Jussi Kaakinen Illustrates the Regions of Finland

JUSSI KAAKINEN FOR THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION

JUSSI KAAKINEN FOR THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION

Recently The Finnish Cultural Foundation commissioned the Helsinki-based illustrator and graphic designer Jussi Kaakinen to create a series of several illustrations to promote their Regional Funds. The Foundation offers 17 funds (one for each region) and so Jussi created 17 illustrations, each showing a unique view of that part of the country. The resulting work is wonderful, offering a great insight into the architecture and landscape of the country.

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Philip Kennedy

April 21, 2014 / By

Portfolio Update: Emory Allen

Emory Allen

Illustrator, typographer, and all around talented guy Emory Allen updated his portfolio recently with some new work. On showcase is a slew of expressive illustrations which most of the time have some sort of type intermingled. The piece above is basically my Friday spirit animal. Be sure to also check out his Downloads section where he has some sweet backgrounds for your phone, tablet, and desktop.

Emory Allen

Emory Allen

Bobby Solomon

April 18, 2014 / By

Busy Illustrated Scenes by Monica Ramos

Monica Ramos

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.

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Philip Kennedy

April 14, 2014 / By

‘Heads or Tails’ – The tale of a penny by Chris Ware

'Heads or Tails', the tale of a penny by Chris Ware

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…”

Bobby Solomon

April 11, 2014 / By

EveryHey – Illustrated Pop Culture Fun Everyday on Instagram

EveryHey

EveryHey

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.

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Philip Kennedy

April 9, 2014 / By

Fantastic Illustrations of Places by Nick Bear

Nick Bear

Nick Bear

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.

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Bobby Solomon

April 8, 2014 / By

Fantastic Scientific and Biological Illustrations by Katie Scott

Katie Scott

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.

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Philip Kennedy

April 3, 2014 / By

Reality Meets The Surreal in Hugo Barros’ Trippy Collages

Hugo Barros

Portuguese artist Hugo Barros has a gift when it comes to the art of collage. His hand-crafted works create fantastic compositions that are filled with cosmic imagery and surreal sights. He shows skyscrapers that burst from desert dunes and waterfalls that cut away to reveal giant volcanic clouds below. A trip through his portfolio is a journey into a strange and magical place and it’s a journey that comes highly recommended.

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Philip Kennedy

March 24, 2014 / By

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