CHILDHOOD MEMORIES BY DAYOUNG CHO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dayoung Cho is a Southern California based illustrator and designer. She graduated from Art Center College of Design, Illustration major. Cho wants to create works filled with colors and imagination that will make people happy and put a smile on their faces. Cho’s works are inspired by her childhood memories and her grandmother’s stories.

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BINOMIO BY MARCOS NAVARRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Marcos Navarro is an illustrator living and painting between Barcelona and Basque Country. He has developed his professional career through fields as paint, fashion and street art. His work has been influenced by nature, as well as in urban subcultures. He works through juxtaposed elements because it helps him to assemble points between them and create new issues to think about.

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BIZARRE LANDS BY FELIX DECOMBAT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Félix Decombat‘s work is a reflection of his own interpretations from references taken from all over, such as magazines and other illustration work. His imagination takes things to far-fetched lands with something more skewed, landing them in places far more bizarre and surreal than the rest. Looking through his work, you can definitely relate to its general vibe, yet as soon as you start exploring things deeper, you’re taken down a trippy road where the world feels more like acid on alcohol.

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OTHERWORLDLY SITUATIONS BY BENJAMIN MARRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Benjamin Marra‘s detailed and vibrant illustrations often depicts a myriad of wild shit, from biker outlaws to giant snakes, the undead in leather swimsuits, monkey people, scantily-clad babes, aliens, other otherworldly beings and so much more. While it’s clear from the images you’ll see throughout that his artistic style is flexible, the cascade of chaos, mystery and intrigue is consistent in his work.

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PUNK DOODLES BY BAD BUZZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona & UK-based freelance illustrator Bad Buzz brings that nostalgic classroom past time back in true punk and thrash fashion. His doodles are an awesome jumble of retro motifs and typography; a collection of the best back-in-the-day punk, rock, skate & metal. His is influenced by action and bootleg figures, 70-80’s packaging / film, computer games, skateboards, skaters, Ultraman and Power Rangers, amongst others.

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FRENETIC DESIGNS BY SAM TAYLOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sam Taylor translates tech-related questions in a magazine he works in into his frenetic designs: angry blobs, raging batteries and bug-eyed iPhones make regular appearances. The creative freedom makes it a dream job for Taylor, though he does impose rules on the process to make sure everything gels. Taylor draws inspiration from pulp sci-fi covers and sci-fi in general, and has a revolving cast of characters and motifs now that he’s been at it for a minute.

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CURVY CHARACTERS BY INJI SEO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out Seoul-based illustrator Inji Seo‘s cast of digital made curvy characters. Seo wants to express the softness and comfort of love in animation, and the shapes of the rounded, voluminous characters symbolize such feelings. Inji was attracted to these characters and developed them with illustration work. The characters in the pictures are some of her imaginary people.

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FANTASTIC PENCIL DRAWINGS BY MIKE LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York City based illustrator Mike Lee (previously featured here) was born in Placentia, California. He majored in Digital Media at Otis College of Art and Design and graduated in 2006.  Fortunate enough to find a job in his field right out of school, Mike has been working in the feature film and commercial illustration industry for almost ten years now.  In that time He has been involved in exciting professional projects, but always felt a need to create his own personal artwork. The result is a fantastic blend of detail, simplicity, precise planning and dream-like scenarios.

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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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