EDO BALL BY ANDREW ARCHER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrew Archer has been an illustrator & art director for over 10 years with a true passion for basketball, art and culture. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand and grew up playing pick up basketball at the local courts. Basketball has given him so much and led him to his love of culture and art.

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He moved to Asia in his mid twenties for 3 years. He played pick up basketball with people all over Asia. On rooftop’s in Hong Kong, under bridges in Bangkok and on cracked courts in the middle of Cambodia. Often Archer couldn’t speak a word of the local language but the people always welcomed him to the game. It was like family no matter where he went.

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The series started in 2013 with two personal artworks Archer created, The Rock & The Ghost. These artworks were created from the love and passion of the game of Basketball, Ukiyo-e art and Japanese culture. The subjects mixed together seamlessly and were incredibly popular with the Basketball and Japanese culture communities.

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ODDBALL CHARACTERS BY NICK SHEEHY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nick Sheehy (previously featured here) is an Australian-born artist and illustrator living in London. After studying bronze sculpture in the wilds of Tasmania, Nick gave up on art only to re-discover his love of drawing whilst living in London, sparked by an interest in the city’s low brow art, illustration, street art, and graffiti.

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In his work, Nick explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination. Employing a laborious technique, building up layers of texture and thin color, his work infuses precision and attention to detail with random abstraction and clumsiness. He enjoys drawing various weird things for himself, exhibitions, publications, and occasionally the odd client.

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MONSTERS AND WILD CREATURES BY CHUCK CHAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chuck Chair is a freelance illustrator, with a background in animation and video game art. He also writes and illustrates picture books. Chuck’s work largely focuses on characters and humor, and is happily influenced by nature, film, mid-century design, Americana, taxidermy, monsters and biscuits.

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UNEXPLAINED EVENTS BY JAMES LIPNICKAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Lipnickas is an author/illustrator heavily influenced by old sci-fi, mystery and horror movies, monsters, UFOs, hauntings and unexplained events. He majored in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts but now lives in an old cape in the woods of New England.

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THE HUMAN PSYCHE BY LUNA MONOGATARI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Visual artist Luna Monogatari‘s work explores many fields such as illustration, painting, sculpture and film making. Through her work, Luna defies reality and questions preconceived concepts made by humans before us, exploring the human psyche. We are living in a crucial era, where the climate change may affect life as we know it, so her passion for astronomy, science fiction and geometric shapes lead her to explore new reinterpretations of our world.

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PHANTASMAGORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Austin, Texas based Jon MacNair (previously featured here) was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design.

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With pen in hand, MacNair creates phantasmagoric images that reveal stories of parallel worlds observed by giant eyes. Chimeric creatures captive from a dark innocence invade the hallucinatory universes of this work.

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IMAGINATIVE BIOLOGY BY DANIEL BARRETO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Daniel Barreto is a Visual Artist based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Barreto’s work has been exhibited at Times Square, Saatchi Gallery, FILE (Electronic Language electronic festival), The Gifer (Gif Art Festival), Boston Convention Center, Beijing’s Yuan Art Museum among others.

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Throughout his portfolio, his texturized designs often feature images of trees or leaves, hinting at his long love for Earthly representations. The graphic artist fell in love with nature at a young age, growing up in a family that owned a plant nursery and having a father who studied marine biology. Whether it’s a symmetrical representation of a jellyfish-like creature or an in-depth depiction of cellular organelles, design gives him the ability to recreate an honest, yet artistic rendering of the image.

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