STORY-FUELLED EXPRESSION BY SAIMAN CHOW

by Ariadna Zierold

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Saiman Chow is a multi- disciplinary artist, director and designer. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he immigrated to Los Angeles with his family at the age of 15. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 2001, Chow gained early attention and accolades for his Art of Speed animation commissioned by Nike. Constantly re-inventing his approach, Chow’s work spans media and takes a variety of forms, from intricate stop-motion animations to digital illustrations and fine art.

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SINISTER GIFS BY MATTIS DOVIER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mattis Dovier has a talent for creating GIFs that are pleasing to the eye but have a habit of turning your stomach ever so slightly. His eye-popping GIFs are on another level.

Dovier works in an unmistakable style, one he described as “stripped of unnecessary details.” First Dovier draws each frame by hand in low resolution. Then he fills in shadows with pixel grids converted in Photoshop’s bitmap mode. The end result is somewhere between numeric and classic aesthetics like engravings, as well as the screentone process characteristic of manga.

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THE SURREAL BEAUTY OF MASON LINDROTH’S WORLD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mason Lindroth’s work exists somewhere between the realm of a hellish nightmare, surreal art, and collages. It’s all those things, and also none of them. Lindroth’s repeated animated aesthetic is wholly unique. The objects themselves are grotesque, ranging from eerie blank-staring faces to vintage stock-like footage of families. Nothing blends together, it becomes a distorted conglomerate of gif-able lo-fi clipart.

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You can recognize Lindroth work due to the sparing, dotty Apple II-like visuals and use of claymation. The aesthetic compliments Mason’s interest in warping the ordinary: black-and-white is the status quo, whereas color can punctuate a peculiar presence with immediacy.

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NOSTALGIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY PAUL LAYZELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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London-based illustrator Paul Layzell is a Graduate of the University of Brighton’s Illustration BA/Hons course in 2011. He is part of the duo Layzell Bros with his brother Matt. They are directors, animators, illustrators, music makers and in general people that enjoy visualizing the thoughts that reside inside the mind. They have been working together since they were kids so they’ve had some practice. Matt had a staunch and strictly religious education in animation, and Paul a free-flowing one in illustration, but they work in both fields, merging their respective talents together.

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Paul’s inspiration for his work consists of stuff he grew up with, 90s stuff, sports stuff, skateboarding, cartoons and Keith Haring. Like a stereotypical teenager he used to skateboard, play basketball.

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EVERYDAYS BY MIKE WINKELMANN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Graphic designer from Appleton, Wisconsin Mike Winkelmann aka Beeple, has been making a piece of art every day for the past 3,416 days. That’s nearly ten years of consecutive days. Artists like Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Amon Tobin, and many others have used his live visuals in their shows.

His work flow usually involves an incredible amount of experimentation. He usually sits down with only very vague ideas in mind of things he’d like to play with. Usually things turn out nothing like he planned. He likes just sort of going with it and seeing where it takes him.

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HOLOGRAM CEILING BY DYLAN JONES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based Dylan Jones aka Hologram Ceiling was born in New Hampshire. His technique is usually automatic drawing and animation. Usually, he has sort of a rough idea of what he’s going to shoot and then starts moving through whatever idea he is having as quickly as possible before he forgets. Some of his inspiration is Roland Topor, Tiger Tateishi and Andrzej Zulawski.
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Most of Jones’ tools are colored pencil, construction paper, pens and sharpies. He shoots his animations on Dragonframe and edits them on Premiere.

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JIGGLY CHARACTERS BY JULIAN GLANDER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Pittsburg based animator and illustrator Julian Glander‘s vibrantly colored world doesn’t take you back to a specific time necessarily, but to a mind set, when the world seemed bigger and brighter and more mystifying.

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Gloriously cheerful and full of pastel hues, Glander’s work is funny, surreal and creative. He builds gifs of funny jiggly people jumping into cereal bowls, dachshunds flying down flights of stairs, skating hot dog sausages and drum-playing apples.

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TWISTED VISIONS BY JOE VAUX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Joe Vaux was born in Islip, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 with BFA Illustration, after which time he started his career in the animation industry. Joe’s fine art has been exhibited internationally and has also participated in numerous group and solo shows, as well as a couple of museum exhibits, including the Suggestivism show at Grand Central Art Center in 2011.

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His work as a director on the the hugely popular animated TV series ‘Family Guy’ has made his name known to most. However, Vaux also engages his boundless imagination and creative skills as a prodigious fine artist, leading viewers into a bizarre, yet strangely familiar world, populated with ghoulish creatures who collectively engender twisted visions with generous spoonfuls of humor. Vaux injects a remarkably playful and distinctly human flavor to his narratives, often shining a light -although a creepy one- on our dreams and fears.

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SMOOTH CHARACTERS BY JUN SEO HAHM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Smooth and weird characters created by Jun Seo Hahm. Hahm is an animation director, graphic designer and media artist based in Seoul, Korea. His current work is focused on digital expression of biology inspired life-forms in editable time and space. After studying art theory in Korea and experimental animation at Cal Arts USA, he worked at Bent Image Lab in Portland as a designer and director for 5 years, and then Cheil Worldwide in Seoul as a planner for 2 years. Check out Jun’s animations.

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