Sofia Härö is an artist from Finland with quite a love for dogs. In her feature we reveal what happened when she chose to combine her love of dogs with her love of art. This turned into a challenge in which she drew a different dog every day for thirty days. The result, thirty dogs in thirty days.
A Tiny Dachshund
A Tiny Dachshund
Working by hand with ink and markers, Haro produced thirty images of various breeds of dog in different poses and states. The eyes of the dogs are large and liquid, showing both the feeling the artist has for the dogs and the love the dogs give their humans. My personal favorite breed is the Dachshund and lucky me, the series’ most popular breed of dog is in fact the Dachshund, featured in three of the drawings in this challenge. In particular I love the tenth piece, The Tiniest Dachshund, – this lovable pup is clearly the runt of this already miniature breed of dog. He (I decided it’s a male, the judgement call we make with all dogs until they roll over) is peacefully curled up, resting his head on his feet as he sleeps on the floor. Minimal line and shading work, reminiscent of some of my favorite comic artists, give all the detail you need to appreciate just how adorable a dachshund is curled up on the floor asleep.
Härö brings this same minimalism and eye for cuteness to every breed featured in this series. Whether you love dogs or not, after seeing Härö’s work, you’re sure to reach your cute quotient for the day so don’t miss it.
Maja Wronska is an architect and painter of immense technical prowess out of Warsaw, Poland. Having architecture as a major interest, it is unsurprising that much of Wronska’s artistic work concerns painstakingly detailed recreations of globally famous architectural landmarks. In a recent series, Watercolors of modern cities, she turns her artistic interest to the cityscapes that house such architectural wonders.
As the title suggests, Wronska turns to watercolors to render the skylines of some of the world’s most beautiful and iconic cities. Chicago, Tokyo, Frankfurt, New York City and London are brought to vivid life by Wronska’s hand (an amazing process you can see in action with the embedded videos accompanying each piece). The most notable element of the work done in this series is the choices that the artist makes with her use of color. I can assure you that you have never seen these cities as Wronska has imagined them. Relying heavily on ethereal blues, pinks, oranges and yellow, our globe’s great cities look like they have travelled through the ocean of imagination and surfaced with the burning fire of the heart of the American southwest. The works are surreal, dreamy and romantic while remaining grounded in realism. They feel alive and reverent. They show the world as we wish it was, revealing that we our wishes came true long ago, that this is the world we live in. Only work by somebody like Wronska can show us such truths.
Camilla d’Errico is a Canadian artist specializing in painting, toy and character design and comics art. Her work exhibits a strong influence of the comics, cartoons and manga that have been the source of her studies and lifeblood since childhood. The breadth of her love for these areas of pop culture comes to life in her recent series of paintings featuring iconic characters as bees.
Deadpool draw as an adorable bee
Deadpool draw as an adorable bee
Exhibiting both the technique and spirit of fun characteristic of d’Errico, this series of paintings reveals a world where your favorite characters exist only as adorable, manga inspired, big eyed bees with a suitably bee-related name to boot. Take the first piece for example, Beepool. One of the dirtiest, most violent characters of recent pop culture popularity, Deadpool, when filtered through the hand and imagination of d’Errico is transformed into an adorable red and black striped bee. Wings stretched back, ready for a fight, the bee holds Deadpool’s signature katanas in both bee hands running headlong into a certainly beestructive bee battle. Beepool, like all of d’Errico’s bee characters, is hairy and exquisitely detailed giving her figures beautiful form true to the characters and insects that inspired them. Whether you’re a fan of Beepool, Batbee and his bee rogue’s gallery or a beekemon like beekachu, this a fun series certain to tickle your imagination and leave you with a smile on your face so be sure to fly on over and check it out.
Paula Amin, faculty of fine arts at Helwan University, is a senior illustrator and art director in Cairo, Egypt. With a focus on illustration, character design and cartooning Amin brings fun, colorful flair to his series of scenes while lending a deft, stylized, detailed hand to his portraiture. The versatility of the artist is immense but no matter the subject, his work never loses his sense of fun.
To highlight what distinguishes Amin from his peers I’ll deal with one of his works of cartooning and one of his portraits. “Ogre Lady,” a perfect representation of Amin’s cartooning, is reminiscent of a fully colored Far Side comic. It depicts a large woman who is both the size and shape of a large stone. Her orange air waves out from her head, towards the sky, like it is trying to escape from the head of the ogre it belongs to. The face is pinched like a paper bag that has been cinched and balled. Her fingers, toes and nails are pig-like and cracked. She is a sloth, an immovable object of a person who, when I look at her, makes me smile amusedly at the artist’s perspective while being repulsed by the people and ideas she represents.
His portraits are just as idiosyncratic as his cartoons/illustrations, both in tone and subject choice, as evidenced by his piece, “Pig.” While much of Amin’s work portrays the grotesque absurdities of the human form, his pig is one of the most lovingly realized figures in his body of work. The animal’s hairs are detailed and realistically articulated. Shimmers of light glisten off the pig’s wet nose while it peers at the viewer with one of its human-like eyes. When you stare back at the pig, you feel like you’re looking at the face of an innocent young boy. You relate to the animal, feel its intelligence and the soul behind it. Amin urges you to consider the animal and its brethren. All at the same time, you are looking at a loving representation of a pig just after seeing a cartoon of a boulder of an “Ogre Lady.” Amin jumps across the spectrum of humanity, the animal kingdom and culture, all with humor and style. I urge everyone to let their eyes jump along with him.
Beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes, and these illustrations gracefully exemplify that with portraits of women whose proportions are highlighted contrary to mainstream media. Curvy physiques, musclular limbs, and feet that are anything but petite make a statement of self-love: to be comfortable in your own skin! The artist, poury_nekounam, redefines beauty with pure, unadulterated figures and “unladylike” expressions and I absolutely love her for it. She elimates excess noise that may distract from the women by placing them against a pure white backdrop that makes them pop. As far as her technique goes, she brings it all to life with dramatic shading that is blended softly to perfection, beautifully complimenting the figures. I’m so excited to see more creative examples in the future of what beauty means to her!
Frank Plant is an American sculptor who works in his studio in the Hostafrancs neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. After studying sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Plant moved to Amsterdam as he began to develop the form and methods for which he has become known for, his drawings in steel. He has worked on his steel drawings from Barcelona since moving there in 1999.
Speaking about his work, Frank Plant says they concern, “sense of humor and some sort of socio/political/economic awareness.” In his series Drawings in Steel, Plant displays this sense across a set of steel sculpted scenes depicting the tasks, objects and subject of every day life. “Taking in the Laundry,” a piece emblematic of Plant’s oeuvre, shows a steel silhouette removing dried laundry from a line. The steel is shaped against a white walled background, as all of the work in this series is, providing the linework of the drawing in a way that gives the illusion that it is ink on paper or canvas. Plant’s particular style of sculpture gives the illusion of a two-dimensional drawing with three-dimensional depth. The angles are drawn into a deceivingly simple cartoon of life, complete with the shadows created by the play between sculpture and the light in the room. Across the series, Plant’s work becomes even more complex, more impressive as he brings new modes of sculpture into the work. Even the simple edition of a glass carafe in his steel drawing, “Max at his Father’s Table,” adds new, almost cartoonish reality to Plant’s artwork. It gets to the point in his pieces to where the existence of other colors and materials feels strange and humorous in Plant’s world of bland, black and white people. It’s fun and oddly moving and the kind of work you can get lost in, looking at it from different angles, honing in on the points of depth and detail. It’s a visual journey well worth taking.
Andreas Preis is a designer, illustrator and artist who works and lives in Berlin, Germany. Working in illustration, murals, logo and icon design and art direction, Preis has proven himself as an in-demand artist trusted by a number of prominent companies and brands. DC Comics, ESPN, Google, Nike and Microsoft are just a few of the organizations who have utilized the vision of Andreas Preis. Looking at the work included in his series, More drawings…, it’s easy to understand why such huge, global brands would turn to Preis for their artistic needs.
The work included in this series is all handmade. As he notes at the beginning, Preis uses fineliners, markers, pencils and some brushes to show off his skills in linework and character design. His black and white illustrations, portraits of people and personified creatures, like a rabbit in a jacket and robed lizard, reveal a geometrically structured style that uses rectangular threads of line to sew together crystalline images of Preis’ figures. Jagged edges fit together to build the faces of people in various states of reflective contemplation, reactive joy and sinister stares. Dripping runs of ink at the bottom of some of the figures give a sense of bleeding evil or dark energy seeping from the character’s hearts. The versatility of tone and expression bely an artist in control of all aspects of their craft, an artist, Andreas Preis, trusted by the world’s biggest brands, an artist one should expect to see for years to come.
Dwayne Vance, creative director for FutureElements, is an industrial designer and digital artist out of Corona, California. An artist talented in the traditional mediums of sketch and coloring, Vance’s main interest and focus is on the industrial design of the future, more specifically, the transportation and defense interests of the future. Bringing his singular imagination to his work, much of Vance’s work centers around renderings of potential mech designs for a future of mechanized defensive and offensive instruments of metallic destruction.
Outside of the mech design, the bulk of Vance’s work concerns designs for the cars of the future. Vehicles with fifties influenced engines, their heads protruding from the hoods of Vance’s vehicles, surrounded by sleek metallic frames, angled as though they’ve been engineered to shoot straight from the streets to the stars. Wide rimmed wheels at each end, their circumference reaching to the heights of the vehicle’s frame, look ready to meet the roads and terrain of a dying future world in turn. It isn’t a Mad Max world Dwayne Vance is envisioning here, it’s a future we’d all welcome living in, a world where engineering and tech meet in a new day of hot rod culture, a day of prosperity and advancement. Take a drive on over to Vance’s artwork and join in on his dream of the yet to come, new car culture.
Jang Suk-Woo, otherwise known as 1000day, is an imaginative and exciting character designer, toy designer and illustrator. Based in Seoul, 1000day carries the bona fides of having worked with or been recognized by some large, global companies like Samsung and Adobe. His artwork carries a sense of fun and whimsy and by 1000day’s own admission, communication. Writing on his website, he says, “I gently try to convey a sweet message to people like a breeze.”
In one of his most recent series, Melo Breeze in Time Line, 1000day brings the sweet message to life and carries the viewer through his process like a breeze. By way of illustrated interludes, 1000day provides his context for rendering symbolism alongside the physical process of the artwork, showing the pieces in various stages of sketching and coloring. This choice builds an almost storybook type feel to the whole arrangement, literary in a way that builds depth in the art while giving further access to the artist behind all of the vivid images of Melo Breeze, conveying the process of moving from separation towards new love. The character moves through the pieces, from the depths of the ocean, surrounded by fish, used as a symbol for parting and the anxiety of being alone, up to the land, eventually reaching above the clouds, finding the ecstasy of new love, surrounded by pastries and birds wearing headphones and bowler hats, the birds representing love. One look at 1000day’s Melo Breeze in Time Line and I swear you’ll find yourself surrounded by love birds too.
If you’ve seen any of our drawing challenges (like the Coffee and Quotes Drawing Challenge) you probably already know how much we love doodling on objects that you might have otherwise tossed in the trash. So, you can imagine our excitement when we stumbled upon Lauren Elizabeth Lee’s entire “Cup-folio” dedicated to doodling on coffee cups. She mentions that the start of her illustration journey began with the simple act of drawing on coffee cups during her morning commute. How cool is that?! It’s refreshing to see this type of collection so beautifully executed by the same artist, with such breath-taking detail and use of the space! Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee as you teleport into a doodle wonderland with these dreamy illustrations.