In illustrator David Álvarez’s recent charcoal works, the night is a character that walks the countryside. “I Dreamed I Was the Night” is the name of that latest series, a collection that will presumably comprise another story for the Mexico-based artist.
The acrylic paintings of illustrator Sasha Ignatiadou carry a vibrancy and visceral detail. The artist’s work tends to leave viewers on guessing on the origins of his creation, which outside of her acrylic work, moves between watercolor and digital approaches.
Victo Ngai’s dramatic illustrations are packed with elements from fantasy and contemporary life. Whether in personal or editorial work, her talent in narrative shines. The Hong Kong-born, New York-based illustrator most often plays with scale in her stirring works.
Illustrator Sena Kwon excels in both grandiose and quiet moments, with a flair for injecting whimsy into her works. The South Korea-born, New York City-based artist seems to pull from both mythology and the contemporary experience. Whether via film posters or emblazoning apparel, her work carries over to other formats and benefits from artist’s distinctive, unexpected palettes.
Illustrator Kima Lenaghan‘s series “Homo Conscius” imagines an evolved place “where genuine and profound consciousness is found.” The artist’s solitary drawings offer both tangible and dreamlike elements, exaggerating aspects of nature and extracting them in sparse narratives. The “Stoned Ape Hypothesis” from ethnobotanist Terrance McKenna, theorizing that early humans evolved due to psychedelic mushrooms, serves as inspiration here.
Netherlands-based illustrator Marald Van Haasteren has crafted art for bands since the late ’80s. His work, for the likes of Baroness, High on Fire, Kylesa, and several others, carries both provocative and elegant elements. These works range from colored pencil and acrylic paintings to digital pieces.