Oh that inescapable, inexplicable fear of sharks when swimming, even if it is in the local lido; illustrator Madison Sy knows it well – “It is the fear of the unknown or that which I cannot see” she says. Yet somehow she makes these irrational anxieties become beautiful, delicious even, that elusive water beckoning at us to dive in.
Her work seems transitional, documenting those mid-points that life has a habit of moving us into; like Limbo , the chosen illustration for the American Illustration 32 Archive 2013, designed for recent graduates it captures that post-university “not sure where my feet are or where I’m meant to be going next” feeling perfectly, leaving us lost somewhere in-between.
We are drawn into Madison’s work, caught in the dreamlike state she creates, completely intoxicated and we’d quite like to stay.
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- A fierce portrait of the battles, snaps and outrageous outfits of voguing culture from Ewen Spencer
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- Illustrator Lili des Bellons' chipper images are full of geometric whimsy
- Matt and Dan’s stark graphic posters for Daniel Avery’s Divided Love
- A hotel’s Wes Anderson-esque dated decor and plant life photographed by Ina Niehoff
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- New Adult Swim project from the bonkers people behind some sexy Craigslist animations