watercolor
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Krista Charles of Albuquerque, New Mexico has created an innovative series entitled “Matchbook Landscapes”. Krista was inspired by her 90-year-old grandfather-in-law who kept a bag full of old matchbooks in a drawer. The branding featured on the labels are from another era; the typography on the outside alone is inspiring. And now they have become priceless as Krista pencils the current landscape on the inside envelope of each book. As the years have gone by, some of the businesses have been turned into parking lots, others are out of business and vacant, while others still are in business and thriving. What a wonderful time capsule which captures old and new. Nostalgic with an upgrade. To see more of Krista’s series, check out her website. Or you can purchase the matchbooks on Etsy, here.
“For each matchbook I find where the location of the business would be in Google Maps and on the inside cover of the matchbook I make a pencil sketch of whatever is now shown at this location. On average each drawing takes about two hours to complete. Sometimes the places advertised on the matchbooks are still in business even after decades have passed, some businesses have changed names and are under new ownership, and some buildings are empty or have been torn down and replaced by new buildings or parking lots or highway expansion programs and even empty fields. The age of the matchbooks I use vary, but all are a unique view into the previous business and the dreams of its owner and how these places and by extension all places and our histories change over time. Even the story of matchbooks has evolved and what was once a common item to give out to promote a business has now become a vintage item, rarer to find except in antique stores and our own junk drawers.” - Krista Charles
Posted in Architecture, Art, Branding, Design, Graphic Design, Pencil, Typography
Tags: "Matchbook Landscapes", architecture, Art, Branding, Design, Etsy, Graphite, Krista Charles, Matchbook, Pencil, Typography
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