Monica Ramos creates fantastically busy scenes peopled with wonderful characters and a great sense of energy. Born in the Philippines but now living and working in Brooklyn; Monica has worked on commissions for clients such as The New York Times, Rookie Mag and Oh Comely!. For me there’s a touch of Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo about much of her work and for a boy who spent many days lost in search of Waldo (or as I knew him “Wally”) this is no bad thing.
Chris Ware, one of the finest storytellers of our generation, has a new comic strip over on New York Times that shows the journey of a penny. The story begins in 1929 an ends in our modern time, all the while waxing on about how man believes that they control their own destiny. My favorite part:
“You people think money equals freedom, but life is still always just heads or tails… The thing I’ve never understood is why it can’t always be heads… I mean, if one is always as likely as the other, then what’s the difference? But that’s not the way the universe works, I guess… It eventually comes up tails whether you like it or not…”
If, like me, you’re constantly on the look out for interesting accounts to follow on Instagram then I’m sure you’ll enjoy EveryHey; an account which posts minimalist renderings of pop culture characters everyday to their account. Created by the Spanish studio Hey, the Barcelona-based team have been posting quirky creations since mid-February and everyone of them so far has put a smile on my face.
I’m a huge fan of Sketch Dailies, a Twitter based collection of artists creating work around a theme, and because of it I came across the work of Nick Bear. Nick is a Seattle based illustrator who creates some really hysterical drawings, a lot of which are Pokemon. But I really found that his drawings of buildings and cities were quite beautiful, so I’ve collected a bunch below for you to check out.
If you don’t already know the work of London-based illustrator Katie Scott then you’re in for a treat. Katie’s unique style is unlike anything else I’ve seen being made today. Inspired by the scientific and biological illustrations of the past, Katie’s hand drawn work feels fresh and distinctive and it’s no wonder that she has worked with so many impressive clients over her the last few years.