Hedcuts are a style of drawing associated with The Wall Street Journal. The stipple and hatching methods of drawing are used to create a portrait similar to that of medieval woodcuts and currency engravings. Noli Novak, an illustrator for The Wall Street Journal with over 26 years of experience under his belt, is one of the few artists who have been keeping this style of drawing alive. He said that capturing the likeness of the subject is of utmost importance when making hedcuts. Most of the portraits he’s done are spot illustrations that are incorporated into newspaper articles. While he may not be able to pick his subjects he is given legal permission to use the photographs as reference material to base his portraits on.
Jessica Lichtenstein uses the female form to explore deeper themes of power, fetishism, and objectification in an ironic way. The irony lies in the fact that her work embodies the very paradox she is trying to explore. According to one website, Jessica’s work challenges the viewer to: “question whether these hyper-sexualized women are depicted solely to satisfy an insatiable male-dominated gaze, or if such a theory is too narrow, neglecting to address the complex nature of women and their desire to enjoy their sexuality, enjoy their bodies and their desire to be desirable”. Her work is much sought after in the art world and can be found in private collections all over the world.
These toothsome illustrations are just some of the works of Bulgarian illustrator Georgi Dimitrov. It seems to me that these high-calorie snacks were deconstructed into their basic elements with rather drippy results. Oddly enough, the cartoonish aspect of the drawings gives the viewer a new perspective on these so-called ‘junk’ food. Georgi is also known as Erase in artistic circles. When not drawing food, he dabbles in street art and character design.
Whendell Souza L is a Brazilian digital artist whose work speaks volumes about his talent and imagination. He is currently active on deviantART where his posted works have gathered quite a following. His style combines fantasy, fiction, and myth with strong feminine characters. To date he does freelance work with photo retouching, photo manipulation, CD covers, and book covers.
Leticia Reinaldo is an imaginative 3D artist who is currently based in Los Angeles. Originally from Brazil, she moved to California to attend the prestigious Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Her formal studies enhanced her already considerable artistic and technical skills which in turn resulted into incredibly detailed 3D illustrations. Most of her work involved the creation and development of characters and background in commercials. Leticia specialized in character modeling and background texturing. She also taught at the School of Art, Game and Animation where she created a program which focuses on architectural visualization. The program is currently in place and is still used until this day.
Douglas Smith is a true blue New Yorker who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. His freelance career blossomed in Boston where he worked for local magazines such as New England Monthly, Boston Magazine, and Boston Globe. Smith’s style is reminiscent of the illustrated woodcuts found in ancient texts. Each piece tells an interesting story which any viewer with a modicum of imagination would have no trouble figuring out. Douglas is also a staunch advocate of Greenpeace. He has drawn numerous projects for them including a famous anti-seal pup hunting T-shirt design. He also illustrated an anti-whaling children’s book. He currently lives off the coast of Maine in a house full of odd stuff, art, and three friendly felines.
Adonna Khare was raised in a small town in Iowa. Her talent for drawing showed at the age of three when started drawing animals and her family. Her favorite tools then were: a sock, an eraser, and a pencil. Her drawings are entirely unplanned and they evolve as she draws. Adonna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art as well as her Masters in Fine Arts at the California State University Long Beach. Of her work, she said: ” Through the work I hope to inspire adults and children to allow their imaginations to envelop them into a world other than their own. Within the work are hundreds of vignette’s, featuring creatures juxtaposed with ordinary events. Viewers are encouraged to spend time discovering the work as it unfolds foot by foot story by story.”
You Are What You Eat is an amusing series by London-based illustrator Eric Chow. As the name implies, it features caricatures of obviously overweight people starting to resemble the food they love to eat. It’s great how he manages to transform an ice cream cone into a ballerina, a shy redhead into a doughnut, and a Hollywood exec into a cheeseburger. Eric Chow is originally from Hong Kong which probably explains why his other illustrations have a generous helping of weirdness mixed in.
Werner Dreblow is an uber-talented photographer currently based in Berlin. One of his most recent work feature animals in some of the most adorable poses ever! Only Werner can make a snake look cute. Well, cuter than usual, anyway. Those critters that already have a fair amount of cuteness have it magnified tenfold. The result is an amusing and adorable series we simply couldn’t get enough of. Animal photography is a bit more challenging since you simply can’t ask your subject to pose in a certain way or assume an expression. In Werner’s work, however, it’s not immediately obvious that a whole lot of post-production image manipulation is done before the finished product.
Distroy is a brand new series by French artist Pierre-Yves Riveau where he gave us a grittier version of some of our most well-loved characters. The obvious play on words is not lost on most of his audiences as one of his images in the series is the word Distroy done in the classic (and trademarked) font similar to Disney’s. Among the famous cartoon characters that got a Pez make-over are: Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck, Mario, Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, and one of the kids in South Park. Pierre also goes by the name of Pez on Behance and deviantArt. This prolific artist has been working freelance since 2006.