Irma Gruenholz is a three dimensional illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. She builds each illustration with hand-sculpted modelling clay before lighting and photographing it, giving each piece a beautiful sense of depth. She creates illustrations for clients worldwide for advertisements, books, posters, magazines and online marketing. If this tickled your brain, you might also dig Shintaro Ohata.
Alessia Iannetti was born in Carrara (Italy) in 1985 and graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts. She uses graphite, watercolor, colored pencils, and ink to a wooden base, creating artworks which are cinematographic, made of blacks and whites and infinite variations of gray. Inspired by mythology, Alessia Iannetti’s illustrations tell gothic and mystic stories inspired by dark anglosaxon culture. Alessia has recently exposed in Los Angeles at La Luz De Jesus Gallery with her Solo Show “In the Footsteps of my Shadow”.
Xiaofei Yue is a professional artist based in Bejing, China. Today she is a tutor at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) which is where she gained her BA and MA in Fine Art. Following her studies, Xiaofei was awarded a national scholarship which enabled her to study an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. Her greatest achievements as a student include her BA graduation artwork, Floating Shadow, which received first place in the CAFA Graduation Exhibition and becoming the youngest member of the Chinese Artist Association at the age of twenty five. During her time in London, Xiaofei became very interested in British contemporary painting which influenced her to experiment with different materials and styles to express the fresh yet strange environment she was now part of. Once returned to Beijing, Xiaofei rediscovered her previous aesthetic style which incorporates elements of traditional Chinese painting. (via http://www.liquitex.com)
Erhan Cihangiroğlu was born in Istanbul in 1983. He studied art and craft Education at Marmara University for two years, and then he was awarded scholarship for the visual Communication and Design Department of Doğuş University, from where he Graduated. During and after his studies he worked as Prof.Devrim Erbil’s assistant in his studio. At the moment he is working towards his solo exhibition and doing illustrations for literary.
Miguel Endara portraits count not less than 2 million. Yes, because his illustrations are composed of millions of black ink dots. Aside from his personal work, Endara is also a story teller through his short films.
Italian illustrator Daria Petrilli’s digital works lead us to a world of beauty and serenity. She represents dreamlike images with an extraordinary talent for figuration and landscape.
Barbara Bernát, Budapest-based graphic designer, devised a new concept for the hungarian notes in her degree project. Her euros present the common side of each note featuring european animals, the other side shows related species of plants. The kicker is a security feature that reveals the skeleton of each animal under UV light. They are so nice, nothing to compare to the current banknotes!
Go and see the entire work on https://www.behance.net/gallery/19414395/Hungarian-paper-money
Aoki Tetsuo is a Japanese master woodblock printmaker. Inspired by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e wood block printing technique, Aoki represents stunning images of contemporary people leaning and whispering to each other.
More works can be find here http://www.yoseido.com/catalog/default.php?manufacturers_id=57&osCsid=d17039c5549e05c76768db2aa5461ae2 and an interesting e-book for kindle on Ukiyo-e technique is Ukiyo-e: The Art of the Japanese Print
Yulia Brodskaya is a russian paper illustrator. Though she uses an old technique called Quilling, her works are so innovative that she has earned an international reputation and named the ‘breakthrough star’ of the 2009 by Creative review magazine.
you can see more on http://www.artyulia.com and on her new book Paper Cut: An Exploration into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration