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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BURSTING GRAPHIC IMAGERY BY SIMON LANDREIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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London based artist Simon Landrein works in the realms of illustration, comics and film. With a contemporary take on comic strips often consisting of 3 block colors, Simon’s portfolio is an absolute must see bursting with bold graphic imagery and narrative that highlights flashes of pattern amongst bold outlines and prominent compositions.

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EYE-CANDY BY MICHIEL SCHUURMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Michiel Schuurman is a Dutch graphic and textile designer. Schuurman’s personal work specializes in typography and poster design which often boasts a rather maximalistic approach. His practice of combining bright colors, warped glyphs, harsh perspectives, and acidic patterns creates some awfully intriguing eye-candy, which he often screen prints himself.

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CONTEMPORARY DRINSCH BY MARK GMEHLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dortmund, Germany based artist Mark Gmehling studied art, graphic design and marketing, worked in advertising for a while then got selfemployed as an illustrator. Nowadays he is exhibiting his personal artwork around the world.  He  loves to travel and paint murals everywhere possible.

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Inspired by pop culture, he developed his photorealistic style. “Contemporary Drinsch” is how he names his characters and sculptures. Important for Mark, every work tells its own story. He is expecting from the society, by looking at his characters, to start thinking or at least it should give them a little smile on the face.

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AVANTGARDE ABSTRACTION BY BIRGIT PALMA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona-based multi talented creative Birgit Palma in an Austrian illustrator, designer, typographer and art director. Crafting at the sweet spot between modern avantgarde and abstraction is her strength. Palma’s time is split between working for commercial clients such as Nike, Adobe, Diesel and Moet, to creating her own projects and exhibitions. Her style has a bold graphic influence and hints towards adventurous tendencies, exploring unusual combinations and experimental type.

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THE TWISTED NARATIVE OF COLORORGY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mesa-based painter and digital manipulator Scott Wolf (aka ColorOrgy) blends perversion with pop culture, creating a twisted take on Americana with the help of violence and sexuality. Between children with chainsaws and bunnies birthing Easter eggs in the Virgin Mary’s Arms, Wolf’s work is so wrong it’s right.

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Finding inspiration from mid-20th century pulp fiction and comic books – Scott’s graphic images mix vibrant hues with equal parts of dark humor, to explore the sinister side of childhood, romance and gender roles in a changing society.

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FIGURATIVE PORTRAITS BY MICHAEL REEDER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Michael Reeder (previously featured here) was born in Dallas, Texas in 1982. He graduated with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since then he has pursued a career as an exhibiting fine artist, alongside the work he does as a freelance graphic artist and also his work at Eyecon Studios, a custom mural and design company based in Dallas.

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His work is currently focused on portraiture, where he combines different style elements, techniques, and media. In his artworks one can recognize Michael Reeder’s outstanding painting skills, but also his abilities as an graphic artist. He skillfully blends figurative parts with abstract or graphic elements.

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ILLUSTRATION HERITAGE BY STEFAN GLERUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Stefan Glerum lives and works in Amsterdam. Stefan spent four years in Breda studying illustration at the Academy St. Joost. He also worked as an assistant to one of the country’s most celebrated comic artists, Joost Swarte.

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Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a study point for those with knowledge of graphic design history. His work is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a handdrawn style reminiscent of the clear line.

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