Austrian painter Voka has made a name for himself as the founder of Spontaneous Realism, the self-titled category for this style and technique. Colorful, energetic, lightly abstract and dripping with definitive emotion, Voka uses his own brand of acrylics in creating the iconic paintings that make up his Heads series. In viewing Voka’s artwork you can obviously point out spontaneous movement and the realism in his character depictions. When you [...]
Wearing a perfectly fitted, striped shirt and a turquoise elephant stone hanging around her neck, there was no doubt that it was Briana Kranz, the fashion illustrator that I had been waiting for. She flashed a smile as radiant as her outfit, I couldn’t have been more excited to begin the interview. Briana is originally from Southern California and moved to San Francisco immediately after high school to follow her [...]
When I was introduced to Niki Pilkington’s illustrations for the first time, I fell in love with her intricate details mixed with bright, creative hues. Niki’s work is not like any work I have seen before. She incorporates 3D shapes and color into her illustrations as if they were two separate pictures collaged together, yet somehow they come out to be so effortless and beautiful. After talking to Niki I was not [...]
Somewhat quiet; somehow ticklish; always in moment–Katie Harnett from the UK sets her characters where they belong. Maybe the woman isn’t all about glits and glamour. Maybe she wants to wear something reminding her of home. She is drawn with a simple touch. The figures are not exaggerated to follow a made-up woman, but in a comfortable way. Set apart from the usual high-contrast fashion illustrations, Harnett roots her colors [...]
Fashion and portrait illustrator, Berto Martinez, relates each aspect of his drawing with common interests and corresponding colors. Berto not only does fashion illustrations for his own pleasure, but he has recently worked with Chidy Wayne and Nike on their latest line of Barca clothing based on the current players and Azulgrana colors from the past. Berto has a very contrasting style in his artwork, working with very delicate lines and adding [...]
This past weekend the Phoenix Hotel San Francisco hosted their annual ArtPadSF event , bringing a full weekend of art and entertainment. ArtPadSF is a boutique fair that features up and coming, contemporary artists in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Throughout the four-day event there were live performances, video screenings, panel discussions, and much more. The Phoenix cleared out their hotel rooms, giving each gallery their own space to create [...]
such as DUNNY, or as tattoos celebrated in International Tattoo Art magazine. The figures are usually adorably bug-eyed beings with a hidden personality, set in realistic places. The unsettling contrast reels us in to look again. I find myself asking the question to the characters: What are you hiding?
A love story that carries for 45 years: Walter and Naiad Einsel’s humble and strong love is one to follow. Both renowned illustrators, they drew illustrations to each other as love letters. They met in 1952, marrying three weeks later. Anna Sui’s 2012 Fall collection takes the magical illustrations. Of all inspirations, ‘love’ leads the way in art, and Anna Sui is well associated with love and relationships. The gentle [...]