Vero Navarro Castillo is an incredibly talented illustrator based in Madrid. She depicts a fantastic story within each detailed piece. Using colored pencils, markers and digital editing, Vero creates magical scenes. Her illustrated characters carry an haunting presence that are beautiful yet ominous. Her work is enchanting! You may have seen her commissioned work with advertising agencies DDB, GSW NY or Modafoca. Graduating in Fine Arts at the University of San Carlos in Valencia, she is now illustrating for many authors. Make sure you check out her incredible blog, Flickr photostream and website. She also sells prints on society6.
Posted in Art, Illustration, Print
Tags: Art, colored pencils, DDB, digital editing, Flickr, GSW NY, Illustration, Madrid Artist, Markers, Modafoca, Prints, Society6, University of San Carlos, Vero Navarro Castillo
Artist Chris Crites of Seattle uses paper bags and toilet paper rolls as canvas for his incredible series, “Big Time”, which is part of an ongoing series of mug shots. For over ten years Chris has created tightly rendered and flawlessly detailed four and five color mug shot portraits hand-painted on brown paper bags. The wrinkles and folds provides a new context for his criminal portraits; employing a disposable frame for socially disposable people. The quality of the paper bags both elevate the contrast between the brightly colored acrylic portraits and their dingy backdrop. Check out more of his amazing work, on his website- here, and Flickr photostream, here. Also, be sure to check out his book of collected mug shots, which can be purchased, here.
“Years ago I saw a book of black and white crime photographs from the past. I found it amazing. The characters and crime scenes looked like surreal glimpses into the history of human interaction. Much more intriguing for me were the mug shots. Portraits of people who had just been caught. Despair, frustration, anger – so many expressions could be read on the faces. Each one of these images has a story. Often times I have no idea what the real story is, but it’s hard not to make one up. One of the reasons I paint them is to bring out another possible story, for people to look at and think about. The majority of the images I base my paintings on are from the 1890’s through 1950’s.” – Chris Crites
Posted in Art, Paint, Paper
Tags: Acrylic, acrylic portraits, Arrested Moments, Art, Big Time, Chris Crites, College of San Mateo, Flickr, Jack Fischer Gallery, Mug Shots, Paint, Portraits, San Jose State University, Seattle Artist
Artist Philipp Igumnov, of Moscow, creates photographic collages with a vintage flair. There is an underlying commentary that are sometimes humorous, sometimes dark. However, the surreal-wow-factor is always present. Check out more of Philipp’s amazing work on his Flickr photostream and livejournal.
Posted in Art, Design, Illustration, Mixed Media, Photography
Tags: Art, Collage, Design, Flickr, Illustration, Livejournal, Mixed Media, Moscow Artist, Philipp Igumnov, Photography, Vintage, woodcum