João Ruas is an artist from and based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He approaches his artwork with a variety of mediums, from pencils, gouache and watercolour to metal leaf and collage. Ruas first introduction to art was comics and later on he studied design in university; elements of which are evident in his approach to his work. But what I find to be completely captivating is his dark and mythological imagery, exploring worlds between archaic folklore and and the shadow of our subconscious.
Ruas’ recent solo exhibition, “Yore” was at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. For more images and info, check out his past and present works on the gallery site or check out his blog.
Maria Kreyn is a Russian born, New York based artist. She has a wonderful body of work with paintings and drawings that come from a classical approach, with attention to technique and composition.
What I enjoy is not only not only her technical approach, but her use of light and colour, and the intensity she is able to capture in the faces that she depicts.
Check out more of her work on FB or at her site.
Most people just write with their ball point pens, maybe doodle a little while on the phone or when in a class. Juan Francisco Casas has taken his use of a ball point pens a little further. With nothing other than a pen and a photo reference, this Spanish born artist draws photorealistic portraits of the young and the beautiful. The pieces are usually quite sexy and and playful, sometimes depicting nude women, or people making silly faces or both. In all the work there is an element of fun and vibrancy.. although while looking at his work I can’t help but feel as though he is having more fun than I am.
Casas has a lot of work out there and is doing it well. Check out more of his awesome work on his site.
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I came across Iain Macarthur this morning. His illustrations mix a highly rendered realistic drawing technique with flatter, decorative line drawing elements, giving his works an almost collage feel, however nothing remains flat. I love the mix of realistic renderings with graphic elements. I want to believe that there is an influence of art nouveau here, but it may be me projecting. I especially love this illustration featured here. Most of his work is high contrast black and white and grey, although he has a few colour pieces in the mix. Check out his Behance portfolio here or his blog here.