Category Archives: Illustration

Leonardo Frigo

These hand painted violins are the works of Leonardo Frigo.  The London-based artist and violinist has been painting string instruments for nearly a decade.  He studied the violin for five years and obtained a degree in Art Restoration from UIA (Univeristà Internazionale dell Arte ) in Venice, Italy.  He is inspired by historical literature and creates the illustrations with a fountain pen and handmade ink. He has also applied his art on chess sets and skateboards.

You can view more of his work on his website and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Leonardo Frigo.

James Cook Artwork

James Cook is an architecture student who creates typewriter art.  He purchased his first typewriter from an elderly couple  and after a few squirts of WD40 turned the instrument into a portrait-generating machine. Five years later he owns half-a-dozen typewriters and has been able to sell his artwork. On an article in Daily Mail he says this about his work:

“It’s quite labour intensive but I enjoy it. It’s using an obsolete piece of technology to create something nice. I usually start in the middle of the paper and work my way out.”

“I use specific characters and letters to do certain jobs. For example, full stops, underscores and forward slashes are good for straight lines, and brackets, Os and zeros good for curves.”

“The @ symbol is ideal for shading. But I also build them all up, two or three characters on top of each other, to create the depth.”

More of his work can be viewed on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of James Cook Artwork.

Bethany Bickley

Savannah-based artist Bethany Bickley uses paper sculptures to bring book narratives to life.  The artist uses pages torn from classics, magazines and contemporary works often applying watercolor to create beautifully crafted figures. She describes herself as “a creative problem solver who brings words and visuals together to tell a story with impact and purpose. If there are no visuals, I create them.”

The artist can be followed on her website and on Instagram.  

Images:  Courtesy of Bethany Bickley.