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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THE INTRIGUING WORK OF JESPER WALDERSTEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jesper Waldersten has rapidly made a name for himself as a recognized and distinctive artist, from being one of Sweden’s most popular illustrators and cutting satirist, with numerous international awards behind him.

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With his inimitable style in which he seemingly unhindered mixes words, photos, music and draughtsmanship, he creates images where nothing is static, nothing is obvious. The result is unpredictable, ingenious and usually unsettling; you may laugh at the clever wordplay, the sharp humour and the contemporary commentaries but lurking throughout is a depth of seriousness.

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AMERICAN WILDERNESS BY LAUREN MARX

by Ariadna Zierold

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St. Louis-based artist Lauren Marx creates beautiful vignettes that speak to the cycle of life. Rather than a cleaned-up version of nature, her paintings give us raw depictions of birth and death. Influenced my scientific illustrations and the Baroque period alike, Marx’s maximalist mixed-media works present these cyclical phenomena in visually appealing ways, often fusing the chaotic elements of nature into stylized compositions with an emphasis on design.

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Lauren’s goal in creating her illustrations is that a symbolic representation allows the viewer to see phenomena as a complete picture. A picture of an interacting universe filled to the brim with animals, plants, fungi, and insects. Using these organisms, she makes her own mythologies of nature and the Cosmos to better illustrate how humans attempt to understand the epic intricacies and mysteries of the Universe.

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MISCHIEVOUS ILLUSTRATIONS BY DEREK ERCOLANO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Derek Ercolano was born and bred in New York. His detailed and delicate style of drawing has embraced the city’s vibrancy and results in distinctive series of colorful comical illustrations. He does a lot of these weirdo drawings of random characters, with melting faces and riding hoverboards and basically tripping out in every conceivable way.

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DISORIENTING IMAGES BY SUL-JEE SCULLY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sul-Jee Scully was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including works in shows at the Painting Center in New York, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, and the Grunwald Gallery in Bloomington. Sul-Jee currently lives in Bloomington with her dog, Ramona.

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Scully invents narratives in which the intensity of human emotion of teenage years are examined concurrently with unplaceable feelings of disengagement. The artists who have influenced her include such figurative painters as Eric Fischl, Lucien Freud and, especially, Balthus, the reclusive Polish-French artist known for his poetic yet oddly disorienting images of young women and girls.

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CHILD-LIKE ILLUSTRATIONS BY OSCAR GRONNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Norway-based graphic designer Oscar Grønner’s illustrations introduce us to a strange cast of characters. Rendered in a naive style at odds with the more polished aesthetic of his design work, Oscar draws weighty figures in white worlds. Some pose sphinx-like in the desert whilst others gaze out to sea. The almost monolithic quality of Oscar’s childlike illustrations almost recalls the tubular style of Fernand Léger’s semi-abstract paintings.

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RICHLY-COLORED BIZARRE ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRISTIAN SCHUBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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The weird and wonderful illustrations of Christian Schubert are a delight to peruse, especially if you’re after a sprinkling of the bizarre. With odd scenes including a glum king walking past a shoe shop and a Russian doll-like ginger man in a flasher coat that reveals miniature versions of himself, Christian’s originality and humor is something to be admired. The London-based illustrator says a lot of his ideas come from “watching vast amounts of comedy and listening to Howard Stern for nine hours every day while I’m working.”

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Beauty in Stillness | ENSEE

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves.
Some of the images appear to be self-portraits that conceal, and yet reveal, her essence and unique talent.

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Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (1)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (2)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (3)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (4)

Mi-Kyung Choi, who goes by the name, ENSEE, is a Korean digital artist and illustrator. Her illustrations reverberate profound beauty in stillness as if capturing moments of the organizational and curious thoughts that stream through her life. The kind of art that takes stillness into a familiar place of love and beauty. A place we often forget within our own selves. Via news.upperplayground.com (5)

ILLUSTRATIONS OF FILM ICONS BY NAN LAWSON

Nan Lawson is a self-taught illustrator from California. Nan enjoys drawing quirky and nerdy things and characters, which are often inspired by hipsters, cult television shows, and flea markets.nan lawson, illustrations, film icons, star wars, star trek, illustrator, california, upper playground, pop art, artist, art, drawing, game of thrones, x-files (6)nan lawson, illustrations, film icons, star wars, star trek, illustrator, california, upper playground, pop art, artist, art, drawing, game of thrones, x-files (2)

Featuring a range of Wes Anderson’s characters, popular figures from fandoms such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, X-Files and Harry Potter, Lawson’s artwork mimics cartoon characters from Japanese culture.

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