Brendan Monroe graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with honors. Check out his work and it's not hard to see why. I give him my stamp of approval for a ridiculously incredible body of work. From illustration to sculpture it's clear he has let nothing stand in the way of his imagination. Everything I can find on his site, I really love. He's a California native and currently lives and works in a basement in China Town, LA. Wonderful stuff, and some of the great pieces can even be bought in his online shop.