When he’s not playing rugby, hitting the gym or talking hip hop, Canberra-based artist Eugene Mulipola is perfecting his craft. Give the guy a canvas or a blank sheet of paper and magic happens. His work uses a mix of media, from small scale pencil illustration to mural size acrylic paintings. Mulipola’s work combines street credibility with fashion sensibility; he manages to strike a balance between the soft elegance of fashion illustration and the gritty flavour of hip hop culture. His female figures (reminiscent of the equally amazing Kelly Smith) belong in Frankie or Yen – hell – if those publications play their cards right, you may see them sooner than you think. You can scope more of Mulipola’s work on Instagram.
Trust Australian animation studio Rubber House to come up with the goods. For Gotye‘s track, ‘Seven Hours With a Backseat Driver’, from the album Like Drawing Blood, Rubber House have crafted a beautiful video. Based in Melbourne and Sydney and run by directing-duo Greg Sharp and Ivan Dixon, Rubber House keeps it old school and creates hand-drawn animation for commercials, music videos, childrens’ series and games, for people like Warner Brothers and the Cartoon Network. This video is mesmerising and manifests a childlike dread that captivates you.
The work of Australian artist Paul White focuses on the derelict beauty of vehicles found in scrapyards. Using pencil, White renders old, dormant cars and planes detailing their rich textures while hinting at their unique history. Take a look at some of his illustrations and be sure to watch the insightful video below where Paul talks about his work and travels it takes him on.
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There is something fun about seeing movie or cartoon characters out of context. Russian illustrator and fashion lover Sashii-Kami has taken various Disney characters and reimagined them as fashion runway models. Nice.
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Chilean illustrator Fab Ciraolo uses pop culture as his buffet bar. Fashion, childhood nostalgia, celebrity and the cosmos fuse into a wonderful visual cocktail. The vibe is vintage with a splash of now, creating an unexpected warmth and depth. In this series of illustrations cultural icons such as Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are re-imagined as present-day hipsters. Love.
A wallflower is commonly defined as a person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party. Alcohol is generally a good tonic for such an affliction. Notably, alcohol is served in bars. Which, conveniently, brings me to Canberra-based designer Jessica Cochrane. Jess doesn’t just hang out in bars – she makes them look pretty. In fact, she just finished painting a large piece at Canberra bar, La De Da. Taking roughly 23 hours to produce, Jess was given free reign. And, to completely bastardise the tagline of the 1988 Tom Cruise movie, Cocktail: when she reigns, she pours. The design is both fierce and warm, with five stylised female figures showcasing flourishes of make-you-look-twice detail (check the
boobs, eyelashes and the pout on the lips). Oh yeah, and it plays with the theme of wallflower. Better buy those girls a drink.
New Zealand-based artist James Reid has created a series of abstract superhero portraits made entirely from polygons. A polygon is a closed plane figure having three or more sides. In case you didn’t pay attention in maths class, triangles, rectangles, and octagons are all examples of polygons. So fresh! If they take your fancy, you can buy a print here.
Australian artist Luke Chiswell has a solo exhibition at Bondi Pavilion Gallery in Bondi, Sydney from 13 to 18 March 2012. You can go and sink a few and have a chat with the man himself at the official launch on 14 March from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Luke Chiswell’s practice explores print media, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation to create a strong illustrative aesthetic style. If you’re a regular to Record | Preserve | Share you’ll recognise some of Luke’s art from here or here . Nice!
Tom French has some killer charcoal drawings and plays with loose abstract forms. Check out some work from his skull series:
Inspired by nostalgia for childhood innocence, Michael McConnell drawings merge animals and humans. Nice.
Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn-based artist who has illustrated a collection of Craigslist “Missed Connections” postings. The results are poetic, quirky and delightful. As Blackall says on her blog, “every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down”. Check some out below. Blackall has compiled her illustrations into a book titled Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found. You can pre-order a copy here.
An emerging local artist currently studying at the ANU School of Art, Zoya’s works are a collection of intricate insights into the overlooked daintiness of the awkward human figure. These illustrations come from her debut exhibition at Ha Ha Bar earlier this month titled Undress: a slip, a sleeve, a story, which, quite fittlingly, depicted the physical motion of undressing.