INTENSE ILLUSTRATIONS BY MILOU MAASS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rotterdam, Netherlands based Milou Maass’ work seems delicate, yet powerful. Characterized by fashion, hair textures, realism and surrealism, organic and geometric shapes, she manages to create intense illustrations. Maass mainly draws with pen and pencil, and has become more and more interested in typography, integrating her new passion into her more recent work.

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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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NODS TO POPULAR CULTURE BY MARC ETHERINGTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Not having come from a formal fine arts background, Sydney based Marc Etherington (previously featured here) is a self-taught artist with a practice that is driven by an inner compulsion to make art. Etherington’s works make very obvious nods to popular culture. Referencing contemporary icons like the Kardashian’s, McDonald’s and Justin Bieber, he also gives a slow and deliberate wink to pop culture of the past.

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SCIENCE FICTION BY VIRGIL FINLAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.” 

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While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.

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SURREAL ANATOMICAL DRAWINGS BY TROELS CARLSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Copenhagen, Denmark based Troels Carlsen warps classic anatomical illustrations of natural organisms to produce mixed media works on paper. On a purely visual level, the contrast between the illustrative anatomical drawings and Carlsen’s slightly humorous injections works really nicely holding conceptual tones as well. Carlsen gets his inspiration from the human condition, specifically how art has captured human life over the last few centuries.

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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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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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