ODD FEELS BY HERIKITA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Colombian artist Herikita’s images and imagery are undoubtedly strange, but in a way that’s relatable. Many of the interior scenes are like a dialogue verbalized, describing her soft, illustrative work perfectly.

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Aside from being wonderfully strange, her illustrations are rendered with a tender and delicate attention to detail. Herikita conjures a world of candy-colored awkwardness. She often depicts girls and animals, celebrating imperfections, unconventional friendships and feelings of estrangement. Her characters seem self-reflective and thoughtful, floating between reality and hyperbolic daydreams.

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MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATIONS BY MERIJN HOS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Merijn Hos is an Illustrator, Visual Artist and occasional Art Director based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Utrecht where he mastered hand drawing and found inspiration in mixed media. As his career has progressed he has also developed into an admirable graphic designer finding him popular with music and event clients. Although he creates joyful, quirky illustrative work, Merijn is also renowned for his beautiful wooden sculptures.

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His curious, optimistic characters and passion for mixed-media are testament to Merijn’s ability to make every piece as important as the last.

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THE MAGIC OF THE MUNDANE BY KIM SALT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kim Salt is a freelance illustrator based in New York. Splendor is a common component to many of Kim’s works, commonly seen in oversized plants that welcome her characters and keep them company. She primarily specializes in editorial illustration these days, but has also worked with clients to serve their design needs. Her work celebrates the inner magic of the mundane and the unique rhythms of living things.

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FANTASTIC CREATURES BY KEVIN HONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kevin Hong is an Illustrator born and raised in New York. His work draws from his passion for anime, manga, comics, JRPGs, video games, woodblock prints, and the internet. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. With his work, Hong leads us into a magical world populated with fantastic creatures and haunting spirits, sometime reminding the poetic universe of Hayao Miyazaki.

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YOUTHFUL BOREDOM BY HERTZ ALEGRIO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hertz Alegrio is an artist and illustrator born in the Philippines,
raised in suburban Orange County, and based in Los Angeles. His art reflects on and explores the struggles of youthful boredom, love, and friendships. Dabbling in many different mediums and styles, Alegrio creates works that are accessible and versatile while still retaining their feelings of intimacy and emotional vulnerability.

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IRREVERENT ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAN ROBERT DUENNWELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jan Robert Duennweller is an illustrator based in Passau, Germany and occasionally working from Berlin. His work has a content–driven approach with a focus on humor and versatility. His innocent-looking drawings disguise his ability to condense complex subjects into engaging and amusing images. Having first studied industrial design, Jan then took a masters in visual communications in Istanbul and at the Bauhaus in Germany.

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CHIMERICAL CREATURES BY RICHARD A. KIRK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. He exhibits internationally. Richard has illustrated works by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, the rock band Korn and others.

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Kirk’s work is drawn from an interest in the forms and processes of the natural world. He explores these themes through the creation of meticulous drawings, which often depict chimerical creatures and protean landscapes. Metamorphosis is an underlying narrative in all of Richard’s work.

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USED FUTURE BY MAX PRENTIS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sydney-based artist Max Prentis’ style is based upon detail and a strong emphasis on visual storytelling.  Machines, isolated figures and not to distant wastelands are a common reoccurring subject in Max’s work.

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Prentis’ technique is unique in the way he can apply his style to a variety of tones. His body of work is one that varies from playful to aggressive, and realistic to fantastical.

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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)

Biological Introspection | LEXI AMES

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames.

Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com

Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Taking a look inside the Biological and Artistic artworks of Lexi Ames. Illustrations that capture the simplicity, intricacies and connection of a human and/or animal body, reveal the anatomy and artistic expression of internal and external worlds. Ames is a student of Biology and Studio Arts at Lawrence University. Via news.upperplayground.com