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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7cf563b4f4f9ebb9a6862cf56de0abe2Accessorize your tableware collection with the adorable Ceramic Whale Pitcher.

The cute, happy face on the pitcher is sure to bring a smile to yours.

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This darling creature is equally at home serving beverages to guests or helping to tend your indoor herb garden.

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A welcome addition to any backyard barbeque, he will add a functional and decorative seaside touch to your outdoor picnic.

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Matt Shlian started school as a ceramicist, but it was only when he realized that he was “interested in everything” that his work really took off.

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He creates sculptural artworks from flat pieces of paper that show the incredible diversity of the medium while creating beautifully inspiring forms. They are also doing something rather surprising: inspiring scientists.

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Along with a team at the University of Michigan he won the NSF (National Science Foundation) award on a nano-origami project that combines both art and engineering.

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In the process he’s using his art to help others understand the flexible nature of nano-structures. It’s not the first thing you think of when it comes to cutting and folding paper.

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Shlian’s process is an interesting one, and one that other creatives should take note of: he often works within a series of limitations.

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“For example on one piece I’ll only use curved folds, or make my lines this length or that angle etc,” he tells Strictly Paper. “Other times I begin with an idea for movement and try to achieve that shape or form somehow. Along the way something usually goes wrong and a mistake becomes more interesting than the original idea and I work with that instead.”

For more About this impressive and unconventional artist see his Tedx Talk and video with Ghostly International:

& visit Matt Shlian Official Website .

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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 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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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.

 

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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.

 

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MOLESKINE

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

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RING – Mirrored cubes installation – Place Vendôme, Paris. 2012
Dimensions :  h 45 x l 50 m

“Ring” is an installation which takes into consideration the urban space networking : the rhythm, flow, organization and spatial hierarchy. The installation embodies a visual effect that is to connect all of these interactions through the implementation of an optical effect: the repetition of an cubic mirror to break the perception of the place.

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Koru Material: Earth.
Dimensions: 80m diameter across mounds, height rising to 10metres. @Brick Bay Sculpure Park. Matakana, North Auckland. 2001.

“Koru is a major earth work sculpture made to celebrate the essence and joy of life at Brick Bay. The spiral form acknowledges land that was once densely forested with ancient kauri.

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