Manuel Rebollo

Manuel Rebollo, is a Graphic Designer and Illus­tra­tor based in Sala­manca, Spain. He cur­rently works free­lance in the field of design and illus­tra­tion. He is known in particular for his edgy fashion illustrative style.

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Jazz-minh Moore

Fine artist Jazz-minh Claire Moore currently lives in Greenwich Village, New York City. Her current surroundings are in stark contrast to her upbringing, where she was born on a hippie commune in the old redwood forests of Oregon, and later raised in a small house on a dirt road near San Diego, surrounded by fruit trees.

Her work is inspired by both elements of free nature, and contrasting city. Her work reflects the emotional paradox that her commitment to both ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ evokes in her.

Jazz-minh has established herself as truly talented artist, which is reflected in the long list of group and solo exhibitions. View her website for more examples of her work.

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Lee Jeffries

Manchester-based photographer Lee Jeffries started out by photographing sporting events. After a chance meeting on the streets of London with a homeless girl, Jeffries reconsidered his artistic approach. Having initially stolen a photograph of the young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag, he became aware that the girl had seen him taking a picture. His initial reaction had been to leave, however he reconsidered and took the time to discuss her situation with her.

Based on this meeting, his perception about the homeless completely changed and they become the subject of his art. For the past few years he’s traveled around the world, particularly Europe and the US, photographing people he encounters on the streets. Jeffries takes the time to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to take their portrait. The gritty portraits suggest the individuals emotion, taking a hard unflinching look at their personal condition. His photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.

Jeffries was just announced as the 2011 winner of Future Publishings – Digital Camera Magazine’s Photographer of the Year, of which Jeffries was selected from tens of thousands of entries. The judges said “Lee’s remarkable image is simultaneously moving and troubling. By peeling away the superficial veneer of modern British society, it forces the viewer to evaluate their own position in the social hierarchy of the age and confront some uncomfortable truths.”

In an interview with Digital Camera Magazine on his win, Lee commented: “I’m incredibly honoured and surprised as the kind of shots I take don’t usually win competitions. I took this shot last November – I was walking around Manchester when I noticed something about this guy’s eyes. There was something wrong with them, obviously, but there was a quality about them too… I try to get an almost religious feel to my shots and I think it comes through in this image, with the way the light falls on his face. Anyway, winning this prize is a huge honour.”

You can view the full competition line-up of winning and shortlisted images here. To view more of Lee Jeffries work, check out his Flickr page

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Raphael Vicenzi

Originally an aspiring graphic or web designer, self taught illustrator Raphael Vicenzi found that neither of these paths where to his liking. He instead focused himself on training and developing his illustration skills, and the result is his freelance pseudo Mydeadpony.

Raphaël’s illustrations are a mix of soft, delicate lines, strong colour pallets and outlines. The result is deep textured pieces that both capture the imagination, and hold interest. Raphaël combines hand painted watercolours, doodles, textures and combines them in Photoshop with a few effects to give the desired outcome.

View Raphaël’s Behance page, and website, to see more of his great work.

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Kent Williams

Established American born painter Kent Williams has in the past, realised his work through various artistic channels including that of graphic novels. From 1983–1985, Williams was a regular contributor to Marvel Comics’ as well as a regular cover artist for Vertigo’s Hellblazer in 1990–1991. Williams’ work has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions over the past ten years, and has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work.

Williams returned as a visiting instructor to the Pratt Institute where he had studied. He currently resides in Los Angeles, and teaches painting at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

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Florian Nicolle

French freelance designer Florian Nicolle, creates illustrations with a fresh crisp depth, full of expression, by combining line work and paint strokes. She describes her work as ‘free and spontaneous’, created using various techniques including BIC pens, watercolour and chines inks, layered together to add depth and detail. Her clients include Los Angeles Times, ESPN classic and NIKE. To view more of her work, you can visit her website and Behance portfolio.

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Dream Big

Pete Fecteau is an interactive designer, who also loves illustration, painting and sculptures. Currently based in San Francisco, Fracteau was originally based in Brighton, Michigan where in 2010 he competed in a large art competition called ArtPrize. Having an interest in Rubik’s Cubes, he took the idea forward as part of a creative concept after a dream.

The result was a Dream Big, a mosaic installation made of 4,242 Rubik’s Cubes. Measuring 5.8m x 2.6m x 5.7cm, it weighed roughly 454kg. The construction process took a little over 40 hours involving 6 volunteers. The cubes were rented through the You Can Do The Cube organisation at a total cost of $8000. “Dream Big” placed in the top 50 out of 1,700+ entries.

You can view Fecteau’s website for more details on this and other projects he has been involved in.

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Words escape me

I’m com­pletely floored by these stun­ning, hyper-realistic por­traits by Lee Jeffries.

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