WRITHING PATTERNS BY DOMINIC KESTERTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edinburgh-based illustrator Dominic Kesterton encompasses a vast range of  compositions made up of beautiful color shades and squiggles. Kesterton’s fantastical 2D universe of writhing patterns, psychedelic colors, digitally rendered forms, and abstract, geometric figures are both evocative and abstract in equal measure.

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PENCIL WORLDS BY JOSEPHIN RITSCHEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josephin Ritschel is an illustrator living and working in Berlin. In Josephin’s illustrations, fine lines, dark lines, little lines, lines on lines, and a few blocks shading all build up to make these incredible images full of life. Whether its spooky or sombre, funny or lonely, the scenes she creates have a real sense of energy and all tell their own, often bizarre, story. The illustrations are colored in with the kind of precision that children can only dream of when they try to stay within the lines of their coloring books.

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QUIRKY MOMENTS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera’s illustrations capture quirky moments in the life of people and animals. The minimal approach to different life situations using a mix of watercolor, drawings, and mixed media, is quite fun. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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IMAGE DECONTEXTUALIZATION BY MATT HANSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Matt Hansel brings the Renaissance into the 21st century through image manipulation and decontextualization. Hansel’s work wrestles with the concept of the self and the human desire to be seen and remembered. He combines the rigor of traditional European painting with the conceits of 20th century conceptual art.

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The artist painstakingly recreates self-portraits of historically significant artists. Thinking of his works as re-enactments, Hansel juxtaposes past and present. By recreating the image of the artist who once was, Hansel attaches his own intentions to that of the artist. He duplicates, doubles, mirrors and inserts himself into the works. Using a mix of humor and pathos, Hansel asks us to recognize the way we see ourselves through others.

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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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SUBTLE JABS BY SOME HOODLUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Some Hoodlum is an extremely talented graphic designer, Internet jokester, and quality meme creator who continues to build his portfolio, working on projects with Comedy Central, Soulection, Migos, and many more. Focused on bright colors and subtle jabs at pop culture, his art is genuine and pure.

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Through a unique style, this artist is creating something no one else has done before with bright colors and different artists’ faces. Most of the art makes puns out of celebrities and references to music. Artists on this account include Drake, Flosstradamus, LOUDPVCK, Ta-Ku, Ariana Grande and more.

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VIBRANT CHARACTERS BY TONY PAPESH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sydney based Tony Papesh is a freelance animator/ illustrator/ designer/ artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His passion is character animation but he is skilled in mostly any form of animation such as: 2D animation, 3D animation, hand-drawn animation, motion graphics, stop motion, and rotoscoping. He gets inspiration from cartoons, comics, and video games and a lot of the playfulness of these mediums shows through his personal art.

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ILLUSTRATION NOSTALGIA BY ANDREW FAIRCLOUGH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrew Fairclough is a Sydney based Illustrator, Designer and Art Director. After completing a Business Degree, Andrew moved on to designing skate and snowboard graphics in between self-instruction and full time work in a design agency.

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Andrew’s work is inspired by mid-century spot illustrations and design as well as vintage sci-fi, comics, surrealism, DIY art culture, and the textural wonders of degraded print. Often working with a restricted color palette Andrew’s work seeks to hint at the nostalgia and tactility of found art, whilst also creating something completely new.

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COLLAGE DICHOTOMIES BY ANNALYNN HAMMOND

by Ariadna Zierold

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Wisconsin based artist Annalynn Hammond seeks to question the dichotomies that play in the world of human ideas. She is best known for her unique hand-cut paper collages made from vintage textbooks and natural history magazines. Hammond combines different subject areas including, human and animal, body and soul, mind and machine, culture and nature, purity and sin, power and weakness, and many other antitheses.

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Her surreal collages encourage the viewer to ask questions and think about the extremes within the pictures. The single images are undeniably someone else’s work, which were found, stolen, destroyed and appropriated. But a thing in itself has no meaning. The idea of a collage is to cut a special image region out and paste it into another picture, giving a new context to the assembled artwork.

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