Category: ILLUSTRATION


Kiyohiko Azuma is a manga artist perhaps best known for his series Yotsuba&! about the naïve 5-year old Yotsuba who humorously stumbles her way through life. Stylistically, Yotsuba is always drawn more cartoonishly while her surroundings take on a different, more realistic look. And the astounding level of detail that can go in to some of Azuma’s backgrounds can render them as standalone works of art.

In a 2014 interview, Azuma talks about realism vs cartoonish characters saying that “I lean toward realism, but at the same time, it’s not like I’m trying to make things actually realistic – what I’m going for is more like having a somewhat strange character within a realistic world. Now, that’s pretty standard in manga, but what I’m aiming for is to strike the right balance of being ‘somewhat’ strange – not too out there, but not too normal, either.”

They’re typically nondescript locations that are quiet and devoid of people (except for the occasional appearance of Yotsuba) but they feel normal and familiar, even nostalgic at times. If you’ve ever been to Japan surely you’ve encountered any number of these scenes.

For more About Azuma’s sketches of urban landscapes can be found over on this Tumblr and also on DesignStack.

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HOMIES 4 LIFE – A painting for the homes. Created with spray paint, acrylics, ink and love.

I came across the fabulous art of Jasper Wong in 2013, casually, as the best thing happens.

Hawaiian artist based in Hong Kong, he’s illustrator, curator and art director. He is a man who wears many hats and best known for his art that is a unique clash of Asian-influenced pop culture on paper.

Jasper has exhibited worldwide and now I want to share with you some of my favourite work of him.

 

THRILLS & KILLS

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To celebrate the release of a film titled  “Mall” and his directorial debut, Mr. Hahn of Linkin Park organized a exhibition at Known Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Jasper Wong was contacted by James Jean to be a part of the show that was themed around the movie. These were his two paintings that were created with spray paint, acrylics and ink.

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TIGER BEER

Tiger Beer introduced its latest series of collectable beer glasses. Commissioning Jasper Wong, and other artists, the glasses’ box feature the heavily pop culture-influenced work of Wong.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY MAGAZINE

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WILD AT HEART

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Platypuses are freaks of nature and they’re also endangered. What people don’t know is the fact that they love riding tricycles even more than they enjoy looking freakish. This painting was created for a charity group exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

 

HURLEY

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Hurley and Contrast gathered some of the best creative minds in every hemisphere to take part in a boardshort exhibition. It was dubbed the Anti-Canvas show.

 

JAMBA JUICE GIFT CARD

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MOLESKINE

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A custom design by Jasper Wong for Moleskine and POW! WOW!

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Tang Yau Hoong is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With a passion for creative thinking, he creates art that is conceptual, surreal and fun in a simplistic and unique way.

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He works with various clients for advertising, editorial, and many other design projects. When he is not doing commercial work he enjoys making art and immerses himself in his personal projects.

  • 2016: COEXXIST

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Coexxist is a personal project dedicated to create original ideas that inspire. Creativity has no limits in boundless imagination.

We believe different ideas coexist. The additional ‘x’ in Coexxist represents the X factor in designing process and conceptual thinking. Here, you will see how different elements are brought together forming brand new visuals and, coexxist.

For more About the project visit: www.coexxist.com/

  • 2008: THE ART OF NEGATIVE SPACE

The art of negative space. An attempt to tell a story through art and space. As an art form, this is mesmerizing and powerful.

  • 2008: SURREALISM & ILLUSION

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We rely on vision in our lives and yet it is so fragile that we could easily be deceived by what we see. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the voyage of surrealism.

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  • 2013: 失去論

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A collaboration with a eL, a poet friend of mine. I designed the front cover and created twelve illustrations for his new book titled 失去論. Read more of his beautiful poems here.

  • 2013: QUOTES & ILLUSTRATIONS

Illustration + quote. A personal project to combine selected illustrations of mine and quotes by famous people (or unknown).

Here are some Commercial Works

  • 2014: SCIENCE NEWS

Illustrations commissioned by Science News, the American bi-weekly magazine that publishes short articles on new scientific and technical developments.

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Art direction by Marcy Atarod.

  • 2012: ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING

Commissions for Architectural Lighting Magazine since 2012.

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Minimalist yet communicative illustrations work effectively in translating the latest technology and development in the architectural lighting industry.

Art direction: Michael Todaro, Jessica Rubenstein

  • 2012/2013: EASYJET TRAVELLER

A series of illustrations for easyJet in-flight magazine Traveller. These conceptual images presented in simplistic and modern style are featured in On The Ground, a column that talks about a different city in Europe by different author every month.

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BRUSSELS- SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

You just need to recalibrate the way that you look at the city to get the best out of it; to train your magnifying glass on its beautiful little idiosyncrasies.

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PARIS- RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT PARISIAN ATTITUDE

American in Paris Anne Stark Ditmeyer explains what it takes to be “in” in Paris.

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TENERIFE- AN ISLAND OF TWO HALVES

Tenerife resident Andrea Montgomery unveils the truth about her island.

Art direction: Sarah Warwick, Blue buxton

  • 2011: YAKUZA REDUX

Open Skies is the monthly magazine for Emirates. The editor, Conor Purcell contacted me to create this illustration.

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The Yakuza are facing the biggest fight of their lives as tough new laws curtail their power.

Well, that’s allAbout; more here http://tangyauhoong.com

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Flying Cart by Afu Chan

All images here: http://afuchan.deviantart.com/gallery/

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Boligan is an awesome “versatile artist”: animated drawings, cartoons, comic strips and small. With its subtle humor, his great ability to synthesize, with its original and sophisticated Boligan is a brilliant artist. His talent, however, is mainly reflected in his cartoons. It deals with everyday issues, love and disappointment, ecology, religion, speculation, new technologies, corruption, etc..

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El Abrazo

“El Abrazo”, obra de Josef Kunstmann. Publicada en “The Circle” No. 3, 1949.

Sometimes it takes a masterful attention to detail in order to simplify things. Illustrator Ale Giorgini seems to have this talent, taking the most epic movies and distilling them down to group shots of their most iconic characters in simplified form. The surprising part after whittling these flicks down to size? Each character is still completely recognizable.

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Full Moon

All images here: Browse Gallery

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