CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATION BY ERIK CARTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Erik Carter’s work is both aesthetically provocative and conceptually driven. The graphic designer and art director graduated as a CD major in 2011 and has gone on to work for MTV, The New York Times, andThe Office of Paul Sahre. His book covers and illustrations have received notable recognition in the design world and beyond.

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HYPNOTIC GRAPHICS BY WANG AND SODERSTROM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Copenhagen based Swedish artist and designer Anny Wang and Tim Söderström create a series of hypnotic graphic animations. Their animations explore the application of color to animated forms. Having worked as architects, as well as 3D artists, Anny and Tim have taken their exploration of 3D software from working on real architectural projects to building hyper-real environments based on illustration and animation. The studio strive to create mind tickling and unexpected experiences through materiality and technology.

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CINEMATIC ANIMATIONS BY GERIKO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Geriko, the Franco-Belgian creative duo of Hélène Jeudy and Antoine Caëcke, creates cinematic animations bound to make your jaw drop. The Paris-based pair come from a background in graphic design, illustration and animation, working both individually for a number of years before establishing their collective identity and aesthetic.

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Geriko’s graphic style, influenced by Japanese manga and anime and Belgian comic book art, is created in a combination of 2D, 3D and traditional animation.

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AWESOME ILLUSTRATIONS BY NICOLAS DEHGHANI

by Ariadna Zierold

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French illustrator Nicolas Dehghani is an artist in Paris who draws and creates animated productions as part of the CRCR collective. He tends to use textured, thick black and gray lines/washes over saturated but limited color palettes. The subjects in his work are confidently stylized and drawn. Dehghani sticks to a limited color palette within his work; it makes it that much more striking.

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DARK UNIVERSES BY MONOCHROME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Monochrome is Helena Vizcaíno, a visual artist and illustrator from Spain. She is currently living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She illustrates dark universes that don’t exist, elements from her imagination, natural and outer space elements. Her interests go from animation to the tattoo culture, to fashion design and advertising, where she also finds her inspiration.

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DREAMY DREAMWORLD BY SOFIA HYDMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sofia Hydman has taken various courses in photography, illustration and graphic design and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm in 2014. Today she works with personal projects and freelance work.

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Sofia is inspired by empty spaces and has difficulties with drawing straight lines. She works with a number of different techniques, ranging from digital images to graphic design to illustration and drawing. A recurring theme in Sofia’s work is to explore identity and heritage. By working in both digital and analogue mediums she makes pastel-colored tones which creates a narrative and dreamy dreamworld.

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PERFECT LOOPING BY HAYDEN ZEZULA

by Ariadna Zierold

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NYC-based artist Hayden Zezula mixes captivating visuals with the uncomfortable. His intention is to merge visually pleasing animation with creepy imagery, creating loops that toe the line between interesting and uncomfortable.

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Zezula a.k.a. Zolloc’s website is filled with electric oceans, gravity-defying sludge, people made from bubbles, and worlds within worlds within worlds. Zezula’s eye for color and talent at creating perfect loops make each GIF a miniature journey into his daydream-fueled mind.

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TRIPPY DIGITAL VISUALS BY SLIME SUNDAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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The online identity of Boston-based artist Mike Parisella, Slime Sunday’s motion graphics and collages are a view into an alternate reality – where disembodied heads and digital babies play in a sea of saturated color, and endless shapes find joy in repetition.

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If trippy, outlandish digital visuals are your thing, then Slime Sunday is a name you need to know.

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BRUTALIST PIXEL ART BY UNO MORALEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Russian illustrator Uno Moralez’s work is eclectic, to say the least. Uno’s work looks like the byproduct of pixel art and manga, a dark and mysterious world where the most insane things can happen. Unquestionably menacing and monstrous figures lurk smiling in shadowy rooms, bodies and objects arranged in inscrutable ways that nevertheless imply an unimpeachable in-story logic. Uno’s work is mysterious. Every single image is a short story that deserves contemplation, and because of this, it is extremely entertaining.

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