OBSCURE THOUGHTS BY BORIS PELCER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Boris Pelcer was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He is an independent artist & illustrator based out of Milwaukee, WI. He divides his time between working on his personal projects & various commissions. His work has been recognized by both Society of Illustrators &American Illustration.

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“I can sense the presence of enclosed spaces within my psyche. A hidden collection of obscure moods & thoughts that I can’t quite comprehend. In attempt to better comprehend some of it, I’ve developed this series. It is a stroll of curiosity in search of something insightful, somewhere within the hidden valleys of my psyche.” —Boris Pelcer

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MULTICOLORED AND PSYCHEDELIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY CAHILL WESSEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Cahill Wessel is an artist working out of San Francisco and has a vision of the world that we cannot all develop –at least not in all 5 senses. His work is based on his own experiences of life and the world, resulting in multicolored and psychedelic illustrations.

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He works in a variety of styles and mediums, mainly with colored pencil, which is a very labor-intensive medium. Ideas for pencil drawings pop into his head at the most unexpected moments, so he writes notes in his phone while out and about. Then he draws up small sketches of the ideas that he thinks aren’t stupid, select the arrangements that inspire him the most, and translate the sketch into a larger piece. He lightly maps out the imagery in graphite, and then begins the process of building up layers upon layers of colored pencil.

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RIDICULOUS SOCIETIES BY HAI HSIN HUANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brooklyn based Hai-Hsin Huang paints and draws quickly, basing the compositions on images she finds on institutional websites: government, schools, hospitals, and news outlets. The photographs she uses are vaguely propagandist, and her resulting paintings both poke fun at and reveal the horror in such images.

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Huang’s works explore images indicative of contemporary life. She is interested in the ridiculousness and fear in society, the absurdity and the loneliness. As part of a generation marked by hedonism, people seem to know more but feel less. Catastrophes become assumptions; we practice suffering and crisis with laughter. Huang tries to highlight the lives of  this easy and comfortable generation, and in particular, their lightness of being.

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BALL POINT PEN ILLUSTRATIONS BY CARINE BRANCOWITZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based illustrator Carine Brancowitz is devoted to music and painting, she studied illustration, screen printing and lithography.  Her work, drawn with ball point pen, is a labyrinth of detailed patterns, inked with vibrant hues.

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She often draws adolescents as they mill about during all too ordinary situations. Sometimes they’re eating or laughing or sitting or sad. Carine’s precision helps bring her subjects to life. Her work is full of depth as she contrasts detailed subjects against flat backgrounds,  perfectly capturing the moods of her teens. Her skill is all in the subtle nuances, the way a thousand tiny lines of hair can be strewn against a girl’s bright eyes.

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CLEVER ILLUSTRATIONS BY JUN CEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jun Cen (previously featured here) is an award-wining illustrator and animator born in Guangzhou, China, a subtropical city with warm and humid weather. He received his MFA in Illustration degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. He is the Overall New Talent winner of the 2013 Association of Illustrators Award. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3×3 Illustration Competition and more.

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His conceptual illustrations portray stories in clever and inventive ways. Cen’s cunning use of patterns to represent ice, stone, and fur is very innovative. Rather than drawing these textures by hand, he employs marbled and blotchy patterns that mimic the lighting and colors of these natural surfaces.

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QUIRKY ILLUSTRATIONS BY JENN LIV

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto based Jennifer Liu is an award-winning Chinese Canadian-American freelance illustrator. Occasionally she likes to print things in risograph and make comics. Her inspiration comes from the narratives and imagery she stumbles across while watching all different kinds of animation.

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GRUESOME AESTHETIC BY HONGMIN LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hongmin Lee (previously featured here) creates striking paintings and illustrations. The South Korean artist displays an exceptionally gruesome aesthetic that features some surreal imaginative characters. Lee comes from a diverse creative background, but his work consists of primarily acrylic paintings and drawings, which he exclusively posts to Instagram.

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BOTANICAL DINOSAURS BY CHRIS RODLEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Artist Chris Rodley used a deep learning algorithm to merge a book of dinosaurs with a book of flower paintings. The images were generated with an online service called DeepArt that lets you upload a “target” image and then apply a visual style to it. For step one he fed the network images of common dinosaurs and then applied the styles of 19th-century fruit engravings and botanical illustrations.

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THE WORK OF UINVERSO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brazil based collective duo Uinverso is a collaboration between Nadiuska and Priscila Furtado. The name is a play on the Portuguese words that mean ‘the inverse’ and ‘the universe’. The pair are multidisciplinary designers with experience in editorial and graphic design, and their main output is illustrations and ceramics.

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