VIBRANT CHARACTERS BY TONY PAPESH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sydney based Tony Papesh is a freelance animator/ illustrator/ designer/ artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His passion is character animation but he is skilled in mostly any form of animation such as: 2D animation, 3D animation, hand-drawn animation, motion graphics, stop motion, and rotoscoping. He gets inspiration from cartoons, comics, and video games and a lot of the playfulness of these mediums shows through his personal art.

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WIGGLY ILLUSTRATIONS BY JACC SHUTTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Geneva, New York based Jacc Shutter is an aspiring independent artist that has been drawing since he was 2 years old. Jacc mostly uses brush tip prismacolor markers for his pieces and sometimes acrylic paint. He draws most of his inspiration from artists such as Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, and M.C. Escher but also from music by artists like David Bowie or Arctic Monkeys.

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PHOTOREALISTIC NOSTALGIA BY ALLAN INNMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Allan Innman is a painter from Oxford, MS. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2006 with a BFA degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. From 2007-2012 he worked as Visual Resources Specialist in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi.

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Allan recently completed the MFA program at The University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art in Drawing and Painting. His current work is based around make-believe and fantasy through the depiction of toys and figurines.

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REPERTOIRE OF BEASTS BY AMANDINE URRUTY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amandine Urruty lives and works on her bed, with a suit case full of pens always nearby. After studying at University for long years and a brief career in underground music, Amandine spreads her repertoire of beasts and her gallery of weird characters on all kind of mediums, on paper as on walls. As she masters techniques of traditional drawing, Urruty offers us a cheerful gallery of deviant portraits, associating grotesque outfits with baroque decorum which miraculously reconcile lovers of alchemistic symbolism to young ladies with too much make up.

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Urruty trusts her instincts and draws inspiration from a wealth of eclectic interests which span the wide gap between high art and pop culture. Revelling in the mystique of her decision making process, she engages in the creation of a unique and personal symbolism, which unveils and unravels itself over the course of time.

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QUIRKY SKELETON ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT GORDON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Denton, Texas based artist Matt Gordon was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Denton, Texas. He graduated with BFA in Graphic Design from Texas State University — San Marcos and with MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Check out his quirky skeleton series.

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HYPERDIMENSIONAL MACHINE BY DIMITRI DRJUCHIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dimitri Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. Wielding the culmination of human potential wrought from the depths of the bicameral mind, Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness.

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These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.

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STINK BY EVAN ROSSELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Southern-California based artist, Evan Rossell, better known as “Stink” the name of his widely adored signature monster, draws influence from his grandfather. The artist craft had grown to include influences from old comics, patterns, hairy people, and graffiti. Evan created his characters in high school as a way to pass the time in class. Since then, Evan’s work has graced walls, galleries and magazines, and has become sought after by collectors.

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FELT SCULPTURES BY PAOLO DEL TORO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paolo Del Toro (previously featured here) is a sculptor and two-dimensional artist based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Del Toro’s felt sculptures combine realism with a grotesque cartoon aesthetic, resulting in works that depict bizarre, sometimes nightmarish faces and figures, yet still have a strangely inviting texture.

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From far away, his sculptures look like they could just as easily be made with ceramic or stone. The artist has also worked in wood, and it’s really interesting to be able to see the similarities between the two mediums in the artist’s portfolio.

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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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