MONOCHROMATIC WATERCOLOR BY FABIEN MERELLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tours and Paris based Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolor. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences.

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These renderings, simultaneously absurd, humorous, ironic and cruel, weave their own tapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been written and what our memory has forged.

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LIGHTED APHORISMS BY RIK SMITS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rik Smits is a Dutch artist who works with several media. His large pencil drawings depict cities and landscapes sceneries, sometimes with a realistic attitude and other times with touches of surrealism or a narrative theme.

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“My work deals with the relation between religion and capitalism, which is depicted in a scenery of architectural landscapes/cityscapes. These landscapes show the contours of an imaginary city. A city which breathes the human ambition towards power and status. Its large scale buildings reminds us of the industrial utopia’s which prevailed in the human mind, but failed to shine or provide peace and humanity in the real world.The most prominent facet of this city is perhaps its appearance, from which one can easily read that the main ideology of its inhabitants is Capitalism. But this ideology is beginning to manifest itself in a religious manner, and will maybe even become a religion itself.” Rik Smits

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DIGITAL IMAGE CONSTRUCTION BY FRANK SYNOWICZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Frank Synowicz is a multidisciplinary new media/digital artist and designer working with computer graphics, visual effects, video, animation, digital audio, virtual reality, and traditional painting and drawing.

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Currently at Pixomondo, Los Angeles, Synowicz brings together his fascination with technology, art, science, and film to solve creative puzzles and develop new techniques in the art of digital image construction.

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ILLUSTRATIONS BY CRAIG ATKINSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Craig Atkinson is an artist, photographer and publisher based in the North West of England. In 2005 Craig founded Café Royal Books, a publishing house featuring generally, but not exclusively, British documentary photography focusing on aspects of change from 1970—2000.

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Apart from publishing, Craig’s artistic practice is centred around people and place, specifically Brutalist architectural groupings as sculptural masses. Craig is also a lecturer in Fine Art, Drawing and Image Making and Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire.

Check out a selection of some of his illustrations.

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DETAILED CITIES BY VASCO MOURAO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vasco Mourao is an architect and illustrator originally from Portugal who now lives and works in Barcelona. His densely illustrated cities and structures are drawn entirely by hand and while all are of course fictional places, they often incorporate real buildings.

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Mourao has an unparalleled eye for detail and underlying structures that has led to a full-time career drawing buildings. He describes himself as having a ‘tendency for obsessive drawings,’ starting with an early focus on horses, but growing to encompass entire cities in his own intricate style.

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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES BY DAYOUNG CHO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Southern California based designer and illustrator Dayoung Cho graduated at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA 2014. She likes to create works filled with colors and imagination that will make people happy and put a smile on their faces. Cho’s works are inspired by her childhood memories and her grandmother’s stories.

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POLITICAL POP CULTURE BY ERIC YAHNKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Yahnker is a contemporary artist born in 1976 in Torrance, California. His humorous, meticulously rendered graphite and colored pencil drawings and elaborate process pieces examine pop culture and politics. His jaw-dropping graphite and colored pencil drawings and other vivid works are sprinkled with absurdist humor and glimmers of the subconscious.

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