Yulia Brodskaya – Papergraphic

Yulia Brodskaya has rejuvinated the old craft of quilling and added her own style and flair. I’m not aware of anywhere to buy her work yet unless you are lucky enough to pick up one of the multiple publications who have commissioned her work.

However you can get a gorgeous theme for Google Chrome or a T-shirt with her work on.

The beauty of these images comes not only from the fantastic work she creates, but the very skilled way in which they are photographed with diffused light. I’d love to learn more about her creative process and the logistics of the creation and photography. There has been a real resurgence of papercraft graphic art recently including some amazing work from Su Blackwell.

Stella Im Hultberg

Stella Im Hultberg is a New York based, Korean born artist who creates amazing feminine artworks of raven haired skeletal women. Created using mixed media, particullarly oil and ink, often on tea stained paper. Emotive and striking, the images explore the fluidity of the media used and with subtle use of colour create a flowing and evocative and feminine images. In particular I love how she paints hair, exploring and accentuating the organic forms that the media offers, to create striking contrast and movement within her images.

Nuri. Oil and ink on tea-stained paper

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You can buy Stella’s work from her website and she quite often has shows on in the US. If you like her art you might also want to look at the work of Amy Sol and Audrey Kawasaki with whom she has frequently collaborated and held several shows. Please be aware that some of her work may be considered NSFW.

Alphonse Mucha

The Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939) is commonly recognised as the instigator of the Art Nouveau movement, characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly-stylized, flowing curvilinear forms. His work typically has women as his subject matter and his fame grew when he created posters for the Parisian star of the time Sarah Bernhardt.

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The colours and lines remind a lot of the more contemporary artist Audrey Kawasaki. Mucha’s work has a strong element of fantasy and almost feel like they were plucked out from a fairytale. I particularly like his handling of fabric and hair.

While the colours of Mucha’s work are often more muted, I particularly like the colours in the much more vibrant stained glass he designed for Prague’s St Vitus Cathedral.

Interestingly I can also see some parallels between another Art Nouveau artist, Aubrey Beardsley and another of my favourite contemporary artists, Lucy McLauchlan.

Blaine Fontana

Long overdue is a post on another of my favourite artists, Blaine Fontana. His work is beautiful and mixes two of my favourite styles of art; Japaese prints and graffiti. I discovered his work at the same time as Samuel Flores in San Francisco's Upper Playground gallary: Fifty 24SF.

The Last Koi Chapter #1 • 48

The Last Koi Chapter #1 • 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas

The print is also available as a Gelaskin for the geeks out there who like to customise and protect their laptops and iPhones.

Puddnhead (Kevin Llewelyn)

Puddnhead is the 'secret' identity that artist Kevin Llewelyn uses for his commercial work. But both his commercial work and his personal work are amazing and worth checking out. He is an amazing figure and creature artist and I love his use of colour. Be warned though his work is dark, offbeat and are almost exclusively NSFW.

Artwork from Puddnhead.com

If you want to see more of Kevin's work then take a peak at his website. If you want a walk on the weirder darker side, Puddnhead's website is offline at the moment, but he has a profile and is often found on ConceptArt.org. Gnomon Workshop also sell DVDs from Puddnhead where he walks through his process from start to finish.

Samuel Flores

Samuel Flores is a San Francisco based artist that often sells stuff through Upper Playground.

Samuel Flores

His work is very distinctive, often including characters with enlarged heads and hands. I like this image as the bridge reminds me of the bridge in the Tea Gardens in San Francisco. I was amazed by the city and hope we can go back soon.

If only you were here by Audrey Kawasaki

Audrey Kawasaki is a talented artist from Los Angeles. Her beautiful artwork is jaw dropping and I really recommend checking out her website. Although not explicit some of her art could be considered NSFW, so perhaps save the link for viewing from home. Her work is for sale at various galleries, but it in high demand, so your best bet it to sign up to the newsletter and wait for the next print sale to be announced. I've also seen her art for sale from Gelaskin to cover your laptop or iPhone.

Audrey Kawasaki's If only you were here

If only you were here by Audrey Kawasaki

Butterfly by noah-kh

While browsing the web I often find images that amaze me, so I'm going to post links to those that I find. The aim is help promote their work and give credit where it is due. It also doesn't hurt to add a bit of colour to my site and if you like the same things as me you can subscribe to the RSS feed and add a little colour to your RSS reader too.

Here is my first submission, it is quite a few years old now and noah-kh has produced some amazing work, but this remains one of my favourites. You can buy a print of it and see in a larger scale on deviantART.

Butterfly by noah=kh