Minnesota-based artist Gregory Euclide's work explores the way in which he "experiences nature and how it is tied to the cultural practice of constructing landscapes as idealized images." Here, he created a modeled landscape where an overturned paint can and its contents create a river running through the scene.
Russian-born, UK-based artist Yulia Brodskaya's work is, in my opinion, the most fantastic and captivating featured in the book. Formerly an illustrator of the hand-drawn variety, Brodskaya took up quilling, a craft in which thin strips of paper are twirled around a tool to create spiraled shaped that are then glued to paper to great images. Her clients now include publications such New Scientist, the New York Times Magazine, and the Guardian as well as companies such as Hermes, Starbucks, and Target. Here, the steps in creating a illustration for Cadbury.
Another paper sculptor featured in Illustration Play 2 is Los Angeles native Jeff Nishinaka, who creates three-dimensional scenes by cutting and arranging white paper and taking advantage of the shadows the pieces create. Interestingly enough, Jackie Chan owns the largest collection of Nishinaka's creations, though for his commercial work, he boasts a client list including Bloomingdale's, Paramount Pictures, and Coca Cola. Here, works created for O.A.R. and Atlantic records (left), the University of Colorado Hospital (top middle), the U.S. Postal Service (top right), and Avex (bottom right).
At the end of Illustration Play 2, and as many art publications by Viction:ary come to a close, there are several pages of interviews with the artists. The oft-handwritten answers range from how they describe themselves to what's in their toolboxes. The image at the bottom? The first image that pops to their mind when they close their eyes.