During the week I came across the work of Japanese illustrator Ryo Takemasa (thanks Grain Edit). Ryo lives in Tokyo where he has been working as a freelance illustrator since 2010. His work covers everything from editorial project to books, magazines and advertisements. For me, it’s his personal work that I find the most interesting. Here you’ll see images inspired from all over the globe; from the London underground to the open-air baths at Nagano.
Mike Frederiqo has made a small, fashionable empire for himself by using what fashion labels give him. What is it that they’re giving? Logos and figureheads. What do you get when you combine the two? You get a series of clever rethinkings of luxury fashion logos in which the persons associated with the brand literally become the brand.
Like Knows Like has a wonderful video profile/interview with Hong Kong born, New York based illustrator Victo Ngai. Her work to me feels like it’s on the cutting edge of contemporary illustration, as she crafts wonderfully surreal pieces that are filled with depth and nuance. We’ve been fans of her work since 2010, and it’s been incredible to see how she’s grown as an artist. She’s truly an inspiration, I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did.
It’s halfway through January and I already have a beautiful hanging calendar by Millimeter Milligram, a design studio in Seoul, but I’m strongly considering picking up this desktop calendar by RMM. RMM is a studio based in Hong Kong that publishes art journals, keeps a design blog and makes an annual animal themed calendar. The 2012 calendar was an elephant and 2013 was twelve owls—this year it’s an adventurous, world-traveling blue whale.
Mixing illustrations with vintage typographical concepts, Derrick Castle carves the beauty of traditional drinks in his Classic Cocktails series.
Castle, a graphic designer and illustrator, has worked for some big names like Nike, Under Armour and Harley Davidson to name a few. Living in Nashville, Castle has been exposed to mixology and modern interpretations of classic cocktails through friends in the bartending industry.