CONCEPTUAL ILLUSTRATION BY ERIK CARTER

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based Erik Carter’s work is both aesthetically provocative and conceptually driven. The graphic designer and art director graduated as a CD major in 2011 and has gone on to work for MTV, The New York Times, andThe Office of Paul Sahre. His book covers and illustrations have received notable recognition in the design world and beyond.

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DREAMY DREAMWORLD BY SOFIA HYDMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sofia Hydman has taken various courses in photography, illustration and graphic design and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm in 2014. Today she works with personal projects and freelance work.

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Sofia is inspired by empty spaces and has difficulties with drawing straight lines. She works with a number of different techniques, ranging from digital images to graphic design to illustration and drawing. A recurring theme in Sofia’s work is to explore identity and heritage. By working in both digital and analogue mediums she makes pastel-colored tones which creates a narrative and dreamy dreamworld.

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PERFECT LOOPING BY HAYDEN ZEZULA

by Ariadna Zierold

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NYC-based artist Hayden Zezula mixes captivating visuals with the uncomfortable. His intention is to merge visually pleasing animation with creepy imagery, creating loops that toe the line between interesting and uncomfortable.

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Zezula a.k.a. Zolloc’s website is filled with electric oceans, gravity-defying sludge, people made from bubbles, and worlds within worlds within worlds. Zezula’s eye for color and talent at creating perfect loops make each GIF a miniature journey into his daydream-fueled mind.

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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 PSYCHEDELIC WORLD OF ANDREY KASAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Russian illustrator Andrey Kasay aka Flakonkishochki createsis perfectly bizarre, psychedelic and particularly surreal work. Swimming pools pour out of kitchen cabinets, killer whales flop on countertops, and figures climb through scenes where clouds turn into snow drifts.

He is a big fan of dogs. He selected the best representatives of this species to aid in the creation of his artworks. These works are filled with true stories from the life of urban crackpots and tell us about the eternal. The artworks were approved by the Ministry of Mental Health of Russia and recommended for children under school age.

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QUIRKY DOODLINGS BY T-WEI

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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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.

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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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ATMOSPHERIC GIFS BY CARL BURTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Carl Burton creates quick atmospheric GIFs that blend elements of science fiction and surrealism. Glittering illuminated tentacles appear to twist through the dark while neon lasers emerge from deep pools of water. Much of what you see here represents Burton’s personal experiments, but the NYC-based creative also lends his illustrative style to images for long-form publications around the web.

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