It’s been awhile since the last time I’ve posted about art. Today I bring you some of my most favorite artists. I have much love for art nouveau: the slender figures, the graceful lines and the mesmerizing, at times bizarre, decorative elements/ shapes. And I’m also attracted to textures, be it smooth like the above or rough. These artistic ‘Achilleon heels’ of mine are presented exquisitely through the four artists you’ll be able to explore in this post.
Instruction: Click on the image to be directed to a tumblr photoset and click on the caption to access the artist’s page.
The eyes grab you first. Delicate lips and mouth seduce. Finally take in the entire piece, allowing the embodiment of eternal feminine beauty to take shape in physical form. Welcome to the refined world of Audrey Kawasaki. – Juxstapose
Based in Los Angeles, this Japanese painter and illustrator produces work that depicts feminine and sensual characters with a dreamy, ethereal, and, at times, lustful feel. Though there is usually a tension between the innocent and erotic in her work, on the whole Kawasaki conveys a strong sense of harmony. Her sharp graphic image is combined with the natural grain of the wooden panels she paints on, bringing unexpected warmth to the enigmatic subject matter. The figures she paints are seductive and often have an air of melancholy about them, seeming to exist in their own sensually esoteric realm, yet at the same time they have an accesibility that draws the viewer to them. Her technique is a combination of traditional painting with a modern graphic illustrative style. – IDN magazine
Toonikun is a Malesian artist that creates amazing patterns effortlessly. He said in Formspring that he doesn’t use any references for them. He uses either dark colors with some vibrant accents or brown tones, thus the viewer thinks that the objects are lit from behind, almost like a shadow play. The whole atmosphere in his works is dreamy and fairy tale-ish. He is also interested in mythology and it shows through the themes of some of his artworks like ‘The Waltz of the Kelpie’ and ‘Kalika’. The elabarote costumes and the smoke-like lines along with the textures added in photoshop enhance the otherwoldly feeling. Through his work he tries to tell stories. That is very obvious in his artbooks.
Toonikun is also very well known for his beautiful fanarts of Vocaloid, Magica Puella Madoka Magi, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Hetalia Axis Power etc.
Another Malaysian artist. But if Toonikun is the night, kidchan is the day. Their artworks share similar techniques and shapes, but kidchan’s works are very sweet and bright, have different themes and are often allegorical, eg. ‘Migration’, ‘Circle’ and ‘flights’. There’s a candy feeling with all the pastel colors used, especially pink, blue and purple combined with white and beige. Orange, red and pale green appear once in awhile, too. Her illustrations stir emotions in many ways; you can become happy, nostalgic, sceptical, while looking at them. Her latest works bear a distinct fluidity – they give the impression that the subjects and their world are elusive, residents of a watery country or spirits of the wind. The use of infinite straight or wavy lines and the golden effects help in the creation of this illusion.
kidchan’s portfolio includes fanarts from a variety of series, T-shirt and poster designs, comics and advertising work.
Performers, naughty ladies and women that don a kimono, maids and ladies that put on make up are some of the subjects of Matsuo Hiromi’s art. There’s always something scandalous and classy about her women. Luscious eyelashes, intense, flirty or seductive gaze, plump lips and fluffy hair, delicate hands and gorgeous curves which are highlighted by luxurious fabrics, Hiromi’s ladies are much like the Japanese version of Elvgren’s pin ups. That’s not coincidental. The artist’s “weakness for antique shop” and “love for second-hand bookstores” as well as her hobby of walking around in old streets talk for a vintage-love mindset. So, it’s no wonder her art would mirror this mindset and have such refined and nostalgic characteristics.
Matsuo Hiromi has done the covers for many books and cds, she has published some original comics and some doujinshi on LupinIII.
Which one do you like better? Are there artists that you would like to recommend?