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Find me at Supercrawl 2014, all weekend long – I’ll be selling limited edition Fazooli artwork prints as I walk around. Each one is hand-numbered and signed.


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It’s gonna be an amazing weekend of art and live performances! I was down there earlier today and here’s a peek at what’s in store…

This thing breathes fire and smoke and has a DJ booth on it!

Ian Sklarsky is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist who’s been creating amazing abstract portraits – over 700 in the past five years alone – illustrating everything from people to pets using only pen, ink, and a splash of water colour.

The 30-year-old became engrossed in the traditional blind contour method of drawing when he learned about it in a high school art class – the artist must trace the outline of the subject in one line, without looking at the paper or canvas, creating a very expressive and abstract result. Sklarsky has to put himself in the right mindset to allow his hand to guide him across the page, keeping absolutely zen throughout the process – which can sometimes be no easy feat, as when he works on large format portraits, such as group illustrations that tower over six feet high.

Sklarsky’s portraits often begin around $65 and go up from there, depending on the size and complexity as well as the time to complete each one. They are all signed and sealed with wax, and he also offers an epoxy glaze option to those who want it, which tends to cause the paper to become somewhat translucent so you can back-light it for emphasis in your decor.

To see more, obtain a commissioned piece, and find out when and where he is appearing next, check out Sklarsky’s website. He is also on Tumblr, so be sure to visit often to see the progress of his work. Cool Hunting also recently posted a video of Sklarsky working on one of his portraits – you can view it here.

Eccentric British artist Rory Dobner creates ingenious pen and ink illustrations that capture insanely imaginative animal characters with a maximalist approach and a Victorian feel. His intricate works are all hand-drawn and have recently been discovered around 18 months ago by the art world – and now he has the universe clamoring on his doorstep with requests for more.

From a stay-at-home-dad to climbing the ladder to celebrity status, he’s expanding on his portfolio of whimsical drawings, and is now being represented by Opera Gallery, creating paintings, sculptures, home furnishings, tattoos and dabbling in graphic design. His works can now be seen all over the world, from prints and “objets d’art” in London at Liberty London and Bluebird to textiles and ceramics at  Via Bus Stop in Tokyo, Agent Provocateur boutiques and will be showcased in the next little while at Maison 24 in New York.

Dobner is very much attracted to the world of the Victorian Era, drawing upon it heavily for influence of his drawings. His love of inventions of that time period are reflected heavily in his work, using similar materials that give off a sense of heritage and character. He also likes to keep his works personal and has been commissioned by people to create portraits that have uniquely personal touches. Every little detail is drawn by hand, then reproduced in prints. He prides himself on not even using pencil to sketch things out – he just puts pen to paper and starts going to work. His intuition and expert hand leave no room for error. As he works, he breathes life into his characters and creates individual personalities for each one, then when he’s finished, he mounts and frames every print himself.

To check out more of his amazing work, visit his website.

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