Valencia, Spain based Moisés Mahiques‘ large drawings are both technically accomplished as well as being conceptually complex using drawing to question the value system of the individual, of contemporary life, action and consequence and above all the expressive possibilities of the line and figure.
At first glance these drawings are chaotic, a dense network of animated lines that attempt to capture an essence, the figure becoming an anthropomorphic expression of our alienation from the environment. On an aesthetic level Mahiques drawings are beautiful to look at, to peer into, the action dynamic, the line so clean, precise, so definite.
Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.
Harriet Lee-Merrion is a freelance illustrator living in Bristol, originally from Falmouth, Cornwall. Her recurring theme is the complexity of human condition, analyzed through a visual style which reveals an ideal balance between oriental features and English heritage.
Narrations of love, joy and madness interweave in delicate line works, sometimes without even the need for any color. The clean lines lend well to intricate designs, and the complex ideas that make her work so interesting are engrossing.
Chicago-based artist, Ben Marcus makes comics that feel inspired by all things trippy, alien, and David Bowie. His favorite manga is Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. His comic has a particular clarity in the line work because he wants the reader to keep track of the plot. Clean and clear language for dramatic and poetic purposes.
“The proportions of the facial features is important to me and I draw and re-draw them. Too many times. I wanted my characters to have a contemplative complexity to them. A depth of consciousness that a sense of animation is born of. I drew everything by hand and scanned it and added the half-tones in photoshop.” Ben Marcus
T-Wei is an artist and illustrator working in Wellington, NZ. Aside from his personal body of work of quirky drawings, his work experience includes the likes of Sideshow Collectibles, PikPok, and Resn.
Influenced by the street, his art is punctuated by clean lines and careful detail. The characters that populate his artwork appear to inhabit a real space and reflect the fun T-Wei has in creating these worlds.
Jarek Puczel was born in 1965 in Ketrzyn, Poland. He studied in the Warsaw University, Faculty of Art Pedagogy and graduated from it in 1990. He is a member of Polish Painters and Sculptors Union. He now lives and works in Olsztyn, Poland.
Puczel’s work consists of moments being transformed into clean, calm and at the same time intensive images. The clear lines and colors easily make us focus on the subjects, and stare at them for a long time.
For this author with slight OCD tendencies, this series by Ursus Wehrli, The Art of Clean Up, makes us feel a lot better. Seriously, who doesn’t want to organize their alphabet soup? Cars in a parking lot? Color coordinate that shit. ‘The Art of Clean Up’ is actually a book, but if it doesn’t work well on our shelf, there is going to be a Tumblr post on how we organized our lives better to suit the book.