Skip Sterling

Great work from Jersey-born Skip Sterling! I will always admire someone who is not afraid to mix multiple unconventional techniques into his illustrations - high contrast blacks and whites, halftone, and ombré effects in particular. Plus, fun fact - Skip has both an Engineering degree from Rutgers University as well as an illustration degree from SVA. Hooray for art and science! Check out Skip's site to see more cool work.
- Elizabeth

Yelena Bryksenkova

Saint Petersburg born Yelena Bryksenkova's work is really lovely. Her characters are full of personality, sassy and a bit noodley, but in a way that makes them accessibly naive - they remind me of those drawn by fellow Eastern European illustrators Anke Weckmann, Eva Juszczuk, and Evgenia Barinova, especially. I adore how textured her works look, and admire how she is able to seamlessly merge densely colored areas with faded washes of color within a single piece, as well as combine so many different pattern designs, large and small, in each composition. Take a look at her website to see more work!
- Elizabeth

Casey Weldon

I'm baaack! I'm officially finished with my first year at RISD and Brown as of this past weekend, thank god, and I am already itching to get back to blogging, as well as to start my super-cool summer internships at 20x200 and Fred Flare. Hooray! Anyways, expect regular posting again starting well... right now.

Casey Weldon was born in southern California, and studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He now lives in Brooklyn, where he works as a fine artist and illustrator. I love his use of faded browns mixed with muddy pastel colors, and his injection of pop surrealism techniques and subject matter into otherwise quite straightforward portraits creates a wonderful sense of oddity and the uncanny in his work. I especially love his "Wet Hot American Summer" piece, because well, you should know by now that I love that movie, and also because I think the choice to render the painting entirely in bubblegum pink works surprisingly well (especially considering how much gum chewing goes on in that movie!) Casey has a solo show opening at Spoke Art on June 7th, in San Francisco, so if any of you are in the area, definitely take a look! Check out his blog for more work.
- Elizabeth

Chris Turnham

Honestly, every time I research an artist I'd previously loved from afar, I feel like I find out that they did concept artwork for the 2009 clay-mation movie Coraline (Tadahiro Uesugi, Jon Klassen, etc. seriously.) Los Angeles illustrator Chris Turnham is in fact one of these people, though in truth, I actually found him because of the lovely animated ad for Persol sunglasses he worked on this year. 
His style, like others that have worked for Coraline production company Laika, is very mid-century and a bit loose, full of crayon textures and sketchy pencil lines. However, Chris also has a very strong understanding of geometry and perspective, and creates these drawings of houses that have enough personality in them that I almost want to call them portraits. 
This inclination towards clean lines is definitely something that can be seen in Chris's printmaking work as well - in fact, Chris is one half of the print duo and general purveyor of retro babes "Fleet Street Scandal" with fellow illustrator Kevin Dart
So, take a look at some of his work, and definitely check out the Persol video - it is really just... really, really, great. There's lots more work on his site, as well as a super interview with him over on "LA, I'm Yours" where you can see photographic proof of how adorable he is (guys, he baked Bobby Solomon brownies. I know.)
- Elizabeth

Lena Corwin

Happy Mother's Day! I was trying to find something somewhat related to "mothers" to post about but I was completely unsuccessful because what does that even mean, so instead I decided to post about Lena Corwin's textiles work because, well, she's a lady herself, and plus textiles are kind of... home... and er, mother-related. (Re: Flight of the Conchords song about women weaving?)

Anyways, Lena is absolutely a jack of all trades. Besides designing textiles, she also does photoshoot styling, hand-printing, and illustration work, and she has even written and illustrated two different books that teach children how to crochet and weave. Her textile designs are really lovely and simple; they are slightly retro, but far more minimalist than your mom's old 60's couch, and definitely softer too. I'm particularly enamored with this triangular pattern she's created - its so geometric and strong, yet also quite irregular and organic because of the uneven shapes and floral elements. Check out her website for more work. Now someone buy me a pillow, stat!
- Elizabeth

P.S. I just want to say a special I love you to my mom, because she is an outstandingly amazing women who is not just beautiful and super smart but incredibly kind and generous as well. You did good, mama. 

Hellen Jo

I have been infatuated with Hellen Jo's work ever since I bought a copy of Electric Ant in 2009 that she did the cover for, and let me just say that if you are into illustration and the internet and don't know her by now than I think you must be living under a rock with a DSL connection because this girl is consistently working it. 
Hel;en is an art school dropout who lives in Burbank, and besides being a crazy cool illustrator and person in general, also works as an assistant story board revisionist for the ever awesome Cartoon network "Regular Show" (p.s. how great is Cartoon Network these days? Thank God we've finally moved past things like Codename: Kids Next Door and Ed Edd n Eddy to have actually great programs like the Regular Show and Adventure Time.

Her style is perfectly illustrative and very distinctive, and her delicate but heavily textured watercolor and faux-dry-brush technique are to die for. Hellen does a great job of seamlessly combining aspects of modern Korean culture and American trends with classic folk-lore, tradition and history - her full page pieces even remind me a bit of tableaus. I also especially just love the somewhat innocent but also deeply mischievous and I don't know, grungy (?) attitudes she gives her characters. Much more work can be seen on her website, and you can also follow her on twitter here. 
- Elizabeth