Oakland based artist Eddie Colla illustrates the constant threat of social and political desire for conformity.
“There is a visual conversation that takes place on the streets of urban environments,” says Colla. “This conversation is dominated primarily by advertising and utilitarian signage and assumes passive participation. Whether invited or not I am going to participate in this conversation. Public spaces were never intended to be coated from top to bottom with photos of consumer products. These spaces should, in some manner, reflect the culture that thrives in that space.”
“Some people view what I do as vandalism. I assume that their objection is that I alter the landscape without permission. Advertising perpetually alters our environment without the permission of it’s inhabitants. The only difference is that advertisers pay for the privilege to do so and I don’t. So if you’re going to call me anything, it is more accurate to call me a thief.”
Paris-based artist Hélène Cayre works exclusively by hand in watercolour, pencil and ink. The colour combinations are beautiful, if you want to see more visit www.helenecayre.com.
UK based artist Debbie Smyth uses hundreds of pins and delicate lengths of thread to create wall-sized installations.
Rome-based Russian artist Ekaterina Panikanova uses old books and various antiquated books, as a large canvas with multiple volumes, for her paintings.
Costa Rica based artist Natalia Sanabria creates fashion illustrations by using watercolours stains, coloured pencils and collages. She says “If I find a photograph that catches my eye, I’ll draw it for sure. It might be a particular pattern or an interesting face, it depends on the image. Lately I’ve been working with runway models, because that way I can practice painting textures, fabrics and creating different looks for my illustrations.”
Ed Fairburn uses road and subway maps as interesting canvases for his ink and pencil portraits.
Fairburn says, “Emphasis is placed on the ‘fragmented’ texture of the skin, a process which has encouraged my work to evolve from its occupation of plain paper to the potential occupation of other, pre-fragmented or pre-patterned surfaces.”
Florianopolis based artist Camila do Rosário started studying fashion but dropped out to start her career as an illustrator. Among the works from her portfolio you can find the Moleskine pieces of art, hand drawings and digital collages. Her style is a combination of beautifully textured pencil work and some washes of colour.
North Wales-based artist Niki Pilkington works mainly using pencils, felt-tip pens and biros. She says “My work is portrait-based, fashion-focused, colourful, playful – and hopefully nice to look at too. My main influences are colours, shapes, fashion and the people who wear it.”
New York-based artist Hope Gangloff creates vibrant and realistic portraits to share her view of modern American life. She works mostly with pen and ink on paper, using as a reference photographs she takes of her friends.
Valencia based artist Paula Bonet creates these beautiful illustrations by using pen, watercolours and chinese ink, leaving a eye-catching result in each of her works.
Esra Røise is a Norwegian freelance illustrator based in Oslo. She creates some fresh and colourful inky pencil illustrations inspired by people and small unimportant everyday-life situations.
Nantes, France based illustrator Marynn, creates beautiful pieces with a simple but colourful style by using black and white pencil with a touch of colour.
She says ” It always begins from an obsession, a musical or sentimental one (need tissues…), I’m that kind of girl who listens to the same song over and over as I draw (I have no television). I generally find the message first and then compose according to it. There’s often a second meaning to my illustrations, my closest people generally know what it is about.”
Sweden based illustrator Myltan ( Hannah Muller ), creates realistic and expressive illustrations by using water colours, ink pens and pencils. She is inspired by models and friends.
Colombian based artist Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor creates very moving and delicate illustrations using a wide colour palette with both warm and cold colours. She says “I’m currently studying visual arts, even though I do not believe in the idea of professionalism.”
Mallorca-based artist Oriol Angrill Jordà creates interesting illustrations with unique colour and texture combinations by using techniques like pastel, watercolours, colored pencil, white pencil on black canson paper, acrylics, graphite or charcoal.
He says, “I did not start like most of the artists I’ve met. As I’ve been listening, a majority of them had been enthusiastic about Art, almost since they were born, as a native desire to create or express themself. Unfortunately, it wasn’t like that to me. It was like a research of what I did better. I really had no interest in drawing or art culture. I completely unknew there were people living and working on Art. Despite my childish ignorance, I had already an easily skill to draw or rather that, a facillity to represent what I saw on paper.”