ILLUSTRATION NOSTALGIA BY ANDREW FAIRCLOUGH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrew Fairclough is a Sydney based Illustrator, Designer and Art Director. After completing a Business Degree, Andrew moved on to designing skate and snowboard graphics in between self-instruction and full time work in a design agency.

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Andrew’s work is inspired by mid-century spot illustrations and design as well as vintage sci-fi, comics, surrealism, DIY art culture, and the textural wonders of degraded print. Often working with a restricted color palette Andrew’s work seeks to hint at the nostalgia and tactility of found art, whilst also creating something completely new.

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WITTY BOLDNESS BY GUILLAUME KASHIMA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based French illustrator Guillaume Kashima started his career as a graphic designer in advertising but later moved on to illustration ‘because it seemed more fun … and I was a bad designer anyway’. From this experience, he kept a direct and minimal approach of images as a vector of communication.

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His work today embraces different fields and medium such as prints, apps or objects. Guillaume ‘s work is also very versatile in terms of visual aesthetics, but his process always originates from boldness, wit and humor.

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RETRO LANDSCAPES BY RAY ORANGES

by Ariadna Zierold

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An illustrator and creative design artist, Ray Oranges combines retro color palettes with abstract geometric shapes. The absence of cluttering matter, enhanced by the mastery use of long shadows and bursts of light creates an emotional response in the viewer.

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The skilful use of full and empty spaces within the composition, with a predominance of the latter, is open territory for the viewer to fill the space with feelings and experiences; Ray aims at creating a meaningful dialogue with the viewer rather than establishing a relationship of command.

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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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FANTASTICAL WORLDS BY VILLE SAVIMAA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ville Savimaa is an award-winning Finnish illustrator who loves creating surreal characters and dreamlike worlds. He hand sketches his illustrations and finishes them on the computer. His dreamy and playful fusion of people, animals and nature show them tinkering with musical instruments and enjoying life’s little pleasures. The oasis of his surreal, candy wonderland puts us in touch with the blithe and carefree parts of ourselves.

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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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