Category Archives: Illustration

Brandon Ragnar Johnson


Brandon Ragnar Johnson is an illustrator and graphic designer based in California.  He graduated with honors at the Art Center College in Pasadena, California.  The artist moved around much of the west coast of California while growing up, but spent his formative years in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  Hence the  heavy influence by florescent lights, hard shadows and midcentury design.  His work is often some combination of the things he most loves; film noir, fashion illustration, classic cartoons, the great men’s magazine artists, mid century design and architecture, punk rock, monsters and old Las Vegas.  On an interview with California Home Design he says this about his work:

“I really love simple, abstract shapes that hint at something organic – shapes that may or not be the silhouette of an animal or a plant, maybe something microscopic like an amoeba. I think a design is most
successful when it seems both familiar and completely new at the same time. Being able to accomplish that with just color,
form and line is challenging, but when it works, it’s very rewarding.”

“Mid-century designers were so adept at combining sophistication and humor, and I do my best to strike that same balance in my work. To me, that’s really what makes design appealing rather than rigid and stuffy. I think even the best design can falter when it takes itself too seriously.”


You can follow the artist on his website, Behance and Instagram.  His portfolio can be found here.  

Images:  Courtesy of Brandon Ragnar Johnson.

Asami Maruyama

We’ve found another artist depicting snapshots of everyday life with cloth and thread.  The creator is Tokyo-based embroidery artist Asami Maruyama.  She graduated from Setsu Mode Seminar and in 2010 started designing, collaborating and exhibiting at overseas art fairs.  Her ideas and motifs are chosen from stocks of photographs she takes on a daily basis. Her hand-embroidered work includes just the right amount of detail to give each piece a breath of its own.

You can  view more of her work on Instagram.  Some of her items can be purchased at Stores, Japan.

Images:  Courtesy of Asami Maruyama.

Caitlyn Murphy

There’s beauty in the mundane as can be seen in these paintings by Toronto-based artist Caitlyn Murphy.  The award-winning artist graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and has a degrees in both philosophy and illustration.  Her still-life gouache paintings showcase a unique style of realism preferring overlooked, quiet moments as her subject matter and reducing them to their simplest forms.  The artist has had solo and group exhibitions and completed an artist residency in Espoo, Finland.

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

Images:  Courtesy of Caitlyn Murphy.

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