Shannon Toth's sultry muses

Inspired by the romantic atmosphere of 1920’s cinema, the circus world, and by the whimsical universe of Edward Gorey, Canadian artist Shannon Toth developed a unique, imaginative style ranging from delightful children's book illustration to oil paintings with symbolic darker undertones.

Sueno Chica, artwork by Shannon TothSueno Chica, artwork by Shannon Toth

Nathalie Choux, a delicate fantasy world

French ceramist Nathalie Choux started her artistic career as an illustrator and author of children books. With degrees in Applied Arts and Arts Decoratifs in Paris and a year of study at the National School of Puppetry in Prague, Nathalie made a natural turn from graphic to ceramic art, creating a wonderful world both poetic and quirky.

Le Mouton Noir, ceramic sculpture by Natalie ChouxLe Mouton Noir, ceramic sculpture by Natalie Choux

Yulia Brodskaya paper art

I am always stunned by what paper artists can make from this everyday material. I mean who would have thought that strips of paper, shaped and glued to a background, could make such riveting portraits? Russian born, UK based artist Yulia Brodskaya explored many creative mediums from traditional fine art to textile painting, origami and collage before settling to the craft of quilling.

Melting, paper art by Yulia BrodskayaMelting, paper art by Yulia Brodskaya

Andrea Wan's reflexive illustrations

Born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver, relocated to Berlin, Andrea Wan discovered her talent for illustration when making an animated short for her Film graduation project at Emily Carr University. The animation was based on some of her sketches and her friends persuaded Andrea to carry on this artistic path.

Dream On Little Ghosts, illustration by Andrea WanDream On Little Ghosts, illustration by Andrea Wan

Muses and kids stories

Young illustrator Conrad Roset, living in Barcelona, Spain, is successfully following his life-long passion for drawing and teaches others to do the same as a professor of illustration at the School of Design BAU. Conrad found the reward of living in Internet era: his sketches attracted the attention of Zara, the fast-fashion mega brand and an illustration career ensued. Afterwards he launched himself as freelance artist and until now he has various collaborations from ad agencies and publishing companies to music bands and fashion labels.

Conrad Roset, La Princesa y el Rey PezConrad Roset, La Princesa y el Rey Pez

Anna Zueva's paper clay fairies

Anna Zueva, a professional doll artist from Perm, Russia creates whimsical puppets inspired by Slavic fairytales, historical figures or film characters. A graduate of art school as well as of Sverdlovsk Institute of Architecture, design department, she made her first art doll in 1990 (gave it as a birthday gift to a friend) and kept delighting the world ever since.

Rider on the melody doll, 2012, Anna ZuevaRider on the melody doll, 2012, Anna Zueva

Laura Bifano's whimsical nature

Growing up on Vancouver Island and spending summer weeks in epic surroundings (when going camping with the family in the middle of the woods) gave Canadian artist Laura Bifano a special sense of nature displayed in her vibrant, whimsical gouache paintings. An avid drawer since childhood, when she entertained her friends and family with her imagination, Laura fancies surrealist art, graphic narrative including Pokemon cartoons and retro video games, and “cheesy 70's science fiction”.

Laura Bifano, HunterLaura Bifano, Hunter

Sari Liimatta art jewelry

Finish jewelry artist Sari Liimatta graduated in 2003 with a BA in stonework and jewelry design from Carelia Polytechnic, Lappeenranta, Finland with a one year scholarship at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Jewellery Department in Amsterdam.

She uses plastic toy animals (horses, bulls, donkeys, teddy bears, bunnies, even puppy dogs) as work base although her art is not at all cute; better put it is a fascinating, bizarre even morbid representation of the nature. Animal nature, human nature and a reflection of consumerism they all blend in Liimatta’s conceptual aesthetic. The plastic animals are cut into, covered in precious stones, amber or glass beads and pierced with metal pins being meticulously morphed into haunting contemporary jewelry sculptures.

Sari Liimatta, Overbreeding jewelry sculpture, 2010Sari Liimatta, Overbreeding jewelry sculpture, 2010

The imaginarium of Agnes Boulloche

Agnes Boulloche lives in a fantasy world (partially located in Ile de Re) where phantasmagorical creatures tell tales about humanity. Her colorful oil paintings full of elaborate allegorical details recall the Old Masters, while her art comes out as a unique mix of Modern Renaissance, contemporary Surrealism and Symbolism.

Agnes Boulloche, Licorne Rouge, 2005Agnes Boulloche, Licorne Rouge, 2005

The posh ladies of Peggy Wolf

After studying Fashion Design for five years German artist Peggy Wolf decided that she loved drawing fashionable women more than making clothes for them. So after graduation in 2004 she began doing freelance illustration work for magazines. A following work experience in London in the Interior Design field increased her passion for textiles, colors and patterns which influenced her latter digital collages.

In Bloom illustration by Peggy WolfIn Bloom illustration by Peggy Wolf

The art of sculpting sweetness

Those irresistible sweet faces of Ana Salvador’s “girls” gain each one of them a home. The original porcelain art dolls of the Portuguese born artist display a frozen-in-time gesture and their delicate, strange features with angelic, gleaming eyes evoke innocence, reverie, sadness and many more.

Sarah, porcelain doll by Ana SalvadorSarah, porcelain doll by Ana Salvador

Painting limericks: Duy Huynh

For Duy Huynh (pronounced Yee Wun) drawing was his way of settling in a strange world as a youngster immigrant. Years passed and the Vietnamese-born artist kept his childhood passion as a means of living after graduating from UNC Charlotte, North Carolina with a degree in painting and illustration.

Duy Huynh, Flightless Birds Of A FeatherDuy Huynh, Flightless Birds Of A Feather

Joe Webb: innovative old school collages

After working as a graphic designer for several years British artist Joe Webb decided to put digital technologies aside for making smart and fresh-looking paper collages. Using found imagery, limited at two or three pictures, Webb creates by hands (and scissors) a single image that speaks a clean message. His works play with the ideas of old class glamour and glossiness - all fabricated and hallow, the clash between western world and other cultures and the hilarity of humans littleness as opposed with the immensity of universe.

Absent Minded by Joe WebbAbsent Minded by Joe Webb

Dadu Shin - illustrating with a point

A young American artist with an ice-cream company name (in his own words) Dadu Shin does highly original illustration with strong concepts. Some of them are images of written ideas, collaborating with financial issue PLANSPONSOR being one of the proudest moments for the artist. A fresh graduate from Rhode Island Institute of Design, Dadu Shin experiments with various techniques and trains his drawing skills with fashion illustration. For his commissioned works he uses or mixes painting with digital rendering tehnology, admittedly for the beauty of firm lines and shapes.

Dadu Shin, Re-cultureDadu Shin, Re-culture

Enchanting porcelain beauties

Marina Bychkova, originally from Siberia, accomplished her doll making art in Vancouver, Canada after studying Fine Art at Emily Carr Institute and taking advanced jewelry design classes. The result took shape as the Enchanted Doll the artist’s own label of exquisite porcelain ball jointed dolls. There are many doll artists out there but few of them can create a thrilling universe of their own. The name was inspired by Paul Gallico’s fictional short story called Enchanted Doll, “where a young woman creates dolls with so much love that they enchant people at first sight with their compelling, delicate, life-like beauty”. I think we all can agree that Marina Bychkova brought this story to life.

Echo doll by Marina BychkovaEcho doll by Marina Bychkova

Heather Mattoon's fashionable cats

"We should be more like cats: soulful, stylish, and entirely unconcerned with others’ opinions" says artist Heather Mattoon, motivating her lovely Cats in Clothes series of paintings. Each portrait shows a unique character, each cat having a distinct personality and an outfit to match. Also every art piece comes with a brief description, a teaser to a fun possible story.

Savannah by Heather Mattoon, Cats in ClothesSavannah by Heather Mattoon, Cats in Clothes

Dreams revealed in Moon’s photographs

I’ve always loved dream-like, surreal photography. I’m a big fan of Man Ray’s works and recently I have discovered another incredible artist: photographer and filmmaker Sarah Moon.

Sarah Moon PhotographySarah Moon Photography

Fantastic photographs of Dariusz Klimczak

I spent so many days trying to figure out how Dariusz Klimczak took these splendid photographs. Klimczak definitely charmed me with his surreal artworks, based on perfect compositions, eerie, fascinating characters, fictional sets and accurate technique.

Dariusz Klimczak photographyDariusz Klimczak photography

The marvelous world of Gabriel Pacheco

Gabriel Pacheco is a remarkable Mexican illustrator. He became a published artist after his sister asked him to illustrate a story. Fortunately, Pacheco continued to explore his native talent and created a splendid portfolio of illustrations for children books, poetry volumes and fantastic literature.  

Gabriel Pacheco, The Little MermaidGabriel Pacheco, The Little Mermaid

The illustrated satire of Pawel Kuczynski

When I first saw Pawel Kuczynski’s illustrations I feared I had too little words to describe them. In brief, I must say that his works are absolutely incredible. And I’m not talking only about their fine, sharp lines, their vibrant characters and colors, but about the stories beneath them. Pawel is famous for his satirical style and his various themes.

Pawel Kuczynski, ApplePawel Kuczynski, Apple