Todd Hido is by no means up and coming, but I’m so taken by his work I asked him for permission to show it off (and he graciously granted). I admire how he brings emotion and drama to an image by implying a human presence rather than showing it directly. Nice to be reminded that a great image doesn’t require packing gear everywhere, and compositing to death. Just a keen eye for composition and light. All images © Todd Hido
Billy und Hells, a.k.a. Anke Linz and Andreas Oettinger, have mostly exhibited in galleries throughout Europe with their beautiful, engaging portraits along with some commercial work. My penchant for classical paintings had me drooling over their portrait series “Der Eigene Raum.” Be sure to check out their other series – ranging from nurses to cowboys, and soon to come what looks to be some Japanese inspired work. I’m told from Andreas that they’re in the process of soliciting U.S. galleries for the first time. So hopefully we Yanks can get a good look at their wonderful work. © Billy and Hells
I first came across Shannon’s name perusing this year’s Applied Arts photo/illustration annual and her work stuck out to me. Almost two dimensional, but not quite – flattened perspectives with a feeling of depth still. But all the while instilling her exaggerated figures with personality and thoughtfulness. She also adapts her style to vector work as well. Nice work, Shannon, and thanks for letting me share.
© Shannon Toth
Every now and then, we all come across someone’s work that really inspires and energizes. Or makes us curse them for their skill. Eric is one of those artists. He seems to leak great design out of his pores (I’m told he smells lovely). Creative identity design, packaging, retail stores, web sites — even gift wrap. Of course all that great work follows with a long list of awards and exhibitions, even the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Charlene has a style that adapts across a wide range of subjects. She’s illustrated for ‘Babyfest’ in Singapore all the way to Maxim and FHM magazines. She layers vector elements with textures and sometimes hand-drawn elements to give her illustrations better depth. She really does have a range of adaptions if you have a few minutes to go to her two different sites. I’m posting some of her work that I’m partial to.
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© Charlene Chua
Robin’s work seems to easily cross between fine art and commercial. And hey, it turns out she does just that – taking care of her commercial work along with a list of continuing gallery exhibitions. I love how her paintings leave the interpretation open to the viewer. Always gives more depth and intrigue to an image I think. And beyond that, they’re just really cool to look at.
See a bunch more of her work at her rep’s site: Joanie Bernstein All images © Robin Williams
I was first exposed to Gail’s work through her ‘Out My Window’ series, which immediately drew me in with it’s beautiful mood and depth. I love the contrast of simple, quiet human moments with the vastness of buildings and apartments neatly housing them all. Even though elements of her images are somewhat pre-conceived, she captures real moments with real people in a wonderful, honest – and of course artistic way.
If you’re not familiar, go to her site for a few minutes. And if you are familiar, never hurts to remind. Her web site.
All images © Gail Albert Halaban