WEIRD NARRATIVES BY INKEE WANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Shanghai, China based Inkee Wang has a background studying graphic design at Central Saint Martins and latterly animation at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Inkee creates illustrations fizzing with weird and wonderful narratives.

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More recently, Inkee has been working with watercolors to add a textural representation to her characters. She is also working on improving her Cinema 4D skills, in an attempt to write a longer story and make an animation about it.

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BACKWARD COMPOSITIONS BY CHRISTOPHER KUHN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Christopher Kuhn approaches his paintings backwards, meaning his compositions are often built in such a way that what appears to have been added last is often in fact the first layer. Looping gestural line work switches from positive to negative and back, revealing itself to be graphic. What appears to be thin multicolored graphic lines turn out to be silhouettes of gestural marks that were meticulously covered over, save for the edges. Kuhn asks the viewer to piece together the puzzle of his paintings and, in doing so, reassess how they perceive the world of images around us.

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GRAPHIC REFLECTION BY KYLE PLATTS

by Ariadna Zierold

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LUCHA LIBRE POSTERS BY ZORAN LUCIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Croatian designer Zoran Lucić was approached to design a series of posters for the Lucha Libre CMLL, Mexico’s major professional wrestling federation. Zoran’s retro-licious work is reminiscent of old-school posters from the 60’s and 70’s.

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Zoran Lucić was born in Šabac, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and grew up in Domaljevac, Bosnia & Herzegovina and for some time in Hungary. Zoran Lucic studied graphism and design at the Bijeljina B&H University and, although his first love was sculpting, he later discovered an affinity for typography. He now lives in Bijeljina and works as a freelance graphic designer.

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BRUTALIST PIXEL ART BY UNO MORALEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Russian illustrator Uno Moralez’s work is eclectic, to say the least. Uno’s work looks like the byproduct of pixel art and manga, a dark and mysterious world where the most insane things can happen. Unquestionably menacing and monstrous figures lurk smiling in shadowy rooms, bodies and objects arranged in inscrutable ways that nevertheless imply an unimpeachable in-story logic. Uno’s work is mysterious. Every single image is a short story that deserves contemplation, and because of this, it is extremely entertaining.

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DIMENSIONAL LANDSCAPES BY JONATHAN ZAWADA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based Jonathan Zawada is an Australian visual artist, graphic designer, and creative designer. His work ranges from album covers for bands, to t-shirt designs and his own gallery of art.

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His color use is soft on the eyes and his work can be aesthetically pleasing. There is depth and a certain dimension he creates that takes landscapes and portraits to different levels of perspective.

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EXPRESSIVE LINES BY LIAM STEVENS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Liam Stevens is an image maker and designer based in London. He likes simple materials enabling him to craft his work through expressive lines or graphic shapes and is particularly fond of his Pentel 0.7mm mechanical pencil, colored paper stash and scalpel. Liam’s impeccable skill at illustration and shading invites the viewer into these 2-dimensional worlds of whimsical realism.

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WITTY BOLDNESS BY GUILLAUME KASHIMA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based French illustrator Guillaume Kashima started his career as a graphic designer in advertising but later moved on to illustration ‘because it seemed more fun … and I was a bad designer anyway’. From this experience, he kept a direct and minimal approach of images as a vector of communication.

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His work today embraces different fields and medium such as prints, apps or objects. Guillaume ‘s work is also very versatile in terms of visual aesthetics, but his process always originates from boldness, wit and humor.

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DREAMLIKE SCENARIOS BY SEBASTIEN PLASSARD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sébastien Plassard is a talented editorial illustrator who knows how to turn simple images into powerful ideas by adding a little surreal touch. His style is characterized by a reduced use of contrasting and complementary colors as well as dreamlike scenarios, which quickly draw the viewer into a surreal world. He skillfully combines influences from the golden age of the 1920s with contemporary graphic trends. His distinctive work could be seen in a wide range of publications such as magazines, books, posters, etc.

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