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We are compelled to check in on the work of renowned Russian illustrator/graphic designer Eiko Ojala every so often (here and here) because he’s just so good. Ojala’s style is distinct… we now recognize it from a mile away. These are truly mixed media endeavors, mixing digital illustration, paper textures, and both real and artificial shadows. His adept sense of color, composition and depth are hallmarks of his incredible body of work, which includes illustrations for a variety of impressive clients including The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Herman Miller, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American Mind, Ebony Magazine and The New Yorker. Here’s a sampling of some of his more recent work, including a children’s book he recently illustrated (available for purchase here). Enjoy.

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Chalking has been growing in popularity for years, in part due to the increased visibility of incredible artists like Dana Tanamachi (here) and others (here and here). There seems to be a mini movement in Japan right now involving blackboards and chalk (more here). As the saying goes, “everything old is new again”, blackboards, which are now being replaced with whiteboards, possess a sort of novelty these days. Hirotaka Hamasaki, aka Hamacream, is a Japanese art teacher with incredible skills and thousands of Instagram followers. His ability to recreate intricate familiar works of art (on a chalkboard, no less) is just stunning. Though the impermanence of this medium is a bit unnerving to us (we’d want to preserve these works for a long time), they are no less brilliantly executed for having been created with chalk. Truly inspiring.

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It’s a wonder we’ve never come across another photographer doing this, or perhaps it’s just never been done so well. We’re all familiar with Australian photographer Anne Geddes’s ubiquitous photos of sleeping babies. But Southern California-based photographer Laura Izumikawa takes a slightly edgier approach. What we imagine started off as the new mother’s inability to rest while her newborn daughter, Joey Marie, sleeps, Izumikawa channeled her stellar photography skills into a growing series that we just can’t get enough of. From Beyoncé to Pikachu to Sia to Cinderella, Izumikawa photographs her adorable (and cooperative) daughter in various states of costumed slumber. Not sure how long these brilliant cosplay (yes, a contraction of the words costume and play) photos can/will continue, but we urge Izumikawa to keep snapping a dozing Joey as long as she can. Brings a huge smile to our faces!

If you love these photos, check out a previous playful post (here).

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As designers, we have to retouch photos at least occasionally. But this retouching, by Portland, OR-based designer/photographer/Photoshop expert Daniel Kopton (AKA DanKlife), is truly awe-inspiring. Like a masterclass in photo retouching, this before-and-after look at Kopton’s work for Nike USA Basketball campaign is really enlightening… not only for the robust capabilities of modern computer software, but also the sheer talent of Kopton. Will definitely be looking at these every so often for a dose of inspiration.

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The German arm of global ad agency McCann Erickson developed this fantastic series of Olympic posters for Coca-Cola last year. Though the London Olympics are long over, these posters could easily be relevant at any Olympic Games. We love the strong, simple integration of the Coca-Cola brand with Olympic athletes. Really well done.

Via adsoftheworld.com

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There is no shortage of Olympic-inspired art out there, especially during the summer of an Olympiad. We love the style of this series of Olympic posters by South African designer Ben Grib. The vintage, spare style works great for the subject matter, and the geometric composition/cubist influence of the athletes gives them some depth. Loosely reminiscent of work by Charis Tsevis (here and here).

Via Behance

With the 2012 Summer Olympics coming to a close this weekend, we thought it fitting to dig up some Olympics-inspired art. We love Texas photographer Cody Hamilton’s take on the Olympic rings, as well as “Liquidated Olympic Rings” print by street artist Zevs (pronounced “Zeus”). Then there’s this fantastic 60s inspired print by German illustrator Dieter Braun (available for purchase here). Swedish designer Viktor Hertz designed this brilliant London 2012 poster (perhaps our favorite) that makes great use of the Olympic rings. Farewell, summer games. See you in Rio in 2016….

Another 2012 Summer Olympics post! While checking my yahoo email today I saw the splash page featuring these amazing geometric illustrations by Charis Tsevis. Absolutely love. You can tell there is inspiration from the logo (which I love no matter what anyone says). Enjoy!

More here: My Modern Met

To honor the 2012 London Olympics, which begin today, Greek designer Charis Tsevis took a really compelling approach to these portraits. As with previous works, the complexity of Tsevis’s work is stunning. His use of type, the colors, everything. Simply awesome.

Via espn.com

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