Bill Mund

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Bill Mund is the kind of guy you feel like you know or at least kind of understand after surfing through his uniquely illustrated pop-inspired satirical take on culture and consumerism. It’s the kind of stuff that involves farting Brazilian butts, He-Man, Hugh Hefner and He-Man. If I ever had the opportunity I think I’d buy Bill Mund a beer and probably get totally ripped with the guy because he seems like he’d be a helluva lot of fun to do that with.

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There is something to be said for knowing who you are and where you fit in with this industry and illustrator Boneface seems to have a good grasp on his identity as you can read in his description about him and his work:

“the things that make me right for this job… maybe they’re the same things that make me wrong for everything else.”

staple diet: videogames / cartoons / comic books / crappy b-movies

I very much like the imagery he is generating.

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Cesar Moreno

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César Moreno is one of my favorite people to have recently stumbled upon. I’ve been jumping hard and fast into illustrating and generating imagery inspired by pop and movies and César’s work in that arena stands out. He’s got some downright fantastic work in his portfolio and is holding it down in Mexico. Release some prints my friend. The people will buy.

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Ray Frenden: Updates

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I love the pop-horror-infused, fun and tongue in cheek work of illustrator Ray Frenden and he recently updated (or at least since I last dropped in) with more colorful, zobified and horrorific imagery that is crazy fun to sift through.

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Douglas Bcicleta: Again

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Alright, this latest update to the Flickrfolio of illustrator Douglas Bcicleta has totally solidified my fandom. His work just kicks ass plain and simple. I’m inspired and ready to put some boobs back into my illustration work.

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“George Dawe was an English portrait artist who painted 329 portraits of Russian generals active during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia for the Military Gallery of the Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

I’m using digital copies of these paintings as a basis for my own work which involves incorporating my friends, family and even some celebrities into the paintings using photoshop.”

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Zoran Nova

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Australian designer/illustrator/artist Zoran Nova has some excellent pop-inspired graphite drawings in his portfolio that are expertly rendered. We dig it.

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The Schwarzenegger Trilogy

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I was totally consumed by Schwarzenegger as a child. I even competed in bodybuilding as a teen I wanted so much to be like him. So I was pretty jazzed by this animation piece paying homage to the now dethroned king of manliness by Brainbow.

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Takashi Murakami: Gagosian Preview

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Artist and provocateur Takashi Murakami is at it again this time at the Gagosian Gallery in London where you can see a preview of some of his latest and once again hyper-sexually charged and flamboyantly colorful sculpture work. Wouldn’t it be something to have one of those in your home?

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Falko Ohlmer: Updates

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Falko Ohlmer emailed us a note that he updated his portfolio and website with a large cache of trendy-pop newness that includes all manner of colorful design and illustration.

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Lykke Li – Get Some

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I must admit to being a big fan of Lykke Li and this latest video strengthened my resolve. You can download a free copy of the track here.

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Murakami – Chateau de Versailles

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Hypebeast has put together a nice overview of the recent Takashi Murakami exhibit happening within the opulent setting of the Chateau de Versailles. I have always been on the fence as to whether or not I am really a fan of Murakami’s work but I think the juxtaposition of his work in such a pomp setting creates a highly ironic clash that’s pretty hard to ignore. I’d imagine it would be fun to visit the show in person and listen to what the crowd had to say.

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Bicicleta Sem Freio: Updates

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The Brazilian design and illustration trio known as ‘Bicicleta Sem Freio’ (bicycle with no brakes) that is comprised of Douglas de Castro, Victor Rocha and Renato Reno have continued to fill their Flickr-folio with fantastically kitschy work that is downright impossible not to like. I am digging their brand of cynical pop big time.

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The Zonders

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There is some fun, trendy, poppy and psychedelic illustration work happening in the German Behance-folio of The Zonders. It’s candy but I really dig some of it. Sugar tastes good.

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Them Thangs

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Justin Blyth has an image/mood board blog that seriously blows my brain out of the back of my head. There are so damned many totally awesome things happening at Them Thangs I don’t even know where to begin. Just thinking about some of what I have seen there makes the creative hemisphere of my brain start to dance.

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MGMT: Time To Pretend

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Goddamnit I love this fucking song. It makes me want to jump off of someone’s roof into a swimming pool. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this on a trip to New York last week. I have no idea why I haven’t heard this gem yet. I think it is because I have been doing nothing but working my ass off for the last year or so. But man, am I glad I heard this diddy. I just can’t stop listening to it. It just kicks ass pure and simple. It makes me want to kick a door down and smash a guitar into a floor. Awesome.

Honestly, this song is without a doubt the high water mark on the MGMT album Oracular Spectacular. It is a very high water mark however. I am a lyrics man, since I used to write them and did my best at being a lead singer in a band or two when I was a young pup, and damnit it all to hell if I don’t just love the vicious unrepentant rock anthem lyrics in this song.

Don’t get me wrong there are some other tasty licks on this album but this one just turns my crank. Hard.

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Santo Gold

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I have been waiting for some time now for Santo Gold to release her first album. It was finally released this week and it does not disappoint in any way shape or form. It’s a genre-bending album in every sense drawing from be best of pop, 80’s, rasta, hip-hop and rock. I first herd Santo Gold on Mark Ronson’s album Version. Her single, titled ‘Pretty Green’ really jumped out and me and I made sure to make note of her and watch for what she did next. There has been buzz around her for a while now and she has been making appearances just about everywhere.

Her new album is self titled and full of good music from front to back to back to front. There aren’t really any really weak tracks on the album and that is always refreshing. Head over to her MySpace page for a listen or watch the video above to hear the first track from the new album. If you are feeling it like I am, its an easy download off of iTunes.

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