TRADITIONAL MODERNISM BY FUTARO MITSUKI

by Ariadna Zierold

FUTARO MITSUKI, japan, drawing, illustration, pencil, traditional, modern, tattoo, victorian, medieval, characters, monochrome, upper playground

Japanese artist Futaro Mitsuki uses a variety of tools such as pencil, colored pencil, acrylic on paper and panel. He was born in Tokyo in 1970 and in 1998  Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He managed to combine traditional Japanese motifs with tattoo art, along with Victorian and Medieval ages elements.

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‘CRYSTALLIZATION’ BY DAVOR GROMILOVIC

by Ariadna Zierold

davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate

Davor Gromilović is a young visual artist currently residing in Sombor, Serbia.
Although painting and drawing are the primary fields of his creative explorations, he also shows creative abilities and genuine commitment to other artistic forms, such as murals, illustrations, graphics, art fanzines and T-shirt design.

davor gromilovic, serbia, painting, paintings, drawing, drawings, folk, fantastic, fantasy, symbols, upper playground, colorful, detailed, intricate

His work is narrative and often inspired by folk-art, fantastic motives of fairy tales, music, cultural heritage, as well as by his personal experiences and inner world. In his work one notices a dominant use of symbols, his inner world and complex reflections from which he develops his ideas and specific intimate aesthetics. Complex, but at the same time purified, strongly imaginative but well-thought-out works adorn this artist’s rich oeuvre.

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AMAZING LINE DRAWINGS BY AMOS GOLDBAUM

by Ariadna Zierold

amos goldbaum, line, drawing, drawings, surreal, intricate, san francisco, upper playground

San Francisco based artist Amos Goldbaum’s intricate line drawings are applied using both traditional mediums and on t-shirts. Goldbaum started selling his drawings on the street about ten years ago, and built up his curbside shop to include prints and t-shirts. He credits his mother, who always put a pencil in his hand when he was bored.

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AMERICANA BY ADEE ARDON

by Ariadna Zierold

adee ardon, illustration, drawing, drawings, illustrations, americana, tel aviv, israel, roads, adventure, upper playground

Tel Aviv based illustrator Adee Ardon was born in Dallas TX and moved to Israel when she was four. Adee has her B.Des in Visual Communication from Shenkar College,
where she majored in Illustration and has done a ‘Culture, Design and Fine Arts’ summer program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

adee ardon, illustration, drawing, drawings, illustrations, americana, tel aviv, israel, roads, adventure, upper playground

She has always wanted to go back and explore the United States, the back roads and infinites highways, middle-of-nowhere diners and greater than life adventures.
This is the story of her imaginary road trip, and the exploration of America as she sees it, inspired by famous road trip cinematography and literature.

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LINE WORK DRAWINGS BY CHRIS YEE

by Ariadna Zierold

chris yee, line, drawing, drawings, pop culture, japanese, sydney, australia, comic, illustration, illustrations, cartoon, upper playground

Sydney-based artist Chris Yee blends influences of Japanese pop culture, hip hop performances, Australian youth culture and Western comic illustrations together into brilliantly intricate line work drawings. The cartoon-inspired creative delivers work that is notably vibrant, not always in color but rather in the energy it gives off. Known for his use bold lines and minimal color choice, Chris brings life to the likes of rap show comic reviews, record cover illustrations, and murals alike.

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UNSEEN ASPECTS OF LIFE BY JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III

by Ariadna Zierold

john felix arnold III, north carolina, new york city, san francisco, bay area, painting, drawing, sculpture, abstraction, colorful, vibrant, upper playground

John Felix Arnold III is an artist hailing from Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Pratt Institute class of 2002, he has lived in New York City and the SF Bay Area for the last 18 years. He works in a range of media but most commonly in painting, drawing, sculpture, wood assemblage, installation, and sound elements.

john felix arnold III, north carolina, new york city, san francisco, bay area, painting, drawing, sculpture, abstraction, colorful, vibrant, upper playground

His work deals with ontology, the human experience, social and environmental issues, explorations of the emotional and the unseen aspects of life, struggle, and serenity.  He utilizes a range of media to deconstruct the idea of the traditional visual narrative and presents it in immersive new experiences that create a language both shared and singular.

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A SOCIOPOLITICAL CONSTRUCT BY TOYIN OJIH ODUTOLA

by Ariadna Zierold

Toyin Ojih Odutola, painting, paintings, portraiture, nigeria, alabama, sociopolitical, multimedia, drawing, drawings, upper playground

Toyin Ojih Odutola creates drawings utilizing diverse mediums to emphasize the striated terrain of an image and its formulaic representations. Odutola focuses on the sociopolitical construct of skin color through her multimedia drawings. Her work explores her personal journey of having been born in Nigeria then moving and assimilating into American culture in conservative Alabama.

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ODDBALL CHARACTERS BY NICK SHEEHY

by Ariadna Zierold

nick sheehy, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, character, characters, surreal, london, australia, low brow, nature, texture, drawing, upper playground

Nick Sheehy (previously featured here) is an Australian-born artist and illustrator living in London. After studying bronze sculpture in the wilds of Tasmania, Nick gave up on art only to re-discover his love of drawing whilst living in London, sparked by an interest in the city’s low brow art, illustration, street art, and graffiti.

nick sheehy, illustration, illustrations, illustrator, character, characters, surreal, london, australia, low brow, nature, texture, drawing, upper playground

In his work, Nick explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination. Employing a laborious technique, building up layers of texture and thin color, his work infuses precision and attention to detail with random abstraction and clumsiness. He enjoys drawing various weird things for himself, exhibitions, publications, and occasionally the odd client.

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